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Bridge will only be a true meritocracy once the rules are changed to suit me.
Jan. 1, 2017
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I am certain Georgiana understands the situation quite well, and eagerly await the reasons behind her posting.
Jan. 1, 2017
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We can raise hand-hogging even farther and have the pro's bids all be natural and the client's bids all be transfers. It's just bridge, after all.
Dec. 31, 2016
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This is in the best ACBL Bulletin letters page tradition of “Let's change the rules so I can have more fun.”
Dec. 29, 2016
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*plonk*
Dec. 28, 2016
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I'm sure you also try to “educate” your partner and opponents after each hand.
Dec. 28, 2016
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After second seat's X of a strong pass, if it goes all pass, then the auction ends, but no level or strain has been mentioned. So we would have to make more changes. For instance, perhaps doubler's partner can NOT pass, he must make a bid.

Alternatively, the strong-pass-maker, now in the passout seat, can name the final contract. The defenders cannot double.

Or, the passout player can choose to either play or defend 2NTx.

Since in this scenario one player's legal options depend not just on empirical factors such as the previous play but also subjective factors that must be agreed upon by all the players at the table. What if the two sides don't agree on the meaning of first seat's pass? Must second seat determine ahead of time if they can double, or should they just try it and hope for the best? Will there be PPs if second seat can't persuade the director?

Or we could, you know, just leave things as they are.
Dec. 27, 2016
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That would be CDOO.
Dec. 26, 2016
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Peg, if you don't want to have a conversation with me, please don't use my name.
Dec. 25, 2016
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Peg, Yu said based on her expertise that your conclusion was faulty. Despite that you reiterated your conclusion, appealing to another authority that also said that such a conclusion cannot be drawn, but claimed that it supported you. So, yes, it does sound as if you're dismissing her expertise.

Yu is gathering facts and going from there. You are starting with a faulty conclusion and working backwards from there, dismissing all the facts that contradict it. That sort of thing is fashionable now, but it's still bad for everyone.
Dec. 24, 2016
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I wonder if Peg would be so quick to dismiss Yu's expertise if Yu weren't a woman.
Dec. 24, 2016
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I heard a story of a player in an individual in Europe, before bidding boxes. Unfamiliar partner opened “un pique,” she said two peeks, and opener ended the auction with “quatre piques.” RHO, on lead, asked what the contract was, and our hero, who spoke no French, said “I have no idea.” She was 4333 with 8 HCP and could raise whatever partner opened.
Dec. 22, 2016
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Being in New York City, I'm amused at the club competition factor – this is probably the only place where an NABC would likely be *cheaper* than the local club. I look forward to our two yearly regionals because they cost less.

Seriously, I appreciate Linda bringing up the topic and will watch with interest. I don't travel much these days, so I don't have a dog in the fight. I will say that back when I could play in the I/N group at NABCs I enjoyed doing so, and FWIW raising the cap there to 500 MPs sounds worth seriously considering.
Dec. 13, 2016
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My favorite from the Wikipedia page on the E-B number is, “Hank Aaron, a baseball player, is jokingly said to have an Erdős–Bacon number of 3, as he appeared in Summer Catch with Susan Gardner, who was in In The Cut with Kevin Bacon, and he and Erdős both autographed the same baseball.”
Dec. 11, 2016
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https://xkcd.com/599/
Dec. 11, 2016
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“You didn't use ellipses.”

Of course he did, and the fact that you are falsely saying that he didn't tells us all we need to know. *plonk*
Dec. 10, 2016
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People who treat service workers like crap do that because they have been doing it for years and don't see anything wrong with it, so they likely won't even think a “be nice” announcement is meant for them. Even any random BW thread will exhibit significant combinations of entitlement and aggrievement; for some reason the game draws or cultivates such behavior.
Nov. 30, 2016
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(late to the party) Agree with 3. I had a similar situation a few years ago and went straight to 4, and they bid over me. I realized later that starting with 3 was much more likely to let me land in 4.

My hand was something AKQJxxx xx AKxx. I was in fourth seat contemplating whether to bid 2 when RHO opened a strong 2 in front of me.
Nov. 29, 2016
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So we can cover more matches if we only have Vugraph on one table per match instead of two? I suppose that's technically correct …
Nov. 26, 2016
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So it's the teachers who are doing BBO a favor, and not the other way around?

I've heard the “You should be grateful I'm making money off of you” argument before, and it doesn't sound any better here than anywhere else.
Nov. 6, 2016
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