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It is possible to play 2NT as gf with 6+ on this auction
Oct. 10
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Yes, there are layouts where ducking is wrong, but there is no reason partner can't have more strength in the red suits and less in spades. That this is the case is even indicated by the bidding. If so, declarer will need clubs for 9 tricks.
Sept. 23
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If declarer is 4=4=3=2, it I do not see where 8 more tricks are coming from. Especially since partner must have a red suit honor.
Sept. 20
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Debbie, it seems to me that most of the examples you cite have a penalty associated with them. If you take advantage of UI and the director is called, you may receive a worsw result on the board. Is there any penalty for whispering?
Sept. 6
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Al, with all due respect, your understanding of Jewish law is very poor. I would be happy to discuss it with you, but not in this forum because I do not think it is relevant. That Orthodox Jewish bridge players will not play if forced to use electronics or write on shabbos is simply a fact. As a general principle, I think those who request accommodation should be taken at their word. The USBF should then make accommodations if they feel they can do so with minimal inconvenience and without harming the integrity of the competition because it is in the USBF's interest to maximize attendance. If they feel the accommodations would harm the event, then those who made the request are welcome to stay home, which is what Orthodox Jews will definitely do if we are told we cannot play without writing or using electronics on the Sabbath. I do not think there is any reason to question why we are unable to write/use electronics or the sincerity of our beliefs and think you are letting your prejudices get in the way of the conversation. It is certainly counterproductive to make disparaging remarks about religious Jews and Jewish jurisprudence.
Sept. 6
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As long as whispering is common, it seems strange to prohibit sabbath observant players from participating because they would have to do what many players are doing anyway. I agree that whispering isn't ideal, but I think that problem should be dealt with more broadly first. While the USBF continues to essentially allow whispering, even though it is against the rules, this appears disingenuous.
Sept. 6
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Michael, you wrote:

“I don’t know, but I’m guessing there are multiple, perhaps hundreds, of Orthodox Judaic interpretations of ‘everything’. Rabbis likely disagree on several (small) points. Perhaps there are no two people who have identical ideas of exactly what is and is not permissible.”

I can assure you there is not a single Orthodox Rabbi in the world who permits writing or using electronics on the Sabbath. The conclusion you draw in the next paragraph therefore does not follow.
Aug. 21
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Hi Al,

What is your basis for your claim that the recipients are giving up nothing and making no effort to find a workaround nor help research options?
Aug. 20
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Perhaps if the ACBL didn't squander a few million dollars, it wouldn't be expensive as heck. Certainly ACBL membership and NABC entry fees could be cheaper
July 11
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Depending on what you mean by the game in iHouse, maybe. The bridge club meets in Stuart now, but there are actually approximately 10 people who live in Breckinridge, one of the houses within IHouse, and play socially on a regular basis. They see no reason to trek out to the actual bridge club though.
July 11
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For what it's worth, UChicago runs intramural spades, hearts and euchre leagues. They are simple enough that lots of people learn the game in order to participate. No intramural bridge. We have, however, had some success recruiting players from those other card games.
July 11
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Thanks Dave :)
June 26
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Dave, good point about the known club split-that does make getting useful info from hearts more likely but I doubt it is higher than 11% and should not substantially change the payoffs. Declarer picks up stiff jack regardless of when he cashes the hearts, so that is not relevant. I said .36 because I thought declarer was giving up on 3-3 heart splits, but I now see that he will have diamonds as an entry, so I guess declarer only gives up about a tenth of an imp for jx. Unless I still have a mistake, all things considered imp odds from the two lines look about identical.
June 20
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On the second board, does the slight chance of discovering more information in clubs justify giving up the chance for the overtrick? I do not think so. The odds of a 5-1 split to the left are only 7.5%, and even then, your odds of making the contract don't go up by all that much (let's say 10%). 400 here and + 50 at the other table is worth 10 imps, but you only get those imps .75% of the time, for an expected return of +.075 imps. Compared to the expected .36 imps you give up by not playing for the overtrick, this seems like a bad deal.
June 20
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Yes, you are right about board 4. Thanks for pointing it out. Regarding the grand slam auction, I think west thiught 5♥ was exclusion, but east thought it was a cuebid.
May 10
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May 10
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Are there still plans to introudce a rating system which is not purely cumulative but moves up and down based on results to complement masterpoints?
Feb. 19
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My partner was the one who played jack of diamonds. I think it was a nice play as it gave declarer something to think about and a chance to go wrong, even though as Mike points out declarer should and did get it right.
Jan. 14
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Thank you all for the help! There's a lot of useful information here that I think will really strengthen the application.
Jan. 5
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Thank you, can you explain number 6? I'm curious
Jan. 4
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