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So I guess it's better if someone approaches this with the goal of being a Bill James like figure in the bridge world. If it just so happens people draw their own conclusions about some of the data gathered . . . oh well.
Sept. 14
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I understand that accusing people of cheating is a touchy subject and also that data/statistics can be misinterpreted, but why not publish the data you have with names attached and appropriate disclaimers on how to interpret it? I liked the idea that Fred Gitelman had of asking player's permission to have their name attached.

For instance, I remember looking at some of the stats (e.g. http://www.rpbridge.net/9y82.htmz) Richard Pavileck kept before the cheating scandals broke and wondering why some of the most respected pairs were not ranked higher. At the time I concluded that (as he acknowledged) the approach was not perfect and the sample size was small, but also that maybe people's subjective impressions of which pairs were the best were not always right. Looking now, I draw a different conclusion . . .
Sept. 14
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Seems consistent with Richard's comment above that the guy named France would bid this way.
Sept. 12
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You cannot bid 2S here in French standard? Do they ever raise with only 3?
Sept. 12
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I admit I find it grating on BBO (or live) when after the hand dummy offers “well played partner” right after we've botched the defense
Sept. 9
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Curious roughly what percent of the population is “mediocre” in your eyes?
Sept. 8
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I think what OP did was very much in the spirit of what we are trying to encourage even if his execution was poor. I think it should be distinguished from a lot of behavior that I think is worse and more detrimental to the game (which is my objection to its characterization by many in this thread).

To use a (silly) example from football, I think it would be “outrageously” out of line if OP looked up information about his opponent's significant other and implied before the hand that he was having intimate relations with him/her. Yet this is apparently something you can do in college football and NOT get penalized (https://www.complex.com/sports/2019/08/jalen-ramsey-says-he-sent-dms-to-opponents-girlfriends-before-games-in-college). So I am not sure I buy the analogy to football/other sports where I think ‘trash-talk’ is generally accepted as being part of the game.
Sept. 8
Shawn Drenning edited this comment Sept. 8
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Sure, I agree, but a cursory browse through the comments shows at least three much liked comments describing OP's behavior as “out of line” (one commentator even adding outrageously!) along with comments suggesting he owes his opponent an apology. I try to follow a variation of Michael R.'s golden rule (don't piss people off for no good reason) so I agree that it would be better if OP kept quiet, but people are acting like he committed some sort of heinous crime.

I also remember hating how patronizing some people were to me when I started playing bridge (and I was older than OP) so I have a hard time having much sympathy for anyone who (by OP's description) has such a toxic attitude towards the idea that someone younger than her might actually be able to teach her something.
Sept. 7
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I try not to offer unsolicited advice either to strangers, but I think everyone on this thread needs to lighten up and stop being so sensitive. I do not think OP's comment was particularly rude and if she was not interested in hearing it (as I might be too if I just botched a hand) she can just say ‘No’ and move on.
Sept. 7
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I have the agreement that X by the preemptor shows a desire to bid on in competitive auctions. Have not discussed this specific auction, but in the absence of a different agreement, would fall back on that.

I would probably pass now and later; this hand has defensive potential and we could easily be going for 500 or more in 5H.
Sept. 4
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Why?
Sept. 1
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He will not necessarily know that your hand is so suitable for slam in any of three suits though.
Sept. 1
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Sure and this is why I will not play Minorwood, Kickback etc. in casual partnerships, but one of my occasional partner thinks my refusal to play Minorwood is blasphemy
Aug. 25
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I would think that for all but for all but the top pairs, the theoretical gains of a hybrid method are offset by the occasional disaster when you are not on same page as to which version applies.
Aug. 25
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Sorry, beat you to it (see above)
Aug. 25
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Lest I be a subject to anymore humiliation because of my mediocre grammar, I did a little research and it seems it is ok that I did not capitalize ‘internet’: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/02/insider/now-it-is-official-the-internet-is-over.html
Aug. 25
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I also didn't put a period at the end of the sentence, because it's the internet . . .
Aug. 25
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“I play 1430 as the primary method for exploring a possible slam”
A little nitpicky, but I would usually not use RKC/Blackwood to explore a possible slam, but rather as a tool to make sure I am not missing two keycards when I already know slam is likely.
Aug. 25
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We can't all be as mature and articulate as you Hank
Aug. 25
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Hank, I think the issue is that the price you gave was not even in the ballpark of what is reasonable to expect. If the ACBL negotiated a valet parking price of $34 a day (what others say the local municipal parking garages cost) at the host hotel would you applaud them for their good work? How about if the tradeoff was that the room rate for the hotel was $179 a night instead of $169?
Aug. 25
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