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tangentially related: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowclone
July 24
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For reasons I don't fully understand, I feel less comfortable psyching online than I do at the table.

Favorite psyche story: George Winter directing. I psyche a strong NT, end up in some doubled spade partscore, making, on unspeakable defence. George calls me over: “don't do that next Thursday”. “?”. “I won't be here next Thursday and wouldn't want to miss it”.

I think this means that one egregious psyche per week was OK while George was around to enjoy them :)
July 19
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FFR, according to the OED, the three commonly used
plurals for ‘platypus’ are correct:
- platypodes (the *most correct* form, a Greek plural for a Greek word)
- platypi (would be correct were platypus Latin, which it isn't)
- platypuses (the “English” form)
July 17
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Agree - Precision and Blue are philosophically quite different.
Put another way, someone who likes playing Blue is not necessarily someone who likes playing Precision.
July 16
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Think I came across one, once .. “what does that show?” “majors unless it's a weak NT” “then what?” “something ellis”.
July 4
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Just in case you thought I was asleep - I am shocked.
July 2
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S has a max and a double fit after 3 from partner.
Should drive to slam after this.
May 9
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Surely you aren't omitting Bludgeon, are you, Paul?
Oh .. “serious”. Hmmm.
May 8
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The first board looks a lot more like an 11-count than a 10-count to me. I think the stated 11-15 range is a better description for opps (I am sure there are many 10 counts that you don't upgrade).

The second board seems pretty standard these days.
April 22
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..not to mention the choice of test revealing more about the interrogator than the subject-apparent..
April 21
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Recently I have noticed the scorekeeper consulting the Bridgemate during the play when declarer. While declarer is entitled to know what the contract is, I assume that looking at the Bridgemate is illegal since
a) declarer's right to ask is state-dependent (perhaps, depending on the placement of the comma, above
b) the Bridgemates display the lead (I think), clearly not something anyone is entitled to see during most of the hand
April 20
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..the fourth answer in Master Solvers'.
April 20
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Positively grotesque is a personal best for me :)
April 16
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I think I misread my notes, and that 65% is correct (100-35).
April 16
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I thought it might be interesting to look at the a priori probability of partner's hand holding enough relevant cards for a slam to be likely. The ‘relevant cards’ are A, K, K*. If dummy shows up with 2 (or more) of these then slam is reasonable (provided that dummy also provides “enough” trumps).

Referring to the mighty TABLE 26 of Borel & Cheron, we find that the probability of dummy's containing 2 relevant cards when the other 3 hands contain 3 relevant cards is about 22%. The chance that dummy will also provide at least 2 trumps is somewhat less than 35%.

Together the chance of finding the right cards in dummy to make 12 tricks (or more) is about 8%. So I am not sure that opening 4h (assuming we won't now find slam) is particularly poor compared to either:
a) opening 1h and playing it there, or
b) opponents' being able to compete effectively in spades

* there are other ‘relevant cards’ such as the Q. But these are not relevant unless coupled with a late entry, so I think are infrequent enough to ignore for purposes of forming a rough estimate.
April 15
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A pretty good hand for Namyats (8-ish playing tricks) but if we're not playing that then tough to choose between 2c and 4h.
April 15
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Spoiler: my choice was to pass. I was somewhat disappointed when this turned out to be the only non-positive score for EW. Partner's hand is a super-fitter: QT543 A54 AT83 T; so 5 and 3NT both make. You might even make 6 against particularly dull defence. And there were various doubled diamond partscores.

Paul: I seriously considered opening 4 (scoring less than average assuming no-one is going to X this). You are right; I didn't consider opening 1.
April 14
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My opening choice was one of the set of choices currently chosen by the illustrious choosers (currently 1, 2, 3 and pass). It scored me exactly 0 in a recent BBO Speedball MP tournament.
April 13
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Nothing complicated. Just something like:
http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?linurl=http://tinyurl.com/y77b63q7

I see there is a video on this. I'll take a look tomorrow.
April 10
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Here you go: http://tinyurl.com/y77b63q7

In return, please could someone tell me how to use this with handviewer (outside the BBO environment). Gura mie ayd.
April 10
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