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This also has the advantage that if you bid 1 and then raise 1NT to 2NT, you deny a stopper.
March 17
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Unfortunately the blood test is a test for antibodies, so it will tend to miss people until a week or so after exposure. Evidently the throat swab test is more accurate that way. Also, the throat swab test gives much more scientific information, since they get the virus and its whole genome, and can trace its lineage by looking at mutations. There is no coronavirus in your blood (or at any rate not enough to detect or study). https://www.livescience.com/how-coronavirus-tests-work.html
March 14
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What's your observation as to the sort of people more likely to play bridge? I'd guess the misanthropy factor at a bridge tournament is 5x what it is at work or at the opera.
March 14
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It's really bad that they aren't able to test everyone who wants a test at this early stage. It would help them understand the disease better. It's a chance they won't get again for a long time because soon (like now) the correct advice will be DON'T get tested unless things are so bad you need to go to the hospital anyway–because the mere process of going for a test is too likely to expose you.
March 14
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To use a perhaps more apt WWII analogy, as many of you will know, Joseph St—n did not initially believe the news on the morning of 22 June 1941, which makes him seem stupid–but imagine how much more stupid you would think him if he had believed it but said “but our losses are so much less than in WWI; it's not really that bad; I'll wait for evidence before I start worrying”.
March 12
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Rich, I hear Pearl Harbor also had a very low fatality count compared to the seasonal flu. Context matters.
March 11
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Phil, online is a much better option for bridge than for a professional conference (where so much of the real business happens during the coffee breaks and over meals).
March 11
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Phil states “Everywhere in the country conventions are not being canceled and it's business as usual.” Phil, I don't know what country you live in, but that statement does not describe the United States–especially for large conventions with global attendance, like HIMSS, which would have been this week (and note that the outbreak will be much worse in late March), and was cancelled. (See https://www.himssconference.org/.) Many other conventions are also cancelling (https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2020-03-09/fourth-chicago-convention-canceled-due-to-coronavirus-worry). Conventions that do go ahead may have difficulty with speakers since many companies have banned non-essential business travel.

In addition to the moral aspects of this situation, the ACBL should be concerned that if they hold the national tournament it may be a sham because of the number of strong players who may refuse to come. They should also consider that emergency rules that may be in place by March 19 in many states in which their employees reside may make it impossible for the ACBL to require their employees to travel to Columbus to staff the tournament. In effect, this tournament is going to be cancelled, it's just a question of whether ACBL leadership recognizes this now or on March 18.
March 11
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You need better diamonds for that. KJ1096 perhaps. Otherwise you are quite possibly just making it much easier for them to double you for penalties on a hand where you know you might be down many hundreds against a partscore.
April 18, 2019
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Almost as easy as it is to spread false rumors….
April 18, 2019
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3. I think pretty much everyone advocating 1 who talked about a rebid has said that.
April 18, 2019
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April 18, 2019
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Possibly a better idea would be to dissolve the bridge partnership for the sake of keeping the marriage?
April 17, 2019
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Of course but you aren't allowed to act on that at the table. If only the UI tells you they didn't have a misunderstanding, then you may have to bid as though they did have one.
April 17, 2019
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How many of them no longer participate as a result?
April 17, 2019
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I don't see why it wouldn't apply to all open NABC+ events…so not the 5K or 10K, but definitely the Open Swiss, Open Pairs, Mixed Pairs, Mixed Teams, Senior and Women's events, etc.
April 17, 2019
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Do you mean that last part, or are you a customer of the airlines?
April 17, 2019
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Tough to do that if you don't know how many days you'll keep winning (assuming you are just there for one event).
April 16, 2019
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One reason we preempt is so that partner can swing the ax….
April 16, 2019
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If I do anything but pass, it's an admission that I want to take Gambling 3NT off the card.
April 16, 2019
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