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April 21, 2013
Today's North-South can make 3NT, but only if they arrange for South to be declarer. If they "wrong-side" the contract, making North declarer, a spade opening lead sets up four spade tricks for West while he has the ace of clubs as an entry. But if South is declarer, a spade lead from West is not immediately fatal. "Right-side" situations are common, and expert pairs have agreements to cope with them. When North cue-bid three spades, he promised (by agreement) a trick in spades, so South had an easy 3NT bid. Some pairs might agree that the cue bid would ask South to bid 3NT only if he had a solid spade stopper.
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July 22, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
Since forming the duo called Archer Spade in 2010, trombonist Dan Blacksberg and guitarist Nick Millevoi have presented music on a fairly regular basis - but in the past, their efforts have been all about them. Their 2012 Commissioning Series featured new compositions written for them by composers Gene Coleman, Dave Soldier, and Johnny DeBlase, while their sporadic Performance Series rarely hosted a concert that didn't include Archer Spade or one of the pair's numerous other projects.
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June 23, 2013
The Vanderbilt Teams at the ACBL Spring Championships looked more like a European Championship. In the round of 16, more than half the players were from overseas. As usual, the high seeds comprised a wealthy sponsor and five professionals. The influx of pros from Europe reflects a soaring demand for pro services. It is also a symptom of socioeconomics in the United States: more people with tons of cash, more living around the poverty line. The event brought a remarkable win for a four-person team: Sabine Auken, a women's world champion; New Yorker Roy Welland; and two unknown Danes, Morten and Dennis Bilde (father and son)
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