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I cannot understand how, in the second auction, 3 is forcing.

Opener's second call is NF. Responder's second call is NF.

How, then, can 3 be forcing? Pseudo-science gone mad.
Oct. 10, 2014
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My father had a collection of British Bridge World magazines from about 1956-1962. Leon and Max Sapire wrote many articles there.
Oct. 9, 2014
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While this is an improvement, people are going to have some reservations about the Terms of Service being available only in Chinese.

I used Google Translate on part of the ToS and am greatly relieved to find that we are forbidden to use OurGame to engage in the “casual dating” of other users.
Oct. 7, 2014
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You can stick with the browser-based version if you want.
Oct. 7, 2014
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I logged into OurGame just now… there is a Bulletin:

Ladies and gentleman:

10th, Oct, OurGame will broadcast 2014 Red Bull World Bridge Series Championships.

Three matches every day, please enjoy!

All clients download page:(Android, IOS, pc-based )

http://ourbridge.ourgame.com/index/download-en.html

pc-client download page:

http://dlclient.ourgame.com/download/newdownload/ourbridge.exe

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Not much point to the second link; the first page contains the same file - ourbridge.exe

I have scanned the Windows executable and the Android APK for malware - nothing found.

I then installed OurGame on my Android phone and scanned - no adware/push notifications found. Links to the Sanya events are inside the app.

I am the happy owner of 3,000 OurGame coins.
Oct. 7, 2014
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In the early 80s I devised Optimal Twos, for showing classical Weak Twos and all two suiters (5-5+, 6-9) with openings of 2//. They have a little popularity in some parts of Australia. The calls serve to better-define one-level openings.

2: W2H or C+D or C+S
2: W2S or H+C or H+D
2: 3C opening (2/3 top hons) or S+H or S+D

2NT is a GT+ enquiry. It's easy to incorporate min/max for W2s and low-level RKCB for two-suiters. In the unlikely event anyone is interested, I can post a little more in the way of detail.

BTW, for 2 and 2 openings, the ratio is 55:45 in favour of the single-suiter. This makes a good defence to those calls hard to create.
Oct. 4, 2014
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When I raised queries about OurGame on BW I was told I was racist and an anti-Semite(!) I wonder to what attacks Mr Liu will be subjected.

Anyway, it will certainly be interesting to see what OurGame provides us in the way of broadcasts from Sanya.
Oct. 3, 2014
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There was a discussion of OurGame and malware here:
http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/a-brief-introduction-to-ourgame/

As for the web-based version: I ran a malware/spyware check after accessing the OG site - nothing found.
Oct. 2, 2014
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Larry was indeed a great help.

He is not the only one who misses your blogging!
Oct. 2, 2014
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I see that there is a Guess Zone, with some sort of betting option available.

Can we have an explanation of what that is about?
Oct. 2, 2014
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JINAL
Sept. 30, 2014
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“But how would partner know that I have great fit for C's and want to show lead directing with 5N? ”

So I pass 5 and then have a keen interest in playing 6 as compared to 6? I don't like to spring surprises on partner, but I don't think this scenario is so amazingly unusual that partner's will be hard-pressed to put a diamond on the table against 6.
Sept. 29, 2014
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How many 10-11 card trump fits do you want to find/advertise?
Sept. 29, 2014
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I think bidding is right, and prefer 5NT to get a diamond lead in the unlikely event they soldier on to 6H.
Sept. 29, 2014
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I am pleased to see some acknowledgement that all is not perfect in the garden of America. While that, of course, applies to all countries, the invasive influence of the US makes its flaws more than a little concerning.

You are quite right to point out that this is a bridge forum; I am sure we would not like BW to degenerate into a ideological free-for-all. There are plenty of other forums for that.

You are also quite right; it is not the case “that freedom of speech guaranteed by the state extends to privately held websites”

That one statement exposes Dean's article as nonsense; its first paragraph says, in part, “this is my first public statement”.

No, it is not a public statement.

Noni Hazelhurst is a well-known Australian actress and one-time host of Play School, a TV children's show. Noni has some advice for Dean:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ_WzkHRtX8
Sept. 27, 2014
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I have a friend, a Vietnamese dentist. During her holidays she does volunteer work on small children who have horrific dental deformities due to Agent Orange. The US Govt denies any liability (Supreme Court ruling, 2009).

This is nothing to do with “rhetoric”, and everything to do with facts.

Anyway, I shall pass on to her that the deformities she sees (teeth growing out of cheekbones, missing facial bones, etc) are nothing serious, just “a little heavy-handed”.
Sept. 27, 2014
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Agree. I think the heading is very much uncalled for.

If one has trouble accessing a site, it is reasonable to enquire of others regarding their success in logging in.

It is *not* reasonable, lacking further information, to call the financial standing of the site into question.
Sept. 26, 2014
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A most curious posting. What is its purpose? Why does the last word link to Google India?

I see that Mr Sahi thinks this matter so important that he posted the article right after joining. There is no other mention of “mike sahi” and “bridge” that I can find.

But why the posting here? Bizarre.
Sept. 26, 2014
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You seem to have an interesting perspective regarding the countries of which the world is composed.
Sept. 20, 2014
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