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Is it unethical to "mislead" partner if s/he is the weakest player at the table?

Playing cards in such a way as to not accurately reflect your hand is perfectly fine - as long as that's actually what you're doing. There are plenty of hands where you're on defense and you know ...
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Why is the King of Spades the best opening lead with this hand?

Against No Trump the point is to set up tricks that will be guaranteed. Here the KQJT9 is four safe tricks - so you lead from that hoping to later get in with the diamond King. When you do get in, ...
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Why don't bridge players try to surprise their opponents by learning a different bidding system?

Most players play variants of the same bidding system because learning a significantly new bidding system is a significant amount of effort. Most players aren't very good even with the only bidding ...
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How close are top Bridge players to perfect play?

I don't remember who was attributed to this quote, but I think it was Bob Hamman, who at the time could legitimately argue this: I am not a good bridge player. I am a bad bridge player. It's just ...
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Why is the King of Spades the best opening lead with this hand?

Joe has absolutely correctly answered your question. Let me discuss why this argument is being made. Part of what makes bridge so challenging is that unlike chess, it is a game of incomplete ...
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Why is this type of hesitation considered unethical?

If you routinely take 2-3 seconds before each play of the cards, that is ethical. If you usually play cards more quickly, but take a pause when you have a problem, that is ethical. If, on the other ...
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Can opponents ask for "alerts" in bridge?

Law 20 of The Laws of Duplicate Bridge deals with review and explanation of calls. Quoting partially: F. Explanation of Calls During the auction and before the final pass, any player may request, ...
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Why is there a Dummy in Bridge?

This isn't for the purpose of excluding the player from the game - and typically the player in that seat will physically move the cards requested by the declarer to be played. The idea is that dummy's ...
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Bridge: Opening lead from AK - why K instead of A

The reason that K is traditionally lead from AK is because there are two important circumstances where a different signal is requested from partner (rather than attitude). The Ace lead is reserved for ...
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Why open 1NT with a 6 card minor?

Holding AKx Kx QJxxxx Kx, it is unsatisfying and misleading to open 1D and rebid 3D. Most of your values are outside of diamonds and in fact you have decent stopping positions in all other suits. ...
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Why is there a "no man's land" between 1NT 15-17 and 2NT 20-21?

Because the level of 3NT is too high to be supported by opener's values with only 20-21 HCP. Even 2NT is challenging if partner shows up with a bust opposite 20-21. The appropriate way to show an 18-...
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Is it unethical to "mislead" partner if s/he is the weakest player at the table?

Is it ethical? Sure, and it's done all the time (for real bridge reasons, see Joe's answer). It is not required to help declarer when it won't help partner. What's not ethical is telling the ...
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How are new conventions established in Contract Bridge?

Subject to certain constraints set by the governing authority (the A.C.B.L. in North America) mostly to restrict agreements intended primarily to interfere with opponents bidding, a bridge pair is ...
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Opening bidder steals my bid

There are several common situations with different handlings: Opener to your right bids your best suit and you have 12+ points: Pass and hope partner can make a balancing double, which you can then ...
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Rubber bridge: when must honours be declared in order to be scored?

From Law 76 in the American Contract Bridge League laws, Honours may be claimed until the next hand has been dealt or the rubber has been completed and scored – whichever comes sooner. Law 78 also ...
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Was this a reasonable redouble?

2c seems clear. This redouble doesn't offer good matchpoint odds. +180 and +380 rate to both score well, but -200 will often be much worse than -100. The reason is that -200 will lose to any part-...
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Whatever happened to leading the 4th highest card of your longest suit?

Fourth highest is from a suit with no sequence - four small, or one honor and three small, that sort of thing. It’s a good lead, it gives you some chance to promote one or more of the small to a trick....
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How close are top Bridge players to perfect play?

The comparison to chess and checkers is somewhat irrelevant, because they are games of perfect information: it’s possible to play them perfectly as a result. Bridge is not; a player does not have ...
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Would you pass this 13 high card point hand?

13 hcp with two aces? I’d open that 10/10 times regardless of distribution. 4 diamonds I’m still fine bidding a 1D then; it’s even a more useful bid than the nondescript 1C. I’m not surprised some ...
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Does a bid of 'Double' make you the declarer?

Your understanding is correct: South would be the declarer, playing a contract of two spades doubled. Doubles (and redoubles) never change who is declarer, just the scores for making or failing to ...
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Why are Bridge's bid meanings public?

Note, the agreed meanings of bids must be agreed in advance, they may not be changed on the fly. In serious duplicate play, players have a written description of their agreements available to the ...
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Premptive bid with too much strength in Bridge

Whatever the result of playing 3D was stands. Bidding incorrectly is not (usually) a violation of the laws of contract bridge.
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Has Marty Bergen's hand evaluation system been validated experimentally?

Has Marty Bergen's hand evaluation system been validated experimentally? Yes - but not (as far as I know) with a Monte Carlo simulation. Experts have long known (and I mean long known - since before ...
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Are there times when "doubling" will not help the opponents make the hand?

Other than the pedantic answer (any time Declarer can't possibly make), there are plenty of times that it doesn't have the impact you're suggesting. First off, there are a lot of ways you can end up ...
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In Duplicate Bridge, does the person holding a particular set of cards open the bidding in all times that particular deal is played?

In pair competitions, yes absolutely ; everything about each hand is identical every time it is played. The dealer and vulnerability is determined by the board number usually - a sixteen board ...
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Why do the same as others in matchpoint bridge?

In matchpoints, your score is based on how many people you got a better score than. Doesn’t matter what the score is - just is it better. So if 10 pairs play a hand, and 8 bid the game; one bids part ...
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Why do the same as others in matchpoint bridge?

When you bid differently from most of the other players, you increase your variance. Being in a different contract than everyone else makes it more likely you will get a very good score, but also ...
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duplicate bridge revoke not agreed upon

There is a standard pattern here that may be applied to numerous difficult decisions: Politely inform Declarer that as he cannot contest the explanation of play provided by the defenders, you must ...
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Teamwork in bridge

Interesting question. First, a terminology issue. You refer to teams, but then only discuss the partnership of a player and his partner. Note that Duplicate Bridge is also played as a true team game,...
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Bridge guide for experienced Spades player?

The two games have some similarities. But they have a lot of differences too. Spades is a lot simpler, and so going from Bridge to Spades is relatively easy. Going from Spades to Bridge, well you're ...
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