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Hi Jacek,

Do you have a favorite bridge book?

What is one thing you think major bridge organizations can do to help better promote bridge among younger audiences?
Nov. 21
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I’m surprised you got that abbreviation past the filter.
Nov. 18
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We all like to live dangerously now and then.
Nov. 6
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Article updated. I rushed to post this, by bad.
Nov. 2
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Sorry article updated.
Nov. 2
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James! This interview was great. James is also bringing up bridge a decent amount in some of his other interviews. I listened to this and his interview on the Gambling with an Edge Podcast back-to-back (he was on there to talk about his sports betting and Jeopardy!, but also talked about the Vegas NABC and bridge at U of I), it was a cool contrast.
Nov. 1
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I like the premise. I wonder if it can conserve space, or be used to describe a combination of characteristics usually difficult to show. Like perhaps one step is showing an ace in a specific suit and the King of trumps, or a trump honor + a control card in partner's previously bid non-trump suit. I think it is probably only useful in a situation like this where you have one hand that has limited itself, but has extras, and the other hand is unlimited. Otherwise you don't have enough information in your own hand to deduce the meaning of partner's cue.
Oct. 27
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I choose not to lead out of turn ;-).
Oct. 25
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Actually you won't believe the hand I was just in the middle of posting… (Just Kidding). Lol I try to go back to the more interesting problems Dave :-).

(For the record, I believe I posted this hand because one of my Northwestern peeps was arguing that pass was a logical alternative on this hand).
Oct. 25
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Wimp, you really chose not to bid 1 initially (negative double would show only 4 here…) ;-).
Oct. 20
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I bid 3N in tempo and looked like an absolute fool as they took the first 7 clubs off the top :-).
Oct. 6
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:-(. Such a wonderful person. I was lucky enough to kibitz her a whole session about a two years ago, it was marvelous to watch her play. The bridge world is a smaller place without her.
Oct. 3
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My intuition is 3 is forcing to 3N or 4, but I could be convinced otherwise with the right argument. Surely 3 direct after (2)-P is NF, so by inference I believe this is the forcing sequence (unless you have a 3rd way to show forcing s, then this can be NF and imply tolerance, but I don't think you have room in competition for that luxury– at least with std methods).
Oct. 1
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Sometimes I have restraint Robert :-) (not to be confused with “often”).
Sept. 14
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It's a talent.
Aug. 10
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I'm ready to play this lol. You always have great system innovations Sam. I think it's healthy for the growth of bridge, regardless of what others think.
July 26
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Let's upgrade match awards at Zips to 10 platinum lol.

What's the trophy for first in this NABC+ event? A bottle of wine and a picture with our favorite director Scott Campbell?
July 15
$20
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I tend to like 1 to confirm unbalanced shape (usually 4+ 5s, could be 4-4 if some 4441).
Precision I think it's necessary as a way to rediscover opener's shape regarding length for slam auctions. 2/1 it's less necessary, but still my preference, but often requires more advanced discussion with partners as to how we pick up 4-4 fits after 1m-1-1N (2s needs to be either 4-4 inv or GF, and then you need to discuss where the other 4-4 goes in your XYZ structure).
July 13
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Karen, the 8-12 second threshold is just a measure of transient (short-term) attention, it's basically just a measure of how often someone's eyes move scanning from task to task. There are better measures of sustained/long-term attention (like how long someone can on average focus on a lecture, a bridge hand etc, before their focus starts decrease). Sustained attention has decreased too slowly b/c of the same issues (I hesitate to recall the most current statistics, I think it was like 20-40 minutes from when I once did major research project on this, and it had dropped like 3-5 from the previous average). To claim we all have the attention spans of an Amoeba or a Goldfish is a little extreme, despite how nicely jarring it sounds as an attention getter.
July 11
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Video games wouldn't kill us if we joined them. We need more bridge players on Twitch, on Youtube, etc. And we really need something more modern than bridgebase, an online community that feels like an online game community to younger people. Whether that's bridgebase evolving into that, or something new entirely.

The other main issue is recruitment trends. Bridge is dead among middle school, high school, and college aged players. The college base is arguably the healthiest among those groups, and it's crumbling because high school and middle school bridge doesn't exist, and we show up to a recruitment fair and 9/10 of the people we talk to don't know what bridge is, talk for a few minutes and leave to find the Poker club table, and we are grasping at anyone with experience or has a genuine interest to get into something new at this late stage in the development of their life-long recreational interests. That's issue #1 in my book. Let's get into middle schools and high schools like the rise of chess programs and then check back in on our declining population issue in 20 years.

Everything else isn't important. Yes cheating is bad and it's great we're taking steps to prevent that, yes it would be great if the ACBL was run perfectly but the people on these boards are legitimately trying whatever your views of them. Complaining about sectional/regional tournaments doesn't really matter even though it has its own issues, and complaints about system innovations being the downfall of bridge is a complete joke said by those too sentimental to let the game grow.
July 10
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