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I'm not going to defend $375K on a failed software implementation, but there is no way that Excel is the correct tool for the job.
Oct. 11
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On one occasion, yes. I predict a pattern.
Oct. 8
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I like the penalty double. There's never stasis in bidding systems. Without the double, the lower level of the 15-17 becomes good 14, then ordinary 14, etc. More and more hands that could go for a number, if the opponents double.

In a related way, when I play with my Dad, who learned to bid when Blackwood was the newest thing, we don't play Negative Doubles. I'm sure we have missed many excellent part scores, but we have had some serious fun against the modern style of overcalling on crap.
Oct. 4
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Beginners are taught how to handle pre-empts. They are seldom taught how to detect psyches, partly because in these threads, I get the impression if the psyching pair is much more honest against peers. I'm not saying to ignore the opposition—I'll bid more optimistically against pairs I think more likely to misdefend—but improving defense is part of become a better player and detecting psyches better is, generally, not.
Sept. 23
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If N-S make this same psychic bid against good opponents (including, of course, N raising when he has 16 points and is 4-1-3-5), I'm willing to consider it foolish but not unsportsmanlike. But what makes me think there is an unstated partnership agreement that goes “Against the fish, be alert for my psyches”?
Sept. 23
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In my college game, North would have held xxxx of hearts, KQx of spades, and a stiff club. The bidding goes 1-2 and then 3NT uttered (before bidding boxes) with an air of finality. Now it would be slapped down on the table with a clear indication North is not expected to correct this “matchpoint bid” to 4. The bid doesn't only count on the cluelessness of the opponents, but partner recognizing that you are the best player at the table and must know what you are doing.
July 13
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Ogust is an alterable bid. If the opponents ask, I think “Ogust” is an even worse short description than usual, because most take that as showing an invitational (or better) hand. I think it's incumbent on your partner to say that while you are asking about opener's values and suit, unlike most people who play “Ogust” you are not promising values of your own.
July 13
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Repeat offenders. I'd even heard one director call to their table earlier, but not that it was ZT as opposed to revoke or lead out of turn.
July 11
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I don't think a disclosed psyche agreement is a psyche in the ACBL sense. It is another possible alternative meaning of a call. My experience is that most psyches are UNDISCLOSED partnership agreements.
July 9
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I played in the New Yorker for the first time last December. I liked it. Although lighting at a couple tables wasn't good. And I got a room below $200.
April 12
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Even against a particular partnership, my double of Player A's 3-level preempt is takeout-oriented while my double of Player B's is “As usual, B doesn't have his bid; is 500 enough or do we need to declare?”
March 15
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Are you going to tell me that you can't consider an opponent's past pre-empt history (soundness) in deciding whether to double, bid on, or pass? Not likely.
March 8
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The BA economy can be gauged by the traffic. The economy is good. Traffic is a nightmare. Judge your commute, if you want to see your dog and child.
Feb. 1
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I'm one of the weaker players here, but did you really think that hand should bid Texas? On a weak 5-card suit? I'm wondering if my partners would read 4 as a splinter, and I will probably raise the reply to 6. I might try 5 to promise the void.

As to the original question, I don't see the problem. If 4 is Texas, I would read 5 as the Ace. The question is why only 5, and why even if partner has forgotten, we should stop at 5.
Feb. 1
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An understatement. World class players, tyro ethics.
Feb. 1
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I agree that the best explanation is not UI, but a desire that South should play as many contracts as possible.
Dec. 21, 2017
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I expect an AI computer will be an excellent declarer, single-dummy. Bidding might be a challenge, but there won't be any memory load on totally artificial conventions. I wonder if they will put GCC in the “rules”.
Dec. 6, 2017
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