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David Levin
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I live in the mountains of western North Carolina (US) and work as a freelance editor of nonfiction. The latter was preceded by two lengthy stints as a systems engineer in the telecom industry. I have written and self-published several books and ebooks (one on bridge, the remainder on chess) and have recorded several digital audio tracks. I last played bridge in 2007.

Effective October 29, 2016, I will try to consistently use the gender-neutral Swedish pronoun "hen," which means "he or she" or "him or her," and the gender-neutral Swedish pronoun "hens," which means "his or her" or "his or hers."

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Difficult Opening Lead
Pages 5 through 7, the play diagrams show South's playing the 8 at Trick 2, but the text on pages 2 and 3 states that South played the 9.
Difficult Opening Lead
If a club honor is led, East can later lead the 10 to pin Dummy's 9. If Declarer ducks at Trick 1, a heart shift is "safe" in that if West didn't break the suit, Declarer could theoretically have entered Dummy to lead a heart toward the eight ...
Difficult Opening Lead
According to West's analysis in the article, the diamond position after Declarer takes the A would be [code] Q 10 4 7 5 2 A K 8[/code]
How Do You Defend?
No problem, Richard. Regular readers are probably unaccustomed to seeing me lose track of spot cards, let alone honors.
How Do You Defend?
There doesn't seem to be consensus about the meaning of South's 2N, even on this thread. Roger (in the top comment) seems to have taken it as 5=4=2=2 rather than a hand with a strong diamond fragment. I'm also perplexed by North's choosing ...
How Do You Defend?
RR: Could East infer that the 5 wasn't from !QJ65 (giving Declarer A43)? Added: I meant K43. (I had the N/S diamond honors mixed up.)
One board that cost us the Tournament
Maybe I'm out of touch, but as Declarer I would infer 2=6 spades from West's failure to raise. Also, I'm not sure how East can tell that Partner has help in clubs. If Declarer guesses to cash the A and has solid clubs, the quest for ...
One board that cost us the Tournament
Paul, could you explain.
One board that cost us the Tournament
Given the actual layout, I'm not seeing how a low heart at Trick 6 doesn't yield the same result as the A. West presumably ducks the heart to East. On the spade return, discard a club while West ruffs. After the club ruff, you can ruff any return ...
Is Not Making an Idiot Play Hard?
I agree that the number of combined winners in the black suits will seldom be affected by whether a defender ruffs the second round of spades. However, it seems that the analysis needs to consider the heart suit also. If trumps are 2-2, then immediately drawing two rounds guarantees at ...
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