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IMHO (after many years as EMT on a number of different ambulance squads) no one should graduate from high school without Advanced First Aid and CPR.
11 hours ago
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@Marty… That unpunished unethical trickery by a very experienced player against weaker opponents is one of the reasons we're losing club players.
June 7
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If East was an experienced player, then he should get a strong penalty AND have the score for the board adjusted.

Having admitted to doing it deliberately, I would (at least threaten to) ban him from the club for (depending on his attendance frequency) a couple of games to make very clear that we do not tolerate deliberate unethical behavior.

Yes, this must seem harsh given the light tone of the situation as described, but it's like the camel's nose, you have to step on it hard.

Right now, you have a slippery slope for not only that player but also everyone else who witnessed it, believing that as long as you are not going to penalize it, they might as well try it, too.
June 7
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Why preempt your partner's nice spade hand? Pass.
June 5
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If 4 isn't natural, then what on Earth do you do with

AKQJ9876 xx xxxx
June 5
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Even if you knew you were 4-4 diamonds and 5-4 hearts with the AKQ of each, would you really decide to play in 6 instead of 6?
June 3
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This sounds like a measure of how many tournaments you attend, nothing about bridge skill.
June 2
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Double is penalty, otherwise opponents can preempt 4 with any junk and not risk much.

4N is easily used as a 2 or 3 suit takeout. Partner bids the cheapest suit s/he can play. If doubler has the other two suits, s/he corrects to the cheapest of those. Partner will always know what to do.
June 2
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I believe it means the Q plus cheapest K is above the trump suit.
May 31
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If the 1 bid was still on top of the pile, doesn't it seem likely the LHO had seen your partner accidently mess up his pile of bidding cards, and just bided his time until he could getcha?
May 27
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I count 4 clubs, 3 hearts and 1 spade. Assuming they aren't 5-0, I cash clubs ending in dummy, play a spade to the K. If A onside, I have 9 tricks. If not, play hearts for 3-3. They can get A and AKQ, and if they cash diamonds, I get my 9th trick there.
May 26
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If you are continuously getting your head handed to you, you really should have an idea about whether you are getting better, or not. And if you are frustrated by getting your head handed to you, then you are playing for the wins/points, and not to get better.
May 25
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There are two types of bridge players (on one scale anyway) … those who play to boost their egos by winning (masterpoints, fame, glory, etc), and those who play for the challenge and excitement of fewer wins but better bridge. There should be events that cater to both types.
May 25
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East did not overcall, did not respond when the 2 bid took him off the hook, and when West doubled again, ordering East to say something, East said diamonds. East didn't BID diamonds, he was forced to make a noise and he made a diamond noise. West should shut up.
May 23
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This is what I describe as a Begging bid. It says, Partner, you can pass with a really bad hand because I don't want to punish you, but I'm begging you to bid 4 if you possibly can.
May 22
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Wouldn't 4 show that?
May 22
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I have an excel file that I created for putting hands into .lin files from books. You can type in just the cards from each hand, then a copy/paste turns it into a .lin file. If anyone wants to use it, I'm happy to share – just email or msg me.
May 17
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I always thought that Bridge was a game in which you are supposed to think.
May 17
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I strongly advise my students NOT to learn bidding from the robots.
May 16
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Stolen bid doubles remove the ability to double for penalty, and thus the opponents can stick in any stupid bids they want without risk.

Lebensohl is a far better alternative.
May 10
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