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Roland, I'm sure that there were things that worked well and some that didn't when you had this job. If BBO were ever wise enough to find another Vugraph Coordinator, what would be your best advise for how to go about the scheduling and other aspects of this job?
Aug. 22, 2018
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Ranking commentators isn't likely to be very useful because so many spectators have so many different views of what is good commentary.

Some time back, Dec 1, 2015 to be exact, I posted something that might be pertinent to this part of the discussion.

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/improving-vugraph/?cj=288227#c288227

It might be worth reading the entire post about what it is like to commentate, but in that post, I said,

“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."

I don't think a ranking of commentators by such a diverse audience would have much meaning.
Aug. 22, 2018
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Max, you can always do that anyway, just by having a second window open to the other table and glancing at it from time to time.

People who don't want to know have no way to avoid being told.
Aug. 22, 2018
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The defense given in the article – lead the ace nearest your thumb and see how to set the hand – is the right opening lead against any G3N.

Because it's so easy, the 3N bid has to be pulled to the minor unless partner has every other suit stopped with the A or a double honor.

This happens so rarely that the 3N is either converted to the minor or goes down most of the time.

So why waste the 3N bid on a cutesy convention that is mostly useless.
Aug. 20, 2018
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David, I think the point is that if someone IS watching the table where the result is not yet known, they don't want to be warned of a swing. If they wanted foreknowledge, they would watch the table where the result is known. It's not strange at all.
Aug. 20, 2018
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I'd be happier with all 4 hands represented by the beige boxes, even if the cards don't show. That would help with orienting to the positions.
Aug. 19, 2018
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The problem I see is that if you want to know what's happening at both tables, you easily can.

But if you don't want to, you have no choice when commentators tell all.

By commentators sticking to the table they are supposed to be commenting on, everyone can have their preference.
Aug. 19, 2018
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Al is so right! I would give a lot to have Roland back managing the commentators!
Aug. 19, 2018
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But you can do that easily anyway. Just open 2 windows.
Aug. 19, 2018
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Does this problem presume that you know from the start that clubs are A1087 in West? Or must you play to make all but one club trick regardless of the lie?
Aug. 17, 2018
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I still find the ACBL Club/Heart/Diamond series to be the easiest for my students.
Aug. 17, 2018
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I don't know if it is “standard”, but I suggest using 2 as checkback in that auction.
Aug. 16, 2018
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I would add that there is no longer any kind of general fame&glory rating system because masterpoints have been hopeless inflated to meaninglessness.
Aug. 14, 2018
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“Nobody who knows that a bid shows majors has a “mental lapse” and thinks it shows a major and a minor.” – DB

Wow, are you wrong about that. I've played both Michaels and Unusual NT for about 55 years, and a couple of months ago, I had a moment of temporary brain death and bid Michaels instead of Unusual NT.

It happens and you are both rude and ignorant to say otherwise.
Aug. 14, 2018
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Unfortunately, Craig, it's all too common. Experts get a bad result because the opponents screwed up and got lucky, so they are angry and like any bully have to take it out on someone.
Aug. 13, 2018
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Aug. 13, 2018
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David, explaining as “Michaels but we don’t actually know how Michaels works” or the equivalent is illegal. Explanations must be what the agreement you made is.

If I were to say “Michaels but we don’t actually know what we're doing”, that might mislead the opponents much worse, because on many occasions, the bid might actually be correct and the opponents are misled into some taking some protective action that goes wrong.

If you agreed Michaels, that is what you explain, not some half-cocked equivocation. If you as the opponent aren't comfortable with the name of the convention, then ask for more detail.

The best way to educate and protect yourself against people like those is to teach them to explain the agreed meaning of that bid, not to just name a convention.
Aug. 13, 2018
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As long as their agreement was that 2 is Michaels, there is absolutely no reason to adjust anything. A player who make mistakes with their own system does NOT warrant adjusting the score.

Result stands.
Aug. 11, 2018
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I'm pretty sure there is a difference between being judged “innocent” and being judged “not guilty” for insufficient evidence. I'd definitely avoid calling them “innocent”.
Aug. 9, 2018
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The autumn leaves in color, the sparkle of fresh snow, the warm breezes and flowers popping out in the spring, summers of green trees and swimming in the lake … sanity is what you want it to be!
Aug. 8, 2018
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Kieran, it's called Penalty.
Aug. 8, 2018
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