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Nobody is required to play whatever they scribbled on their convention card. You can bid whatever you like. The convention card doesn't even have to show the “partnership agreement” if there is one. Since we are talking about useful rule changes. It makes a mess for the director too.

Sometimes partner makes me play something that sucks like gambling 3NT so I never do it. I'm hardly immune.
April 21
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They have self learning computers now. They get an electric shock when they do bad. A green LED glow when they do good. Repeat a hundred million times. Then they play bridge better than any human. And curse partner like r lee ermey. I don't know how they learn that but they do. It's part of the learn bridge process.
April 21
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Whenever someone fails to return partner's lead they get an electric shock.
April 20
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Robert Putnam of Harvard “Bowling Alone” documents the decline of all group activities. I'm not from Hopkins generation but I think the invention of TV killed family get togethers.
April 20
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My bidding comment. If 2 doesn't promise a four card major, east can't bid 4.
April 19
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run the ten of diamonds.
April 18
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I was looking for an order of magnitude. Is it a hundred, a thousand, a hundred thousand.

There are 17,000 people that made over $20K on OPR. Next year, will we see they same people making another $20K? Do the people that made a milion dollars this year lose two million dollars next year?

Somebody makes a living as a poker pro just as someone makes a living as a golf pro or a tennis pro. I wouldn't be surprised if its around 100 people but I don't know.

Do we know how many bridge pros there are? Not people who direct and teach a little bit but make a living at it.
April 16
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See if anyone here knows. How many professional poker players have been playing over a decade and haven't gone broke yet?
April 15
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I do want to add that words change meaning all the time and there's nothing particularly unusual about that. It seems gender means something it didn't use to mean but that's the way things are.
April 15
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People have sex. Things have gender. The misuse of the word gender has sort of caught on.
April 15
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I think you are correctly saying a world champion and a noob will struggle against two serviceable players. Historically we've had real good parity and the non-lifemasters that played were our better NLMs. Today a lot of those people have become life masters and it's hard to say. I'm worried a lot of three point players might stay home.
April 14
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Make him play gold rush until he commits seppuku. Perfect.
April 14
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Maybe playing at bridge is the only thing these people can still do. I recently lost a game because someone too senile to know where she is revoked on the last hand. I didn't figure it out until the game was over and I got a hand record. All your normal clues about what is happenning in a hand don't work against people with no brains left. Of course what difference does it really make since beating people with no clue isn't on my list of goals.

Anyway helping people with no brains left can get pretty disruptive but I do the best I can. Like driving while old, at some point you have to call it for the safety of the community.
April 14
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People who's brains are gone. People who can't follow suit or otherwise play their hands as required by law. Slow play is another problem and not necessarily due to senile people.

Folks who can't play e-w because they aren't mobile, but can't use the bridgemates either. We can ask the e-w to enter the score but a lot of players choose to play e-w because they don't know how to use the bridgemates.
April 14
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You charge their estate.
April 14
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You mention physical handicaps. What do you about the folks 100 years old and don't have it anymore?
April 14
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By champion power rating holding a 1499er game would disinvite 8 of the top ten players at my club. It would disinvite 30 players most of whom are pretty good.

If they want to hold a game I can't play in, they can ask me to direct it.

I started an eight is enough swiss game about a year ago. There has been very good parity. All I really needed to do was keep the four best players from being on the same team. The thing that was unbalancing was the GNT- flight C team that finished third in Toronto came from Santa Barbara but today they are all life masters (2 point players).
April 14
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Really? That happened in our club. This dude openned a 10-12 point no trump with 9 points. So do we have him drawn and quartered? Take away his acbl card? Make him play with all his cards upside down?
April 14
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You hold up the third round of spades and duck a club to east's ten. So heart to the queen ace. spade switch taken with the queen. King ace of clubs. Second round of spades is ducked. If they play a third round of spades, then you duck a club to the ten. If they switch back to hearts then queen and a third club to the jack.
April 14
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If I had Ax I may have a genuine squeeze where the person with Qxx has other responsibilities. So yes I often cash the A early particularly if I need it as an entry, then cash everything else, then K J.

And if I don't have a genuine squeeze or a prayer of a squeeze, yes I'll go through the motion and make them figure out what to keep.
April 13
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