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Richard Fedrick
Richard Fedrick
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I'm based in the UK, playing as much bridge as family and work permit, which isn't much. Having trodden the well-worn path from theoretical physics to Wall Street, I now (in what passes for semi-retirement) teach and consult on mathematical finance and derivatives.

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My Subjective 'Solution' to "The Greatest Play"
yes yes i know that, but it's the only defence if partner has Kx xxxx xxx xxxx. Which may or may not be ruled out by partner's T1 heart card. I did say 'slight'.
My Subjective 'Solution' to "The Greatest Play"
Echoes my comment to MR, that there is a (slight) inference that West is 2533 (and therefore it is right to duck). With 35'32' and Axx of trumps, switching to the doubleton guarantees a legitimate beat if partner has Kx of spades, so is a plausible defence.
The Greatest Play
If the suit is trumps, then the correct term is 'bigliest good'. Obviously.
The Greatest Play
I think there's a GREAT play on defence, but the GOAT play is declarer's.
1H-1NT = 5+ spades (Kaplan Interchange)
Thanks Martin, that is indeed one obvious framework to start from. But it's got some holes, in particular lacks enough ways to raise spades. I want to bid 2S on Axx AQxxx x Jxxx, show a 'good' 2S bid holding Axx AQxxx x Axxx, and a game-forcing 3-fit raise ...
1H-1NT = 5+ spades (Kaplan Interchange)
Ah yes Richard, but in MOSSO you enjoy the (unintended?) serendipitous benefit of 1 never being 5332 if 11-17. Therefore you don't run into the Gazilli problem of 1-1NT; 2 (clubs or balanced or 16+ various)-2; ?? Now 2 can show the bal 11-14 ...
“Virtually Every Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Danny, you bid 1NT-2C; 2D-3H. I (in one partnership) bid 1NT-2H; 2S-3D (hearts). And I get to use the smolen sequences for something else. It’s not so bad.
Do you open the bidding?
I don’t think it’s that surprising, the high spade spots are crucial. If partner has a weak NT with Jx of spades, which hand would you rather hold if declaring 3NT?
Fourth Day Pairs - an Elite Matchpoint Pairs event online
the things we do when bored... assuming a perfectly even field (everyone's expected score is 50% on each board), and a crudely discrete but-not-absurd model of a pair's score on any given board: p(avg) = 40%, p(complete top/bottom) = 5%, p(somewhere in the middle) = 25% then ...
What were my chances?
"which he should"... it would certainly be a memorable decision if declarer had Qxx of clubs and West had the diamond Ace
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