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I used to play this and call it Twisted Smith.
Oct. 2
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2-3-4-4 14 counts without heart stoppers aren't all that uncommon. Just bid a 4-card minor to force? Is overcaller supposed to suppress 4-card support for what is usually a 5+card suit in order to bid 3N, to cater to this hand type? (I am not being facetious, this is a genuine question).
Sept. 23
Bill Campbell edited this comment Sept. 23
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For the majority who chose option 1, limit raise or better in spades, how do you get to 3N with good values but no spade fit or stopper (or a partial stopper) in hearts? Too rare a hand to worry about?
Sept. 23
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It was during bidding practice, so there was no actual play. On a not too unlikely QD lead, 3N would have made as overcaller had the club and heart aces with six spades to the king.
Sept. 9
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Overwhelmingly pass (97%), with only 1 vote for 3N.
Sept. 6
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Thanks all for your votes and comments. My line of thinking went something like…“with no ruffing value and the lead coming through the KD, 3S is likely to go down. While 3N is also likely to go down, we might get the QD lead from the strong hand with long diamonds, and get 6 spades, the KD, and 2 other tricks from partner, who only needs Kxxxxx and 2 Aces to make game here. If 3N goes down, it may be no worse than 3S going down. The upside of making 3N is worth the risk”
Sept. 3
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So if you use this, you free up 4N. What meanings would you assign 4S, 4N, and 5H in that case?
Sept. 6, 2016
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Remember that this is the US Junior trials, which included 11-year olds playing behind screens for the first time. While they are undeniably talented at bridge, they may not know the ACBL regulations all that well, and the USBF regulations even less well.
Jan. 5, 2016
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Viking Relay has this feature (I can send you system notes if you email me). 1C-1D; 1H shows 20+ points (22+ if balanced), after which 1S shows an aceless 0-4 points; other bids are GF (5-7 points) with some artificiality. With < 20 points, 2H, 2S, 2N, 3C, 3D, and 3H show 1, 2, and 3-suited hands with hearts.
I liked the system, but I haven't played Kokish in any other strong club context, so I couldn't comment on how it compares.
Nov. 27, 2015
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Unfasten
Nov. 19, 2015
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I prefer NF, but invitational.
Oct. 29, 2015
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I don't think the goal is to stop all cheating at bridge. The goal is to make it more difficult to cheat, easier to get caught, and less profitable (at least in the long run). When you make things more difficult, fewer people do them, and here that'd be a good thing.
Oct. 23, 2015
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There is no Excel button above the second table, only the first (at least for the pair I looked at, using Chrome).
I tried to follow your instructions, and entered the appropriate formulas in the AD and AE columns (using Balicki-Zmudzinski as the example). You state that clicking on the cell should show a video time stamp. But my spreadsheet has no data in the columns AB and AC, so nothing shows in AD or AE.
I can piece together the info from columns C, N, and O, but it would be nice to be to construct the hyperlink automatically.
Oct. 15, 2015
Bill Campbell edited this comment Oct. 15, 2015
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Someday, Nick, you too will be old. Wait for it…
Sept. 29, 2015
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Just a guess, but because GIB works by performing many double dummy simulations, the reason could be sampling error. If on the hands it considered, the heart or diamond weakness meant that 2N failed often enough, and the spades played better, it could choose to bid 3S. It doesn't know “standard sequences” because it's not programmed that way.
Sept. 27, 2015
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Try a different browser – Chrome failed for me, but IE worked.
Sept. 23, 2015
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You'd do it statistically, ultimately the only reliable way. Telepaths beware!
Sept. 20, 2015
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One reason Mr. Smirnov might have mentioned two years as a length of punishment is to attempt to bias the punishment towards a shorter length of time, a common cognitive bias known as anchoring (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchoring)
Sept. 20, 2015
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Even if I have a complete count on the hand, I *still* need to track discards, and for me it does not come automatically, like knowing which card in a suit is high, for example. And there are some hands where I don't have a complete count, and tracking discards is even harder for me in this case.
Sept. 16, 2015
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Actually, it hasn't come with time and practice, which prompted the post.
Sept. 15, 2015
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