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I generally enjoy Pete's videos (mostly). And he has helped my play by exposing his thought process on the play of the hand (and defense), not so much by showing me anything new, but by showing the discipline to count every hand every time, etc.

However, I am never interested in anyone's “I was done wrong” story and even moreso in a game and even moreso in a game that does not involve human vs human direct interaction.

I was never tempted to click when youtube notified me that Pete had posted this “scandal.” And I am not now.

Laugh it off and move on, mate. Next board.
July 14
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Well, in my opinion, the 70s and 80s were the beginning of the end. Exhibit #1, one of our top 5 partnerships today was one of our top 5 partnerships in the 80s.
July 14
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Poker is not really a card game. It takes virtually no skill to recognize how to make the best hand, and if it is worth it to try and make the best hand. This is approximately equivalent to a bridge player that knows the value of bidding game or slam if it's there and leading toward high cards.

The endplays and squeezes of poker are the bluffs and counterbluffs, the uses of chips and position (rather than cards) to affect the outcome of a hand.

Tournament bridge is not a good gambling game because of the prospects of nuanced partnership agreements, including illegal ones. Rubber bridge is slightly better, but even here 2 (or even 3) against 1 situations can arise.

Bridge was once the arena where the very wealthy were thought to associate with the very skilled in a social setting. I am not sure that the younger generation is as motivated by wealth as the bridge generation is/was. But I have little doubt that the opportunity socialize with the upper classes was one of the draws of bridge in its heyday.

To the extent that poker is popular these days (and I am not sure that it is – certainly not what it was in the earlier oughts) it seems that its draw is more one of possibly being positioned to say FU to the upper classes. In fact, I know of so many stories of poker players that ran out of steam (financially or physically) that I sort of think that burnt out poker players are a field that is ripe for harvest for the game of bridge.
July 13
Jim Perkins edited this comment July 13
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I will say this: I far prefer these “my partner is so great and I don't understand why” post with erroneous analysis to the more usual erroneous analysis post we get.
July 7
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An average bridge hand has 1 Ace, 1 King, 1 Queen and 1 Jack. Aces and Kings are good. Queens and Jacks are nice, but they are not Aces and Kings and really need to combine with other high cards to hold much promise.

If both partners hold about a King above average the chances of game (3NT, 4H, 4S) making are good enough that the scoring system justifies bidding it. Aim for Hs or Ss if you know the partnership has 8 card combined length. Otherwise, try for NT. If neither of those work, settle for a minor.

At every turn, divide your hand into 3 ranges: Minimum, Medium, Maximum. Once you have made a call that limits your hand, once again divide it into minimum, medium and maximum.
July 5
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I am just beginning my bridge “career.” I have four dates a week with clients, two of which are off-site. I have 2-3 regular personal games each week. And I have 2-3 games to direct each week (team game is every other week). And I make all the boards for all games at our club.

And I have a 75% time law practice.

And I play a card game that is not bridge in Commerce.

Do I sound tired?
July 3
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I am working on building out a screen overlay so that a BBO screen is the background and me (and students) talking is a small box in the foreground.

Watch this space. Seriously there are places in LA where you can walk faster than you can drive. And I don't mean run or bike, but walk. #<3mph
July 2
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One thing I will add, Ray is that between some participants' proclivities and the email notification of every article that goes up in this forum, I am almost sorry that I wanted in to eavesdrop on Jeff's good ideas.
July 2
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With Wayne's help I have a number of scripts that I am willing to share with BW members. Precision 1 opp positive or negative response (separately). Solid suits. Specifically top and bottom overcall hands. Precision 2 and Precision 2 openings. 2/1 with relatively weak hands that may produce slam (6 losers in one of the hands, possibly 6 or fewer in the other).

I tried to write a script for namyatS practice but first I have to find two players that agree what is a namyatS opener.
July 2
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I was not clear:

(P) 2 (P) = 18-19 balanced (the opening 2 bid subs for 1min-1MAJ - 2NT sequence)

Thus

1 - 1X
2NT is available to show 6-3 and 16-18

Or else I am not understanding your question.
June 29
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OK, I admit I just ignored the CoC so that I could vote 2NT and put in a plug for one of my favorite gadgets.

2 = 18-19 balanced . . . therefore
1 - 1
2NT = 6s - 3s and 16+-18 HCP.
June 29
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When I teach bridge my goal is to get them to see that what formerly looked like magic is within their reach if they just apply their mind to it. And to get them to have the joyous experience of actually executing the formerly incomprehensible and unattainable at the table.

In other words, to get them to love bridge as I do.
June 28
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When I teach bridge my goal is to get them to see that what formerly looked like magic is within their reach if they just apply their mind to it. And to get them to have the joyous experience of actually executing the formerly incomprehensible and unattainable at the table.

In other words, to get them to love bridge as I do.
June 28
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Well I didn't communicate well. 6 OPP 6 will be usually a success. 6 OPP unknown opener probably needs to try especially if it can below game.
June 27
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OK. Sry. I did not see that.
June 27
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I don't think that primarily implies anything about any pairs not mentioned. It remains as a possibility that EW could be culpable, but nothing in 7D assigns any culpability to them. So when “show me the law” Ed says they are culpable, I feel justified in asking by what provision of the law.
June 27
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I don't have anyone on ignore (that I know of) and I don't see anything regarding this question in this thread.

<<edit to add>> My error.
June 27
Jim Perkins edited this comment June 27
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Is “losers” an available command line for dealer? Is there a comprehensive list of commands available for dealer?
June 27
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I know someone that would ask for a citation to authority on the topic, Ed. As I said, I have a certain anitpathy toward NS(s generally) to begin with.

I was provided with a copy of an email from ACBL rulings that cited 7D as supporting A-/A+ treatment here.
June 27
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The first iteration captures what I am after. Sort of. I want an “Or” statement not and.

Also I am not comfortable or conversant in writing scripts. So I appreciate your help.
June 27
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