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This is an excellent suggestion which takes out a huge amount of the luck factor.
June 26
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Only having played about six sessions of ACBL Tournament Bridge in the past 20 years, I have a question:

Is it legal to change your system between rounds of a pair game? e.g. switch from 2/1 to big club; or Std to UDCA etc?
Feb. 9
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Seems like the North hand is worth a negative double over 3D.
Over this, South can bid 4S.
Feb. 9
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This was back in the day when players wore suits, or at least sport coats and neckties. The tables were covered with white linen cloths. It was before the first rule on smoking in our area: “Cigarettes ONLY in the playing room, please!”

There was only one major event (open to all comers) at a time at Sectionals and Regionals, and you played against Goren - Sobel, Barry Crane and partner, Jecoby (the elder), etc. unless you opted for the one-session “side games”.

The cigar smoke that permeated your suit jackets was from high quality Havanas, and the host hotel looked on the cigar burns and ball-point pen hand diagrams on the white tablecloths as a cost of doing business.

There was a rush to the scoring table after a session to see how you did in your $10 Nassau bets against friends.

Ah, the Good Old Days! And I am happy to report that the miscreant involved in my anecdote (I am excluding myself) was disabused of his tendency toward histrionics while defending. At least for a while, until his wrist swelling went down.
Jan. 19
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The Gerrymandered Ohio State Legislature has voted to allow open carry in schools, at athletic event, in churches, bars,
stores, and most other places.

Except in the Legislature buildings, or in courthouses. :)
Jan. 18
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I'm not so sure. Sixty-some years ago I was playing in a tournament, and I had AKJTx in dummy and xxx in my hand.
I led small from my hand, LHO played small, and as I was pondering, RHO took a card from his hand and held it in a fashion that his playing it looked imminent.

I told dummy “The ten, please” and as RHO attempted to put the detached card back in his hand and exchange it for another, I grabbed his wrist, squeezed it (not gently), and said “PLAY IT” and the “x” dropped on the table, “played”.
Jan. 18
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On the Page 1 hand, why not return the HK, playing
declarer for doubletons in the round suits?
Oct. 18, 2017
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Another factor is the vulnerability. E-W are risking only -180
if 2DX makes. They are risking considerably more in 2DXX, and
West with a void or singleton in diamonds may chicken out.

And if W passes the redoulble and North is say 4423 and passes the redouble, East has some heavy thinking to do. Does he want to risk a bundle of IMPS when his side probably has a makeable partial, or a the very least a cheap save?
Sept. 19, 2017
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The average tournament or rubber bridge player with the KQ doubleton will win with the King EVERY TIME. It's human nature. So you are on a pure guess as to whether the K you lose to was singleton or KQ doubleton.
Sept. 11, 2017
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The analysis of the AJT situation missing the KQ fails to take into account human nature. A person with the KQ doubleton, will, in my opinion win with the K the vast majority of the time. Poor and average players do it to “fool” the declarer, and experts because of innate larceny - when playing against average players.

But when Meckwell play against Zia or Moss, the larceny factor probably reverses the logic. I'd venture they win the Q from KQ most of the time.
Sept. 11, 2017
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Why are so many people badmouthing AJ doubleton? Don't they expect that OCCASIONALLY their partner will hold Txx?
Sept. 5, 2017
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On board nine, East when breaking spades has a clear lead
of the spade eight. I'm surprised the robots fumblked that.
Aug. 8, 2017
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I don't know where you get your defensive robots.

I just finished playing 48 boards aqainst TRIPLE DUMMY robot defenses. I think the robots dropped only one trick at double dummy (except once where my robot PARTNER refused to give me the setting-trick ruff I was SCREAMING for).
July 26, 2017
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In a recent topic I posted “Reducing the Manipulation Factor
in Robot Individuals” I proposed that the human player's FIRST call on every board be made by a robot.

This drew minor support and considerable derision, but I am convinced it would be a much better test of bridge skill.
July 17, 2017
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If you look at the boards where Justin got most of his tops and near-tops, he opened the bidding in his (by far) worst minor, and the bots co-operated by giving gifts.

My “censorship” would prevent this nonsense.
July 15, 2017
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For the reasons I specified in the title of this post and in the body:

“This will greatly increase the number of similar contracts and similar opening leads on boards, and take away much of the ”robot gaming luck“.”
July 14, 2017
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But in a 96 board tournament, why should you semi-psyche on half the boards, risking getting a near zero on perhaps 20 of them when your robot partner or you guess wrong, or the robot opponents figure a correct defense?
July 14, 2017
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GIB does not give standard count to me. When following
suit with 92 or 962 on my King or A lead, it plays 2.

So I always have to guess, like when I have AKJTxx and
dummy has Qx and very small trumps, whether to continue.

I find this very aggravating.
July 10, 2017
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I wrote an article on how this was done - but I failed to hit the “Publish” button so I will use this topic:

He opened 1NT on most hands 13+; 2NT with 17, and 2C showing 22+ with 21, and then had the cards lying well.

Bd 1 With pard a ph, opened 2NT on 17 - J32 AJ AJT8 KQJ6 and got to 3NT (Pard had 6 HCP). Only ones in game.

Bd 2 Open 1NT on 14 - Q62 A5 AK965 J72- the cards lay well.

Bd 3 Open 1NT on 11 - K92 AT964 82 A52 and caught DA onside (dummy had Kx), pard had 6 clubs Kxxxxx and THEY split 2-2.

Bd 4 Responded 2D on AKQ2 A2 863 AQ62 to pard's 1H opening. Caught opps D and H both 3-3 - but scored ONLY 75% !!

Bd 5 Open 2NT (20-21) on AQ92 7 AQ76 AT93 in 3rd chair. The robots give up four club tricks with Jxx opposite Qx.

Bd 6 FINALLY a “normal” 1S opener on AK972 8 QT97 A94 but robots gave entry to dummy's QJxx of C when he led Q and the opps won K on round 1 instead of ducking once.

Bd 7 Open 1NT on J42 K3 KQJT76 K6 and opps played 3SX down 500 vul wnen they overcompeted.

Bd 8 Open 2C (23+) on AK842 KQ AK Q954 and stayed out of spades when pard had Qxxx spade fit and uses Stayman over a 2NR opener. And then in the play, he guessed clubs for two
two tricks on an intrafinesse when dummy had A8x (instead of just playing for CK onside.

That's how it is done, and that's why I'm NOT playing.
July 9, 2017
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On Board ten he makes a clear error of not taking the first D with DA in hand. He still gets 95%.
July 6, 2017
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