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Best article title and motto for a bridge player EVER.
(The hands on page four still seem to be switched round..)
Sept. 1
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These are more meta, less technical, maybe for occasional use, depending on the audience.
Bridge being a partnership game: How to treat partner, how to make agreements with partner(use of convention card, The object of bidding being assessing combined assets of the partnership (I know a learner who talks about bidding against her partner), who are your opponents anyway? (as in the people with your hands at other tables.)
Etiquette: Greeting opponents, inappropriate comments or criticisms (zero-tolerance), why and when and how to call the director (words and tone) and isn't it wonderful we don't have to know all these rules because the director does; object of adjustments when an “infraction” occurs.
Realities: handling good results (in re gloating) handling poor results/fixes; mistakes at bridge: How often they happen, what they mean (not that you're a hopeless player), and how to learn from them; why there are so many rules?
Ethics: Use of emphasis and expression: Double! Double? Full disclosure: why and how?
When you are allowed to ask questions.
How to review your results to improve.
Sept. 1
Barbara Barnes edited this comment Sept. 1
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Consistent with Kieran's comment (as well as positional matters): In Ron Anderson's discussion of Lebensohl over weak two bids (in his book The Lebensohl Convention Complete, p. 59-66), he recommends using ….
Rule 3: “(Over a weak-2), the first player who bids NT (in non-signoff sequences) shows a stopper.
”Generally this translates to F(ast) A(ction) D(enies) S(topper) with one slight modification. An immediate jump to three no-trump promises a stopper even though this is a ‘fast’ action, because it follows Rule 3. Note that we don't need the jump to three notrump as a ‘fast auction without a stopper.’ Unlike Lebensohl after notrump interference, we can make a direct cue-bid denying a stopper without guaranteeing four cards in the unbid major(s)."
May 17
Barbara Barnes edited this comment May 17
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If this weren't so sad I would laugh out loud.

Like individuals, organizations have reputations. Many experienced executives reading the Arbitrator's report would conclude that, at least in its business decisions, the ACBL is ill-led at the BOD level, lacks high ethical standards, and is unrealistic or foolish or both.

Good luck with the next outside search committee with this out there.

I see we have re-forming our governance structure on the table. Have we been clear-minded, forthright and transparent about the problems in corporate governance AND bridge-related decisions and how any new structure might actually address them?
March 29
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Reduced (perhaps to 0) entry fee.
Feb. 1
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Our grandson (5) is learning chess. (He's starting card games too.) We ran across the curriculum from ChessKid (which is designed to be used by teams, coaches, schoolteachers, and parents as well as, of course, actual kids) which is keyed to the Common Core standards, perhaps making it more easily integrated into school settings. Its tools are easily used in group settings as well as for individual work on computer/tablet/phone. ChessKid provides an administrative framework for club/team management as well.
I know nothing about bridge “curriculum” designed for kids; just wondered if such a complete set of tools is available for bridge.
You can sign up as a “parent” at ChessKid for free to get more information and access to the curriculum – as a 550-page download that includes advice for use and the Common Core linkages, exercise pages, etc.as well as lesson content.
An interesting model.
Dec. 30, 2018
Barbara Barnes edited this comment Dec. 30, 2018
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….most recently heard at the Lake Wobegon DBC, where all the pairs finish above average.
Oct. 14, 2018
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I thought this was going to be a riff on the Banksy painting that was destroyed by a shredder hidden in the frame after it sold at auction for $1.4M. Your title is supposedly the tagline about it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkC80in5heU
Oct. 12, 2018
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Hi Joe, Your vision of 52 LCD “cards” is inspirational. How do you make play seem more “normal”/satisfying? Silly thought – For “at the table” games, what if each player's tablet showed just his own hand and the facedown quitted cards you'd normally have on your edge of the table, dummy would put his tablet down, and another device in the center of the table displayed the bidding during the auction and (during the play) cards played to the current trick. That would feel much more like a traditional table. Essentially the table surface is a mat that displays what's usually on the table.
Oct. 10, 2018
Barbara Barnes edited this comment Oct. 10, 2018
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Would welcome the chance to play without the “stupid” infractions – my own and others' –(revoking, leading out of turn, insufficient bids) that can be prevented in tablet/on-line play.
I am over 70 and have some difficulty holding and manipulating cards (being left-handed doesn't help). I'm always the last person at the table to have my hand sorted and way too often have to search for my thirteenth card. I'm sure this makes people impatient and it frustrates me. It almost brought me to tears once when I had an enormous hand (27 points) and could NOT get it sorted.
Oct. 4, 2018
Barbara Barnes edited this comment Oct. 4, 2018
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Aware of the world around them? Maybe not…
Sept. 15, 2018
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I'm sorry I could only like this once Anant.
Sept. 15, 2018
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I ask the declarer or opening leader on the board to okay the score, figuring that improves the chance that the person was paying attention.
I like the idea of asking the opponent who is scolding (or otherwise misbehaving.)
Sept. 15, 2018
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I voted yes, but two things would have to happen.
We'd all have to be clear on the differences between legal improprieties (revoking, selecting an action not permitted after UI) ethical violations, and what we'd call cheating.
We would need to educate new players to understand what's allowed. .
Aug. 27, 2018
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Robert Stevens – Maybe you're like the people in the candy commercial – not yourself when you're hungry. I hear Snickers bars are the instant antidote…. <smile>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDkTNMK1V50
Aug. 19, 2018
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Maybe just a pop-up reminder in the comment box. If you are responding to a previous comment please start by addressing he author by name.
Some sites, of course, allow you to replay to a specific comment at any level, not just, as bridge winners does, to the discussion (i.e., current top-level thread.)
Aug. 15, 2018
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Regardless of what your profit says about you, you sound charming!
Aug. 15, 2018
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Way to go, John! This situation should be on the Club Director's test (I assume there is such a thing) and anyone who doesn't pick the option of teaching them Michaels after the game should fail.
Aug. 12, 2018
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