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If it helps any, I think acbllive is reporting 66.
4 hours ago
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I would be grateful if players would just start using the Director's last name when making a Director call. (as in Director, Please)
17 hours ago
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Yeah, but who wants to play in s anyway.
18 hours ago
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IJS. Of course. Does anyone play anything different?
19 hours ago
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Whether you approve or not, the site's administrators have determined an appropriate level of visibility for bidding polls. To publish a bidding poll as a general poll or article unilaterally circumvents that determination to the detriment of community harmony.
March 22
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As usual counsellor.

Remind me to hire you should I ever have the need.
March 20
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And no amount of analysis and correctness can make up for the fact the LHO holds QJ tight this time.

I'm still applying Restricted Choice.

In MPs we take the actions that work out more often than not. If we cannot figure out what is right while bidding (perhaps more bidding work is needed?), then yes, going with the field is a legit approach. But if we know what is superior bidding we should use it.
March 20
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Define “good.”

This auction is not ambiguous and was not intended to be included in any rule or analysis that suggest in any way any bid other than PASS.

It is nearly impossible to articulate bridge bidding rules with any degree of clarity and include all the possible exceptions and still have a sentence that can be read and comprehended by any ordinary human beings.
March 20
Jim Perkins edited this comment March 20
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I think charity games like charity runs or walks or poker tournaments* or dance marathons or whatever are fine. And I note that any particular club can choose its own charity to support as one of our local Unit 562 clubs did last April or October or whatever the ACBL's charity month is.

I would suggest if you don't want to support the ACBL's charitable efforts, then don't play in their charity events.

* I did complain to a friend that was promoting her local charity's annual Charity Texas Hold ‘Em tournament that the structure was horrible and essentially unbeatable. She replied, “Well, duh. It’s a charity.”
March 20
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There are easy answers at bridge. They rarely suffice.
March 20
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@ Art: And if you can outbid the field, it makes sense to bid better than the field.

So what?
March 20
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But, but, but . . . it's not bridge. Kidding. And making fun of, disparaging even, those who would seriously say such things.

Well done, sir.
March 20
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I am never rigid about bidding Richard. As I often say, in London they say “water” and in Paris “eau”, who is right?

I am however, strongly of the opinion that the s hand already knows about a source of tricks for a possible slam (in either denomination) and can see that discovering controls is the critical issue of the hand and should, as always, select an auction that conserves as much space as possible rather than mechanically giving partner information that will be of little use to her while consuming an entire level of bidding.

Call me Parisian.
March 20
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Mom, who is obviously archetypical for me in so many ways, but apropos to here, bridge and more generally the joys of playing cards died of Alzheimer's 46 weeks ago right now.

As I told the foundation when our club management guilted me into being the point person for TLD game, they do reasonably good work providing caretaker support info. However, the “cure is just around the corner” crap is just that and positively abusive to victims and families and they should knock it off. A cure is not just around the corner. Not, not, not. And <<edited for sensitive eyes>> if you say it is.

We can be charitable without being mercenary but we should also evaluate how our charitable activities are relating to our core mission. We could easily partner with runners, but for the most part, runs themselves are fundraisers for charities. I know more than one former marathoning addict that is now a bridge addict, present company included.

Imo some portion of our charitable efforts should go toward after school programs for disadvantaged youth. In addition to money, we could easily contribute time, attention and space and maybe even a pizza or two. But that's just me.

I did see a recent article about a very talented child chess prodigy from the new York City area that was living in a homeless shelter. Free advertising for scholastic chess.
March 20
Jim Perkins edited this comment March 20
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I should have bid 3 last round to save bidding space. Plus, we play non-serious 3NT so partner is required to cue bid.

Now we will know what to do. We don't care about partner's support for our suit.

Abstain. Cannot recover from here.
March 18
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There is one player that I find it very hard not to stare at.

But only rarely an OPP.
March 18
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I don't play Precision (always) but I have the same advantage that CM notes. 1 could be as short as 2 and s could be longer (balanced minor suit openings show range, not shape). Here, over a 1 response, I am planning 1NT = 13-15 “balanced.”
March 17
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Or better yet, silence the whole thread.

In London they call it water, in Paris eau. Is one right and the other wrong?

<<unfollowing thread>>
March 17
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No.
March 17
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