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Kieran, it's called Penalty.
Aug. 8, 2018
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Responsive doubles are used when they bid and raise the same suit.
Aug. 7, 2018
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It uses cards. That's the only similarity.
Aug. 7, 2018
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I've gone to every Origins for 36 years now, and my best guess estimate is that maybe as many as one in every 500 people is in costume.

Most of us go there to play games – board games, card games, role-playing games (even some live action RPGs), miniatures – and to attend seminars on game-making, military strategy, space developments, world-building, and lots of other game related topics.

Costumes are rare even in live action events. … although there is one woman who every year wanders around on Saturday afternoon in tight-fitting chain link armor … unfortunately for the guys, she's getting a bit old for it these days.
Aug. 6, 2018
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That would certainly be more fair than what we have now, Richard.
Aug. 6, 2018
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My personal opinion is that seeding is extremely unfair to the lower seeded teams. They are typically forced to play against the very best teams in the first match where they stand little chance of winning, and the top-seeded teams have a cake walk match.

I know of teams that have decided not to even play in seeded bracketed KO events because the seeding would have put them in the bottom of their bracket.

In the middle of the seeding range, teams are playing against roughly equal opponents. This is also not fair to them over a long event, because none of their matches are easy whereas the top-seeded teams have byes or cakewalk matches.

Random matches is the best way to ensure fairness to everyone.
Aug. 6, 2018
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Aug. 6, 2018
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In American football, a punt is a play usually done when you've failed to achieve a first down and have one last chance before you have to give the ball to the opponents. It's purpose is to give them the ball much further down the field than if you make the last try for the first down distance and fail.

I always used it and heard it used in bridge to mean a last gasp play before giving up, hence, punt to the highest bid you are willing to risk and let the opponents have it from there.
Aug. 6, 2018
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Several years ago, for 2 years running, I ran bridge events at Origins, a better game convention than gencon because it's more tabletop gaming than MTG or RPG. Origins has about 15,000 individuals attend each year and runs for 5 days. It's held in Columbus OH in June.

Each year, I had exactly 7 people sign up and all of them were already duplicate bridge players.

After that the ACBL ran teaching events for a couple of years there and had so few signups for the events that they gave it up.

These conventions offer so many more interesting, varied, exciting, and easy to learn games that bridge has little chance of attracting any interest.

Sorry to throw cold water on your idea, but it's already been tried.
Aug. 6, 2018
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Aug. 6, 2018
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I play this as any 2- or 3-suiter, and I'd certainly do that with an experienced player undiscussed. Just bid the cheapest suit you can stand to play and let partner tell you what s/he has.

I wouldn't risk a second double even if I had 3 suits, unless I was strong enough in HCP for partner to leave it.
Aug. 3, 2018
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Nice attempt to twist this to your own viewpoint. No ALL female teams have won those particular events, but so what?

My statement is that women can compete equally with men in bridge, and it's a little boring to have to explain this to folks like you over and over.
Aug. 3, 2018
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What's noteworthy is that people still seem to think that it's unusual or novel for women to compete equally with men.

Once everyone gets over this, we can have events for PEOPLE, not for men, women, mixed, youth, seniors, purple hair, or other artificial categories that do nothing but insult those expected to play in lesser events.
Aug. 3, 2018
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Why do we have any such restricted events at all? Let all players compete as PEOPLE, not as juniors, men, women, seniors, youth, purple hair, or any other such category. Bridge requires brainwork, and none of these categories measures that.

Events based on skill level, sure, but not on arbitrary criteria that someone somewhere thinks shows inferiority and thus the need for restrictions.
Aug. 2, 2018
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I also never received an email that it was open. The last time I checked it wasn't open and today when I came to check, it was too late :(:(
July 31, 2018
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Can't say that I'd bid, but I think if East bids, it should be 2 (spades+minor), helping his partner find a place to play.
July 29, 2018
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You cannot demonstrate that North didn't make this bid deliberately out of their system, nor that North didn't realize by himself.

With this hand, Pass is not a logical alternative, with or without remembering the agreement and no matter how he happened to remember it.
July 28, 2018
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A player is allowed to make a mistake in their system, so as long as their agreement was “weak with 4 spades” alerted and explained correctly, there is no problem with North bidding again with any hand that warrants another bid.
July 27, 2018
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I simply can't understand bidding 3N instead of 3.
July 26, 2018
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All stationary is one of the many really nice features of electronic bridge.
July 24, 2018
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My “Other” was really “All of the Above”.
July 21, 2018
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I psyche when the conditions are perfect for it, regardless of how many how often, but only against players I can't beat naturally.
July 19, 2018
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