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B or W makes no difference, it's a nasty sexist comment either way and completely unnecessary and irrelevant to the hand and to bridge.
June 8, 2016
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Using FOUR sentences to substitute for an inappropriate word doesn't change the fact that you are using that word. Do you think the way you danced around to say it was any better than “b*tch*s” or “b1tch0s” and thus somehow makes it more acceptable???

And then, how about explaining just why you needed to use that word anyway? What about this ice-cold slam hand with nothing to discuss brings up the need for a sexually insulting word? Was it just to get attention?

I suggest the admins should delete this entire thread ASAP and put Max on notice about his unacceptable use of female-denigrating language.
June 8, 2016
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If I am insecure that I am on lead, I always ask an opponent and wait for an answer. If my partner answers, I again ask an opponent. That is my right and there is nothing improper in exercising it.
June 8, 2016
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment June 8, 2016
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Silence does NOT imply a Yes answer. Read Law 47E1 – the offender must be mistakenly informed by an opponent that it was his lead. Silence does not inform anyone of anything.
June 8, 2016
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For those considering between a 1 and a 1 opening, Steve Robinson wrote an excellent article on that question, found here: http://www.districtsix.org/Articles/Article%202006-02.aspx
June 6, 2016
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I am offended by rudeness. And “fool” is not what I really wanted to call him, but I don't want to be banned from BW :P
June 3, 2016
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Jeannie, that depends entirely on how they are used, and you know it. In this context, it was clearly meant as an insult. You are really ugly … is that merely a description of you, or is it insulting?
June 3, 2016
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Thank you, Amir, for at least realizing what a comment like that can do to what should otherwise be a laudable effort. You are not the one who should apologize, of course, but rather the fool who wrote it in the first place.

And I've also spent a LOT of hours on this issue, and yes, I'm touchy about this kind of comment, regardless of who or what is being insulted … fat, skinny, female, male, race, religion, or any other irrelevant characteristic that is used to denigrate someone you dislike for entirely different reasons.
June 3, 2016
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Ah, heck, I've done that kind of thing myself. Years ago, I was in 3N with Qx opposite a singleton , and 11 tricks in the other three suits.

But of course I got a 4th best heart lead and resigning myself to going down, I played my small and then realized that RHO had played the J.

Sure enough, I went down.
June 3, 2016
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Anyone who would think that “We watched four fat men playing…“ needs such a rudely-intended description of the players as ”fat“ to make their point should NEVER be believed about anything.

If the facts don't speak for themselves, then adding insultingly-intended adjectives to describe the players themselves is certainly a clue that these guys aren't confident enough in the data itself.

Do they think they need to bolster their statements with insults to make themselves look somehow better than the fools they are describing? It just makes clear who are the REAL fools.

And if I could, I'd use a word that starts with 'a” rather than “fools”.
June 3, 2016
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I have seen and briefly tried playing a non-card game that was exactly bridge.

It used 4 colors of plastic tiles numbered 1-13 and included NT or a trump color. Bidding was the same as bridge, although the bidding numbers were simply the number of tile piles you had to win.

Tiles stood on a scrabble-like rack and play consisted of playing one tile per round exactly as bridge.

It was 100% clearly meant to be a non-card version of bridge. It was presented as a new game at the Origins Game Manufacturer's Convention a few years ago. I have been unable to remember the name of the game, and I have no idea if it is on the market.
June 3, 2016
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This sounds wonderful!

Now give me a hint where you hide the entry form.
June 1, 2016
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No video?
May 30, 2016
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No, I don't think it's ever right to bid 3 with this hand. Raising partner to 3 (most play) shows extra values in 2/1, typically a king extra, which you have.

IMHO, this auction should go 1 2 3 and now partner can bid 3N with both red suits stopped, knowing you have a running club suit.

If instead, partner bids a red suit, showing a control (since clubs is agreed for the moment), you simply bid 3 showing your six-card suit.

After that, it should be easy enough to investigate for either a spade or club slam.
May 30, 2016
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You may find this article helpful, too.

http://www.ecbc.net.au/Hand_Patterns.pdf
May 28, 2016
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A. Teach your partner how to make a 2/1 GF bid and go more slowly so you can figure out exactly where you belong.

or

B. Get a new partner.
May 24, 2016
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As queen of the bridge universe, I'd simply delete this thread.
May 21, 2016
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Back in the heart of the scandal posts last year was one pointing out a spot in video where Smirnov placed a bid card and Fisher moved it before passing the tray. The body language of both of them clearly showed that each knew what the other was doing. That Fisher knew the S-P code was 100% clear on that video.

Found the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITbefhmh_gg&t=2h5m30s

and the thread where it was discussed:
https://www.bridgewinners.com/article/view/finding-piekarek-smirnov-cheating-methods/?cj=260018#c260018
May 19, 2016
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment May 19, 2016
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Doug, that is my point exactly. If Passing was a logical alternative, then he may not be allowed to Pass. Thus, if he chose to pass solely because of the BIT, then that was precisely choosing an action suggested by the BIT.

He can choose to Pass because anything else was potentially suggested by the BIT, but he cannot choose to Pass simply because there was a BIT.
May 16, 2016
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment May 16, 2016
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I think the real problem is that partner needs to understand that NOT bidding totally because of a BIT is also improper.

Bid your hand exactly as though there had been no BIT. You can argue about this specific case, but simply Passing BECAUSE there was a BIT is wrong.
May 16, 2016
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