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I, four one, don't believe this.
April 1, 2017
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I know the feeling of what it's like to get dragged late by inconsiderate players in a losing cause. And that's just at club games. :\
Sept. 11, 2016
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A BBO host during the vugraph reports Spain got a 10 IMP penalty for this. Confirm/deny?
Sept. 11, 2016
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“Knows the 10 is out” - or are we supposed to assume declarer is blind? (e.g. Ignores the defense's cards since they know what they'll do for every trick?)
Aug. 29, 2016
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“. The Director shall not accept from claimer any
successful line of play not embraced in the original
clarification statement if there is an alternative
normal* line of play that would be less successful.”

* normal includes play that
would be careless or inferior for the class of player involved.

Which is… Mr. Rosenberg's point, right? Sounds like the law is to create the worst-case scenario not prevented in the claim statement.

In this case, gutting the club suit, defense gets 1+3+4 = 8 = down 5.

If this were a club game and you believe directors should create a more lenient atmosphere (I do!!!), -2 has merit. In a sectional, sorry, you should know better.
Aug. 29, 2016
Greg Gouillart edited this comment Aug. 29, 2016
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Your thoughts on pushing bridge towards the Mind Sports movement rather than the Olympics?
Aug. 22, 2016
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Q from AQJxx is wacky, but consider, if you stick in the K, either you grab control of the hand, or North takes the A, but is ostensibly out of spades. Then you're still somewhat in control… maybe North will pose the question of the diamonds sooner than you'd like, but the hand will come around to that no matter what.

But I get it… why wouldn't South just go A, ruff? It's a reasonable instinct you had, I feel.

Also… idiotic implies “you did something you already knew was wrong”. I feel like if you're on here asking the Internet your question, you still feel you have something to learn. You only get 8 minutes with the hand in real life, not even considering they attacked your spades, so don't kill yourself if you didn't connect the dots within the time limit. :)
Aug. 22, 2016
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No, no, it's a good poll! I was saying the passion between your respondents is different. That's not anything you should even try to control, the way I see it. :)
Aug. 21, 2016
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Also, non-response bias may be present in this poll, since No is likely to be the more vehemently expressed opinion.

Still, yowza, that's a lopsided poll. o.O
Aug. 21, 2016
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Side with the Mind Sport movement and save Olympics for physical or skill based sports. I have a dream that a great commentary team and good presentation values can make mind sports much more watchable than they are now. I don't think they'll make TV (I know bridge used to) but maybe Twitch or some other internet stream.

ACBL is trying to make YouTube live streams during the NABC, but it's not there yet. I'd really only watch bridge if it had the production values of…hell, even those local candlepin bowling shows that used to be on TV. (If you're not from the New England area, never mind.) :P
Aug. 21, 2016
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I just knew someone was gonna say that. xD
Aug. 21, 2016
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These pace of play tips, written by a member of the bridge club hosted at MIT, really should be essential knowledge for all duplicate players, particularly newer players who will learn how to manage their time and have a more enjoyable game of bridge for themselves too: http://web.mit.edu/mitdlbc/www/articles/slow_play.pdf

As for how to handle late plays as director, I wish directors would take unplayed boards away at 2-3 minutes to go. Procedural penalties, I think just depends on the culture of the club.
Aug. 18, 2016
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Meanwhile, I'd consider it a huge victory if I could even scrape together the money and time off from work to even *make* it to Italy and post up for a room! xD
Aug. 13, 2016
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I cycled between so many votes, but I think 4 is the most succinct message I can give in this situation. Runs a high risk of a minus considering the dodgy honors up front, but giving up just seems worse.

Can't deny I'd feel a little sheepish tabling a dummy like this though.
Aug. 3, 2016
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OP abstaining is the de facto protocol for bidding polls. :)
Aug. 3, 2016
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Interesting, except how would you prove that certain earnings came from ACBL tournaments (as opposed to other foreign NBOs?). It'd probably be as messy as something like divorce paperwork in terms of carving out who gets what.
July 29, 2016
Greg Gouillart edited this comment July 29, 2016
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If the opponents have 26 HCP, can you envision an arrangement where the auction actually would start out with (1)-1-1? That would implicate RHO passes and LHO passes their rebid. Can you assess those missing 26 HCPs in such a way that both their best calls are pass?

Surely they would want to compete over that and find what should be a making game for them.
July 29, 2016
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I haven't found a simulator that can constrain 4 hands yet.

HCP range… who knows, maybe West opened on distributional values more than anything. We are favored to be the weaker side, but I decided to extend some charity to my originally opposing viewpoint.

I ran it again with just S<5, no HCP constraints, odds of an 8-card fit is 95.35% (-0.35% compared to 0-11 HCP constraint) and 9-card is 50.36% (-1.93%). Seems negligible as you expected.
July 29, 2016
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You're welcome! I like Pavlicek's website: his bidding advice is a touch obsolete but his card play and statistical analysis is really cool.
July 29, 2016
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Ran rpbridge.net's “Companion Hand Calculator”: http://www.rpbridge.net/cgi-bin/xch1.pl

Known hand is Daisuke's hand. Known shape S<5, HCP 0-11.

Odds of an 8-card fit 95.70%, odds of a 9-card fit were 52.29%. (For hearts specifically, 65.67% and 32.84% respectively).

I guess I hadn't realized the 9-card fit odds were *THAT* high at this point.

Fiiiiine, I guess I should've doubled (better than 3 which runs an extreme risk of a 7-card fit). You all win. :P
July 28, 2016
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