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Murat Azizoglu
Murat Azizoglu
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 4, 2011
Last Seen
6 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

I like the intellectual aspects of bridge, reading and thinking about the game, more than playing it. Play mostly online these days.

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Playing with friends at the high school dormitory.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Reid & Murat
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Belladonna as declarer
I had not seen this hand, it is really beautiful! He magically makes TWO tricks through a squeeze/endplay.
Did The Blue Team Cheat?
I think this is a poll in rather poor taste. I am sorry I even participated in it by abstaining.
The Talk That Never Was: The Blue Team Rule
So glad to hear the point of view expressed by Justin, Max, et. al. I think this is too rare of a perspective for the good of the game. I also think that UI and its treatment by the average player has become horrible. I would venture to guess that ...
Bridge and Artificial Intelligence in Orlando
This seems to be a very interesting project tackled by an excellent group of researchers. I also regret not being able to come to Orlando to learn more in person. Will be following your progress with great interest. Edit: It appears that you would have quite an audience if you ...
What are your pet peeves?
People who refuse to say hello when you sit at their table. More generally, people who choose to be rude because they think it gives them an edge at the game.
Best line in 6!H
Don't know a quick way to calculate the probabilities. I would go with the finesse / squeeze line at the table, arguing that the odds of same hand having both suits guarded should be only slightly below 50%.(Ducking the second as a safety play seems too dangerous ...
Is this Lavinthal?
Lavinthal signals are not limited to discards and apply generally to all suit preference situations. His 1963 book Defense Tricks is a little gem. In a foreword to this book, the editor George Coffin credits Hy Lavinthal with the invention of the suit preference signal in 1931.
Another UI situation...
Thanks Steve, this is helpful. It appears I may have been penalizing my partners unnecessarily for a long time. That said, I still think this is a very unsatisfactory state of affairs. I think a fair set of laws should have a strongly negative expected effect on the pair causing ...
Another UI situation...
Thanks Ed and Richard. It is clear from what you (and many others) say that it is perfectly legal to bid 3N here. I have not played a lot of face-to-face bridge in recent years, and I don't know if the laws about this issue have always been this ...
Another UI situation...
I thought some more and reached the personal conclusion that Pass is a LA, i.e. while I would not choose it in the absence of UI, I believe some of my peers would, perhaps 10-20%. Therefore, saying it is not a LA and I have only the 3NT option ...
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