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Whatever your agreement is, put it in your notes. And bring them. And show them to the disbelieving director. If you don't have an agreement or notes, get them.
July 9
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The question came up in the context of a QTxxx, xx, Jxx, xxx 1 call in the third seat NV vs. V.

I did not present the specific hand to management. I told the player that I thought the tactic was illegal but that it wasn't my club. I was a visitor (although a somewhat regular visitor). He responded that he thought I would do it 100% and that he wouldn't do it against 50% of the room and if I wanted to be included in that 50% he would be happy to comply.

Because I will be unlikely to ever play there again, I am not interested in pursuing it. And even if I were planning to play there again, I would just consider against these two anything goes . . . although that definitely disadvantages me playing with a pickup partner against these two that play together once or twice a week every week.
July 9
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This strategy (although applied to the third seat) is expressly prohibited in the new charts' discussion of purely destructive methods and in particular the Forcing PASS.
July 9
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I sort of object to the term (since any bid that has any definition at all, is ipso facto, not purely destructive) and I am not conversant enough with the new charts . . .

But I consider our 10-12 NT as primarily destructive and teach it as such. I consider our preempts as primarily destructive and teach them as such. I consider jumps over our preempts as intentionally and solely destructive but raiser may have the occasional rock crusher.
July 9
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@ David Corn: Not my wife.
July 9
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I asked the ownership of a very well-run club with probably the strongest club games west of the Mississippi if they used the Open or Open+ chart. The response was that we allow people to play what they want as long as there is full and accurate disclosure.

I thought my question was a two answer multiple choice sort of thing, but neither choice was the answer I got.
July 9
Jim Perkins edited this comment July 9
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I have a partner that has forbidden me to summon the director while she is at the table. And she refuses to exploit rules in any way (such as taking advantage of rules around a penalty card). And you are forever a complete, utter and irredeemable jerk (using permitted bw language in place of actual) should you take advantage of a less than fully articulated claim.

And since she's the boss, that's the way it is with her.

Occasionally, I even go so far as to explain what the ruling will be.
July 8
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Should does not equal does.
July 8
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I am not specifically asking Daniel for this, but here I am again, wishing I had a way to download my tournament hands to .pbn format without having to go through a manual enter into Bridge Composer.
July 8
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But I have 3 pairs that will either be stationary or go home.
July 6
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5 tables, 7 rounds, 3/4 Howell? Or 5 board round Mitchell?
July 6
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Kevin is checking my methods. I don't like jamming with 2 Aces, but I love giving them the last guess. If partner is too strong, then at least we are in game.
July 5
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So someone said this to me . . . if the teacher is good, even the most truant student will fight to get to school even on the weekends.
July 5
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Ahem . . . in some clubs flight B pairs win more often than every couple of weeks.

As to a Flight C pair qualifying for the next level of contest some people do not understand short term or long term marketing at all.

If you are concerned about attendance drop off as it is, you should see what it would be without the complained of reward system. Since I will probably be playing longer than you, and therefore you likely will not be the last generation of bridge player(s) . . . well I think my vote should count more than yours.
July 5
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There remains, of course, a randomness element in bridge. Even in duplicate bridge.
July 5
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Speaking of Bridge Week got a very nice compliment about how much fun was had in my inbox tonight.
July 5
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I will just say this . . . sometimes, back in the day I was heading home around 6, to shave, shower and get ready for work before the next evening session.

However, that sort of thing is not quite as appealing these days.
July 5
Jim Perkins edited this comment July 5
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Not starting with GR. Starting with bracketed KOs.
July 4
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Not just play it out, but agonize over which card to play.

Trick …..

after …..

Trick.
July 4
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Poker could take a very, very long time, I would say. A player playing an overall losing strategy could easily still be a net winner after 3 years or more of full time play.

And virtually 100% of the poker playing universe is “playing too close to their bankroll” – that is, playing stakes that are too high to far too high for them to afford with the financial resources available to them. Hedge fund guys and tech tycoons, like Einhorn or Gates excluded (Gates plays $3/$6 limit because it's the same as $3,000/$6,000 to him).
July 4
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