Join Bridge Winners
All comments by David Caprera
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Does the west “Zia robot” ever find the play of Q from QT? Does the east “Zia robot” play the 9 from 9xx? You can tell the “Zia robots” because they are dressed like they just came from the country club.
Sept. 22, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
The Bridge World auction (October 2018, board one) was 1S-2D-3D-3S-4C-4H-4N-5H-5S and the post-mortem suggests it should have gone 1S-2D-3D-3S-4C-4D-4H! as last train. I think the problem is what 4H means in this context? Does it show a heart control? I would say “yes”. Does it show doubt about moving past 4S? Also, “yes”. It might depend in part whether 4C was serious or not.
Sept. 22, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Mr. Yates, where are you getting your drugs because I want some. Your writing style rivals Hunter S. Thompson. You might want to go back and clean up some of the typos before publishing your book, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent”. I continue to believe that it is close to impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that someone is cheating just based on the hand records. If you cough, or turn the boards sideways, or place your cards too close together, or click your cigarette lighter too many times and I get it on video, then I've got you. But whether you led the right suit or passed a forcing bid by itself doesn't do it for me. Because that stuff happens all the time in bridge!

That doesn't mean I won't have an opinion as to whether some person or pair is cheating, but if we are going to have a presumption of innocence until proven guilty and the standard is “high”, then I really want to see the murder weapon before I tarnish someone's reputation and throw them off the island.
Sept. 22, 2018
David Caprera edited this comment Sept. 22, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I think it was the H9 that was established. Typo said S9.
Sept. 22, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I checked “other” because I would bid 2S on almost all 5 card spade suits and most 4's with some working cards. I wouldn't do it with 3 (which in this case might have bid 1S).
Sept. 20, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I agree. I admit I have not be interested in doing the hard work necessary to police cheating in bridge and I am very appreciative of Boye and the many others who have. But if someone paid my way to do some investigating of cheaters in Tahiti, the Seychelles or the Virgin Islands, I would be willing to give it a try.
Sept. 20, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
1. There are better ways to invite game. But to say “any six card suit” is to trust the law too much for my taste.

2. I wouldn't do it with 3.
Sept. 20, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Partner should expect some values if you bid 3S because bad hands pass 3H. I would not expect partner to pass a 3S rebid. 3H may be going down but it is at 100 a trick; game bids may be going at 2, 5, 8, 11. As for doubling to be 4=5, yes it could be, but it could also be a big 3=5=3=2, 3=6=3=1, 4=6=2=1 and other “flexible holdings.” (3C)-4H should be reserved for hands that have only one place to play.
Sept. 20, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
This is madness. “To level the playing field” you are proposing to impose a broken system (ACBL masterpoints) on players from 28 foreign countries by attempting to convert their country's rating system to that of the U.S.

Just to test your proposal, let me choose a foreign player who has been playing some in the United States, 22 year old Michal Klukowski, currently ranked 13th in the world with 3085 WBF current open category masterpoints. Am I to understand that you intend to convert points won by Michal in local Polish events into ACBL masterpoints? I don't know this but I will hazard a guess that he doesn't have very many. What about his world ranking, his WBF points, his Bermuda Bowl win?

I know you are trying to sell this as “eligibility points”, not “seeding points” but where other countries and organizations (e.g., the WBF, the EBL) have rankings that are intended to measure ability and not life-time attendance, you are attempting to turn apples into oranges, or perhaps quiche into cowpies.

It reminds me of the sign posted on the side of the road at the entrance to a small town. “Population: 3215, Elevation: 1650, Year of Incorporation: 1820, Total: 6685.”
Sept. 19, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
In the 1973 movie Paper Chase, Bell was an obnoxious law student. Housman called him “Liberty Bell.”
Sept. 19, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
My observation about world junior bridge is that the ethical standard is very high because, in part, there is a camaraderie, friendship and respect that has developed among juniors from many different countries. I think that they realize they are, in some way, all members of the same, larger team. And they want that team to do well, live long and prosper.
Sept. 19, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I don't imagine 2D by responder was a transfer to 2H?
Sept. 18, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
You gotta luv this. Rosenberg plops his wallet on the bar and says, “How much?” If I had the AK of trump I would not take this bet. Does the line, “Daddy, I have an eyeful of cider” ring a bell? Now, no one is infallible, even Michael, but I would never have the cajones. (Eugene, can I say “cajones?”)
Sept. 18, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Can I assume that if I bid 2D and partner bids 2S, 2N is F1 and shows values? With a minimum, overcaller rebids 3m, more with extras.
Sept. 18, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Doesn't that logic apply to keeping the S7 as well. Declarer expects a club is coming so why keep a losing spade? They could have kept a second heart, but it doesn't really resolve the spade versus club problem.

Does that mean East should return a spade from QTx? Not if declarer is down to AKJ, J, –, Ax. West asked for a club. Oh, you say you open 1S with that hand? Nevermind.
Sept. 18, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I can't imagine bidding only 3H with this hand. (If I knew my SK was worthless I would bid 4H with four trump, not vul.)
Sept. 17, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Years ago we had the auction (1S)-DBL-(2S)-3H. It was a bad 4-3 fit. Our opponent was Alan Sontag. He suggested strongly (rarely does he suggest something weakly) that DBL by advancer should show 4 hearts. His exact words were, “You can take it to the bank.” So, that is what we now play and call it “Sontag's bank.”
Sept. 17, 2018
David Caprera edited this comment Sept. 17, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Yes, my bad. But getting to diamonds proved to be the losing option. I was really looking for whether there was public sentiment for trying to collect several hundred at 100 a trick rather than bringing back 110, 130 or 150.
Sept. 17, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Funny you should mention that. The auction went (1S)-DBL-(2S) by North (possibly 800 light but how do you catch them?) Now East with a 10 count, (spoil alert) no sure spade stopper and 6 diamonds bid a “normal”, perhaps a touch conservative, 3D. I don't know whether 2N is natural for them but in my partnership it would be minors. And 3N in that sequence to bid a white game seems a bit too optimistic.
Sept. 17, 2018
David Caprera edited this comment Sept. 17, 2018
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
“I do not know why a junior would open 1N on 5=4=2=2.” What do I look like, a bridge psychiatrist? (With a ponytail and wire rim glasses I might.) Maybe they were worried about their rebid. Or BBO had missorted their hand. Or it was Sunday night and their favorite NFL team just scored a touchdown. I have been coaching juniors for awhile but I can't guess half the stuff they do. I just listened to the podcast of Adam Grossack describing his brother Zach. If he doesn't know what Zach is doing (one of America's top juniors), how can I know what a junior less disciplined than Zach might do?
Sept. 17, 2018
David Caprera edited this comment Sept. 17, 2018
.

Bottom Home Top