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Whether I'm right or whether I'm wrong
Whether I find a place in this world or never belong
I gotta bid spades, I've gotta bid spades
What else can I be but what I am

I want to bid spades, not leave them in hearts
And I won't give up this dream
Of life that keeps me alive
I gotta bid spades, I gotta bid spades
The game that I see makes me what I am

That far away game, even a slam
Is waiting for me if I heed the call
I won't settle down, won't settle for less
As long as there's a chance that I can have it all

I'll go it alone, that's how it must be
I can't be right for somebody else
If I can't bid my spades…

With my grave apologies to Walter Marks (and of course, to Sammy Davis Jr.)
Feb. 6
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“May the Force be with you.” - Yoda
Jan. 29
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I'd suggest you are making too much of this. Let it slide.

Just yesterday, I was talking about a fellow at our club. He has serious problems playing his cards, getting bids out. He has to use one of those card racks, and the person who plays the cards before him has to sort them when the hand is passed. He is generally very slow.

My comment? That I hope he never stops playing, that I never want to see ANYBODY stop playing bridge, certainly not for a physical problem. I said I am glad to see him there. His presence at the game is good for him. That it is a minor inconvenience to me is nothing.

One day, you might hope that someone shows the same respect for you when you need them to cut you a little slack.
Jan. 29
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I liked your comment twice. But two likes make an unlike on BBO. So I liked it an odd number of times.
Jan. 25
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Diagonal leads probably work best here. (cough, cough)
Jan. 21
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Every time I announce our could be short precision 1♢, a little part of me wants to add that it could be a 9 card suit too.
Jan. 16
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If partner had a mega clear double, and hesitated to ensure you will you pass, then the answer is easy - find a new partner. If you want, file a recorder memo on the action. Never heard of someone doing it on their own partner though.
Jan. 14
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Max,

As I have read your posts on BW, I keep hearing the Beatles in the background, singing about “The Long And Winding Road”.

Just know that we are all traveling down that same road, and even though you will never get to the end, the trip is worth the effort. Accept the bumps along the way, and the sometimes steep hills. Just enjoy the ride.
Dec. 31, 2018
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While a 1 point differential is nothing for anyone to get worked up over, it never hurts to post alert a sequence. Inform them that 1NT could be up to 15. Now you can sleep better at night, knowing you have done your full duty.
Dec. 29, 2018
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It is sometimes a fundamental problem of bridge, that we sometimes need to think, but find ourselves not always prepared. Trick 1 is especially a problem in this respect if declarer plays a fast card from dummy.

So, did you stop at trick 1? That would have given your opponent time to think out what to do too. 15 seconds of thought at trick 1 is a huge bonus to my play anyway, to settle my head, collect my thoughts about the hand, etc., so I try to make it a habit as much as possible.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Um, people, please don't attack the poster. Let us be civil here.
Dec. 25, 2018
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It seems pretty common that if I want to have work done on my property that would require a zoning variance, then I need to inform my neighbors in advance. In some cases, a public notice must be posted in the local newspaper of my intentions, so that if someone wants to provide input to the decision making commission they are offered the opportunity to do so.

Logically, readmission to the ACBL should at least follow a similar procedure. Inform the membership in advance. Allow them to provide feedback, BEFORE a decision is made.
Dec. 22, 2018
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A totally enjoyable read.
Dec. 20, 2018
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I know that I would certainly assume West had a weak 1NT type hand, so something like 11-13 after 1NT. But then, after being told that 2♣ is a puppet to 2♢, and West did not comply, I would wonder if there was something fishy about when I saw 3♢.

So West made two clearly alertable bids, that under the rules, had extra meanings attached beyond the obvious. No alerts were made. That means that E-W failed to alert, and so were a cause of the problem. They get what they deserve, i.e., -490, along with a stern lecture about alerting their alertable bids in the future.

South saw the jump to 3♢, which surely seems strange to me. Sorry, but if East looks like he is trying to get out in 2♢, and West refused, raising the auction a level, I would want an explanation before I doubled for penalty. It might just be unexpected diamond length in the West hand, possibly with some shortness outside. But it might be that West had some other reason for the jump.

Without asking for any explanation, South made some assumptions about the hand, and doubled. So South deserves -850. I feel as if North did nothing wrong here, but North also gets -850.

A split ruling feels about right to me. You need to explain what you are doing. But that does not excuse South from failing to think, and to then ask the obvious question.
Dec. 16, 2018
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I'd bet the Rueful Rabbit could find it though. One could even wrap a little story around it too.
Dec. 14, 2018
ATB
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@Avon - HEY! Stop passing around rumors that pizza is not in the vegetable family. I base my entire diet around that idea, in my eternal quest to eat more healthily. Next, you are probably going to tell us that fruitcake is not really a fruit.
Dec. 12, 2018
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Spelt more correctly, lose your a$$.
Dec. 10, 2018
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Somebody surely has the diamond queen, since we don't have it. Or, do you have it hidden away in your pocket?

I suppose I could flip a coin to decide who to play for the queen. But why not take the odds? Even if the odds are only 53-47 in favor of West, it seems the best choice. West made a vulnerable overcall, which if it is on only 5 spades to the KQ, might seem a bit light. If West actually had 6 spades, thus KQJxxx and nothing else, they might have chosen to overcall as a 2-level preempt anyway.

So if you force me to not take any finesse, I will need to try to ruff it out, and that will require just as much luck for success.
Dec. 9, 2018
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I'd usually suggest an endplay when in a grand slam. I just don't understand why nobody wants to be my partner. So, then I decided to try ducking a trick to rectify the count. Again, more partners deserted me.

More seriously, I think it makes some sense to play West for the diamond queen. West overcalled (vulnerable) with very few points outstanding. That makes West something of a favorite to hold the diamond honor. It also means you need only to ruff one round of diamonds in dummy.

So, win the spade ace, pitching a small diamond.

Win the spade ace. Ace of hearts and a heart to the king. If trumps were breaking poorly, you will need diamonds to behave well. But now you know trumps are 3-2. Diamond finesse to the jack, cash the diamond king. Club to the ace. Ruff a diamond with the jack. Ruff a spade back, draw the last trump. Club to the queen. Ruff a spade back to enjoy the club and diamond winners.

This line requires diamonds no worse then 4-2, with the queen in the West hand. But if that is happening, then you could have pitched the low club on the spade ace.

As Martin points out, ruffing two diamonds in dummy is another possibility. But that also requires diamonds no worse than 4-2, as well as a happy heart split. Playing for the diamond hook to be working should allow you to survive in some cases when West has a singleton heart.
Dec. 9, 2018
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Bridge has also evolved as you should well know, with the median age going through the roof for bridge, as well as large numbers of bridge players that no longer smoke.

As for the evolution of poker, to me it seems like the evolution of that game has involved a huge influx of younger people.

I just did a quick check online, where I searched for the average age of poker players at major poker tournaments. The links I found show an average age from as low as 26 up to roughly 40.

You are still comparing apples to oranges, yet hoping to extract grape juice from the result.
Dec. 7, 2018
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