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It would seem to be a simple improvement (e.g. for hand #5) if, when the bot fails to come up with a single hand where his play matters, it generates some hands *ignoring* the constraints (let's not even try to quantify “small” vs “large” bidding deviations) and see whether the play matters in *that* case.
Jan. 2
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Declarer had 9xxxx x AKQxx Kx and p KQxx x xx AQJxxx, so the correct return was a club.
Dec. 18, 2018
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Re: “It has long been my opinion that card fees have always been too low. I see clubs struggling to make ends meet where a $2 increase would have made all the difference.”

I am no longer living in the United States (after having played in the ACBL for 8 years). Back in France (since recently), the ~10-table, 27-board club game costs €3, and while I don't know any details I don't think the club is doing poorly money-wise (for example the club also serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at a very reasonable price, winners get a free play, etc.).

The “sectional”-equivalent (~75 pairs) entry earlier this month did cost €25, but there were cash prizes for the top ~10% and other prizes (bottles of wine – this is France after all) further down the ranking.
Nov. 22, 2018
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Thanks for the input.

In the actual hand, righty held Kxx Jxx AKQxxx T, partner ATxxx Txxx - AKQx, and dummy QJx Kxxx Txx xxx, so there was no good choice after I bid 2S and righty rebid 3D: doubling cost only one additional matchpoint (8 tables) to the pair in 2DX+1.

If I bid 3C then perhaps we'd have found 4C (… if partner pulls the penalty double, which seems less unlikely on this auction(?)), which is interesting to play too.
Nov. 6, 2018
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Thanks for the reference and the summary (yes, I do read French)!
Oct. 21, 2018
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While 2D is GF in standard French, multi appears to be quite common too.
Oct. 21, 2018
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Having first learnt to play in France (as a beginner around ten years ago), it took me a long time, once in the US, to even accept the idea of three-card raises. However I now think that the French dislike of Moysians is a bit excessive, whether after 1m-1M-?, or e.g. raising on 4 in auctions like 1m-(1M)-?
Oct. 21, 2018
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I think I was involved in that hand… :)
Jan. 31, 2018
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My own https://github.com/anntzer/redeal, if you like Python.
Jan. 24, 2018
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But these are probabilities for any shape. Constraining to balanced hands will slightly change the probabilities (probably not that much though).
Dec. 31, 2017
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Hands with likely interference were excluded from my sim (using the criteria given by RP).
Dec. 30, 2017
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FWIW (see https://github.com/anntzer/redeal/blob/master/examples/pavlicek_8z15.py for simulation source), I get (10000 hands, so ~1% error) 40.6% 15HCP, 33.8% 16HCP, 25.6% 17HCP.

But given that the hands are nonrandom this specific discussion may be pointless.
Dec. 29, 2017
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Oh and I did alert and explain this understanding (natural, encouraging to compete). (I just realized that this information got lost in the discussion…)
Sept. 10, 2017
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In fact this comment points to a solution to the sticky cards problem: Require players to only pull out *one* bidding card from the box at a time (trust me, it's really not that hard to put them back after); once *one* bidding card is on the table (by the same standards as “played card”) it is considered definitely bid.
Sept. 8, 2017
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We (I was North) have the clear agreement when running out, 2S is natural and encourages further competition. (Otherwise we use DONT runouts (pass is nonforcing, XX forces 2C to show a one-suiter, XX-then-2S does not invite further competition.)

In fact we had the successful auction 1N (X) 2S (X); 3S (X) P (?… 4H) down a few AP already come up, so I think we were on firm grounds there. I just thought, oh nice, same auction and bid 3S directly without BIT.

What we may or may not have had an agreement on (and have fixed since then) is whether 1N (X=artificial) is also a runout position.
Sept. 8, 2017
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I have played that for a very long time and it is definitely playable.
Aug. 3, 2017
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The only ever time I played Fantunes (in a not very serious pairs game, approx. 10min after having bought Fantunes revealed), my partner saw me open 1D (natural 14+) and directly raised to 7N with his balanced 23-count.
March 12, 2017
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I agree with Jon that such a rule change is unlikely to slow down the game. After all no one complains that one cannot take back a played *card*.

I understand the point that bidding cards sometimes stick to each others. Thus, a reasonable rule may be that a bidding card cannot be taken back once it has been released from the hand. There should be plenty of time to check that the card is correct before releasing it.
Dec. 11, 2016
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Roger Gong and myself are looking for teammates for the 10K Swiss tomorrow. Please PM me if you're interested.
Nov. 25, 2016
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With a min, I respond 4D to 4C (the 4H asks again – 0, 1, 1+Q, 2, 2+Q). When partner shows a nonmin (in context), x AQxxx AQx Qxxx seems to be the least he can have. I can never find the red tens (or the CJ); opposite none of these, 6C is poor but not unplayable so I'll just take that risk.
Oct. 15, 2016
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