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I've played with people like this, but if their tendency to forget agreements may have me fielding their forgetfulness, I disclose that tendency in the explanation. Mind you, I've got a big problem with actually fielding it. It feels horribly disrespectful to partner. Closest I've come to this was when the transfer bid got doubled, I passed to let partner fix their mistake if there was one. I felt the double gave me another bite at the apple

And while I can understand the argument that it was the opp that gave away the story here, but if you had disclosed that plot point, the opp might have had his poker face ready to go and smoothly passed.

If you're prepared to field the forgetfulness, you disclose that it might be happening. If your explanation left you more prepared than the opponent to handle it, you didn't disclose everything you should have disclosed about your partner's bid.
3 hours ago
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I suppose so, but that's kind of a damning indictment of one's faith in partner. We'll trust the opponents but not the person on our side?
June 25
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No more unit recorders???
June 22
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Admit it: You all follow Eugene just to get notified when someone is getting smacked down
June 21
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Erik–

Any objection if I fork it? (If nothing else, I'd like to put in a menu item to run the thing rather than make people learn how to run script code) O would you want to give me access to the repository to contribute? I'm JoeHz on github.
June 21
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The pro didn't know what the spade bid meant and felt they had no agreement about it. The pro did absolutely nothing wrong.

The client thought he was showing shortness per agreement and heard no alert. The client said and did nothing before the opening lead.

The CLIENT did something wrong.

I blame the wallet.
June 21
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Whether or not the (not red) “Systems On” box is checked does not mean the system itself ceases to have alertable bids.

My vague recollection is on 1NT overcalls you do not announce the 1NT range, and where your follow up bids conventional (even if systemic as if it was a 1NT opening) they are all now alertable. Even 2 Stayman. They are only announceable in the specific situation defined to be such.

As strange as this sounds, it's not. 1N - (2C) - X is stayman, but as the double asking for a major, it's now alertable too.

Hardly anyone actually does this, and it's rare that anyone's damaged by said failure, but here we are.
June 19
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Huh? Way to change the subject, Randy. Apparently I was writing it incorrectly for you to grok, and you never made it to the last 2 sentences so let me put it more simply so that one Randy Breuer understands how I meant it

1) I wasn't talking about anyone administering medications except me or maybe an EMT

2) :Deep Breath:

You're right, everything we do carries an element of risk.

And you're right, why should you assume someone else's risk if there is no benefit to you? Why should anyone?

The point is that your choices as to what YOU do ALSO carry an element of risk. You choose not to make your club as safe as it can be, willingly, in full awareness of the potential ramifications of what may happen to your players. That carries risk to YOU. If something bad happens and could have been prevented if you were willing to do something in advance, yet you affirmatively decided against doing it, you might be subjecting yourself to a financial penalty.

To put it another way, it's not your fault if your place catches on fire. Call 911. Hope the FD comes in time, right? But you agree that you cannot keep the fire exits blocked? Or is it your place and you get to decide what to put where, even if it's in front of a door, and other people can choose to come or not if they don't like that, so that's not your fault either?

I'm all for people who want to be all Ayn Randian as long as they recognize both ends of the equation.

Another example: Don't think you should be required to wear a seat belt or motorcycle helmet? Go for it.

I just think the people who want to assume said risk should have to disclose that (say with a special “no seatbelt/helmet license”). No extra charge for it, but now your life, health, business owner's, and automotive insurance companies will know so they can charge you appropriately and not have the rest of us subsidize your own actions.

Scrimp and save all you want. Take all the risk you want. You just gotta pay for it just like the rest of us.

$2000 now or a potential nasty judgement later. The choice is yours. Welcome to being a business owner.
June 19
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Oh, he knew he had it from before. Since it had disappeared he must have cashed it already and the King didn't drop, right?

Only half joking there – I'm a bit torn. Craig's thinking seems reasonable…but what bothers me is that if not for the comment that he was short a card, he would have blithely played the Queen or Seven, right?

Given what he said he “knew” when he claimed, losing to that King isn't actually irrational anymore.
June 17
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Years ago I made something like what you described but it works automatically with no script needed to run at all to do the job. Trying to remember what I did…

EDIT: Found it. The Automatic Substitution feature.

It's under Tools -> Preferences -> Automatic Substitution

I suppose it might be good to have a script like this run at save/refresh time to deal with the colors and font issues like Kevin suggests above.
June 17
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For about two years I had atrial fibrillation that refused to heel under any dose of Cardizem. My instructions for when the AF kicked in were, “Don't move around too much. Rest, watch tv, or read… basically that level of activity. But ideally, don't be alone. Someone should be around in case it becomes an emergency”.

I thought to myself that said description sure sounded like sitting North/South…and that was the reason why I started to serious about duplicate.

I haven't had an atrial fibrillation episode since December 21, 2010 (a low dose of a beta blocker has stopped it cold). And only once (2008) did it ever happen in a bridge game (while explaining to partner why point steps responses to 2 openings were so very very bad).

I'm reasonably sure it won't happen again, and while I have an emergency dose of Tambocor in a container my keychain just in case (and for a while, told my bridge partners where it was but haven't bothered with that for a long time).

Now that you know where I'm coming from, take this in the spirit I mean it:

If anyone with who has this condition happens to die at Randy's bridge game, I hope their estate's lawyer sees this comment of his.
June 17
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3-ways aren't optimal, but as long as winning both matches is explicitly the way you are guaranteed to win the event, why would there ever be a dumping concern?
June 17
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deleted. misread something.
June 17
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forced by the CoC, required by the CoC, tomayto, tomahto.
June 15
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Well when people start using my tablet bid box, they'll HAVE the auction data including timestamps, so you won't need to ask, but in this case everyone has seen the hand, and bid in in real time. So now you know how they would have bid the hand. You can skip that part of the poll.
June 15
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I'm reminded of how Dennis Miller, upon landing the Monday Night Football job, told his soon-to-be ex-audience on his HBO show that when he was on MNF, anytime he was was heard to have said “golly” what he really meant was “f*ck”.
June 14
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Haha. I've never played vs Bobby.
June 14
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There are certain opponents who have a habit of calling the director over any perceived tempo variance. so vs said opponents, we have an agreement to take the full 10 (but why not 15 now that you mention it?) seconds at each call.

I don't dare tell you what we call the agreement as it is named for those who inspired us to adopt it.

Now that you make me think of it, it would be a riot if everyone these folks played against did the same thing. Said opps would always wind up getting blamed for the slow play at their table. Worse: Calling the director about tempo variance would make it even slower.

I guess it should be called “Defense vs cries of ‘wolf’”
June 14
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I'm surprised nobody has taken the “An IMP victory was converted in VP's to a tie” argument to its logical extreme yet, even if just to mock it.

Who would have won under raw score not converted to IMPs? I'm sure someone in the early days of IMP scoring complained that their 2210 vs 710 at the other table was “watered down” by the conversion to IMPs.

Yes, I know the story of the double grand slam swing early in a match that made the scores of the remaining boards moot and ultimately resulted in the creation of the IMP scale..

But if we're going to argue about how the application of a particular VP scale unfairly changed a win to a tie, why stop there? Why do we use IMPs the reference standard? We round 10 point swings into being pushes under IMPs and nobody questions that.

Like I said, it doesn't matter if it was scored in IMPs, VP's, hit-points or quatloos. The issue is that third match mattering at all. But if you *are* going to argue it, I'm going to ask: Where's the line on acceptability as what to round off?
June 14
Joe Hertz edited this comment June 14
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Thank you Bears.
Thank you Toros.
June 14
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