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Sick just sick. I can see no reason why such basic logic is not part of Bot algorithms.
Oct. 2, 2017
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Thanks Kieran. Much appreciated.
Jan. 22, 2017
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Thanks to all who responded. SPOILER ALERT. Do not read below if you want to vote and haven't.












3NT Lose 11
4NT getting to 6NT Push
6 lose 2
Pass win 2

7NT makes on a show up squeeze.

Preemptor (Vul) held
QJTxxxx
xxx
Qx
x

Partner is
Ax
ATxx
ATx
AQTx

At the other table, the opening preempt is 2
Oct. 13, 2016
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Perhaps minutiae, but to be able to share convention card definitions would be even better than having to transfer and synchronize cards across multiple sites.
Oct. 12, 2016
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Awesome idea Paul.

A standard form (in XML) would be great.
Oct. 12, 2016
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See the above mention of “TableTop” and the YouTube channel “Geek and Sundry”. (Thanks Wikipedia)

Bridge players (& organizations) lack of knowledge of such is a great indicator of why we do not reach a younger demographic.

It is not Wil Wheaton's former role in StarTrek that makes him a great potential promoter, but his “TableTop” web series.
March 19, 2016
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With respect, belongs in the Partnership Desk forum.

Though I suspect many are not that familiar with this forum's existence. It doesn't seem to have high usage.
March 13, 2016
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Minor typo in hand play
At trick 10 South play 4 when West holds this card
Jan. 9, 2016
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Malcolm Gladwell based his book on the work of Dr K Anders Ericcson, and Gladwell took a few liberties. The 10,000 hour theory has been criticised and rebutted in the 2014 (?) response from Ericsson

https://psy.fsu.edu/faculty/ericsson/2014%20Ericsson%20reply%20to%20criticisms%20in%20INTELLIGENCE%20posted.pdf
Dec. 29, 2015
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There is always advocacy groups such as
Avaaz.org
Change.org
Sumofus.org
OpenMedia.org

to name a few. Some might consider it just “click” activism, but there is evidence that the campaigns are sometimes effective.
Oct. 20, 2015
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“* When both minors are in play on a slam auction (4♦ keycard for clubs, 4♥ keycard for diamonds)”

This looks like asking for trouble, unless there is further clarity about which suit is trump.

The rest are very clear.
Sept. 24, 2014
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One handed sports right-handed, two handed sports left-handed, and I know I am not alone.
Sept. 12, 2014
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Just for entertainment you might be interested to know that 7 is cold, facing opener's
Void
AQTxx
AJx
Axxxx

The opponents pre-empted on their 12 card fit, but delicately stopped pre-emption at the 4 level.

At the table, the hand in the diagram above bid 5, passed out. Oh well.
April 30, 2014
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Against Big Club I have played Modified Truscott (Alan Truscott), sometimes known as PTR (Pointed, Touching, Rounded) for many years, with pretty good success.

Being able to identify both suits in a single bid allows partner (as advancer) to jam the auction when it is right, and removes the whole one level and more importantly, sometimes significant parts of the 2 level.

It is also extremely easy to remember, which I like.

All bids in direct seat show less than an opening hand, and all the 1 level suit bids (or X) are lead directional or a suit good enough to lead.

X=, 1=, 1=, 1=. These aren't used very much.
More useful are
1NT (Pointed) = +
2 (Touching) = +
2 (Touching) = +
2 (Touching) = +
2 (Touching) = +
2NT (Rounded) = +

3 Level bids are just longer/better single suiters.
Feb. 11, 2014
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There are some interesting ideas above. Perhaps the best way to find a good name is to take some or all of these and market test them with a bunch of kids.

It doesn't matter what we think. It matters what they think.
Sept. 11, 2013
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I can no longer imagine Bridge life without BridgeWinners.com, and I hope I never have to.

Kudos to each and every one of you who made this happen, and to the contributors whose content make it so valuable.
Aug. 28, 2013
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Firstly, may I say that there are lots of positive improvements in the latest release of BW. Congrats on an excellent site.

And now a little constructive criticism, and apologies if this duplicates anything previously said. I tried to read all the comments but there are a lot so I may have missed some.

I find the segregation of non-bidding or lead polls such that they appear in the main articles list to be arbitrary, while the other two polls are represented as bidding problems. I respectfully suggest reconsidering regrouping all polls together and simply classifying the 3 types. Bidding, Lead and General, until such time that general can be further classified.

Over time I believe that the site will benefit from more classification of content types (perhaps through flexible tagging) facilitating better (tag based) searching, in addition to author, and contributor based search.

A little more testing of scaling is required when stretching/zooming the screen is warranted. In Chrome 24.0.1312.57 m on Win 7 Pro, I find the fonts/symbols of the current Bridge Problem hand overwrite the background, when the browser magnification is increased.

I would also appreciate it if suit symbols could be coloured Red/Black consistently, and I echo some earlier comments about Double should be Red and Redouble should be Blue as distinguishing visual cues, consistent with bidding box cues.

I also echo many of the usabiity comments of others, but would like to end with reiterating kudos for the hard work that clearly went in to this version.
Feb. 12, 2013
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It might be interesting to be able to see analytics of your voting decisions versus your own personal set of criteria.

For example you might create a category of say “world class players” whose names you know and respect, and another category of “peers” and perhaps a third of “playing partners”, or “same system” or “same country/region”, “following” or “followers” or whatever your criteria might be, and be able to compare your voting against such categories.
Jan. 8, 2013
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DSI Do Something Intelligent
Nov. 20, 2012
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Personally, I never liked the method of bidding 3 of the major with either 2 or 3+ support.

I prefer 3S (or 3NT) to show 3 card support and 3 major to show only two. Reached good slams on 8 card fits and avoided bad ones, and have been happy to give up the ability for partner to transfer on a 5 card suit and a bust, wanting to pass the 3 major response.

My $0.02. Your mileage may vary.
Nov. 15, 2012
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