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Maybe a good, hard dose of quality cardplay problems will help your focus…

Kelsey's The Tough Game and The Needle Match are worth studying, in my view.
April 16
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Several countries have not given into to the madness. Japan, Sweden, Taiwan and a few others. They seem to be doing quite well actually.

We live in different universes.

I am not claiming that “government” can't do this. Obviously it can, because it has. I am claiming that it shouldn't. First because it doesn't seem necessary and more importantly because people should be allowed to make their own decisions about best to live with this.

- It “seems necessary” to world-class experts with decades of experience.

- As for “people should be allowed to make their own decisions”, Bertrand Russell wrote at length about the greatest dilemma: The wishes of the individual versus the needs of society.

I gather you wish to focus on only the first part.
April 16
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I agree with Mike Ma:

If you single out two countries as survivors, then by assumption it means at least some other countries are not as much. Otherwise, why not just say no one has made any money betting against any country in the world?

Similarly, Bertrand Russell, 1922:

Apparently it has not occurred to anyone that a “good American,” like a “good German” or a “good Japanese,” must be, pro tanto, a bad human being. A “good American” is a man or woman imbued with the belief that America is the finest country on earth, and ought always to be enthusiastically supported in any quarrel. It is just possible that these propositions are true; if so, a rational man will have no quarrel with them. But if they are true, they ought to be taught everywhere, not only in America. It is a suspicious circumstance that such propositions are never believed outside the particular country which they glorify.
April 16
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Don is on the right track… from:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Briscola

…players are permitted to signal their partners and attempt to signal without the other team noticing. A common system of signaling is as follows:

Ace - stretch the lips over the teeth or purse lips
Three - wink or distort the mouth to one side
King - glance upwards or raise eyebrows
Knight - shrug one shoulder
Knave - show the tip of the tongue or lick your lips
April 16
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Indeed, a couple years ago I set up a dialog with Robb Gordon and an Australian involved with ethics administration… what, if anything, was the result, I don't know (and it's not my department).
April 15
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I never met Anders, but his help with my book on the Blue Team was greatly appreciated. His analytical skills were truly exceptional and he was courteous and cheerful at all times, over many emails.

I commented here:
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/anders-wirgren-has-passed-away/

Sorry, I don't have any stories… I wish I did.
April 15
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Many thanks… I hope to learn new and good things.
April 15
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Yes, ducking also works when partner has two diamonds and a trump entry. At the table, that results in an overtrick; Dr had Jxx.
April 13
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“Dr” gets a mention in an earlier article of mine…

A couple of years ago I played in a big AU teams event with Dr. He was on lead to 4 and took an age to make his choice. He pulled out this card and that, shook his head, huffed and puffed… and eventually led the 9.

Dummy had three low hearts and four diamonds; I had Axxx and the A. I could play Dr for a singleton diamond or for a trump entry and a doubleton diamond.

In quite a temper, I won the ace and returned the two, to show him that the use of unauthorised information was not to be part of our game.

Dr ruffed and returned a club… it took me a while to regain my powers of speech. (And, no, in no way was Dr using reverse hesitations… that's not his game.)
April 13
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Priceless? I'll sell it to you for a used bus ticket…
April 13
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I am guessing John proposes pitching the clubs on the big hearts… so clubs becomes their forcing suit.
April 12
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… then a pizza is a vegetable.
April 12
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“I've Got A Secret”, by Ed Manfield.
Bridge World, April 1982.
April 12
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That may be a sound line of play, but there is a real risk of being forced-off if you lose to the Q and there is no doubleton Q.
April 12
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East's doubling 5 would be a violation of one of Wilsmore's Laws:

Do not double the opponents in game if you have no reason to suppose they are not cold for slam.
April 11
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Well, however rotten the behaviour of players in Australia, it's a vast improvement over the bad old days. Intimidation, bullying, directing the defence, signalling range during the bidding, etc were commonplace.

But, I think Matthew Brown could consider adopting a different policy when it comes to gratuitous attacks mid-deal.

- Call the director immediately
- Ask the culprit(s) to repeat what it was they said
- Enquire as to the name of the Recorder or any other means of getting the facts down in writing

In my experience, the loudmouths hate being called to account and having their sins made public.


I have had only one failure in more that 30 years of following this procedure, and that was during the final of a NSW State Pairs Championship.

LHO: Listen, (expletive deleted), when you get outside, I'm going to smash your fucking head in.

AW: Director!



AW: Would you be so good as to repeat your statement?

LHO (cheerfully): Sure! I told this (expletive deleted), when he gets outside, I'm going to smash his fucking head in.


I will write up the subsequent developments some time (commencing with the director then running away from the table as fast as his fat legs could carry him)… they are most amusing. Sort of.
April 7
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The Master speaks!

I am reminded of the Marshall McLuhan scene in Annie Hall…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wWUc8BZgWE
April 7
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Spades are not 4-0 in the layout on page 3, yet (correctly) refusing the club finesse results in one down.
April 7
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It may not be what you are thinking of, but Ernest Theimer wrote some excellent stories that appeared in Bridge World.

Two were about the Afterlife…

Andy and the King of Hades, Nov 1970
Andy and the Queen of Hades, Feb 1975
April 7
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