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I felt I had to draw a line somewhere. 8^)
21 hours ago
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Does the player have to be living? What about active?
March 24
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I agree, but that heart holding doesn't seem to me consistent with East's bidding.
March 24
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Ray, I believe that Michael is saying not that the inability to think ahead in chess is a matter of luck, but that the result of that inability can be a matter of luck, especially when two players are close in strength.
March 24
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The full-deal diagrams depict West as playing the ace on the second round of diamonds.
March 24
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Although a tournament chess game (excluding those played under “action” time limits) generally lasts longer than a session of bridge, a player's intensity tends to vary considerably depending on whose move it is. Also, one can take a moment to relax at just about any time, which is less true of a bridge deal (unless one is dummy).
March 24
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My impression is that most world-class chessplayers try to calculate as deeply and thoroughly as time, energy, and ability allow. When age decreases this ability even a little, it can substantially reduce the player's strength.

There have been exceptions, such as Smyslov, whose positional sense was so well-honed as to permit them to often find the right move even when they couldn't identify it by calculation alone.

Because a bridge deal has far fewer possibilities, calculation doesn't push a world-class player's ability to nearly the extent as in chess. Bridge makes up for it (in my opinion) by placing broader demands on the intellect, such as being able to draw inferences from what a player did or did not do.
March 24
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Ah, the Rule of 40.
March 24
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If the first round of hearts is ducked, coming off Dummy with a low heart seems to work.
March 24
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+1 for the Bridge Winners product placement.
March 24
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I don't think Declarer needs to discard the diamond, being that overruffing leaves Dummy with 84 and Declarer the 7.
March 24
David Levin edited this comment March 24
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Page 10 (West leads the 13th club), it seems equally good to discard a spade and ruff low in hand, ruff a diamond with the ace, and lead Dummy's remaining spade.
March 24
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I'd be inclined to play the Q on the first round, to ensure that I could force a later entry to Dummy in clubs (assuming that West took this trick), even though it probably won't make a difference.
March 24
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Page 4, "West East plays the 4".
March 24
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It turns out that there is a way to search Dilbert strips. I tried the following, but all of the results concern a different kind of “bridge.”

https://dilbert.com/search_results?terms=bridge
March 23
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I might have chosen Elbonia.
March 23
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According to the District 21 Director's report at http://www.d21acbl.com/District_Rep_Reports/2018-11%20District%20Director%20Report.htm, it boils down to the following: winning a national event that would qualify the player for Grand Life Master upon reaching 10,000 masterpoints would deem the player eligible for only the top strat/bracket/flight of any event (or for those strats/brackets/flights that the player would still be eligible for if assumed to hold 10,000 MPs).
March 23
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Based on those criteria, by what means could a playing sponsor demonstrate being a world-class player?
March 23
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I recall someone's noting that common sense is uncommon.
March 23
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Perhaps “cool” and “warm” (although using the former for “black” is a stretch).
March 23
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