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John Curley
John Curley
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Member Since
Sept. 30, 2013
Last Seen
46 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I have played club bridge off and on for many years; enjoy reading tournament reports; retired from a government lab; have an IT background; live in Peterborough Ontario.


Bridge Information

Member of Bridge Club(s)
Peterborough Bridge Club
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
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Do You Count Your Cards?
I count facedown below the table six to left hand, seven to right, then merge the two in a sort of riffle shuffle in case previous player did not shuffle the hand before returning it to the board.
Experts playing against newcomers and director calls
I wonder whether novices should be encouraged to call the director "on" themselves when their irregularity -- say revoke or insufficient bid -- is noted.
Your Opinion on This Director Call and Possible Re-call?
"...down one on inferior play." I wonder what best play is on a spade lead. Perhaps play to ruff two spades in dummy, using a diamond and a heart ruff to return to hand, then pull trumps and guess the clubs.
Another claim problem
I like MR's suggestion that if declarer has all the tricks against any lie, he gets his claim notwithstanding a careless claim statement, else let the director judge the outcome. A couple of years ago [url=]I suggested[/url] going one step further ...
Your thought process?
[quote="Franz Kafka"]There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.[/quote] I was struck years ago by this quote which appeared in Bobby Wolff's newspaper column c.2007. I can't of course remember the hand to which this quote applied. No doubt ...
It Happens to the Best of Us
'"game-forcing Bergen raises". . . Given the very real possibility that opener might think about his decision a little, I wonder if this is playable at all' I am curious: can the partnership agree to always pause before responding to such a raise to limit the possible UI?
Calling All Legal Beagles
This reminds me of a funny story by Eddie Kantar from This is the story (from about halfway through the article): The whole scene reminded me of a story I tell my classes. A little old lady, Alice, is playing with a pro, Morris ...
You Know You Are A Bridge Player When....
At a recent Buffalo regional, a full elevator with automated voice says "Going down". I said "Geez, going down again, story of my life". Got some strange looks, nervous chuckles. Now I understand!
Good ideas. Regarding electronic versions of The Bridge World, I guess the fear is decreased paper subscriptions. I like the pay-per-article idea especially if we have keyword searchable access to the entire collection beginning in 1929. Also it would be nice to see monthly Master Solvers Club problems posted free ...
Statistical Models for Testing Illegal Communication
This is a post to savour, as is its companion post. I've read it three times now to learn something about the application of statistical tests to verify "beyond reasonable doubt" that something fishy is going on, illegal signals in this case. The stakes can be much more serious ...

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