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Paul, I would not, and pollution is a big reason. But I suspect most would.
Dec. 9, 2013
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That Scientific American article does not address secondhand smoke/vapor, which is what is at issue here.
Dec. 8, 2013
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That's assuming there will EVER be anything everyone can agree on. Upthread someone is actually saying that putting carcinogens into the air is not a problem, so any measure dealing with it is unacceptable overreach. As long as that kind of thinking is going on, the arguments will continue.
Dec. 8, 2013
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Having seen the study Danny Sprung posted, I changed my vote to “ban in the playing room.” The OP's statement of conditions is erroneous.
Dec. 8, 2013
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1-monte carlo 2-monte carlo … ?
Dec. 8, 2013
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Forget where I read it, but someone described using the stop card as South and then calling the director after West's quick pass. West claimed to have waited the requisite amount of time, but in fact South hadn't even had time to get his actual bid out of the box.
Dec. 3, 2013
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We won't mention the time one of your teammates said “Keep doubling them, you'll beat one eventually.” ;-)
Nov. 24, 2013
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Kit, page 7 onward show East with the K after he played it on page 6.
Nov. 24, 2013
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How many people are we talking about here? What proportion of the field at a regional or sectional, on average, is non-members? If the amount to be raised by the surcharge were instead spread across the field, how much would entry fees go up for everyone?
Nov. 13, 2013
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“He who fights and runs away,
Lives.”
Nov. 9, 2013
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In the first round of the Spingold years ago our opponents included Matt Granovetter, and he asked us not to alert when we played him. He'd never seen us before and made the request before looking at our CCs; I just figured he didn't like alerts, no big. Late in the match we got a swing when his partner forgot we were playing Precision.
Nov. 8, 2013
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We as a species are notoriously risk-averse. You can present the same choice to people and get opposite results if you phrase it once as potential gain and the other as potential loss. (See Thinking Fast and Slow by Kahneman for more elaboration.)

So overcoming our instinctual loss aversion is not as simple as running the numbers in our heads. It takes specific, directed intention and practice.

(I find this one of the most fascinating areas of cognitive science.)
Nov. 8, 2013
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I'm looking at eight clubs and five non-clubs. I'm not too worried about the latter.
Nov. 6, 2013
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What about the people who got there on time for a game with no sitout, then find themselves playing fewer boards to accommodate the lateniks? I wouldn't assume the net effect will be positive.
Nov. 6, 2013
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I've had some success with the minibridge approach (though I didn't know it had a name). It's the best way I've found to help new players understand the point of the bidding.
Nov. 5, 2013
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Ah, you must have known him before. :)
Nov. 5, 2013
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“This line isn't better than Kit's line”

Only for some values of “better.” :-)
Nov. 4, 2013
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Thanks, I had missed that.
Nov. 3, 2013
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Neat puzzle. This took me a lot longer than the other blind-spot hand. (Edited to remove doubt since I didn't see the solution page.)
Nov. 2, 2013
Brian Baresch edited this comment Nov. 3, 2013
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I often appreciate the problems where the “What do you do?” question comes one trick after the key point. “Declarer plays Ace and a club. What, you still have the K? Too bad.”
Oct. 23, 2013
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