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What I try to do is to alert, make the bid, then write the explanation. That way, if LHO doesn't care about the explanation, the delay is minimal, but if s/he does care, they will have full information before making their call.
3 hours ago
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I would strongly prefer kibbitzing bridge with a properly implemented delay feature to either of the current options.

I also have a preference to watching with no delay (and the risk of cheating) and all the features being available to watching with the current hamstrung delay. However, I appreciate that participants are likely to have a different perspective.
July 5
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You have eight diamonds and only six clubs, so there are 21 ways for him to have 5-6 clubs but only one way to have 5-6 diamonds.
June 30
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IIRC, the opponents had had a very revealing auction, so Meck knew enough about the hand to be sure 7 was making.
June 30
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Seems like a good idea. However, it is perplexing that for the “second subject,” there is a space for ACBL number but not BBO name or real name.
June 29
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We have an electric car, so the price of gas doesn't affect how much I drive. (And before you ask, we have solar panels, so the price of electricity doesn't matter much either.) And I already don't play robot events for reasons having nothing to do with price.
June 29
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The ACBL is clear that this relates to Work HCP only, without any adjustments.
June 28
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I think the Multi should be allowed in NABC pair events whether it is any good or not.
June 27
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What if responder has a very weak 6-card suit? Does that mean you always play game with a misfit or else responder has to pass out 2NT?
June 27
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Aside from any restricted choice considerations, playing the queen on the first round holds losers to one whether North has KT, KJT, or JT. Playing the ace gains only when North has JT and a stiff diamond.
June 27
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3NT does not take away any bidding space from partner and he can still bid both minors to give South a choice.
June 25
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It's an online game–one can legally bring one's computer to the bathroom.
June 25
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Oops, I guess I played too fast. I thought there was going to be a squeeze, so I ducked trick one, then, too late, realized the problem.
In 6NT, declarer should surely pitch a club at trick one. If they split, there are still twelve tricks, enough to beat 6+1.
June 24
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Is there a typo on the U26 roster? I don't see any Kolesniks there. :-)
June 23
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I suspect that the problem is that GIB didn't understand partner's bid.
June 22
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I don't think you're allowed to change your system during a session, but if you feel there are too many robots, you can decide to play a non-robot system for the whole thing. Transfers over 1 and doubles seems like a good thing to include.
June 19
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I would not want to see them except as substitutes to avoid a half table.
June 18
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Or even have someone who is not doing commentary hold up the bidding diagram instead of showing their face.
June 18
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I started doing this, but the spreadsheet is in order by captain's first name, while we are being prompted for the captain's last name, so I'd have to search for each one rather than just scrolling. I will try again if this issue is addressed.

It would also be good to post a CoC.
June 12
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It looks like I have three heart losers regardless; I don't see any point in ducking. Here's what I'd like to do: cross to the K and play a diamond to the ten. Assuming that it loses and the opponents cash their hearts and play a spade, I can win in hand, cross to the A, and see if the suit is running. If not, I can still take the club finesse. I don't want to play the A early, because that sets up a fifth loser if the suit is foul and doesn't let me try both minors. And I don't want to try clubs first, because if they don't work, I have five losers on any diamond layout (except LHO holding a stiff king). The problem is that my hand is squeezed on the fourth heart (dummy can safely play a spade and a diamond) and I have to give up chances in one of the minors.

I think I am going to try that anyway–if the T lost to the K, then I will throw the J, as are 6/7 to be running (as you say, average opponents who will not have falsecarded with KJxx and xx(x)) and if it lost to the !J, I will throw a . Although clubs are only 34% to produce five tricks (Qx(x) onside) compared to 36% for diamonds (doubleton king is four of eleven possibilities), if RHO holds Qxxx and the K is doubleton, I can still come home and that is 4% more.

And if the T wins, then I should be fine for four tricks in the suit by crossing back to the A and leading toward the queen.

Seems to be about 77% overall.
June 11
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