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I think its good that they're carrying on. They've been damaged as much as anyone, and its not their fault.
Sept. 22, 2015
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I agree with Ken completely. Its this kind of query that drives bridge players away altogether and sends them back to the kitchen table to enjoy the game.
Sept. 21, 2015
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This whole discussion is interesting. But I'd like to introduce another slant on the cheating aspect.
Several years ago, when I was in the early stages of learning bridge, I tried to rouse up some interest in my cousin's husband to play bridge, knowing he was a genius (physicist, mathematician, publisher of obscure papers etc).
His reply.. He would not be interested in the game of bridge as such, but only in how to cheat at it.. how to win all the time. Bridge players come from a high intellect group, and doubtless there are those( or many) who may cheat for the challenge of it… the game not being “bridge”, but "how to cheat successfully in bridge.
I agree with Ed. If bridge is not how you earn your living, then to you, cheating for the challenge of it may be your game. Witness the computer hackers that break into systems just for the thrill of it. BTW, he never did take up bridge…. but I'm sure if he were given the challenge to find bridge cheaters, he'd find that infinitely more fun.
Sept. 20, 2015
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I think this is the best idea on here.
Sept. 18, 2015
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you would perhaps have negative doubled and your partner would have reassessed his hand and liked it enough to bid spades over the three diamonds.
Sept. 12, 2015
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a lot of players, like myself, don't bid diamonds, if they had a four card major… so what would be the point of using the double as a negative double?
Sept. 11, 2015
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Invitational smolen:
In our system 1NT-2C-2D-2H is four hearts , five spades
1NT-2C-2D-2S is four spades, five hearts
1NT-2C-2D-3 H is five hearts, five spades, not game forcing
1NT-2C-2D-3S is five hearts, five spades, game forcing
Sept. 6, 2015
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I bid 4 , RKC 14/30 for diamonds. We can stop in five diamonds if we have to.
Sept. 6, 2015
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We play invitational smolen.
1NT-2C-2D-3 hearts is 5/5 in the majors not game forcing
1NT-2C-2D-3 spades is 5/5 in the majors, game forcing
That works really well
Sept. 6, 2015
Shirley Junkin Moorhead edited this comment Sept. 6, 2015
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I think beginners should have mentioned to them to place their card flat on the table in front of them so the face of the card is plainly seen. Truly, what I've seen at the table includes signals being given by one opp wiggling his card back and forth as if to say to partner, “Pay attention, this is a signal!” Or other players not putting their cards on the table, but holding them in their hands bent concavely, and only on view for a second. Others drop their cards with a slap from about 5 inches up, and play other cards gently…what kind of signals this gives, I don't know. Should this type of card play be mentioned to beginners? I think if it were in a pamphlet it would come across as more polite than having to point it out at the table. It goes without saying maybe to include in the booklet “don't stare at the opps” and “don't look at partner to see how he likes the card you played”. These actions happen often at low level bridge.
Sept. 5, 2015
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Good post.
In this case, it seems a lot of people have vested stakes in the confirmation bias.
Another word describing the same thing is
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia
At this point, were Fisher and Shwartz innocent, they have already been tried and condemned by partisan people.
Sept. 5, 2015
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Are any of these two pairs on Bridgewinners?
Sept. 4, 2015
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I had a spelling gaffe. My scrabble brain went dead:)
Aug. 30, 2015
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Actually, no I am not, though I've tried to wade through the first book to which I think you're referring. Its yellow, and written in a confusing way. Two later books followed, the Standard Bridge bidding and the Advanced Bridge bidding. However, I use the orange colored book called “Two over One, Game force Quiz book” as my reference book. It is easy to read, organized, and the question and answer style is simple to follow.
Aug. 30, 2015
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Thanks Josh. I'm one of your bridge fans.
Not being one of those who would pay thousands a day, I could privately ask the fee, I'm sure, if I found someone with a reputation for being pleasant to both partner and opps. If a website were to be developed for bridge pros willing to be hired to play at tourney's it should include the area in which they play. I sometimes visit NYC, and have had offers to play there, but I'm shy of deviating from the bridge system I normally play.
Aug. 29, 2015
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Thanks Justin… I enjoy watching you play , part of your cheering squad! If there were a site, say a webpage, that pro's could list what system they played and liked, including all their conventions, it would certainly be helpful, particularly before the Penticton regional. I think that's lacking in the online world, except I see some players on BBO advertising on their name card, but that's a fragmented way to find out who might be available for a specific time and place.
Aug. 29, 2015
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Thanks Michael. I'm interested in someone who plays Hardy 2/1. I know most conventions, but I don't know what you mean by modern expert bidding? Can you elaborate on that? The reason I specified a bidding system such as Max Hardy's 2/1 is that the major suit raises describe every possible hand. I've bent it a bit by including transfers over interference by LHO to show three different types of hands, either weak raise, invitational , or game forcing, OR a transfer into another suit below two of opener's major. I can play multi, but playing it at a Penticton regional is illegal. Other than that, I don't know more of what experts would play.
I would expect a bridge partner to act pleasant and calm, and not hog the hands except if the contract would play better from his side would know to use the Hardy 1C>1D>1NT>3NT(leaving out opp passes). Another reason to pick that system is I would like my own concentration to be on card play, not bidding.
Aug. 29, 2015
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Wisely stated , Wayne.
Aug. 29, 2015
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Ellis , you are reasonable. To even mention what a child of 10 to 14 has done and blame them for cheating is ridiculous. They aren't mature or responsible and their brains not fully formed…. particularly males. As for the hands? borderline at best… lots are passive leads. If there is evidence that cheating is involved, then wait and get something a lot better, if it exists. And by all means, ask them to play with other than their current partner.
Aug. 29, 2015
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4 RKC for clubs… 4NT two without queen, ergo, six clubs sane contract, playing in 4/4 fit using extra heart to discard loser. Just wise bidding and good bridge to me.
Aug. 28, 2015
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