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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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Score adjustment against/ No score adjustment for my partnership?
Sorry, reading along, I see the comment, "A slightly slowish pass of 3♠". Looking at the bidding, I see the bidding stop at 3♡. I see no 3♠ call in the bidding shown. So, was the slowish pass actually over 2♠? Or was it a slowish pass over 3♡? If ...
How would you handle this as the director?
It is legal to pass an unconditionally forcing bid. If this is in the ACBL, you can file this with the recorder. If they are seen to be passing forcing bids, then action can be taken. But the only thing to do is to start a record.
Lanzarotti Readmitted to ACBL
Would you convict someone who happened to be standing outside the bank too? It makes sense that someone cannot benefit from those ill-gotten gains. But unless you can show that someone else who was NOT a member of that pair was complicit in the act, then they are just bystanders ...
Lanzarotti Readmitted to ACBL
Randy said: "I also think if you are on a team and cheat as a pair than whole team suffers a suspension. Pair who cheated forever rest of team 1 year including the sponser." You are kidding, right? It may indeed be true that some people knew something was afoot ...
Last Year's ACBL President Speaks Out
delete is time to consider an electronic Bridge Bulletin & Daily Bulletin?
The poll is seriously flawed, as others have stated. In fact, it is not true that the ONLY reason I pay my dues is for the bulletin. But if I do want the bulletin in paper form, that is the option I must choose, implying it to be true. So ...
Would you use a "smart" drug?
There I am, standing on the starting blocks next to Usain Bolt. 100 meters away is the finish line. The gun goes off, and 0.1 second later, I am at the finish line as my competition gives up in disgust, because I am wearing Acme Rocket Boots (obtained via ...
Matchpoint Strategy
You cannot pitch a spade, if your hope was to play on spades for a possible 10th trick. Of course, that only applies if you did not duck the heart.
My Turn to Speak
Exactly so. When you cook up a rather lame reason that you hope to sneak through, the real reason must have been far more lame.
Boy Scouts of America . . . Be Prepared
I'd add one more to the list: in context of my expected initial action, do I like my hand? That is, where does my hand lie among the spectrum of hands that would have made the same initial action (or possibly my expected rebid.)

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