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The best one-sentence coronavirus advice I have seen is: “You shouldn't act to prevent catching the virus, you should act as if you have it and you try to prevent passing it on to anyone else.”

Everyone sick passes it on to 2.4-2.6 others on average. If we can drop that number to 1, we have essentially solved the problem. (Halving it to 1.3 already buys A LOT of time before hospitals are overwhelmed.) But that only works if all of us act all the time as if there is a chance we already have it.

We all can be in Doug's situation at some point. At the time he caught it, most of us (well, at least I, myself) would have done the same as Doug, and might have infected others. Going forward, we all have to do better.
March 20
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I shouldn't have brought the word “libertarian” into this discussion, apologies. I could have made my point without the first sentence of my post above. No need to make it more political by attaching a label to the “everyone is free to decide” position.
March 12
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Philip, a pandemic like this one is time to let your libertarians instincts go. It's a collective responsibility to fight this, and we need to take collective action to do so. There is a reason why everyone isn't free to decide whether to have basic fire precautions in their home.
March 12
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There could be plenty of good reasons to sue. But why wait until we know more when it's much easier to judge people with less information?
March 12
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The Nationals will be canceled, it is only a question of when. The US is about 11.5 days behind Italy according to this table: https://theprepared.com/blog/covid-19-key-developments-for-tuesday-march-10-2020/?fbclid=IwAR2pmJr7Z2trpvzqFeHdUWFu-X4G40wHLa2SkPju3LKl-2UCHmvD5Xc-Tf8
(You might quibble with the numbers but that will only change this estimate by a day or two.)
Ask anyone in Italy what they think of the idea of a large bridge congress starting early this week and lasting until next week. If you don't mind getting slapped in your face.
March 12
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“and is an author and a teacher”
That may have deserved more than a subordinate clause. :)
March 4
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That's what I thought. This was posted in another bridge forum (as an ATB), and I was the first poster to comment that double here looked routine. Seemed clear to me, but thought I'd check whether I was biased by seeing the other hand.
March 1
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I would take 3 as natural. No reason to rule out diamonds as a strain just because RHO showed AQx.
Nov. 9, 2019
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If partner is 4126 we need very little, but if he is 4135 or 3136 we need well-fitting cards - even AQxx x Axx AKJxx makes for a pretty awful slam, and I think partner would feel entitled to go on over any positive move by me.

With partner's actual hand, I am not sure I understand the 4 sign-off. The lack of redouble by us should encourage them.
Oct. 4, 2019
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He was playing for his partner to have the T.
Sept. 12, 2019
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The question is whether 4N is “demonstrably suggested” over pass by the hesitation. In this case, opener's actual hand is sufficient “demonstration” that 4N was suggested over Pass by the UI.
Aug. 2, 2019
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“8 board match at 20 VPs. Spots approximate. If it matters, this is the second board after a flat first board, against solid opponents slightly better than you.”
That's all nice to know, thank you. More importantly, however, I'd like to know whether 4 was forcing… If it was, 5 is hard to understand, if it wasn't, 4 is hard to understand.
March 3, 2019
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Brian, you wrote: “Strict drug testing rules unrelated to bridge performance = unimportant”
Do you know this is the case for Helgemo, or are you just guessing? (Not a rhetorical question - I genuinely don't know whether Clomiphene might help bridge performance.)
Feb. 28, 2019
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Personally, I'd bid 5C not 4S with your example hand - always last train when I need to make a fake cuebid. But more importantly, do you really think partner with your example hand should bid slam over a 5C cuebid from us? He needs a lot of cards from us (unless I have 4 out of the five A, K, AKQ, slam is almost never better than on a finesse), so why would he bid slam just because we cooperate once?
Feb. 10, 2019
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If you look at the NS hands only, what contract do you want to be in after the auction to 5?
Jan. 13, 2019
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What are the 5 bidders afraid of? I.e., what are hands where partner would bid slam over 5, but we don't want to be there?

Meanwhile, if he has a spade void (likely) and two minor aces, slam is gin, but how could he do more? Our hand is much better than Axx x KQxxx Kxxx (e.g. opposite - xx AJxxxx Axxxx), and partner might not even be sure about our heart shortness.
Jan. 9, 2019
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I don't think this is mysterious - GIB didn't know you had 6 hearts, so he was defending against you having started with 2533, and having A and 8 left after discarding to trick 11. Sometimes it's important to give away your shape against the bots ;)
Jan. 2, 2019
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Do you really think dummy can have the K on this auction?
Jan. 2, 2019
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Might the analogy to the securities industry also be helpful to provide a more robust legal framework for bans from playing bridge? I would think that the main purpose of lifetime bans in this industry is to uphold the integrity of the industry, not individual punishment.
Dec. 17, 2018
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I would really like to know how much thought the polled players gave the problem before answering. I find it hard to imagine one of North's peers getting this wrong at the table, for all the reason David G has given.

Yes, even blue ribbon finalists can be asleep at the wheel, but the comment would wake them up.
Dec. 2, 2018
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