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Dean:
Beautiful satire! Sir Humphrey Appleby would be proud of you…
Aug. 17, 2013
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On the one hand you say:
“There are so many other marvelous, intelligent, well-intended, provocative, authoritative contributors who prevail on other super, educational SITES (my emphasis) you will enjoy!”

Then comes:
“I was not referring anyone to another site”

You write:
“It certainly seems clear to me that Bridge Winners has fallen from grace…”

Then comes:
“And, by the way, it is not the site I am trashing!”

You ask that Bridge Winners “institute (and demand) a requirement of civility and mutual respect…and not worry so much about your alleged “freedom of speech” obligation.”

So you are wishing the staff of BW to violate the constitution of the USA on the grounds that some comments displease you.

And strange that you make a “demand” “of civility and mutual respect”.

From your very own blog:
”I.. stopped reading your unending diatribe… Your blathering… Get a life!“

”…(You) type away as if your brain and fingers were under the influence of a compelling laxative."

So you advocate a policy for BW that is quite the opposite of what you yourself do. Interesting.
Aug. 17, 2013
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I can't see the point of asking a forum to determine the nature of a call using methods that the people know nothing about.

No one is going to say, “After playing this method for some years I have found…”
Aug. 16, 2013
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Aug. 17, 2013
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And a thank-you to Mr Burn for clarifying the concept of “equity” as it applies to claims. Useful to have this properly defined.
Aug. 16, 2013
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Mr Burn is quite right. A player who cannot count to 4 does not get to do any counting later on. Therefore, no squeezes.

What he can do is play big cards and put little ones on the big ones. On the current deal that means one down. Declarer did not have 4 diamond tricks when he said he did and he doesn't get gifted 4 diamond tricks later.

The director's line: “good deal of respect to West's declarer-playing abilities”, is one of the silliest red-herrings I have ever seen. The committee ruling was misguided at best.

Those who have trouble with this should consult the best director they can find and see what he has to say.
Aug. 16, 2013
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Don't rush him! Give him time! He'll find the CapsLock key eventually. We'll know when he does…
Aug. 15, 2013
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Take, for example:
http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2167/

At the current time, 40% like X, 52% like Pass.

I much prefer X, but if I had a teammate who prefers to pass I would let the matter go with no discussion.

Mr Cem is on the right track:
Ten clones of me who were polled would all say that Pass is a LA, but none of me would do it at the table.
Aug. 15, 2013
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For the those unfamiliar:
http://www.duluthpoker.com/cheat-at-poker/mechanics-grip/
Aug. 15, 2013
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Quite so. If you can't count to 4 properly, you live with the consequences.

TD, committee members and East should all line up for a good kick in the Khyber.
Aug. 15, 2013
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And use some of the funds for a white-board and cattle-prod to educate the TD and committee…
Aug. 14, 2013
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Very cute and well-done.
Aug. 14, 2013
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Recent history tells us that players bid vul games on next-to-nothing, relying on reasoning that ignores being doubled.

So, if N cannot raise then this is going down.

If this is a BIT “issue” I regard X as clearcut but would cheerfully accept any ruling to the contrary.
Aug. 14, 2013
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I don't understand. Owe WHAT to their clients? An abdication of ethics and integrity?

First Mr Donn tells us about “an expert player” with the ethics of a tapeworm, now we have clients who want to be in on the resultant dirty work? Please.
Aug. 14, 2013
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There are some sick people in this world.

Keep filling out those forms!
Aug. 14, 2013
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The question you ask about “how antipercentage” is a good one.

I think (independently of any replies you get from BW) you should buttonhole the best director you can find and go over the matter with him.

What you want is a specialist in bridge law; what you will get from BW is commentary from a range of players, from expert down.

Or, maybe write to David Stevenson: http://blakjak.org/#bas_menu
Aug. 14, 2013
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The price has gone down - you get the $20 and she's all yours. No returns.
Aug. 14, 2013
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He couldn't count his tricks correctly so he doesn't get to do any counting later.
Aug. 14, 2013
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I give up. I shall leave the discussion to others. I forecast you will, yet again, will be a voice in the wilderness.

From an earlier article:

Such a genius is that great Dean Pokorny
That his likeness will never be born-y
If we all thought like he
What a paradise it would be
But on Bridge Winners is voice is forlorn-y
Aug. 14, 2013
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No calculations are required.

People are forced to lose a trick to an outstanding trump after claiming; this declarer is forced to lose a trick to the outstanding D!Q.
Aug. 14, 2013
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No, the actual words were: “inferior, possibly careless”.

“Down one no matter who he or she is”.

That stuff about “good deal of respect to West's declarer-playing abilities” is irrelevant nonsense.
Aug. 14, 2013
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