Join Bridge Winners
All comments by Eric Hamilton
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
For what it's worth, DeepFinesse says that 2C is down two if the defense starts with a trump lead. Anything else does allow east to get out for down one.
Oct. 16
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I want to check two options in the poll: “North should double 2C” and “Your system is bad”, so abstained.
Oct. 15
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Looking to collect a complete play record for every hand? I can see the value in that.
Oct. 10
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
It appears that North started with two spade deuces?
Oct. 9
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
The club bidder has good clubs and is aware of the risks… but is also betting on the likely distribution of missing clubs and cards between his partner and his LHO. 3C may be a good bet with positive expectation, but some days good bets don't come in. Partner's double says that this is one of those days.
Oct. 5
Eric Hamilton edited this comment Oct. 5
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
> You pick up a hand which you judge totally borderline, in terms of the percentages and risk reward of whether to settle for a part score or bid a game.

I had to abstain, because there is always SOMETHING that will tip the choice one way or another, even if it is nothing more than table feel. If a kibitzer asks me afterwards why I chose a particular action, my answer may be “Really really close, and I'm not surprised that it turned out wrong, but it was based on …..” and I'll have some words that complete the sentence.

For me the more important issue is not allowing the prolonged losing streak to affect my judgment.
Oct. 3
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
The 10 kinds of people are: those who don't understand ternary; those who understand ternary; and those who were expecting a joke about binary.
Oct. 1
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I agree on general principles about providing the scoring.

However even at IMPs after giving serious consideration to the spade, I'm still leading the club. Partner is unlikely to have a quick enough entry to give us our ruff, and if they do have that entry it may be the setting trick already. After the club lead partner may come through with a slow winner, or we may score two club tricks.

Another possibility if you're willing to risk overtricks for a beat is a diamond hoping to give partner a ruff. As with the spade, that's something to consider and then reject.
Sept. 28
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
What would be a typical holding for north in this sequence?
Sept. 20
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Presumably partner has some form of puppet available over 1N?
This one is close - the dubious club holding and poor heart spots incline me towards pessimism but I won't argue with a partner who goes the other way.
Aug. 30
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
> I still don't see Henry's option available
If you would always invite, never force, then check the four “invite not force” options.
Aug. 28
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Try now, I think I fixed it.
Aug. 28
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Dammit! You're right, I didn't paste in enough options.
Aug. 28
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
> This is not a question of UI. I am not telling partner anything he doesn't know.

Indeed… the regulation against unnecessary alerts (“what is not required is forbidden”?) is a concession to lower levels of play where there is a very real possibility that partner does not know. Whether it's a well-chosen or sensible concession there is an open question, but it clearly interferes with full disclosure in serious play.
Aug. 9
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
There's an extra club ten in the second hypothetical layout on page 11.
July 29
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I had been planning to stay out of this thread hijack because I didn't want to risk being known as the only grammar pedant in the crowd…but it appears that isn't something that I have to worry about….

OK, this particular case has nothing to do with gendered pronouns or the fact that English lacks an epicene third-person singular pronoun. Whether “his own…” or “their own…” is correct depends on whether we should be using a singular or a plural pronoun here; Ely Culbertson and Sidney Lenz are more than one person so the plural is correct.
July 24
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
It's not clear to me that copying a bridge hand should be considered plagiarism (although preserving “first reported by” information is generally a good thing). Copying any accompanying analysis clearly would be plagiarism, but that's text and Google is up for finding that.
July 24
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
“Polls with poorly constructed choices” is a different and IMO more serious issue than the “or used to…” stuff.
July 21
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Often an “are there better methods available?” question presents as an ATB question - this may be one of those times.
July 16
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Yes, their blood vessels are their problem not mine, but it is just sooooo disruptive to the game when the paramedics get involved….. :)

You are, of course, right about the superiority in principle of “not discussed” over “not consistent….”
In practice, though, by the time the discussion has reached this point everyone at the table is already aware that the auction is inconsistent, and “our agreement says 10 to a bad 14” has already passed all the UI that's going to be passed. So I'll probably go for whichever one I judge most likely to soothe the opponents.
July 16
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
.

Bottom Home Top