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The text of this Convention Chart should be given on any thread where it's discussed why people do not play bridge anymore.
Feb. 17, 2017
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I played for a few months in ACBL land and I had the great fortune to have a really great partner. I played 1 sectional pairs, 1 regional pairs, a lot of evening games and a few afternoon games in Rochester NY, Buffalo and San Francisco. I was shocked at the amount of UI used by almost everyone. Slow bids/passes were very popular at the “good” pairs and nobody said anything. The amount of extremely weak players was huge. They knew some conventions but couldn't understand anything of what was going on and some could barely count winners.

I'm really scared of going back to my usual club as I got used of taking 2 more tricks than I deserve on any hand and the bidding changed accordingly:)

So big thumbs up for everything written in this article.
Jan. 9, 2017
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this video explains very well UK & sports: https://www.facebook.com/foilarmsandhog/videos/10157045938885335
Jan. 9, 2017
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i played in the us for 4 months, weekly at the bridge club. I opened 1nt on every 4441 hand that I had. Nobody ever noticed, sometimes not even partner.
Jan. 4, 2017
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So the expert analysis of the bidding was this: http://thecommongame.com/PHPPOSTCGS.php?options=LookupClioBoard&date=2016-12-05&board=04&gamemode=Nite
Don't laugh too hard
Dec. 6, 2016
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i tried several times to use the web based client. I have some experience with web software and with HCI (human-computer interaction) and I much prefer the old version from this point of view. I find it much less crowded, more intuitive, and the color combinations less tiring after long hours of play.
Nov. 4, 2016
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send a memo asking for the suspension of the football club because there's always the chance that a pale of wind changes the result of a game.
Oct. 24, 2016
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sanya open pairs: http://www.worldbridge.org/PairsChampRP.aspx?qtournid=1035&qmenudetid=1016 out of 202 pairs 60 were from China, 5 from TPE, 1 mixed;
Philadelphia open pairs: http://www.worldbridge.org/PairsChampRP.aspx?qtournid=828&qmenudetid=496 out of 250 pairs 78 were from the USA and another 16 had 1 US player.
Sept. 26, 2016
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For some it is considered freedom of expression and debatable topics. For the rest they are considered cheating accusations and banned. Popularity based rules, nothing new.
Sept. 26, 2016
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I just look at how the world class guys that i'm watching are voting. I'm not really interested that I voted the same as 50% of the voters if all the top guys voted for something else.
Sept. 7, 2016
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some people play serious/unserious no trump that shows or denies extras after heart/spade fit. And if you bid 3nt instead of 4 and have serious no trump in your arsenal then when you get to bid game jumping the cue your partner already knows there's a problem with hearts and that you want more.
Aug. 26, 2016
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I was always amazed when talking to good players of the way they remember hands played decades ago. Which is the oldest bridge hand that you remember and why?
May 24, 2016
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i'm really curious what actually happened on this hand. Any follow-up?
April 7, 2016
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in one of my partnerships we play 1nt - 2D as GF and asking for shape. The opener can then describe all 5332, 4432, 4333, 4441 and 5422 minor hands only on one relay bypassing 3nt. Unfortunately i have no idea how the convention is called:(
The specific bid would be 1nt - 2 - 2 (4 hearts) - 2 (relay) - 3 (4) - 3(relay) - 3(shows exactly 3424) - 4 (quantitative key card asking)… and then chose 6 or 6nt if the opener is max or min.
April 7, 2016
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the joke doesn't stand if it's the other recombination as it's still FN and FS :)
April 7, 2016
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in the first national championship i played there was a hand where one cue-bid 4 diamonds and his partner was void in diamonds. Seeing the void in his hand the partner thought the bid was natural and passed. Until now it's the only hand I've ever heard of where the declaring side held no trump.
Feb. 22, 2016
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it was a really good idea. I understand why bbo doesn't want an internal rating system but bboskill really helped me when it existed. I played more carefully and did less mistakes as i really wanted to improve my rating. I'm really sorry it's gone.
As from the rating i really think it wasn't very far from reality.Indeed it overvalued some who played a lot of boards but other than that i think it was quite accurate.
Feb. 15, 2016
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i'm pretty sure the computer would be able to hold the record of all hands played by its opponents and adjust the odds accordingly. Imagine that the computer has to play a tournament and he knows the opps. As you study their convention cards it parses all the hands they played and adjusts the hand evaluation according to their style. Do you see this happening? Considering also that in a very near future we might play bridge only using devices that store every card played and even tempo?
Feb. 7, 2016
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I think the only reason bridge wasn't solved yet is that it's not as popular as the other mind games and people have not invested as much time and money as in chess/go.
The table presence could be solved easily as there is software available to analyze emotions and the depth of analysis of existing computers far surpasses the human mind (as it was proven already in chess).
So the question is only when the bridge game would be interesting enough for top researchers (who also know very well bridge) to solve.
Feb. 7, 2016
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as a non-expert player i mostly miss explanations on the bids and competent commentators. The bermuda bowls were incredibly bad from the commentating point of view with very few exceptions (most notable Kit Woolsey and Paul Barden). Very few people who knew the system cards, didn't bother to explain anything and i suspect used Gib a lot.

So as practical suggestions: maybe 2 operators behind the players instead of 1 in order to be able to follow also what is written on the paper and paid commentators at least for the big competitions or any rating system to keep the bad commentators out and promote the ones who really want to help.

Also i just follow the written commentary not the voice one so my comments above were not referring to the voice.
Dec. 6, 2015
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