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Karen and Wayne send me your address privately and I will mail them to you - I found two sets, so one each, no charge, I will pay the mail don't worry
Nov. 15
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Sure, that's easy for me. Let me know who and we can plan a meet-up. I will play secondary events with clients probably on 10+3 schedules as available and will be there Sat Nov 30 thru Thu Dec 5. If that doesn't work, Wayne (below) will take them…
Sept. 23
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If you will be in town again, we can do it then. I will be in San Fran at the Nationals….Either of those work for you?
Sept. 22
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Thanks Fred. Well said.
Aug. 8
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A complete removal of all exit cards is a dentist's coup. Since this is not a full removal, it's a “partial bridge”. This is apropos on two levels - we get a dental term that itself references bridge!
Nov. 14, 2018
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…a personal individual masterpoint penalty?
Aug. 7, 2017
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If your phone is in your pocket, it might vibrate and provide you with illegal information. If your cell phone is on the table, visible to all, then it cannot be used for anything nefarious. I don't wear a watch, and use my phone to tell time. I would like to keep it on the corner of the table to see the time. Of course, if it rings or otherwise makes noise, it's distracting; but a general law can cover that. I imagine it's illegal (whether or not it's spelled out) to have a radio playing during the game, or a musical instrument, just as distracted driving laws cover more than just the use of cell phones.
July 31, 2017
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The “Hurt Feelings Suit-Confirming Double”. Chiefly employed by beginners-to-intermediate level players, the purpose of the double is to express outrage when the opponents have the audacity to bid your own bid suit (not your partner's). The bid gives partner no information, but allows the opposition a range of options - Pass, Redouble, Free-Bid.

Okay, this is not really a convention, but thoughtful partnerships do, and should, define such doubles. Depending on circumstances - sometimes such doubles should be lead UN-directing (lead something else when it's clearly their hand), sometimes takeout of their suit (low level, could still be our hand), perhaps confirming length in a possibly short minor opening.
June 26, 2017
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Since November, I have noticed an uptick in “NO TRUMP” bidding. Coincidence? Protest?
March 2, 2017
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I agree that different methods are needed to handle completely artificial overcalls. However, many popular methods are conventional, but should be treated as natural. For example, 2 showing diamonds and a higher suit: Treat as diamonds. 2/ showing the bid suit and a minor, treat simply as the bid suit.
Dec. 6, 2016
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Thanks - This worked. Seems they have found a new home.
Dec. 3, 2016
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Okay, I have enough responses/ I will figure out what to do from amongst those that have already responded
Nov. 12, 2016
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Maybe it would work in a midnight game :).
Oct. 4, 2016
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Right on point. In the Bridge World article, this actually was just one idea of a few where I suggested some new games, cousins of bridge, with various rule changes. This was just one of them.
Oct. 4, 2016
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Interesting comment. When bridge was invented ( more of a process over time, I guess, than a “Eureka” moment, from Whist, to Auction bridge, to Contract bridge), I don't think disclosure was part of the game. Everyone played about the same stuff, so maybe the answer was simply, “No need”. But it is not an inherent part of the game. Bidding to a contract and trying to win tricks would seem to exist independently of explaining agreements to the opposition.

One of my points was the convergence of Poker and Bridge. This might be Poker-Bridge.
Oct. 4, 2016
Stephen Cooper edited this comment Oct. 4, 2016
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This idea in no way gives license to hesitate with singletons or the like, or vary your meanings by tempo or card angling etc.
Oct. 4, 2016
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I forget the question. Oh ya, you forgot to put a letter “r” in the word “contact” in the Title to this Topic.
Aug. 3, 2016
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When titles of illicitly won events are stripped, do the winners of those events remain vacant?
July 27, 2016
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I agree there might be a 3rd semi-serious category. Jordan and I played yesterday afternoon in a local duplicate club. It was holding a NAP qualifying event. I never play duplicates. In chatting with a few of my friends and acquaintances there, I discovered that everyone was aware that they were being charged an extra $1.50 for the session, but nobody seemed to know why. In other words, they were just playing their regular Monday afternoon game. They played conventions, but were what I consider to be social players.

We did manage to qualify for the next round, although we seemed to be the only ones trying to do so :).
July 20, 2016
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they had a 5/4 heart fit and a 1/3 spade fit. They were pretty good players. I am sure they could find hearts, left to their own devices.
June 24, 2016
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