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Maybe I am missing something, but I don't see that East/West did anything wrong at all. Where's the MI? Why didn't North ask what the bid meant when it was alerted?
April 8, 2016
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Wouldn't showing a stopper but asking about 's be logical also?
April 7, 2016
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Okay, that makes sense. Thanks.
March 11, 2016
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The trick that turned the corner for backgammon AI was indeed Neural Nets. But I would argue that backgammon IS well suited for Monte-Carlo techniques. Every expert in the world uses them when they use computer programs to study - except in backgammon lingo we call them “rollouts”.
March 11, 2016
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You may be right. My question is: what does Double here mean? I've already shown my 3 hearts, so if I want to express 5=4 in the minors, can't I just bid 2? If I want to express a flat hand with a spade stopper, I can bid 1NT. If I have a flat hand without a spade stopper, I can pass. So, if Double isn't some kind of cooperative penalty Double - showing 4 good spades and suggesting that it might possibly be where we want to play (Partner surely won't expect me to have KJ9xxx of spades on this auction) – what is it?
March 11, 2016
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If I am worried about trump control, AND I don't know what to lead after I cash the high trumps … why do I go out of my way to cash the A so early?
March 3, 2016
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Partner had Q10x xxx – AKQxxxx so 7 or 7 makes but 3NT is down on a diamond lead.
March 2, 2016
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I'm not at all confident we can beat 1NT by 2 tricks, much less 2, but I am pretty sure we can make 2, so I'll take my sure plus.
March 2, 2016
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It always matters :). In any case, my first instinct on this hand was that 3 was NF and just an attempt to rescue us from a 3 down 4 undoubled but vul. type of disaster. After reading the comments and thinking about it a bit, I still think it's NF, but seeing how great my support is (I didn't have to have any, after all), I now think 4 has to be the percentage bid. No guarantees, of course.
March 2, 2016
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From LHO's silence it seems like Partner must have some points. A really bad hand might be AQ10xxx xxx - xxxx, but if I have to stretch to think of bad hands that only make 9 tricks, I guess it seems like the odds favor 4.
March 1, 2016
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Why am I on opening lead if I am sitting South and West is declaring?
March 1, 2016
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Maybe I don't understand the statistic being presented. It looks to me like you are saying you had 42 Spiral auctions, 21 of them you got a top, 17 of them you got an average, and 4 of them you got a bottom. If I have understood the reporting correctly, then we now need to distinguish between the two hypotheses “Spiral gets us to The Right Contract more often than the next best thing” vs. “Ed is a much better player than average, and would be scoring 70% even without Spiral”.
Feb. 26, 2016
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That's great that you always have great results when you use these. Have you also kept track of the hands you would have been able to bid better with the next best alternative to Spiral Raises?
Feb. 25, 2016
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I often see people rise with the King opposite a singleton here, so that is the subterfuge I would attempt.
Feb. 23, 2016
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I have little experience making up bidding agreements, but I would think you lose a lot by not being able to make normal, constructive or overcalls. Like, wouldn't you like to bid with, say, Kx AKTxx xx Kxxx ?
Feb. 19, 2016
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Not only do I grab, but nearly everyone I play against grabs. I was surprised to see a picker last weekend, in fact.
Feb. 18, 2016
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If Opener is (4-2)=3=4, and Responder is (4-2)=4=3, after 1NT - (X) - P - (P) - XX - (P) - 2D - (X) - ?, how do you find the 4-4 major fit without risking getting stuck in a 4-2 major fit?
Feb. 12, 2016
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I think different parts of bridge will be solved in different orders. I don't know the state of declarer play, but I wouldn't be surprised if you told me computers were already top human level. If not now, then soon. Next will come defense. Bidding within the constraints of a human defined system is probably of equal difficulty.

But I feel like we are quite far from having a computer which is able to handle it if the opponents' bidding system is not “predefined”. And even further from having computers able to define their own bidding system.
Feb. 6, 2016
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“The offense relates to Section 8 of the Playing Cards Act of 1935 which states that an individual is not allowed to possess more than 120 playing cards at any one time. At the Bridge event, considerably more than 120 playing cards were found by officers.”
Feb. 4, 2016
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Or xxxx AKxxx Axx x ?
Feb. 3, 2016
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