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Let me guess, you have never heard of The Economist magazine.

http://www.economist.com/node/13642306

Let me guess, you googled none of the above in order to find out the facts.
Aug. 2, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Aug. 2, 2014
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Both Dean and Nat are “Yes, but…” players.

The give-away is that almost any reply someone makes is countered with a “Yes, but…” that attempts, no matter how foolishly, to refute the reply.

Anyone unwise enough to suppose that either Dean or Nat have any interest in any way in getting an answer to some topic can try posting a sound solution; shortly after you will get told that your solution is no good for some reason.

The sounder and more intelligent your answer the nuttier their counter must be, in order to diminish the value of your input. Lacking the ability to find a sound reason you are wrong, they will desperately switch tack to some personal matters.

The payoff comes, in this forum and in real life, when the group runs out of possible answers and the original poster feels triumphant in being unbeatable; he has won, the masses have found the problem insoluble. Yay!

“Yes, but…” players thrive on the argument. They have zero interest in any answer; their motives are otherwise. You can never outlast them. You can never be right. You can never win.

A description of the game, and a probable explanation of the underlying drivers is here:

http://www.thenew-renaissanceman.com/mind-games-2.html
Aug. 2, 2014
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This matter (“Our Game… Internet broadcasting of World Championship bridge play on an exclusive basis”) was discussed in an earlier article:

www.bridgewinners.com/article/view/commercialization-of-world-championship.

In that article I posted:

“I have serious reservations about doing business with Chinese companies.

Read “Poorly Made in China” (The Economist book of the year) and I have no doubt that you will do as I did - throw out any and every product made in China in my kitchen and bathroom. Conclusions from the book:

- A “QC” label is ornamental

- ISO certification is meaningless

- The list of contents on a package need have no relation at all with what is inside (google: china melamine)

- Any contract with a Chinese company is unenforceable

- Any Chinese company may be what it appears or it may be a front for the Chinese Govt. (google: huawei security)

- In the event of a dispute do not go to China. Ever. (google: china stern hu)

Doing business with a Chinese company has real risks.”
Aug. 2, 2014
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The old-fashioned pass said, “Lead a club if you have one”.

And in these days of short clubs, why not?
Aug. 1, 2014
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See The Man from Mars, Jeff Rubens, Aug 1975 Bridge World.
Aug. 1, 2014
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Just put Nat on Ignore. Let him waffle away in isolation…
July 29, 2014
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July 27, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment July 27, 2014
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7 by West is a singe-dummy trump squeeze if one supposes the (expected) 8 opening lead is from a doubleton.
July 27, 2014
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Peter is clearly more patriotic than I…
July 26, 2014
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You're right. If NZers can master them, anyone can.
July 25, 2014
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Against 3NT in the ‘72 Olympiad Tim Seres led low from KQJx through dummy’s 2 (suit) response. Dummy had, from memory, A1087x

Good old partner (Cummings) had the wit to win his nine…
July 25, 2014
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“Don't like them” is frequently a function of familiarity.

One day, in some generations to come, America will join the rest of the world in using that incomprehensible metric system.

And one wonders about the result of the 1990 Rosenblum Cup semifinals, had Bridgemates or some such been in use.
July 25, 2014
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The real danger in doubling is that they will play 4 and get the trumps (and other suits) right.
July 23, 2014
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I gather you are not from England or Australia.

Don't ask me to explain.
July 21, 2014
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Historically, the term “responsive double” (Fielding-Reid, 1954) referred only to: (suit) X (raise) X.

Maybe its meaning has changed due to some other popular usage… dunno.
July 19, 2014
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For a good discussion of squeezes without the count, see Not-So-Simple Squeezes by Jim Patrick, Aug 2102 Bridge World.

9 pages and 10 excellent hands.
July 17, 2014
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WBF announcement regarding the appeal, 16th July

http://www.worldbridge.org/Data/Sites/1/media/documents/misc/AppealTribunalRuling.pdf
July 17, 2014
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Great problem… I am inclined towards 5.

What would the 4 bidders do with:
xxx xxx xx Kxxxx ?
July 16, 2014
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Good hand, well played.

A Reese-like J opening lead works well…
July 15, 2014
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