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Esperanto for lose your ass
23 hours ago
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When you move a pawn to the 8th row and ask for a queen, does alphazero say “I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that”?
Dec. 7
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Poker players are 25, bridge players are 70 (by and large). Not surprising that the fitness level of the bridge player is much worse than the poker player. However, I agree that the fitness level of bridge players leaves a lot to be desired.
Dec. 7
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I think the last four calls are all bad. I think 1 - 2 (forced by system), 2 - 3NT (must show 16-18 balanced, right?) is pretty straightforward
Dec. 6
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Sorry I wasn't clear, in the last two nationals where we had player committees, the ones before before the player committees were eliminated, from however many years ago, we were told…..
Dec. 6
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What puzzles me, is in the last two Nationals in which there were player committees, we were told we must rule as the floor director did unless we found fault in the application of the law, the polling, and the like. So essentially those committees were rubber stamp reviews.
Yet this one pretty much did what player committees were so roundly criticized for when they made the “wrong” (according to the armchair committee members) ruling: which is start over, ask the same question again, get a different result, and make a new ruling.
Does the rule as the floor director did guidelines no longer apply?
Dec. 5
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Hear hear Ed, especially considering the publicity of two rather famous C&E cases on essentially the same subject.
Dec. 5
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Doug,I hope you filled out a recorder form. If not it isn't too late. This is the sort of behavior that needs to be addressed, IMHO (D20 recorder here). https://www.acbl.org/conduct-and-ethics/player-memo/
Dec. 5
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26-5 now ;)
I agree with you, we voluntarily bid game to make, and the opponents are sacrificing.
It simply can't be right to let them play 4H
Nov. 30
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There simply isn't enough time to hold a appeal between sessions. That was true when players were the committee, and I'm sure it's true now. An appeal hearing may take 2 minutes, or may take many hours (disciplinary many days) - do we really want the committee rushing through their deliberations so they don't miss dinner?
Nov. 30
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Next time I'm following a very slow pair I'm going to try the speeding ticket tactic. “Director, this pair is interfering with my enjoyment of the game.” Don't know if that will help, but it has to be worth a shot.
Nov. 29
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The only time I got a penalty enforced, I was following a very deliberate well known player who happens to be a prolific writer. After calling the director every round for 5-6 rounds (always 5+ minutes late), I walked up the the directors desk and said (loudly) “I know you don't care about late plays but” at which a director leaped up at exclaimed “Of course we do”. I explained the situation, the director followed me to my section, and issued a 1/4 board penalty on the spot. Shockingly the pair was on time the rest of the round.
Nov. 29
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I wouldn't want to insult the level of play of Smug and Willie…..
Nov. 29
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Agreed, I couldn't remember the names of the paloka monks, and was too lazy to go look.
Nov. 28
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East: Mrs. Guggenheim
North: Walter the Walrus
West: Rueful Rabbit
South: rather than showing your name, should of course be named Myrtle Bennett
Nov. 28
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If the competence of your local recorder is unknown or troubling, you can file online directly with Memphis. Robb is not incompetent, I can assure you. As I am recorder for D20, I filed a D20 incident directly, as I didn't really think I should be filing to myself. And directly filed reports do get back to the local recorder for action, but if something serious is judged not serious locally, I'm sure Robb would follow up.

https://www.acbl.org/conduct-and-ethics/player-memo/

https://www.acbl.org/conduct-and-ethics/player-memo/

https://www.acbl.org/conduct-and-ethics/player-memo/
Nov. 25
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Sorry I forgot to mention this is a matchpoint question
Nov. 25
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Is last train synonymous with “get this wrong, sleep on the couch”?
Nov. 24
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One of the few times there's more than 100% of blame to pass out. I have it as 100% north, 60-75% south
Nov. 16
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I “never” lead from Jxx(x), but I would after this auction. It certainly doesn't have to be right, and almost certainly isn't since I'm choosing that lead, but this auction just screams for a trump.
Oct. 25
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