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Louis,
It's on my card because the people I generally play with insist on it. Doesn't mean I have to use it myself.

hms
June 26
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Jim,
I get all that, but this is an “opt in” requirement, rather than an “opt out” one. There are plenty of data to suggest that people don't respond in the same way those two options.
hms
June 22
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Kibitzing these matches has been a great way to enjoy good quality bridge. Some good friends of mine are playing tomorrow. I hate the thought that I can’t watch, root, etc. I hope captains will make kibitzing the default condition. Why should a few cheats ruin the experiences of the rest of us.
June 22
Howard Sandler edited this comment June 22
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Assuming N is the opening bidder, after 1 Major, S would bid 2NT (LR+j. N would then bid the shortness, either 4, or 3. S would bid game on the first 2 hands. S would bid 4 (control) on the 3rd and 4th hands. N will bid game on the 3rd hand, and 4 on the 4th. After S signs off in 4, N asks for KCs and then bids the slam.

Btw, we use the 3 bid to show a dead minimum.
June 12
Howard Sandler edited this comment June 12
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Buddy,
You are not alone.
Hms
June 8
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Thank you very much.
Hms
June 5
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This is easy to use:
http://bridge-hand-player.appspot.com/#52

Just play through the hand and save the result.
June 3
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Leonard,
Try this code:

{handviewer n=s2qh2atd23jc239at&e=s34h34569kjd9kckj&s=s567akh78d45aqc45&w=s89jthqd678tc678q&b=1&d=e&v=-&a=1h1sp1n2h3dp4sppp&p=hqh2h3h7c6c2ckc4hkh8c7had2d9dqd6s5s8sqs3s2s4sks9sastc3h4c5c8cacjcth5s6cqs7sjhth6d7d3dkdad4d8djh9c9hjd5dt}

It was generated by this website:

http://bridge-hand-player.appspot.com/#52

(thanks to Will Roper for posting it originally)

hms
June 1
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I play 2 as Drury with almost everyone. It has worked well. I do play 2 openers as weak. This frees up the 2 bid in this auction to show a “weak 2 in clubs”. It may not be best (I would prefer transfers), but it is easy.
May 31
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OP: matchpoints
May 27
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to the A. Ruff a . K, A, ruff a , cash s. Throw in East with the last if possible. Otherwise, to the J. If West has the last , and leads a low , let it ride to the 9.
May 27
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2NT= two places to play. To quote Richard Fleet, “not necessarily strong but not crazy”.
May 26
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James,
One hapax legomenon and then another one.

Hms
May 18
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Some universities use “The” as part of their names.

“The Johns Hopkins University” is one example.

There is also a large state university in Ohio for which “The” is an important part.
May 15
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John,
Nor to me. In the 70s we used postcards to exchange moves. The only problem was walking uphill in the snow (both ways) in order to mail them.
Hms
May 14
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Here’s a shocker: by agreement.
May 13
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Jürgen,
There was a time when correspondence chess was assumed to be engine-free. That time is long past. It is not that people don’t play CC, but that they (mostly) play with engines.
In a way, you made my point: Club chess is not the same as online chess. I have very fond memories of playing 5-minute chess in person. I didn’t enjoy playing on-line at all.
Perhaps one day you and I can play a few games. The beer will be my treat. Here is light reading for you: https://www.chessgames.com/chess_life_aug_2011.pdf


Thanks,
Hms
May 13
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Craig,
This a tough issue. When correspondence chess went heavily online, there was a tremendous amount of computer use that was unauthorized (aka, the C word). The consequence at the lower levels was that it would be “don’t ask, don’t tell”. Unless you played with a small known minority that stuck to the no computers rule, there was a lot of winking. In addition, much chess became speed chess, 1 minute, 3 minute, etc. to make computer use more difficult.
In short, I believe online bridge will morph in to “bridge with notes, system cards, and the like”. F2F will remain as it is at the tournament level.
Btw, I am not playing online bridge at the moment. Simply speculating.

Hms
May 12
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