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As a novice in my first ever tournament, partner put me in 7NT, the dummy came down and I saw 14 top tricks. I had a vague notion that I needed an odd number of tricks and 14 was an even number, so I spent some time looking for a 15th.
June 30
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I think no one had done this before against Edgar Kaplan, who had (and used) enough influence to change the rules.
June 29
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I'm reminded of a cartoon I saw years ago. A diner takes down a sign saying “Coffee still only 25 cents” and replaces it with one saying “Coffee still only 35 cents.”
June 29
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“The customer is always right” means the customer knows what they want. If you raise your price or lower quality and the customers go elsewhere, you're the fool, not them.
June 29
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The one I always think of is premium ice cream tubs dropping from 16 ounces to 14. Ben & Jerry's is holding the line, thankfully.
June 29
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Maybe the committee officially did something or maybe people on the committee let their views be known. The difference would just be semantics, IMO. The right people did a right thing and that's all we need to know.
June 24
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No it's not!
June 24
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This was discussed under another post. While “the” common cold is actually a lot of viruses, the Covid-19 virus is just one, so the target is clearer, plus this one is getting a lot of resources right now.
June 18
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Maybe one of the commentators can hold up a bidding diagram?
June 17
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“He considers himself a wit, and he's half right.”
June 15
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I heard a story of a guy who was in a small slam with a trump suit missing only A4. He won the first trick in hand and led the trump 3. LHO played the four. As a cow floated past the table he realized that he didn't have to play an honor to force the ace, so he told dummy confidently, “Play the deuce!” RHO showed out …
June 14
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Not quite as spectacular as most, but in the first round of the Spingold I had a side suit with stiff J in dummy and stiff Q in hand. Opening leader underled his AK trying to get a ruff, and it took them a minute to convince me I was on lead at trick 2.
June 14
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Where I live, the hospitals were overwhelmed and people were urged not to go go in unless they were, effectively, near death. Now that things have improved, people may be going to the hospital with less severe cases. That would account for seeing more “less severe” cases without any change in the virus itself.
June 13
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It's true AFAICT that there's never been a successful coronavirus yet, but if Yu says it can be done, it can be done. Particularly since, as she points out, the target is narrow, and surely the technology is improving all the time.
June 12
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Humor: Just like the funny kind.
June 10
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Yep, I know people who wait about an hour after a game starts before watching it on DVR so they can skip the ads.
June 8
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Twenty-some years back I was struggling to understand squeezes. I could follow explanations, but they never stayed with me. Then I looked on Richard Pavlicek's website and found an example squeeze hand. It was a double squeeze where declarer in a suit slam has to eschew the finesse at trick 2. Something about Richard's example and explanation just made it click.

Not long afterward I was playing a sectional Swiss and almost the identical hand appeared in front of me. I refused the finesse at trick 2 and played for the double squeeze. Naturally, the finesse was on and the squeeze was off.

I emailed Richard because I thought he'd find it amusing, and he did, and replied that good players would rather go down on a squeeze than make on a finesse. A good laugh was had by all.

I also played against Richard and his son in my first try in the Spingold. We lost 256-128, but both Pavliceks were exemplary opponents, and treated us as equals. If he's not in the HOF, we should all ask to speak to the manager.
June 5
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I suspect that for the ACBL, the phrase “recognized ‘bridge organization’” has a specific meaning that BBO does not fit.
June 5
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:'(
May 25
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At the club once I saw a board with doubled grands made in both directions.
May 3
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