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While I am pleased to see you say, “unsavory behavior wouldn't even be on my radar”, we have to accept that not everyone adheres to your good standards.

There are several instances in ACBL-land (Wayne Timms is one) of players taking advantage of this silliness of dealing at the table to slip in their own prepared deck.
Jan. 31, 2014
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Quite so. The head of US Army recruiting recently complained that he was running short of suitable recruits; applicants were failing the entry test. He said, “a typical question is, ‘if X plus 2 = 4, what is X?’”.

That said, a pedant will cotrectly assert that “computer-dealt” and “random” must necessarily be different. But of course hand-dealt is anything but random…
Jan. 31, 2014
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Only in America. Other parts of the world have had predealt boards and hand records for all events, big and small, for at least a couple of decades.
Jan. 31, 2014
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Thanks for the advice. Next time I shall resolutely play on in the hope of an even bigger top.

On not giving in: Sometimes the gods smile upon us.

In a big teams game I had: xx xx Qxxxxxx xx
opposite partner's 12-14 1NT at fav., and raised to 3NT.

We got a heart lead.

xxxx AQx AKx xxx
Jan. 30, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Jan. 30, 2014
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In a similar situation I once declared 3, having tried a Dean-like manoeuvre. I inspected dummy and determined that I was no chance to score a trick and so put my cards back in the board and said, “Nine down”.

“Play it out”, barked an irate LHO.
Jan. 30, 2014
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You are right about the “good money after bad”. I see a new 4TB Seagate NAS on eBay for $250.

$80k worth of shopping on the Dell or HP site would get an excellent configuration of workstations and servers.

The links you just provided are truly scary. What a schemozzle! It looks like your “major push” will have to become a “major putsch”. ACBL members, rise up and throw off the tyrannous yoke of data oppression!
Jan. 24, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Jan. 24, 2014
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For all intents and purposes, RPG was replaced by PL/1 in the early-mid 70s. That anyone should have a scrap of living RPG code is disgraceful. What else is running in the ACBL back office? VisiCalc, WordStar and dBase 2 on a KayPro 4, backed up on 360k floppies, I suppose.

I'm prepared to bet that if the mastepoint award table adheres to 3rd Normal Form it could be stored on a USB stick. Sell the mainframe (an IBM System/360?) to a scrap dealer.

The ACBL needs to stop protecting the fiefdoms of amateur “enthusiasts” and bring in a sharp, intelligent consultant armed with the authority to wield the axe and bring in real change.

Jan. 24, 2014
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What a petty, mean decision by the ACBL! Their tech/IT nous was snap-frozen in the late 80s. The ACBL has once again displayed the vision of an earthworm.
Jan. 24, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Jan. 24, 2014
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Too many lawyers, rather than “the greatest good for the greatest number” have had a harmful effect upon America, in my view.

What is good for bridge players everywhere is good for bridge in the US; only a mean-spirited, penny-pinching, small-minded minor constipated official would worry about the absurd notion that a player somewhere might not pay his ACBL subscription because he can see the Bulletin via an online viewer.

The ACBL should be delighted with Mr Kidd's high-quality work and snaffle him as a paid consultant ASAP. The ACBL's implementation in IT matters has been lacking for decades now and Mr Kidd clearly knows how to get (some) things done.
Jan. 23, 2014
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Excellent viewer, job well done.
Jan. 22, 2014
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East's pass is outrageous. Call the TD and file the matter with the Recorder.
Jan. 22, 2014
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I suspect the chances of an uninterrupted big club auction are slim…
Jan. 22, 2014
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With a modest 3-1-5-4 partner should have raised directly. So this sequence shows extras and is forcing.
Jan. 21, 2014
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One cannot “tend to guarantee”; the two terms do not mesh.

Before the auction, partner's expected spade length is 3 and a bit. Suppose we have 8 hearts and RHO opens a genuine 5CM 1H. Now that partner has 13 non-hearts, his expected spade length has gone up, n'est pas?
Jan. 21, 2014
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Yes, club games are something else, as are the post-mortems.

In a weak club game we defended 4 and took the first six tricks - two black aces and four trumps on a cross-ruff.

A furious dummy whipped out the traveller, examined the results and shouted at his partner: “You could have made that!”
Jan. 9, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Jan. 11, 2014
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There is no clear reasoning in favour of an unsafe non-trump lead. A trump lead is pretty sound - won't cost, may prevent a ruff.
Jan. 7, 2014
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“Misgivings” is right. Reading “Poorly Made in China” changed my buying habits for good. And it was The Economist “Book of the Year”, so it's not hysterical nonsense.

One conclusion is that any contract with a Chinese firm is worthless and unenforceable. Good luck to the WBF; they may well need it.
Jan. 7, 2014
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Agree. Responder needs to be able to choose what the opponents will see.

When responder has a void or a wild shape (7420) or an 8 card suit he should declare, the better to make the cash-out difficult. With, say, 7222, put that down as dummy and conceal the high-cards.
Jan. 7, 2014
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Your use of the term of “uppercut” is incorrect.
http://www.bridgebum.com/uppercut.php

You may have a trump promotion going, but it is not an uppercut.



Jan. 7, 2014
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