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I think that most people like the bidding boxes. I mean as tactile ways of communicating. If you have youngsters and oldsters playing together, then you need them, as the latter may have hearing problems.
April 21
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Also - these short movies were made by Culbertson

-Murder At The Bridge Table (Lou Brock) / © September 1,1933
-A Forced Response (Zion Meyers) / 2 reels /© September 7, 1933
-Society Cheaters (Lou Brock) / 2 reels /© September 7, 1933
-What Not To Do In Bridge (Murray Roth) / 2 reels / © October 13, 1933
-Transatlantic Bridge Tricks (Sam White) / © October 27, 1933
-Three Knaves And A Queen (Lou Brock) / © November 1, 1933

I have seen the last one - it is very amusing and entertaining. The ACBL has a copy. It was been difficult to find out if the others exist. If there are people on BridgeWinners that have movie connections, then maybe they can help us. Our attempts to get hold of the people who appear to have ownership of the series have resulted in no reply.

What I find is very interesting about Grand Slam and Three Knaves, is that they have both stood the test of time in terms of humour (well, IMHO).
April 21
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Donald, I have a copy, but it is very poor quality. TCM used to broadcast it in the USA every couple of years. Why not write to them and ask them to broadcast it again? I am sure that if about 30 people do this, they'll pay serious consideration.
http://www.tcm.com/help.html
that link actually says: Got a movie request or a technical question?

It is a great movie.
April 21
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Dare I say: what if somebody says:
“Top diamond, and another”. OR
“Big one, and another one”
April 19
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I think you raise some very good points, and they deserve serious consideration.
April 18
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4NT = RKCB leaves me well placed for continuations
April 18
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Have a look at this link: http://www.mrbridge.co.uk/library/magazine.php?issue=160#160/page/26
You will see that the Romans had a spot of bother with dice cheating opportunities - there's an image of a dice tower.

Such towers were/are used in Backgammon and similar
April 18
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To those who think CCs are not needed please tell me how you would cope with these situations:

1. You are declarer, and you suspect that your LHO (who overcalled) might be 5-5 and could have used Micheals, but did not. You wonder if they are playing defined 2-suited overcalls, and were prevented from doing so. So, you look at the card. You don't want to ask them aloud because you don't want them to know that you are asking this question.

2. One of your oppo is a significantly better player than the other. You notice some subtle carding mid play. The lesser skilled player seems to be distracted a little or not paying attention. You would like to know the carding without drawing any attention.

3. You want to know what is led from small cards in bid and supported suits. If you just ask, you get a brief answer. And by asking for more details about small cards, there's an inference from that question about the p[ossible layout of the honours.

4. An oppo has switched to a Q in mid play, and you want to know if they play Rusinow throughout or only at T1. You want the answer to this question without them knowing you are asking it.

I would like to add that at a recent event, one person who is very “CC's are not for me, just ask me and I will tell you”, chose to look at my card, and not simply ask me. That was because he did not want me to know what he was looking at.

Finally, when a TD comes to the table, don't you think it makes their life easier when then want to work out if it is a misinformation situation, a misbid, forgotten/recently changed, or a genuine “no agreement”? Why make life hard for these people?
April 16
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Whilst I don't share David's opinion on CCs, I would like to add that my view is that at the Young Chelsea many players do bring cards, and they are normally completed to a decent standard. Furthermore, the club has a default card, and pick up partnerships often use that as a basis do choose what to play.

There are some clubs in London where the standard is probably best advertised as improver to intermediate. Since they play fewer conventions to start with, the cards are not filled out in as much detail.

I don't know all the clubs that David frequents, but I think that a fairer overall picture of clubs in London is what I have described.
April 16
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did it make?
April 15
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Somewhat surprisingly, today somebody overcalled 7 Clubs, in this auction:
S | W | N | E
– |– |– | 2
P | 2NT| P | 3 (singleton)
P | 4| P | 4
P | 6| 7| X
All pass

The hand was: 95 | 96 | 2 | AKQJ8754
This earned them 29 out of 106 MP
April 14
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wrong thread
April 14
Shireen Mohandes edited this comment April 14
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It is correct, Paul Lukas
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Lukas
It is normal to refer to actors by their stage name, when the context is a film. Yes, he was born Pal Lukacs - note first name)

I wouldn't refer to the famous Marion Robert Morrison as being the star of True Grit, would I? :)
April 14
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will rely to you in private
April 12
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no information is available.
April 11
Shireen Mohandes edited this comment April 11
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I open 1, playing 4 card Majors and strong NT. I would have done the same irregardless of the infraction. This makes no reference to whether or not I'd exploit an infraction.
April 10
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Let me see what I can do Ash.
April 9
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Ash, if you get nowhere with the suggestion made by David, let me know. A friend of mind is a friend of the Moon family, so I might be able to ask them and help you out.
April 8
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send me yr email by PM, and I will email you the images
April 7
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Bill, I just tried it and it worked … do you have a fb account? the photos are on an “open page”, so … as long as you have a fb account, you should be able to see 4 images.

Try this one
https://www.facebook.com/pg/BridgePhotos1930s/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1094058440604972

(again, need to have an fb account)
April 7
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