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I like the nostalgia of shuffling. The rich history of bridge and whist going back through the centuries is part of its charm. But in determination of North American Champions, not best for poorly shuffled decks. And I do like hand records.
Jan. 16
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Alas, I couldn't ask if Michael had the 8 so I had to settle for the small slam.
Jan. 15
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Very cool. And if you archive all of them on the web, who knows what a thorough review might turn up?
Jan. 12
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In Austin, we have pre-duped boards as part of the “Common Game” at the club, but not for the Swiss teams at the club and not for the Sectional and Regional Swiss.
Jan. 12
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Yeah, early rounds of Spingold, Vanderbilt and NA Swiss would be first priority, but once you have the option for any event, it could be offered for anywhere where someone was shuffling (or at least the same building).
Jan. 12
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Yes, just talking about the regional KOs at the NABCs.
Jan. 12
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Peg, if they had more Imp-pair events, I would be less sad about the decline of KOs and Swiss.
Jan. 12
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The European 10-board stanzas before the smoke breaks make the game much more collegial because everyone can talk about those 10 hands. $60 * 1000 tables is a big initial investment though.
Jan. 12
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Meyer, that's awesome. I'll probably be bridged out that week after the Europeans, but yours just became my favorite regional.
Jan. 12
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In a legal document like an auction regulation or user manual, it's common to define non-proper nouns and then use a capitalized version of the word as distinct from the common meaning. So such a document would capitalize Multi the convention (if it's defined elsewhere in the system notes document or the bridge encyclopedia, for example), but not capitalize multi-meaning 1 bid natural or quasi natural (at least until it's defined, then Multi-meaning 1 would be fine). The EBL/WBF card has the option supplemental notes so a defined term can be footnoted with a full definition in the supplemental notes. (And about twice as many league members in EBL as ACBL so it's not much of a deterrent.)

Since convention names have different meanings for different players, I like stating the generic such as announcing “transfer” and not “Jacoby”.

Convention cards can be crowded, especially for convention hoarders. Sometimes there isn't room in the allotted space on the convention card and the convention name is closer to full disclosure than the summary of the generic description. And for nutty packers like me, a capital letter takes up more room than a lower case letter on electronic convention forms like the Bridge-Winners card. Capitalizing the bad in Good-bad turns the convention into more of a title like for a movie than a capitalized defined term. But sometimes you have to take the Bad with the Good–and the Ugly.

So, fixed-width fonts, generic where it fits and give the generic explanation when you verbally disclose. And capitalize always convention names when used as names and not generics.
Jan. 12
Sam Dinkin edited this comment Jan. 12
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I'm playing 10-12 NT this year with two partners, but next year, I intend to open 1/1/1 8+. Those partners don't like opening 10-12 vul even though it's ahead on imps by a wide margin. I'm playing 8-12 no major this year with one partner, but system is not allowed over that.
Jan. 11
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My narrative would be that the 5431 hands would have an overlapping range that starts and ends lower. 5431 has 2 fewer losers than 4333 and one more second-round control, with 3 possible best strains depending on partner's hand so very unlikely for the two hands not to mesh. So assuming a 13-15 NT for 4432, the 5431 hand would be more likely to be 12-14 and the 4333 hand 14-16. Since the current plan is to cap NT ranges at 5-points, I would need to either open 16 counts worth 15 something else or 11 counts worth 13 something else. I'm thinking let go of the 11-counts because there are only 8 hand types with singletons and together, I think they're less likely than the 4333s and may have a singleton honor I would want to downgrade more often than upgrade from 11.
Jan. 10
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1NT-3NT is to play so when slam isn't in the picture, we can also show or tell very little. I still would plan on showing AKJx, QTxx, J9xx, K as 4=4=3=2 which we would describe as 4=4=3=2 but might be 4=4=4=1 with a singleton K or Q.

The system is for singleton small in a minor. Since asker hopefully only asks when he has both minors stopped and is looking for slam or has at least one 4+card major, there will always be a 4-3 or longer fit when partner has a singleton and the suit is unstopped. Otherwise, “Don't ask, don't tell.” The first ask can identify that their is a singleton in a minor, but a second ask will be required to tell which one. So the first ask only has modest danger.

My plan is 1N-2 will be art. inv+ so if responder just wants to hear what invitations partner will accept, responder can look for a strain without the stress of asking about the singletons.
Jan. 10
Sam Dinkin edited this comment Jan. 10
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So at my table, we played 5X. Partner held x, xxx, xx, KQJxxxx. -300 when they tried to cash 2 hearts. A more inspired defense would have beat it 500 with a club ruff.
Jan. 7
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The auction at the other table was 3-3-5-5-all pass. Two spades held, but the defense could not take any clubs, making 5.

I think there was an additional inference that this was a poorly shuffled deck. I don't think it was this deal, but RHO continually cut the cards for a while before dealing. I appear to have been the beneficiary of four people who did not shuffle their cards before reinserting the hands into the board after the second play followed by two pretty good riffles resulting in partner getting 2 club tricks, me getting two spade tricks and a club trick and the other two players getting almost all of the diamond and heart tricks. My intuition is that no one has a void because the previous contract was likely spades and declarer ruffed a diamond trick and a heart trick and possibly a club trick (that might be my where my 3 low clubs came from).
Jan. 7
Sam Dinkin edited this comment Jan. 7
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I didn't see it as such, but maybe.
Jan. 7
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Thomas, humor may be the most effective way to get the charts changed and being direct may be the most effective way to get the charts changed. We both agree on the goal.

My philosophy is that the rules must be interpreted literally or else they're not rules, they're just a hint for rulings that will be decided on “common sense” or whatever. It's hard to get the rules completely in line with the spirit.

While in general, tight literal rules are a good thing, there are costs and benefits to making the rules totally literal. Making 15-17 with three singleton honors a natural NT the only exception is 0.00004 to get dealt that distribution, times .0013 to get dealt three singleton A, K or Q * .02 if it's aces to only have 3-5 HCP in your 10-card suit, .41 to have 9-10 if it's queens or .29 if to have 6-8 HCP if it's kings for about one hand in 70 million. So I respectfully offer that in my opinion, the benefit of the humor value is worth more than the cost of the flaw.
Jan. 6
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Thomas, just pointing out that John's agreement is hilarious if technically permissible and not taken literally.

John, I suggest you tell your partner you'll pass the three king singleton hands so that you have no agreement. You're more likely to each get dealt one than for your partner to get dealt three and you none. So it will never become disclosable. Since it's about 6 cards away from Thomas's version of natural NT, it meets the definition of a psychic.
Jan. 5
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Whether 1m-1M 3+M is natural or not, on the new gold chart it's permissible to have all possible agreements about responses.
Jan. 5
Sam Dinkin edited this comment Jan. 6
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Thomas, you are apparently suggesting that we not take the rules entirely literally. Yet you are not apparently leading by example and appear to be taking comments in this thread entirely literally.
Jan. 4
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