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In my experience, no standard in US, takeout standard in UK.
April 23, 2016
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You'll need a user script manager like https://tampermonkey.net/ I reckon you might get that error if you just try running it as javascript.
March 18, 2016
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I highly recommend the Midtown area. It's a somewhat hipster area of town with good restaurants: Laughing Planet, Grateful Gardens, Sup, Midtown Eats, others. It's a heart walk away.

Campo is close to the venue and is quite nice.

The buffet at the El Dorado is good.

If you like brewpubs, Silver Peak downtown is good and Great Basin in Sparks or South Reno is popular.

Reno also has surprisingly good Sushi restaurants despite being landlocked. Jasmine, Hiroba, and Sushi Pier are my favourites.

Many of the Thai restaurants are good. I like A Taste of Thai for more traditional and Cafe de Thai for fusion. Both are in the South.

I'm not that familiar with the downtown area, but I generally find Yelp to be pretty accurate if not very active.
March 17, 2016
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The smoke is disgusting between the street and the playing area, but the playing area itself is fine.

(And I won't respond to the ad hominem trolling.)
March 17, 2016
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Seems like a good solution to try out. I think table presence is reduced if your opponents are staring into a screen, so I think this ends up being closer to the “everyone in a separate room” solution than it appears at first blush. I'd be curious to have that “exhibition match” and see what players felt.

I'd like to expand the solution when technology is even better. It will appear to the player that there is a wall between him and partner but not to his opponents. You will play with real, essentially-normal cards and it would have the same feel as normal, but partner's card will be rendered on the virtual screen. Of course bidding boxes and bridgemates will have long been supplanted by commodity tablet-like smart materials, so that will be the same here as in club games.

That seems to have most of the same benefits as the current prototype, but maybe more human, despite all the technology. I don't think it's all that far out. I think hologram technology is progressing and the rest I imagine you can build with current technology, just for lots of money.
Dec. 6, 2015
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It's such a good system… it's only an 1100.
Oct. 19, 2015
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Back in the news here: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34320201
Sept. 22, 2015
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What do you mean? It just shows something like 1255 with Hx and a desire to play 4. Same thing as a natural 4 if you're not playing Kickback.
Aug. 2, 2015
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Can't stand losing that extra Blackwood step, so 4 kickback and 4 is an offer to play 4.
Aug. 2, 2015
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Chuck, 5N instead of 6H.
July 26, 2015
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Seems like partner could bid 5NT if he needed a minor-suit control. Can he have less than AKxx void AKxx AKxxx for this auction?
July 25, 2015
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General poll seems fine to me. Problem is laid out well and concise. Options are seemingly complete, mutually exclusive, and lacking color commentary. Maybe the problem could be restated as a bidding problem with only a minor loss of fidelity, but who cares–this is a higher quality post than many that grace the front page.
July 25, 2015
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Gib does that, but it doubles first.
July 24, 2015
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Phillip is right that we need a new name since many here are nonplussed.
July 23, 2015
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Term limits may or may not be effective (http://agb.org/briefs/term-limits has some good reading), but I see no reason to think that they will limit the BoD's power with management. The idea is to create a more effective board in general, and an effective board is one who will check management's powers best.

Even narrower, don't you think new “outsiders” will raise more issues than entrenched incumbents?
July 23, 2015
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I vote for “nothing is standard and it doesn't matter.” I'd probably treat both as exclusion and Texas first if I were going to do it, but I'm not likely to do it without discussion anyway.

No one has mentioned http://www.bridgehands.com/Y/Yellow_Rose_of_Texas.htm but if you were to masochistically agree to play that, then at least exclusion would be unambiguous.
July 19, 2015
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This is a good approach, but possibly not as effective as you might think. When I started teaching, I routinely overestimated students' ability to have or acquire card sense. Counting winners and losers is a lot easier said than done.

In our Reno Youth Bridge program, we spend some time with basic card sense by teaching Whist, then move to basic card play techniques by playing Mini Bridge for some time. If you taught youngsters similarly, then your introduction to bidding should be effective for the students who really have a good grasp on the play. In our experience, that has been unfortunately few, but hopefully your mileage will vary.

I think the right approach is to simultaneously develop bidding intuition using an approach like yours while also drilling for systemic meaning. Different students will learn differently, and those who grasp the intuition can understand why bids mean certain things. Those who don't can still learn from rote memorization and use that to ultimately develop the intuition.
July 19, 2015
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The reverse Ogust I play you bid 4 and then responder rebids 2 to show bad/bad.
July 17, 2015
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Three posts on this hand gets an appeal (to the BW community) without merit.
July 11, 2015
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Bridge is like professional soccer in that players often go down without any contact.
July 11, 2015
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