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John D'Errico
John D'Errico
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June 19, 2010
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about me

Semi-retired mathematician (numerical analysis, applied math, linear algebra, statistics, etc.) I like woodworking, especially wood turning. I enjoy writing up bridge hands, which I find can improve my own play, by forcing me to think about what is happening at the table.

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Another Scoring Error
To some extent, more careful entry by players. Have the director stress that people should check the scores as they go in. The director could be looking at strange looking scores, then verifying if that really happened. But really, it is a club game! Did the winner's name appear ...
Is there something better than BBO?
It is an interesting idea. But I have a funny feeling the business case is just not a good one. BBO is a company, one that needs to consider if an investment will indeed provide a viable stream of income. Don't forget that income streams do not just appear ...
Assess the blame (12)
It seems to me you are expecting North to bid this way in a partnership that has apparently no agreement as to what 4NT actually means. If this were a highly practiced, expert partnership, then you could be right. But remember this partnership includes South, someone who has made one ...
Assess the blame (12)
I don't even remotely buy that. Suppose North was playing 4NT as a grand slam try, but KNOWING that South can at best interpret it as a small slam try of some ilk. What if South had bid 6♣, accepting the small slam try? Would North then be able ...
Assess the blame (12)
I usually feel that the first person to make a ridiculous bid in an auction then must take the blame for anything silly that happens as a consequence. In my case, since I'm usually the person who made the ridiculous bid, that works. :) Here, South has made a strange ...
Is there something better than BBO?
Bob has an interesting idea here. What is that old saw about how even a blind squirrel... Just kidding. Seriously, he makes a good point, that were there some way to play on BBO "with some skin in the game" it could be a way to improve things. I might ...
Is there something better than BBO?
Robin, As far as Cam's comments go, I think they were mostly on target, though written with the bluntness that I have seen to be characteristic of Cam. The part about baseless and windy seems wildly over the top, but it gets his point across. Pull no punches - that ...
Is there something better than BBO?
I'd argue that any bridge site can use improvement. So what? BBO offers a lot of plusses too. Could be better. Could be worse. It is what you make of it that matters. And given that BBO is free for much of what I might do, I find it ...
The GNT's, a modest proposal
I tried liking MIchael's comment here more than once, as an innovative alternative that would automatically fix many of the perceived problems, and do so in a simple way. I'd predict people would complain because it is a different way of assigning flights. But people always seem to ...
Delayed Alert
I know that we always try to post-alert those auctions. Typically, before we put the bids away, we start by suggesting it might be worthwhile if we explain our auction.

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