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Geoff,

How much of your physical condition do you attribute to your performance at the table if any? Do you do anything for mental conditioning, i.e meditation for focus, or poker for table feel and such.

Thanks and congratulations

Shawshank Redemption !
May 25, 2016
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Thanks Mike, it was great. Made me want to grab a beer and listen to it again :)
Nov. 9, 2015
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Joanna:
this one has been my favorite for many years. It is however an urban legend.

http://darwinawards.com/legends/legends1998-08.html
Nov. 4, 2015
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for a small club considering duplication machine, bridge+more seems like a viable solution especially 4-10 tables. Aside from the benefits you mentioned, it should speed up the game and save prep time, offer new options such as barometer pairs, and weekend swiss teams etc with hand records etc. For the suggested number of tables it might not be a huge upfront cost difference given you have to shell out for a duplicating machine boards and decks of cards and spares. It could pay off in the long run and the service it provides.

It would also be pretty useful for lessons and lectures one might attempt at the club setting at multiple tables being able to push the pre-dealt hands to the students at each table simultaneously. Or you can grab one unit, its server and a netbook running it's dealing software and go to someone's home for a class.
Nov. 4, 2015
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Danny, download some free vpn solution. connect to a server located somewhere else other than US and you should be able to use that site (for interest only, of course)
Sept. 25, 2015
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Eric, I didn't intend to correlate Abagnale's story to be an offering for a come-back reward for those recent world-class partnerships who have been caught cheating.

I realize that a decision (hopefully) will be made regardless of what “I” think. And, I do happen to think given a return for those players might be possible in the future, I would never feel comfortable enough to play a “focused” game against them. The game is hard enough, should one really be punished by possibly playing worse since they can't focus or stop thinking what illegal signals someone at the table might be using against them. Having said that I rather not see any of those player welcomed back at least as a pre-condition. Perhaps, over-time they might persuade the community with their contributions and behavior and be able to plea for their case.

C~
Sept. 20, 2015
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There could be some productive outcomes. Just saying…

“Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. His primary crime was check fraud; he became so experienced that the FBI eventually turned to him to help in catching other check forgers.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_Me_If_You_Can
Sept. 20, 2015
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I am a bystander, I have opinions and realize it's not my job to judge. However, I can't help thinking what happens in the future. How does an authority decide the success of rehabilitation process if there is such an applicable concept here? What are the existing precedences?

Authorities ban such players from competition for life? or perhaps for an arbitrary length of time and assume players come back to play a clean game because they learned a valuable lesson?

Regardless of your views, if you were playing against a previously convicted player for cheating during post sentence, would you simply assume they are rehabilitated and play as you would against any other player?

I don't intent to imply anything by what I wrote. They are just thoughts and questions I wanted to share.

I couldn't help remembering a few related scenes from one of my favorite movies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGNVeYiMb24
Sept. 19, 2015
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Geoff, it appears that just happened, about 20 minutes ago.
Sept. 19, 2015
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I didn't quite see the discarding issue with spade spots. Wouldn't it have been much more practical and helpful for East to start his discards with Q of diamonds and follow with 10 once partner discards a diamond on the second trump?

That gets spades in the picture first, then can safely discard 4 and 6 to imply something in clubs and then eventually let go of a club when he has to. If declarer has AKT he knows he is toast.
Dec. 23, 2013
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334. just saw this. good luck with the grant.
Oct. 31, 2013
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I am not going to be able to bid my 2 suiter and make a healthy decision between 2S and 3N after opening 2C if partner bids 2H.

And I won't worry about the hands partner would bid 2D GF since he likely would not pass over 1D, given my 3 cards in majors.

Finally in almost all the hands, partner might pass 1D, I do not expect opponents to pass out 1D. I'd take my chances and open 1D
Oct. 2, 2013
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I'd probably open 2C and then bid 2N, at least give it a higher chance of finding a 4-4 major fit on hands partner might pass 2NT and certainly might pass 1C
Sept. 23, 2013
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from partner's point of view this hand s/b real simple w/e signals you play.

If all you play is std attitude then you'd think outside the box a little and encourage diamonds since it's obvious a return rates to be terrible, looking at 2 black tricks in your hand.
Sept. 23, 2013
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Partner can put you off the OS suit @ T1 just so you would cash out, regardless of his holding in the suit you led. I don't know the hand but partner looking at Kx, K, and 4-5 small diamonds would be a very good example
Sept. 23, 2013
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fwiw, I used to have a problem with the definition of OS in the past. After some discussion we used:
- I can stand the obvious shift
- I can NOT stand the obvious shift
It often helped the decision when you constructed hands for partner and tried to decide how you would card if you switched places.
Sept. 23, 2013
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I currently play SP as primary signal however, one of the basic agreements I used to have with KTM when we played obv shift was:

1. dummy's source of tricks can never be the OS
2. dummy's shortness can never be the OS

they were not the only rules but they kept things clear and simple, and they pertain to this hand which can almost be defended without signals.

Playing a 2nd diamond can only be right if we have no H tricks coming and partner is trying to help us cash out basically either encouring in 's or suggesting he/she can't stand the OS () in this case.(perhaps declarer having AJT or AKx of hearts and our diamond going away on the 3rd ). Then I guess, I'd cash the 2nd diamond given that he/she is likely to have several spots to choose from.

Other than that if we have a club trick we will always get that at some point.

Partner's focus given OS @ T1 s/b focused on whether he/she thinks we can develop a trick or not.
Sept. 23, 2013
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Imho 2N or w/e upgrade available from 18-19 balanced description is clear-cut. Final contract does not have to be 3NT even though will be majority of the time. I also have a great hand for either 4M with Axx, a side A and a running side suit.

Having 7 of the 12 controls in deck plus a likely running suit, I'd be afraid not doing justice to it and possibly missing a good game or a slam if I don't upgrade.

If I didn't have the Q of diamonds I wouldn't dream of opening a 15-17 1NT, granted a Qx is not a great card to add but nevertheless so add the Queen and I would upgrade to 2NT
Sept. 23, 2013
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“strong sound-bidder partner” swung my vote to 2NT Adam. I was worried about implying no stopper in diamonds. Since partner is “sound” 3NT might still be a pretty nice contract which might be harder to get to over 3C
Sept. 23, 2013
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Pretty nice start.

Maybe ACBL could start selling bridge bucks on acbl.org as a product much like non-refundable BB$ on bbo. If bridge bucks balance could be an extension of your ACBL member profile then perhaps that could be used online for entry purchases on bridgewinners without a cc transaction or eventually directly on acbl.org when pair entry sales would be available during the nabcs.
Sept. 4, 2013
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