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You can't be serious!
Nov. 6, 2019
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Page 2, "(if East holds 6+ of them then he might have advanced or balanced with 2♣)".
Nov. 5, 2019
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I'm not sure why it seems questionable, being that South is a passed hand.
Nov. 4, 2019
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Given the circumstances, I'm not sure how much these percentages tell us about how well the organization is run.

Travel, lodging, and food for say, a couple trustees to meet several times a year could be in the neighborhood of $100K.

An executive director could be in the neighborhood of $100K.

Grants are in the neighborhood of $100K.

These three items don't leave much room to trim from total expenses of $340K.

Raising revenue significantly might not be easy either. Posters often decry the difficulty in drawing interest in participation in bridge. I wouldn't want the task of persuading people (or institutions) to donate to bridge.

Bridge has the misfortune of not involving a disease or a disorder. Maybe fundraising would be more successful if “bridge deprivation disorder” were included in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. It's not as much of a stretch as one might think, although I'm not advocating it.
Nov. 2, 2019
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The article title made me think there was a disturbance.
Oct. 28, 2019
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I think what posters object to is teaching points without providing context. For example, if the teacher conveys that a 1N opener shows at most 17 HCP and that 25 HCP are needed for 3N, then the novice can deduce that game is possible only if Responder has at least 8 HCP.

It might actually be easier to first teach Stayman opposite a 2N opener. The novice could be prompted for the number of HCP Responder needs for game opposite a minimum 20 HCP. Stayman opposite 1N involves the added concept of having an extra level of bidding available below game-level.
Oct. 26, 2019
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I'd be interested in a histogram that was normalized for each expected score. For example, say that for an expected score of 45, the mode actual score was 46. The actual scores (also for an expected score of 45) whose counts are at least 75% of the count for the mode actual score (46) might be in the top tier. The next tier might consist of the actual scores (still for expected score of 45) whose counts were 50-75% of the count for the mode actual score of 46.

[Head-scratching by numerous readers.]
Oct. 25, 2019
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It could be worse to be called a “great la—dy.”

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/400/stories-pitched-by-our-parents (Act One)
Oct. 23, 2019
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I thought maybe the three of spades was stuck to the ace of clubs.
Oct. 23, 2019
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These articles seem largely an outlet for Michal's disenchantment about how the bots defend.
Oct. 23, 2019
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I take “that one” to mean the idea that 8 points are needed to bid Stayman.
Oct. 22, 2019
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Running six clubs seems to work well when West was dealt the heart king, heart queen, diamond king, and diamond jack. I'm not asking for too much.
Oct. 21, 2019
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On the second deal (pages 4-5), I'm curious as to why East played the Q on the first round of trump.
Oct. 21, 2019
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I'd be tempted to run the clubs (pitching diamonds from Dummy) against anyone, being that Dummy's still having a spade stopper reduces the potential upside to West's stiffing a red-suit honor.

If I'm still undecided, I'll lead to the 9 at Trick 8, which will probably be won by West. On West's spade exit, I'll have to commit to a discard and continuation.
Oct. 20, 2019
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The book's “Introduction” says,

“Back in the 1980s I developed a series of notes on an approach to hand analysis and cardplay that I found useful.”

<snip>

“Mark has done a marvelous job of finding all sorts of suitable deals, mostly from high-level play. In fact, when I got his material it occurred to me that the book could be made useful to a much wider range of players. So I wrote some new introductory chapters that establish the foundation for what is talked about later.”

This seems to suggest that loser-on-loser was deemed not necessary to “establish the foundation.”`
Oct. 20, 2019
ATB
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Maybe the auction up to 3 dissuaded Randy from using the elevator bar?
Oct. 20, 2019
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If Responder would rebid 2N over 2 with South's actual hand (as suggested by Rainer in a reply to the third discussion), then I'm not sure what the downside of Opener's rebidding 2 would be, and it might save bidding space when Responder also has four spades.
Oct. 18, 2019
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It seems that the potential overruff on a 4-2 diamond break can be precluded by cashing one diamond, ruffing the second round of diamonds low, and ruffing the third round of diamonds high. (Transportation omitted for brevity.)
Oct. 17, 2019
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I think if I were to move to a region where I didn't know anybody, I would volunteer at tournaments before setting any play dates. This would put me in touch with well-connected individuals who eventually should be able to help me find others at my level.
Oct. 16, 2019
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Carry on.
Oct. 16, 2019
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