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Jim Fox
Jim Fox
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Basic Information

Member Since
May 2, 2011
Last Seen
25 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Bridge player for over 50 years (hard to believe I don't play better).  Did take several years off a few times for family and work. Two grown children and four wonderful granddaughters (who don't play bridge but are all super softball players).

Professional computerist (everything EXCEPT electronics and hardware engineering) for over 40 years and still counting.  Education in Physics, Applied Mathematics, and Business Administration.

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
World Mixed BAM - Lille, France
Bridge Accomplishments
Overall in National Open Swiss Teams (twice), Senior Swiss Teams, and Mixed BAM; Many Regional A, Open, and Bracket 1 Teams and Pairs wins.
Regular Bridge Partners
and favorite bridge partner - my wife.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Favorite Tournaments
Philadelphia and Lille World Series, New Orleans, San Francisco and Washington Nationals, Cambridge and Virginia Beach Regionals.
Favorite Conventions
Puppet over 1N, Exclusion Blackwood, Delayed Splinters, Michaels, Unusual NT
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Sapphire Life Master
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Advise the Tournament Chair: When a BAM movement gets whammed ...
Art, agreed, IF there is no separate event for the eliminated 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 teams to play in the second session.
Advise the Tournament Chair: When a BAM movement gets whammed ...
Its amazing how many fiascos these two-session "round-robins" have generated (when there is an unknown number of teams until just before the event starts). The first one I played in, half the "full" matches were played in the first session, and two of the teams with poor results were allowed ...
Calling All Robot Experts
As one who has designed (and coded, among other things) very complex software, Barry, I don't expect you to "explain the internal design" of your software. It is sufficient for you to acknowledge that plays like the one described are absurd and express a wish to fix them. :) You ...
Calling All Robot Experts
OK, it sounds like the process in this case is overly complicated and there should be some "fail-safes" that cut through the simulation to avoid such outrageous misplays. I mean "go through the full simulation process", then run through a quick list of "absurdity checks" or something. Maybe a special ...
Calling All Robot Experts
@Barry, so in the psych scenario you discuss, the robot allows for the robot opening bidder to be psyching and it did not pass 1S after the psych? This seems irrational (even for a robot, er, I mean for a program). Surely the program does not allow for the human ...
Calling All Robot Experts
If the North hand had the same hand but with 4 spades and 3 diamonds, the hand could be made double dummy, but not with 5 spades.
Calling All Robot Experts
Calling All Robot Experts
I'm sorry, you may think there is a BEST lead, but I don't see how there is ANY winning or losing lead, in the sense that the hand should always go down with any lead except a trump. IMHO, the bot can almost make the hand double-dummy without ...
Steve Bloom's lead problem: 92 AQ94 53 AT832
I haven't heard that US Army corruption of machts nichts, "mox nix" in over 45 years since my time in USAREUR. Thanks for the memory. :)
Reasons to attend the Eastern States Regional (NYC)
At the Eastern States or some tournament in Manhattan in the late 60's I recall being amazed that the cheapest thing I could find for lunch at the game site was a hot dog for $1.00. Typical price at the time was 25 to 50 cents.

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