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Brian Bankler
Brian Bankler
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Member Since
Nov. 23, 2010
Last Seen
April 23
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 returned to serious bridge a decade ago after a two decade hiatus. I study systems and conventions more than is healthy, and have a regular partnership playing Polish Club.

Country
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)
Fiesta Bridge Club of San Antonio
Favorite Conventions
Raptor, Brubotka
BBO Username
TaoGaming
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Bright and Zeller Win Imp Pairs
I misread this as "Penn and Teller win the Imp Pairs." No offense to Mssrs. Bright and Zeller, but I was really excited by that.
A Double Standard?
This is exactly what I was going to say. (Leaving off the second paragraph's tone). If you'd asked during the auction LHO would say (in many more words) "undiscussed." Unless you want to say that it was discussed (which is whole 'nother kettle of worms), bad players made ...
Ethical or not?
This seems to me to be the same issue of "deliberate dumping" (DD) that the Bridge World often brings up. The rules of a tournament that mean you get a better result if you lose an intermediate match. In this case you are dumping a single board to improve your ...
What's your plan?
I went with the majority in the poll, but there was some discussion as to what an expert field (instead of the club field) would do. I agree that this looks like a 4=6 hand.
Aggressive or Hyperaggressive?
Assuming you meant N bid the X with the hand shown, this is way too aggressive. 1) The hand is too weak. 2) There is no pre-emptive value. If you did this over 1H or 1D you'd at least take away some bidding space. Here you've added some ...
Auction Whacking
Playing *this weekend* I heard the following two auctions by opponents (we're silent). 1-1;2-2;5-6 (This was not a success). And a very simple one I'd never heard, but at least make sense. 2 (Flannery) - 6
alphazero
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 ...
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