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Next time I stop playing bridge it will be because all the players complain all the time.

I think.
5 hours ago
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From a person that has contributed a lot to my understanding of bridge at highly general theoretical levels, this (which I have seen before) may be the most useful:

Each pair (and it's really junior pairs I am addressing) should have a “List of Penalty Double Situations”.
Aug. 21
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Synrey has two daily (free) tournaments (one MP and one IMP) and no best hand feature. Human declarer feature.

It is also great for teaching. You can upload hands and have the class practice on them and then go over them in lectures demonstrating the correct techniques. I have a bunch of “play of the hand” classes (and videos). We did get them to clean up a glitch (in a play of the hand problem, you don't want the robots (or students) screwing up the bidding) for a while but some other teachers complained about their fix and we were sent back to robot bidding purgatory.
Aug. 21
Jim Perkins edited this comment Aug. 21
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When a player leads an honor I hold AJ I would have to have a very strong reason to be suspicious in order to place their partner with the other one.

And them telling me they have some agreement that this or that one denies the other is probably not strong enough for me.

Carding is an area where both forgetfulness and deceipt abound.
Aug. 16
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Or what? Go home? Because more than a few will.
Aug. 16
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Those that don't haven't talked about the proprieties of disclosure either. And don't want to. They are not trying to be world champions, or even competitors at that level.

They are just tired of looking at the same 4 walls of their . . . as my dad said last week . . . “cave” and want somewhere else to go.

“Two levels.” (at least) Peg K.
Aug. 16
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Jim's Dictionary of Bridge: "Standard: (adj) We didn't talk about leads."
Aug. 16
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And don't go to your accountant's office and demand ice cream. They don't know. They don't want to know. They don't want to be humiliated by admitting they don't know.

And soon they will be looking for a less legalistic, confrontational passtime. And the club will close. And you will have nowhere to play bridge.
Aug. 16
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I have stopped asking people questions that they don't know the answer to. It frustrates me to see them guess and quasi-cheat, looking to partner for help with their answer. Also, it embarrasses them to be asked something and not know when they think I expect them to.
Aug. 16
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(e) some other suit.

“What do you lead from KQ?” “I don't.”

However, if partner bid the suit – “always leads partner's suit, that way if it doesn't work out it will be her fault” – I would lead the 4.
Aug. 15
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Whatever approach is taken, I believe that getting them playing on their own, in their own homes/offices/student unions is what is best for the game.

1 to 2 formal lessons and then let them think that they are pros.
Aug. 15
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Since this was the Nebraska Regional . . . in Unit 214 we had at least 3 10 card suits in one year in the early 90s.

A player to remain unnamed who had something of a temper held 10s AKQ behind my modified precision 1 opening (could be zero s). He laid a trap by PASSing, and of course his partner, holding 6s could not find a balancing bid. The post mortem did not begin with, “Gee, I don't think you should PASS there in the balancing seat.”

A partner/mentor who was always extremely well-accessorized, picked up her 10 card suit and it was, obviously, s.

And finally, on The Sierra Network, but nevertheless while I was a member of U214, I picked up mine . . . s.

So, yes, I do think that there is something mystical about bridge.
Aug. 14
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Everything in Council Bluffs is nice. Even, after 35 years, ex-wifes. But especially grandchildren. And on this trip, Dads, brothers, Aunts and cousins.
Aug. 14
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@ Steve: Who is paying for the space in which to hold such a game and who is providing the equipment?
Aug. 12
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We don't have the kind of rent problem that Honors has, but we do have rent to pay . . .

Let me ask you Jeff, do you get any blowback from your hardcore competitors? How much floor space do you have? (We have only one main area (could hold 25 tables, but probably not in two sections of a different type of game) and a smaller room about 8 tables (7 is really almost too many, but in a pinch)).
Aug. 12
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War (ranks of cards)

Whist (mechanics of play and partnerships)

Duplicate whist (mechanics of competition in the same hands)
Aug. 12
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The Honors model might work but it's definitely a different model. It might be one that we are all forced to apply eventually. They are transitioning toward what I would call more of a general social club than just a bridge club. The food is definitely an upgrade from our club. But I feel they could attract even more attendees with jigsaw puzzles or, especially, mAh johng.
Aug. 12
Jim Perkins edited this comment Aug. 12
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I am sure I am not average for our club. But I do shepard through many of them to their first competitive experiences.

If they don't want that they generally don't find their way to me. I am not a good resource for people that want a non competitive experience.
Aug. 12
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ACBL sanctioned bridge has always been where I find the better and most competitive games. There may be better games where money is at stake, but I have never sought them out nor found them.

If you are just looking for conviviality and a pass time, in all honesty there are better than bridge.

But if you want a high level mental challenge then bridge, and “real bridge” is best. And by real bridge, I mean bridge with rules, among others, “one hand, one player” are essential. Why?

Because we are trying to measure best against each other and in order to do that we need a standard. The acbl creates and enforces that standard. Otherwise the results are random.

ACBL masterpoints are also, believe it or not, useful as a measure of past accomplishments. That some people have turned them into something they are not and were never meant to be is unfortunate but they are still useful as a measure of cumulative past successes.
Aug. 12
Jim Perkins edited this comment Aug. 12
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To David's teammate: you will, as you grow and mature, be almost constantly stunned and amazed at the general incompetency of virtually everyone you meet anywhere. Take cheer. Their incompetence is a reflection of your competence.

If you continually let it upset you this much, you are in for a very miserable life. So just get used to it. Not every umpire gets every call right. And ACBL directors may on the whole not be in the top half of accuracy.
Aug. 9
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