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As they say, it may be bent but it's the only wheel in town.
March 2
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I've never tried modafinil, but when I found out about it I calculated that with a good supply and an expert partner I could likely reach day 3 of the Blue Ribbons. Without it, I'd be quite lucky to reach day 2. It's definitely a PED.
March 2
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Officials' suspicions about the snowboarder using pot were piqued when they found out he was a snowboarder.
March 1
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Lotta brand-new lawyers in this thread.
Feb. 28
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I saw no indication E was trying to stop Yu and not his own partner from talking. And E is right – this isn't a question that needs an answer before the play of the hand; in fact asking the question itself at that point may be inappropriate.
Jan. 27
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There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who understand statistics and those who don't, plus or minus 8.
Jan. 23
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Good point by John: South bid 1, and the tray came back to him at the 7 level. Unless he took noticeably more than, say, 15 seconds, it would take some doing to convince me it was a tempo break at all.
Jan. 14
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I don't quite trust my memory, but I think I read somewhere that Meckstroth was asked the most effective way to interfere with a strong club and he said “Overcall 3.”
Jan. 6
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We should try to combine our chances.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Monty Hall said in the NYT (https://www.nytimes.com/1991/07/21/us/behind-monty-hall-s-doors-puzzle-debate-and-answer.html) that he varies his approach enough that trying to use the odds doesn't work in practice; he doesn't always offer a chance to switch, he plays psychology by e.g. offering cash to the contestant to not switch, etc.

The usual statement of the problem assumes the game host never varies his strategy. But in fact his choice is not restricted in any way that can be modeled.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Came here to say this.
Dec. 23, 2018
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Zia wrote about a board he was involved in that went +1390 -1400.
Dec. 17, 2018
Brian Baresch edited this comment Dec. 17, 2018
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The original topic on BW is always “Why wasn't I consulted?”
Dec. 1, 2018
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The table fees at NYC clubs are a big reason I don't play these days. The semiannual Regionals are cheaper.
Nov. 29, 2018
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It's not all that hard in NYC to find food cheaper than you get around a tourist hotel in Hawaii. I think that's the comparison that started the whole thing. But Amy's right that New York is pricier than most* of the rest of the mainland.

*I hear San Francisco is aiming for the top spot. They can have it.
Nov. 29, 2018
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Athos, Porthos, Aramis
Nov. 28, 2018
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Also – correct me if I'm wrong – the more hearts RHO has, the more spades they might have; opener with exactly 5 hearts can't have 5 spades, but an opener with 6 hearts could have 5 spades, or even be 6-7 in the majors. In those cases there are potentially fewer spades available for our partner, making the probability of a fit a hair lower. Right?
Nov. 23, 2018
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In A, our LHO is also more likely to have spade length since both they and partner are void in hearts, and those probabilities cancel each other out.
Nov. 22, 2018
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It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
Nov. 22, 2018
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A lot of event planners IME estimate likely attendance from advance registration. If preregistration of one family is well below what it has been in past NABCs, it makes sense to project that total signups will drop as well.
Nov. 19, 2018
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