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Won't be that long until they'll need a boat.
Jan. 13, 2016
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I believe you'll find that the “above 3N” rule doesn't apply until opener's second bid.
Dec. 29, 2015
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Can I just have a simple laptop in a different room from my partner?
Dec. 16, 2015
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Jeff, I'm sure you aren't asking that question for information, but since you bothered to post such a silly question, I'll answer it.

When this was first permitted, I'd guess 20-25 years ago, there was a big flap about the UI aspect. As a result, the rule became that NBO's could allow or forbid it. The ACBL chose to allow it, and made clear at that time that it was always or never. I believe in world level tournaments it was not allowed.

I have no idea if any of that has changed recently. I think like many such rules, one learns them by word of mouth or by accidently violating them. There is rarely any penalty for it even if the opponents bother to call the director, just an explanation so you won't violate it again.
Dec. 13, 2015
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I'm pretty sure that (at least in ACBL-land) defenders must always ask or never ask.
Dec. 13, 2015
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Yeah, Al, and all those kinds of idiocies send me back to … Let's use electronics and eliminate all this!
Dec. 12, 2015
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This is something I thought of during the Reisinger, and when I saw this thread, exactly what I came here to suggest, but I see that Kit has beaten me to it. This makes total sense to me and shouldn't be any hardship on anyone.
Dec. 12, 2015
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Sorry, David, but it was originally a “tinker's dam”.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinker

It was later adapted to tinker's damn, probably by people who heard it and thought it was a curse, and thus as the profession of tinker has disappeared, the term has entered the language the latter way.
Dec. 11, 2015
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I was the standby one day at our local club years ago, and a person came in who had purchased a set of bridge lessons on a charity auction.

She decided she should try the game before the lessons started, and she had watched people playing bridge just once in her life, so she came to play.

On our convention card, I wrote in very large letters “SOP”.

When asked what that meant, I explained it meant “Seat of Our Pants”, and that our entire system agreements consisted of bidding until we thought we were high enough and then Passing.

True story, and we came in second to last. She went on to take her lessons and become a fairly decent player.
Dec. 11, 2015
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John! If only everyone would do that!
Dec. 11, 2015
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You guys are welcome to play against me for money if you will promise to use this tactic.
Dec. 10, 2015
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I've played thousands of TTR games and I cannot recall one single time where that mattered in the least. It's downright stupid to play a loco when you have the color card.

In bridge, there are times to be deceptive playing the A instead of the Q or the K instead of the J to tempt another finesse, but NEVER the A instead of the 5, which is far more equivalent to the loco instead of color card.
Dec. 10, 2015
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Why on earth would anyone play a loco when they had a card of the color they needed? If a trick in bridge goes 2 3 4 to you, would you win with the A to convince the opponents you didn't have the 5?
Dec. 9, 2015
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I've played thousands of TTR, Carcassone, Settlers, Acquire, and some others online as well as on a physical board.

Playing such games online is so much better, because you don't have to go through all the mechanics of handing out resources/cards, physically placing the pieces while trying not to knock over the ones already there, handling and sorting all the cards, and 15 minutes of scoring at the end.

Just like in online bridge, where you can't revoke, bid insufficiently, lead out of turn, etc, having the mechanics handled automatically allows you to concentrate on the game itself!
Dec. 9, 2015
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There is a very simple way to deal hands like this, and could easily have happened even with both pairs at the table.

If the cards are not thoroughly shuffled, say just one badly-done riffle, then the hands are dealt 3 at a time, as many people do to save time, you can get very goulashy hands.
Dec. 7, 2015
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Thank you, Alan!! That is so nice to hear, and so nice of you to take the time to say it :)
Dec. 2, 2015
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I do a fair amount of public speaking, and nervousness is part of that game, too. I have found that a true physical warmup really helps. I go into the ladies' room or a private room if available, close the door, and do several minutes of stretching, swinging, arm circles, hip circles, head rolls, even a few seconds of jogging in place. This does wonders for controlling the nerves.
Dec. 1, 2015
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Speaking from the point of view of a commentator, let me describe some problems. Maybe some ideas here can solve them.


Remember that the audience contains players of all levels from Beginner to World Class, from someone learning what a finesse is to teammates of the actual players at the table.


It contains people who want to be entertained, and people who want to be educated. It contains people who want to show off how much they know, how they could play the hand better than the players at the table, and certainly how much smarter they are than the dumb commentators.


Sometimes I'm working alone, and that's extremely difficult because there is no one to bounce ideas off of, and no one to catch your silly comments when you didn't notice something in the hands.


Sometimes I will overlook something and make a wrong statement and get corrected by a flood of kib messages. That's fine and I correct what I said, but I don't need to hear how stupid I am from anyone.


Sometimes I'm working with another commentator who really isn't very good and who keeps making lots of silly statements that make no sense at all. Constantly correcting him/her isn't fun and it isn't good for the flow of the commentary. If I say anything, I say it to him/her privately. Then I get a bunch of kibs asking me why I'm not disputing whatever was said.


Sometimes I'm working with another commentator who is really much better than me, or at least who thinks he/she is, and who keeps dumping on everything I say, right or wrong, trying to show off his/her great skill and world class knowledge to the kibs.


Sometimes there is a heckler among the kibs who repeatedly tells you how stupid everything you say is and that you should go to another table so he doesn't have to see your stupid comments. This is usually mixed in with several other kibs telling you how much they appreciate how well you explain things.


Occasionally other commentators will make a statement that is completely over the head of intermediate players. I don't like to try and explain someone else's comments, so I send a private message to them suggesting they explain their comment. I often get back a PRIVATE explanation, like I'm the one who doesn't understand. Some high level players simply cannot bring their explanations down to the intermediate level, and in some cases I think don't even understand the reason for whatever they said.


Commentators come in all flavors, just like the kibs do. Some are world class, some are just good flight A level players, and some are oblivious to anything harder than a finesse.


Some are good at explaining, some are not. Some are fast at analyzing, some are not. Some are fast typists, some are not.


Because of a lot of these problems, there aren't many people willing to commentate any more. I do much less than I used to and I don't really enjoy it like I used to.


When Roland ran the commentary system, he was good at assigning people to rooms, and making sure the commentators in a given room were compatible. You didn't just go where you felt like and jump in on others who were already working in the room.


He worked hard at getting commentators signed up, and at setting things up so that there were 2-4 commentators in each room. If there weren't enough, one room would have none in order to have enough in another. There were rarely too many in a room.


Now you just sign up when you feel like doing a few minutes, pop into any room you want to, and say whatever you want no matter who else is there, and leave when you want to.


There is rarely more than one commentator in any room other than the voice room except for the biggest events, and in that one room there may be several too many. But when the first table of a match finishes, commentators there rush over to the other table and essentially take over. It's chaos for the commentators and has driven quite a few good ones away.


We all know the difficulty of analyzing a hand as it would be seen by one particular player when you can actually see all four hands.


Consider that a commentator has to almost instantly ….
– look at four hands,
– count the HCP and distributions,
– figure out the best contract for each direction,
– explain the bidding as it proceeds (when we often have no access to any convention card for the pair, and even if we do it takes time to look something up), and
– type comments on those as well as other options or bids that could have been made with some why or why not ideas.


Then we have to speculate on what opening lead is best, as well as what opening lead would appear best from the leader's perspective.


Then we have to mentally play the hand from the point of view of the declarer, remembering all the time that s/he can't see all four hands like we can.


AND we have to mentally defend the hand from the point of view of TWO defenders, remembering all the time that they can't see all four hands like we can.


This is a massive mental exercise that has to be done quickly and hopefully intelligently, often without any information about bidding systems or signaling systems, and do it without any disparaging comments about the actual bidding and play that takes place at the table, no matter how bad it is.


We have to cope with the (fortunately rare) operator glitches, with kib questions that need a private answer, and with reading and analyzing comments made by other commentators in the room and responding to them.


Wait … did I mention that we do all this voluntarily at no pay?
Dec. 1, 2015
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Dec. 1, 2015
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Peter, I have already created a full poll system that I occasionally use when I am teaching a class. If you are interested, please email me.
Dec. 1, 2015
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Yes, it is, Greg, and it's very sad that we have come to that point in this country. I don't like it, I don't like being searched at airports, and I don't like worrying about someone carrying a backpack with a bomb in it. I do think that caution is worthwhile.
Nov. 12, 2015
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