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Kit Woolsey
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July 29, 2010
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Kit Woolsey is a world-class bridge and backgammon player, analyst, and writer. His most recent major victory was winning the Cavendish Invitational Pairs in 2011. He was elected to the ACBL Hall of Fame in 2005 and lives in Kensington, CA.

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Meaning of double
My rule is: Unless there is a specific definition otherwise, double of an artificial call shows that suit. Might not be optimal on some auctions, but avoids mixups.
You be the Comittee .
I'm curious -- was the 1 opening a strong artificial call or a natural call? That isn't obvious looking at the hands. The fact that the 1 call was a transfer suggests that the 1 call was artificial, since I don't know of any pairs ...
Enlist the Aid
David, All of the hands in my articles are real hands, with the bidding and play being exactly what actually occurred. I do not understand your objections to the 2 call, either on the actual hand or if West in addition held Qx of diamonds. I agree that E-W ...
How would you play 3NT
Andy, Great point about both the jack and 10 of diamonds appearing on the first round of diamonds. I was wondering if anybody would pick up on that. If West had a better diamond spot, such as K1098, he could safely play the 10 on the first round of diamonds ...
Enlist the Aid
Perhaps you are right. However if North has something like AJxxx xx Qxx Qxx he won't consider bidding game opposite a 2 call, and a fine game would be missed.
How would you play 3NT
What good (or difference) would that make? If East withholds the 9, that means that West will perforce be playing the jack or the 10 on the second round. In that case I have a lock by ducking (assuming West has the king, of course). The only layout my play ...
How would you play 3NT
Assuming East has 6 hearts, the normal play is to win the ace, diamond to ace (East might have stiff king), cross to a club, and lead a diamond up. Ducking the first heart risks West discarding the king of diamonds from king-doubleton on the second round of hearts, the ...
Incomplete explanation of an alerted bid
You make the statement that 3 goes down 1. I'm sure that is what Deep Finesse says. But Deep Finesse assumes best play and defense, which in this case is a heart lead. Is it so clear that West would lead a heart? I could easily see West ...
NT lead
No great insight. Just use common sense about how you think the defense should go. Every hand is different. From 10xxx Axx Axx Axx I would lead a small spade. From 10xxx AQ109 xxx xx I would lead a high spade.
NT lead
Even if that is the only layout, it is enough. If partner can't read the club position and can't see a way to beat this contract, you aren't beating it.

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