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Are you saying that no one has ever run a teaching session effectively on BBO's web version? Or just that you haven't?
Nov. 4, 2016
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Exactly, Franck. It's a free service, and if you think it's not worth the cost, the problem is not with BBO.
Nov. 4, 2016
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Nobody is forcing anyone to do anything. If you don't like the web version, find something else to do with your time.
Nov. 4, 2016
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Jack Spear had a story about when he redoubled two or three contracts that went down, his partner took away all his XX cards. Later his partner made a call (1NT (X) P or some such) that called for a redouble. He alerted and said “Normally it calls for a redouble … but I can't.” His partner grudgingly lent him one of the confiscated blue cards.
Oct. 29, 2016
Brian Baresch edited this comment Oct. 29, 2016
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“What does redouble mean?”
“Someone made a mistake.”
“Who?”
“I don't know yet.”
Oct. 26, 2016
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I doubt the election will change anything here – even if power shifts in the capital, this decision was made by bureaucrats at the university whose jobs don't depend on political fortune. (Nothing against bureaucrats, of course; just try running a government without them.) Even if a new regime were inclined to back the students, it would take quite a while for them to work their way this far down the priority list. Kit's approach is more likely to bear fruit.
Oct. 23, 2016
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The article is considerably more than “an important announcement.” That could be done in one sentence. In fact the article takes an entire page to explain clearly what is new, what it replaces, and how to proceed. This is not a trivial effort, and at the least, acknowledgements are in order.

As Marty says, if we show no appreciation for effort, the effort may not be forthcoming next time. Without that sort of feedback, the editors may conclude that the article wasn't useful, and when another opportunity arises, they won't bother. That helps no one.
Oct. 6, 2016
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Playing your best is not luck. But getting through the event without falling prey to illness, accident, etc. does have an element of chance.
Sept. 10, 2016
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I've had the same thing happen about half the time when I use a browser without an ad blocker – an ad at the top of the page forces the screen up to where the ad is; usually it's a video ad. It does it again every time the ad reloads, every 30 seconds or so maybe. I haven't been used an unblocked browser in a while, so I don't know if it's still going on.
Aug. 31, 2016
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I've told before the story of missing a 13-card fit. I was something like 3-7 in the minors and partner bid Michaels showing hearts and a minor. For some reason I just bid the diamonds I was sure he had instead of following procedure.
Aug. 19, 2016
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NYC uses the early schedule for its two regionals, and it seems to be well received. One advantage is that the break between sessions happens after the lunch rush rather than at the start of the dinner rush, so it's easier to find a place to eat that isn't crowded.
July 9, 2016
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That was my first thought.
June 25, 2016
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“That bid wrong-sided the post-mortem.”
May 12, 2016
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Actually said while scoring up a team match: “You were in 1 Club? How did the no don't answer that.”
May 12, 2016
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“That line of play was so dense it displaces liquid osmium.” Maybe a bit obscure …
May 12, 2016
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I once said after a regional pairs we had a 65 percent game – 33 percent the first session, 32 percent the second.

I once saw Alan Sontag start setting down a dummy saying “The good news is I have lots of entry cards.” Then he put down all four deuces in a row and said, “The bad news is they're for entries to *your* hand.”
May 12, 2016
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As a player heads toward the restroom his partner says, “For the first time tonight I know what he has in his hand.”
May 10, 2016
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I once almost let 7NT get through on a cross ruff. I had Jxxx in another suit; declarer played AK, voiding dummy, and the 9, and I almost played low. Declarer had AKQ109 and was trying to ruff out the suit.
May 10, 2016
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I believe the latter is better known as Burn's First Law. http://blakjak.org/burn_law.htm
May 10, 2016
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Humor: Just like the funny kind.
May 9, 2016
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