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Yeah, I guess I'm giving up the game a bit early on this poll but that's the puzzle I was trying to solve: how do you get to 6 here opposite xxx KTxx xxx AQx playing kokish game tries? We won 2 for +710 (club lead) vs 650, but didn't see a reasonable route to 1430 after 1S 2S.
April 22, 2017
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I personally think the “but people disliked bidding boxes originally!” argument is invalid. Bridge was a card game before bidding boxes and was still a card game after. The tools around the game may change, but the tactile aspect of playing with cards, with people, is a valid difference. I wonder how many of these people arguing that using cards is obsolete actually play a variety of digital card games like hearthstone, Hex TCG, magic the gathering online etc? I have experience with all of the above and playing with actual cards is a definite difference. The sense of touch is not irrelevant and playing it on a tablet reduces it down to feeling like just another video game of which there are MANY. Suggesting that playing it in physical form is going obsolete also ignores common day trends: physical games have been making a HUGE comeback with tabletop gaming exploding in many cities. People are playing games in bars and game stores in giant numbers despite the fact that many of these games can be played on a tablet or on a computer at home. One related story: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/sep/25/board-games-back-tabletop-gaming-boom-pandemic-flash-point . Would it be great to have better digital ways to play, an improved version of BBO, etc? Sure. But trying to label playing with cards as obsolete and old fashioned is, in my opinion, ignoring the appreciation that many have for playing with an actual physical object.
April 21, 2017
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The fact that “No, playing with cards not a tablet is important to me” seems like it should clearly be one of the answers. I wouldn't play “tablet bridge” and would skip any club or tournament that tried to make the change.
April 21, 2017
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That's a good question. I have a feeling for what it would mean but definitely something to confirm we're on the same page for.
April 13, 2017
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BAVGIS?
April 13, 2017
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14-16
April 13, 2017
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The 4 being natural assumption seems odd and certainly makes it harder to know what 4NT is.
April 11, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment April 11, 2017
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Could the diamond tolerance be xx?
April 7, 2017
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229 per night in KC seems insane. There were hotels within walking distance a few weeks before for like 70 and plenty airbnb options for 50/person. While the trials seem interesting, it seems like a lot of what you (Tom) are posting is slanted heavily towards assuming you are right to play them and people are wrong to skip them. Maybe in a few years I'll care, but right now I have no interest in trials when money and free time are finite. Also, tournaments (for me) are a lot about what friends want to do and right now that's NABCs.
April 5, 2017
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Not good enough.. so I hit “Not Qualified”. Also, when prioritizing things - with an NABC I can count on playing national events for much of the 10 days and will always have something to play, the trials would probably remain a low priority even once I did feel I was ‘good enough’.
April 4, 2017
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diamond to the stiff ace, spade return ruff (5-0), diamond return spade return diamond return. 6H down 4! :)
March 23, 2017
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slam down four
March 23, 2017
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Suggests defending, both tend to double aggressively. Not sure we've hammered it out further than that yet.
March 8, 2017
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2S was LR+
March 8, 2017
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When I moved to Seattle, I dropped bridge for a while and got into Magic. It was a lot of fun and I won various money pots and also made a decent amount speculating on the market of cards as things shifted. I've since switched back to bridge and sold all my Magic cards and don't anticipate going back.

Bridge has a lot of strengths compared to Magic. First: its a LOT more social. Sure you have friends playing magic but everyone has a different experience so there's a lot of each person waiting to tell the story about the exciting thing that happened to them that no one else experienced. Any interest in what happened is (most commonly) being polite to a friend rather than true curiosity about how they handled XYZ situation because no one else was confronted with XYZ situation. I had a lot of magic friends but TBH, at tournaments I might as well have been solo for how relevant it was other than when waiting for the next matchup to be announced.

The financial aspects also get very wearing after time. Sure, a deck costs $400 for a tournament but its a for profit enterprise and they are very careful to rotate what's “good” every 3 months so that you constantly need to buy new cards. X card was great and worth $30 until the next set hits and now its suddenly worth $5. Then, after a bit longer - the card is no longer legal at all. The $70 EV is also very misleading because the transaction cost: you have to find someone willing to pay for the card you want to sell. This frequently involves a lot of time, effort, and sometimes (if you have to mail it) money. Anyone with a real job would probably be better off just working at that job rather than trying to sell all those cards for the supposed $70 EV. The rotation and price spikes are predictable (imo) and you can make money off of them, but that makes it harder to just play the game since if X card is about to drop in price 75% you'll want to sell it now and then just do without until that price drop happens.

Commentary is definitely a lot better. Randomization sucks. If you are unlucky drawing, you just straight up lose. There are ways to work around the variance for sure, but its still way more frustrating than Bridge.

Have to go so stopping now, but while I definitely enjoyed my years playing MTG: it has nothing on Bridge. Wizards of the Coast is definitely WAAAAAAAAY better at marketing than the ACBL though.
March 7, 2017
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Random knowledge question: is P forcing in this auction? I was tempted to P and pull but feel just a tad light with 2 jacks in partners suits. Hopefully they can bump 5 to 6 if its right.
March 4, 2017
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I always get annoyed at partner when they skip non serious when I have a monster and then they always prove me wrong by having a complete dog of a hand. I would expect to be off a heart honor and both kings.
March 3, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment March 3, 2017
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This was a really interesting read, thanks!
Feb. 23, 2017
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thx for pointing me at that forum! I didn't notice it previously for some reason.
Feb. 2, 2017
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and as soon as I finally asked about it, I found it again: http://www.ebedcio.org.uk/junior-award-scheme
Jan. 31, 2017
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