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Two accounts surely means one plays the boards fast and gets access to the hand records (and results, in usual BBO robot games) and then plays the hands “for real” using the illicit info.
June 15, 2017
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This may be the most “Why wasn't I consulted” comment section on the site, against strong competition.
June 15, 2017
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One thing that might be worth keeping in mind is that no one is saying this format is the future of online tournament bridge. This looks more like a “let's try it and see how it goes” endeavor. That's a good thing. The worst that could happen is probably that no one has fun and they try something else next time.
June 14, 2017
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A human individual would be nice, but I'd worry about security. IIRC online ACBL events in the past have involved monitors, and for a national event that's probably too much. Perhaps anti-cheating tech will reach the proper level, but from what (little) I know it's not there yet.

I suspect that's a big reason not everyone will play the same hands.
June 14, 2017
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It is not! I saw some just the other day.
June 14, 2017
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What if I want to do it in my activewear?
June 14, 2017
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I won't say who was who, but about halfway through a sectional Swiss someone on our team said to the other pair, “Keep doubling them, guys, you'll beat one eventually.”
June 14, 2017
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I've told before of the time we (I) missed our 13-card fit. Against a good pair, over 1M, partner bid 2M showing OM and some minor suit. I was 3-7 in the minors, so I decided not to bother inquiring with 2NT and just bid partner's minor suit. He was 2-6 in the minors.

The next board we defended 2 one trick better than the room. So, another average round.
June 11, 2017
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I've heard that called “chicken Texas.”
June 11, 2017
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I had a partner who did that whenever he felt tired. Usually he improvised on the spur of the moment, but soon I could recognize it well enough to alert it, which I did once or twice.
June 10, 2017
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Edwin Kantar said the message of the discard of an Ace is “Partner led the wrong suit again.”
June 10, 2017
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Among conventions people actually play, mini-Roman is my least favorite. I know well the recommended defense: Double the final contract and lead trump.
June 9, 2017
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Also Levin-Weinstein play Flannery, and Welland-Auken.

Using less informative bids is often a net plus, though; if you have two opponents befuddled and only one partner, you come out ahead.
June 9, 2017
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I played teams with a pair whose agreement is that 4 is *always* Gerber. This has a couple of virtues: It's unambiguous, it's easy to remember, and you never have to play 4.
June 9, 2017
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We keep having subpar results but keep trying.
May 31, 2017
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Bridge is like sex because … no one is as good as they say they are?
May 30, 2017
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Since the original insufficient bid was artificial, any replacement call that does not have the same meaning or a more precise meaning will bar you. It looks as if Double has a essentially the same but a more precise meaning than the original 1 since it also carries information about a heart stop, so it should be allowed; Law 27B3 says that is an exception to the prohibition of Double.

This seems clear to me.
May 30, 2017
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How many of them applied for the job, Gary?
May 25, 2017
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I suspect it may be easier to teach an operations manager about bridge than it is to teach a bridge player about operations. I may be in the minority here.
May 24, 2017
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I sometimes imagine a conversation one might have had 10 years ago.

“One day before long your phone will beat you at chess.”

“Someone will beat me at chess by phone? They can do that now.”

“No no, your *actual phone* will beat you at chess.”
May 22, 2017
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