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Brian Bankler
Brian Bankler
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Member Since
Nov. 23, 2010
Last Seen
Dec. 15
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me
I am a prolific board gamer (and have written reviews and ramblings for over a decade on my site) and only recently returned to serious bridge a few years ago. I study systems and conventions more than is healthy, and have a regular partnership playing Polish Club.
United States of America

Bridge Information

Bridge Accomplishments
Have played multiple sessions without a revoke.
Regular Bridge Partners
Hank Eng, Tibor Roberts
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Turtle Creek and Bridge Club of San Antonio, Bridge Club of San Antonio
Favorite Conventions
Raptor, Brubotka
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Life Master
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The Deep mind press release seems pretty specific that this algorithm mainly applies to full information, deterministic systems.
Computer Bridge: Realizing that a Layout Is Impossible
This article should be right up my wheelhouse (programmer with some knowledge but little practical experience with developing artificial opponents), but I gave up after several pages. It seems to me that you are trying to use a constraint programming framework to figure out the hidden cards. I imagine that ...
Ripped Off
One of my friends was the (alleged) security for a strictly friendly & not at all illegal high stakes private poker game. But they apparently weren't private enough. Their schedule became known, and it became known that there were often five figures available on each table. So, one day a ...
Opp Sacrifice at Matchpoints
It is not at all clear to me that this is (or should be) a FP situation. In many of my partnerships it would not be and East's final double would just be "I wasn't kidding." (One reason it may not be a FP -- East could have bid ...
Opp Sacrifice at Matchpoints
You are missing the option: West should bid 5 when East doubles 4.
GIB revoked against me today
Skynet works in mysterious ways....
Polish Club: answering to 2 Club opening
Blasting 3N may very well work, even if you should go down. But, If you want science, then bid 2 Asking. What does partner respond? 2 -- I'd likely bid 3 (forcing) and see if partner can bid 3N. If not, I'd likely bid 4 ...
Brilliant bid by Polish youngster
Well, since the NT hand went past 4S, it's a good hand, and should have a heart stop (4S ostensibly denied one), good trumps, DK. Axx/Axx/Kxx/Qxxx (shape varies). Maybe AKx/Axx/Kxx/xxx and just making an 'impossible' bid to show 3 keys.
Rafael Sacramento's bidding problem: A2 A A932 JT9865
IMO this is a 2 opening (a good 10 to bad 15ish, depending on tastes). 1 then rebid 2 is possible (which shows 4-5 or better either way in the minors) but I prefer the mildly pre-emptive nature of 2. Of course that leaves the issue ...
Polish Club: some doubts
We started with The WJ05 book by K. Jassem, stripped out the non-ACBL compliant stuff, and tweaked from there.

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