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Is it non-contrived if one player makes an unnecessary bid because he thinks they might manage a record number of bids?
12 hours ago
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I'll suggest again.
Don't rate all tournaments.
Nov. 19
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“…shot into the killer storm…”
Nov. 18
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AD: long book…
Nov. 17
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Thanks.
Nov. 16
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Is“now I can die in peace” a well-known baseball reference?
Nov. 16
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It's also not about “reporting the player”, but reporting the incident.
Nov. 13
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Is it not being the hand that passes last he is measuring?
Nov. 13
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PF: “To be honest, the Greeks scare me sh%#@&less, and now they're giving us something for nothing??!” (Something for nothing being a strawberry jampot)
Nov. 13
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SB: Agree. Our surprisingly positive start to our only “national” foray - Swiss Pairs - this year fell apart when I converted partner's 6D “some sort of GS try” back to Hearts. Going off, whilst elsewheres the unhidden self-supporting diamond suit made six.
Nov. 13
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Yeah, have read it, but poster is the one bearing “gifts”.
Nov. 12
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You were East?
My problem with title is it should be in Greek.
Nov. 12
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Sounds like a “Logical Alternative” argument….and equally correct.
Nov. 12
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Take King with Ace.
Not so sure after that…
Nov. 11
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“… and dance with me?”
Nov. 10
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As mentioned above, I assume you are saying “experienced” from e.g. Number of logins on BBO.
Many such players realise that they are not great players, and therefore shy away from conventions they find tricky, or where they suspect a pick-up enthusiast may have some extra wriggles that they are unaware of.
I therefore feel a number of your concerns, e.g “natural” over opponents' 1NT, old-fashioned Blackwood (avoiding any confusion over which suit) are sensible approaches for them to take.

F2F individual tournaments were mentioned above. Back in the day, playing in versions for relative newbies, i would insist on playing no transfers, strong Acol Twos etc. in the thirty seconds you got to discuss a system. Everybody knew how to play them (no arguments over transfers to minors, which suits weak, responses…) leaving us some time for defence methods. This technique is the only explanation I can offer for my winning the occasional one.
Nov. 10
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Was all for liking this++ until the last paragraph. Not sure that is good idea.
Is it even legal?
Nov. 10
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Totally agree with first paragraph, though the Laws don't.
Nov. 9
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The rule would rather work against the clearly best pair in an unscrupulous room.
Nov. 9
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PM: I am not sure that “an ordinary interpretation that resolves the ambiguity” is a valid statement except for the person making the interpretation. Meantime, I am certain that it is unfair to describe JA's fantasy extrapolation as having “no resemblance to a logical argument” as we have acknowledged it is a recognised logical procedure to demonstrate another argument is untenable by taking it to its logical, but intolerable, conclusion.
DB: Your earlier posts gave me insight into the “other side” of the argument, but the idea that you were “such a player” when you bid 4 does not hold water, as you simply were not. You had indeed heard of Texas transfers. Further, you had indeed agreed to play them. Whether the AI or UI reminds you is the moot point, but I felt this line went too far.
Nov. 9
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