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Eugene, it doesn't require Bridgewinners staff. Just let participants know that if they create a well-organized e-partnership desk, you will link to it.
Jan. 25, 2016
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JSTOR handles this by forcing you to download one article at a time and inserting a cover sheet in a protected .pdf with their terms of use, and plastering the IP address you downloaded it from on every page, which should definitely make you think twice about emailing it around!
Jan. 25, 2016
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I'm curious what caused the circulation to drop after EK purchased TBW. This has been referenced several times, but as the event was half a century ago, I think most of us are unaware.

Also, while it may (though I'm sceptical) be true that more people in the world play bridge now than ever, it most assuredly is NOT true in the United States.
Jan. 25, 2016
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Regarding item (2), I agree that further price increases should be avoided, but discounts to long-term subscribers ALSO kill magazines. If long-term subscribers get discounts, that raises the price for new subscribers, which means the subscriber base will shrink. (Lifetime subscriptions have a similar downside but have the short-term advantage of at least bringing in additional revenue when sold….)
Jan. 25, 2016
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I remember in the era when most clubs did not have bidding boxes I used to wonder whether, if someone asked for a review of the auction and no one at the table could give one, whether that should be average-minus / average-minus.
Jan. 25, 2016
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Pass, risking the disaster that they make, since a zero is only a zero. But 5 at IMPs.
Jan. 24, 2016
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In general, I agree. But in this case, the 2 bidder obviously got the sense that something funny was going on after LHO doubled. At that point, he probably needs to ask to protect himself, since the Director might say “if you started to suspect 1NT should have been alerted why didn't you ask?”

I actually think his LHO should get a procedural penalty. It seems he purposely failed to alert and used that to try to take 2 for a number. (I don't know if this is accurate, given that all the hands were not posted, but that's sure what it sounds like.)
Jan. 24, 2016
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No, not when it's an opening lead by the declaring side, because Law 54E refers to Law 24, which treats the situation as though the auction period has not ended.

I think the most reasonable answer to what to do if the next player faced their hand is to give the declaring side average-minus and the defending side the worse between average-minus and their worst likely result if they hadn't faced a hand. Both sides have made this an irretrievable mess, but the defending side must not be allowed to profit by their infraction, if they were headed toward a zero, of suddenly taking an average-minus.

The only other reasonable choice would be also to give the declaring side the worse between average-minus and their worst likely result on normal play (without any of the irregularities), but dummy's facing a card was not riskless (he had no rational reason to think next player would do anything put call the director), so average-minus seems OK for the declaring side.
Jan. 24, 2016
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It would be nice to have the later write-up by one of the commentators who also provided live coverage. Seeing what may have influenced players at the table (opponents' mannerisms and explanatons, etc.) is always a welcome part of analysis–as is “it wasn't obvious at the time, but actually…”
Jan. 24, 2016
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The Kx of spades is slotted, and I lack a fourth heart. That makes game possible but unlikely. Meanwhile, this is the worst possible vulnerability for contesting the partscore. Following Mike Lawrence's advice, when balancing, a holding like Kx under the bidder is in some ways worse than xx, because it's three points your partner can't have.

I would not pass if not vulnerable and I likely wouldn't pass at IMPs.
Jan. 23, 2016
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Obviously the next major technology innovation will be a large-screen kindle in the WC.
Jan. 23, 2016
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moving to right place
Jan. 23, 2016
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I too would find it convenient if The Bridge World had an electronic version. I think there would need to be strong protections against piracy, or it might cause the total number of subscriptions to decrease, so I am understanding of its being in paper, especially as it is the least bulky publication you can imagine.

One thing that might raise money for and interest in the Bridge World would be if they sold electronic copies of old years (say, 1995 and prior). It would give them a test of the electronic world; and it would fill a demand, as so much of the material from those old volumes are still so relevant but not so easily available. In order to maximize revenue from folks buying for just a single article or issue, they could sell it in minimum quantities of a year.

Second, the editorial staff, last I checked, was all still a generation older than me, and I haven't been a young man for many years. Get one or two of the young experts more involved.

Third, provide some coverage of non-standard systems. All of the bidding theory in the Bridge World revolves around Standard. Most of it should continue to do so. But there are system theory issues that are of interest to many readers, and also the practical consideration that in tournaments players frequently face opponents (and prospective partners) who play Precision, Polish Club, Unassuming Club, etc.

Fourth, figure out some content sharing arrangement with (for example) a premier Polish bridge magazine, where that magazine would license the Bridge World to publish their Polish and European tournament reporting in English translation, while the Bridge World would license them to publish The Bridge World's American and World tournament reporting in Polish translation.

Finally, if the Bridge World really decides to go electronic, I don't think they should stop at online print. Interactive content would be extremely useful, especially for the Test Your Play/Defense and Swiss features.

Peg, I hope some of these suggestions resonate. Jeff, if you're reading, I love your magazine. Edgar, if you're looking down from heaven, thank you!
Jan. 23, 2016
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Like a Facebook page whose owner has died?
Jan. 22, 2016
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I voted for 3, which got a lot of support. But no one voted for my second choice (double). I can't protect my plus on offense by defending undoubled. May as well go for broke.
Jan. 21, 2016
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When my partners pass as dealer they tend to be pretty broke, so I pass.
Jan. 21, 2016
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1 transfer to hearts.
Jan. 21, 2016
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To be honest, if I am not playing Lebensohl, then this is game-forcing, showing four spades or no heart stopper, because the only other thing I would be playing would be transfers, and the transfer to their suit is “Stayman”. (Opener now cues 3 if he has neither four spades nor a heart stopper.)
Jan. 21, 2016
Christopher Monsour edited this comment Jan. 21, 2016
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If I'm not bidding 4 now, then why didn't I open 4?
Jan. 21, 2016
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1 in 1st or 2nd, but with that spade void I'll go with 5 in 3rd.
Jan. 21, 2016
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