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All comments by Cornelia Yoder
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I will consider myself put down by people who believe Bridge World to be the defining authority for bridge terminology (which I do not), but I still resent the nationality insults.
Sept. 24
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2 should be alerted, and explained as a relay (not a transfer) to 3. In practice, I wouldn't sweat it … if you care, just ask if it promises clubs or not.
Sept. 23
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Who defined a “relay” as an inquiry? I call an inquiry an “inquiry” and a command to bid a specific suit a “relay”. Stayman is an inquiry. 2 demanding a 3 bid by partner is a “relay” to 3.

Please don't presume to be the authority on terms like this, nor to denigrate the “States” because you prefer to name things differently than we do.
Sept. 23
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4 leaves lots of options. If partner has both majors, it won't matter which one we are in. If partner has enough controls, she'll invite with 5, otherwise slam is dubious.

If opps bid 5, I'll be able to bid 5 and let partner choose.

An immediate 5 might get us too high.
Sept. 19
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I'm aware of all of that, Richard, low indeed, and now as a result we are considering if it is normal bridge to deliberately try and entice opponents into giving away info with their body language.

That's even lower.
Sept. 18
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I'm sure you can do a lot of wonders with “wholeheartedly” :)
Sept. 17
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Why do we bother with nationality-based competitions when top players can just switch it whenever they want?
Sept. 17
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The number of people who have voted “Just normal bridge” is an excellent indication of how low this game has sunk.
Sept. 17
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The fact is, if someone can use my body language, then I should have the right to control it in any way I wish! Anything else ruins the game.

Better to eliminate this abhorrent method of “winning” at a card game by being better at “reading people” than you are at playing the actual game.
Sept. 17
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Which is exactly why those inferences need to be removed from the game entirely.
Sept. 17
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Some of us cannot even see the tiny window on a smartphone LOL. I'll stick with my real computer :)
Sept. 17
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Bridge is a game that should be played electronically, so none of this matters. You are correct to ask if it is cheating, because some of us think it is.
Sept. 16
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The only people I know who can tolerate it are smartphone/tablet users. Anyone on a real computer is having nightmares.
Sept. 16
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I have no idea what drugs might have been involved in the Helgemo case, but I do know that some blood pressure drugs are on the Olympics (and thus the WBF) forbidden list. There have been other BW threads discussing this.
Sept. 15
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Congratulations to Team Zimmerman and applause to Team Lavazza for their sportsmanship.

It's still a shame that someone who needs to take something as simple as blood pressure medication to keep themselves healthy and alive can no longer participate in tournaments.

WBF has done a super job of recognizing the difference between physical performance-enhancement and mental performance-enhancement, and taken an intelligent step to eliminate this stupidity.
Sept. 15
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Screens were invented to prevent “reading” partner. As soon as electronic bridge with each player in separate rooms to prevent “reading” opponents becomes the norm for tournaments, we'll have a decent competitive game called Bridge.
Sept. 15
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@Lynn … rationalization for you doing something you think you are good at and don't want to give up, because you can't win without it. I prefer to play the real game of Bridge.
Sept. 14
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And all of the comments in these replies, as well as the idea that South is not allowed to bid his hand is EXACTLY the reason (#3) why I will not play live bridge any longer and why far too many people are driven away from it.

I don't agree with you on your interpretation of the laws, and would be further horrified to find out that you could ever be correct. No wonder bridge is dying ….
Sept. 14
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Bridge is a game played with written rules, rules that do NOT include using “reading people”.

If you truly believe that a game should be about reading people, go try the game called “Who Wants to be a Werewolf”. It's also played with cards – one card per person – and the rest of the game is entirely about reading people.

Leave Bridge to the people who want to play a logical analytical game.
Sept. 14
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“Reading people” is NOT part of Bridge. It's part of competition and an abomination to the true game of Bridge. The sooner electronic bridge replaces cardboard bridge, the better off this game will be.
Sept. 14
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