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Thanks Phil–I believe online is quite unusual for the NAP (I don't know if any other District does it).

And I agree that I should win the first spade (although I would have bid the same with, say, Jxxx, KQxx, AKxx, x–LHO knows, looking at his hand, that I don't have that hand, but I don't know LHO knows that (if that makes any sense). But, bottom line, I think winning the first trick is better (perhaps even clear).
Oct. 13, 2014
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“So, you had to decide which mistake your opponent made. Just like in real life.”

And sadly, I performed very much as I do in real (bridge) life.
Oct. 8, 2014
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It would certainly appear that in choosing between the Robot 1) having led the Q from Q94 at trick two, or 2) playing the 9 from J9 when I led the 10 from the dummy at trick 10; I chose the former rather than the latter.

But see my above comment: “I note that I do not present this hand as an example of good bidding, good play, or good anything by me.” :).
Oct. 8, 2014
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Dean, since according to your post, you're leaving BW permanently, I'll wish you well, and quote a non-American for you:

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?”

I'm sure many will think of you in your (soon to be) permanent absence.

Again, best of luck in all your endeavors.
Aug. 28, 2014
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This is not a comment on anyone or any post; I just feel like quoting the Mikado:

“They never would be missed; they never would be missed!

Then the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone,
All centuries but this, and every country but his own;

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I don't think he'd be missed, I'm sure he'd not be missed!
He's got him on the list, he's got him on the list;
And I don't think he'd be missed - I'm sure he'd not be missed!”
Aug. 27, 2014
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Although it is likely neither here nor there to this discussion, and I am sure some will disagree, the Robots have tells on occasion, and can be pressured.
Aug. 9, 2014
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I am biased, as I play online very frequently (I also play F2F).

I think Josh, among others, has it exactly right–making online point winners “second-class” ACBL citizens is wrong.

If the ACBl chooses to take money from online bridge, I believe that should be the end of the matter.

There are many ways in which masterpoints have been devalued, and to call out just one, to me, says to those players: We don't want you, and we only tolerate you because of your money.

But, I would respectfully offer Mr. Steinberg thoughts for two completely different motions:

1) Let ACBL members directly elect members of the BOD and BOG, instead of the current indirect method (I believe through unit boards), which is very biased toward preserving the status quo;

2) Commission an independent investigation into what appears to be the ACBL Score (apparent) debacle–if there was a huge waste of our money, we should know why, with appropriate accountability.
Aug. 9, 2014
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