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I don't have much stock in this, but it does seem to me there is a knee jerk reaction among some people that e cigarettes are “bad.” Maybe they are, but if you do a google search it is very easy to find a study that says that second hand vapor from them is not cause for concern.
http://publichealth.drexel.edu/~/media/Files/publichealth/ms08.pdf
Dec. 8, 2013
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What is the health benefit of banning EC?
Dec. 8, 2013
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What was the layout?
Sept. 8, 2013
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Yuan: I think if your methods are option a, this is not a judgment situation for you and you pass. I still think if you got a bad board it is not because of bad methods (this does not include not being 100% clear on methods). To be clear, I think it is possible that methods are,fine and no one made a bad bid, but you still get a bad board
Aug. 19, 2013
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I voted 2nt and found the poll results a little surprising. I learned a lot of the basics of bidding by reading Hardy's books, which define 2nt in this sequence as honor doubleton or three low in support. Obviously there are other ways to bid, but thought these books were reasonably wide read that there would be more in 2nt camp
Aug. 18, 2013
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I don't understand all the hemming and hawing about bad methods. Can you really not imagine a world without support doubles? Doesnt judgment matter?

I may be biased since I saw other hand, but if you guys defended 2Sx making (my guess since both of you asked about this one), I don't think bad methods were the problem (not saying I necessarily would have got this one right either)
Aug. 15, 2013
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Fair point. In any event, I like this better (more facts and less controversial imo):
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/17/arts/music/17arts-DESPITEDEATH_BRF.html?_r=0
July 13, 2013
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Sure, but you posted an article that was at best tangentially related to the matter and doesnt really add anything of substance (and from a not particularly objective source to boot it seems). There is already a thread on this subject and I really don't see the point of not just posting there. Maybe others disagree?

Edit: I understand the point you are making that not everyone loves Israel, but given the tone that other thread quickly took my personal preference would be to see people who want to talk about this to do it there unless there is some sufficiently new/interesting development etc. that others (who grew tired of other thread) might want to read. Not anything particular against you as I don't think you're being trollish (or I wouldn't bother replying)
July 13, 2013
Shawn Drenning edited this comment July 13, 2013
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This has nothing to do with bridge and not really even directly related to the Israel security issue. Did it really need its own thread?

I don't really want to see bride winners devolve to one of those forums where 90% of the threads are off topic arguments about politics, religion etc.
July 13, 2013
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How about uchicago club game which is free for students and something like three dollars for outsiders (or have they raised prices since I left?)
Jan. 18, 2013
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I hate 1S much more than x. Happy with x if partner doesn't get too excited but would generally expect more hcp for x (not counting qh for too much)
Dec. 30, 2012
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I would not consider bidding over 4H, but I also would pass this over 1H.

Why would you guys double 1H? Does vul/scoring/opps system matter?
Dec. 29, 2012
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Thanks for all the replies–very helpful. I admit I was in the minority who thought this would be forcing without discussion–glad the sequence didn't actually come up at the table.

There wasn't much discussion about the structure over 1D-2C-X

In particular, I'm curious what hands will bid 3C and what the followups are (in particular 3H versus 4H)? Do GF hands with 4 hearts bid an immediate 4H over the X? Does 3C say anything about a stopper? In particular, what happens after the auction starts

1D-2C-X-P
3C-P-3M-P

I suspect at the table I would not bid these sequences optimally.
Dec. 10, 2012
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I know we've talked about this one offline, but I'm not convinced this one is the “harder question” (for me at least).
Dec. 10, 2012
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If partner bids 3S instead of 2S, then this hand bids 4H and presumably partner is not allowed to bid 4S over the negative double?
Dec. 10, 2012
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To flesh out your argument, a good hand with hearts would bid an immediate 2H, therefore 3H can't be that hand, therefore it isn't forcing?
Dec. 10, 2012
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I wouldn't believe anything Marilyn Vos Savant (regarding what readers had to say) has to say as I think she has an ego even bigger than her (supposed) IQ . . .

Maybe I'm biased though because I'm unable to get over the awful (and insulting) book she wrote on Fermat's Last Theorem . . .
Dec. 2, 2012
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This is how I have always thought about restricted choice
Dec. 2, 2012
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I am also not a bridge expert, so take my opinion for what it is. I think there is some value in accepting some things without understanding them when you are starting out at bridge.

For example, when I first started getting more serious about bridge I did some research and decided Max Hardy's “Modern Bidding for the 21st Century” was a respected title. I read the entire book and essentially memorized everything in it. Since then I've gone back and reread many sections and understand the logic behind a lot of the things he suggests, but I think it was very helpful for my development and allowed me to progress more quickly to just accept at first (without having to understand) that everything Hardy said was “right.”

I think if from the beginning I would have tried harder to understand Hardy's approach (and alternative approaches) I would have got bogged down in the details and it would have taken me a lot longer to become a proficient bidder. I don't think this idea is limited to bridge. As a “retired” mathematician I know a major stumbling block for me in learning mathematics was insistence on understanding every line of every proof. Obviously there is a time and place for this, but frequently it was an impediment and it was better to understand the big picture and only return to the details later.

Of course, I essentially agree with you're saying about it being important to try to understand the “why.”
Oct. 19, 2012
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