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Perdonal score is a waste. For someone u already have a card with you still need a personal score. So you use a page in full colour and dont use. I have seen personal score sheets printed with scores on both sides.
July 18
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3N in addition to being a massive overbid is suggesting they cant trust partner's judgement.
All jumps to game are not 100% sigboff.
Partner is allowed to make descisions based on ehat partner hss shown.
If partner cant understand this you will have more disasters.
July 18
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment July 18
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In ACBL just not denying denying 4 would not be alertable.
West has 6. Often 1NT is showing 5+ (KI).
It is hard to not to think west wasn't showing spades and alert was forgotten.
July 11
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment July 11
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Is this mp or imp?
July 9
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Sometimes a particular perfume can cause someone problems no matter the level. This will be difficult to enforce to everyone's satisfaction.
July 7
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I knew clubs didn't have to ZT. I didn't know ACBL tournaments didn't have to have ZT. I know ACBL doesn't run most tournaments but MacDonald's still has Big Macs if its run by a franchise.
Either Zero tolerance is important in which case it should be for all tournaments or it's not and just have the old rules.
July 6
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I always thought the are GNT qualifier was great. There is so little opportunity to play IMPS of any caliber and your playing against best in area. And nobody complained you were playing up either!

Alas, now in Canada you just show up at championship and pay your entry. Maybe this is better but is less fun.
July 6
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Board or Directors Board of Governors. Does it matter? A lot of these items look like something mid management would decide in a normal company.
July 6
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Gib used double dummy simulations based on multiple sample hands using the bidding. Once DD analysis tells Gib a card doesn't matter Gib feels free to discard/play the card.
Even if the card is an Honour(even an ace) or a spot card that likely matters in a non double dummy world.
July 6
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment July 7
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To answer V Vijcic's question Gib isn't thinking. Dominic is correct.
July 6
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I don't know how method is playable.
Op says double shows a strong hand with 4.
Is matchpoints surely you can't pass if short in at matchpoints.
How strong is strong? Unless strong is defined fairly low you are going to lose matchpoints in the bidding.
July 5
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Don't worry the robot is so well behaved it counts for you both :)
July 5
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Item 182-27BR: Expand Zero Tolerance PolicySerious stiffening and broadening of ZT

“Forcing this policy down to units running sectionals could be problematic.”

You mean I could have been as rude as I wanted at Sectionals all this time? What have I been missing out on? lol

Seriously, I thought ZT was at every ACBL event otherwise what was the point in the policy?
July 5
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment July 5
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Falsecarding routinely is just brutal for the defense. Declarer can falsecard at will who cares if you fool dummy. But on defense declarer has advantage as can see dummy every falsecard on defense could cause partner to misplay.

Gib uses virtually no signalling and makes no use of cards played to confirm or deny other cards. So Gib is immune to it's own falsecarding but also often has no way to tell partner to lead a suit.
July 5
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I dont think it is so much as solvable. It's that there are complete rules which are well defined. Go and checkers are fairly similar in terms of complexity of rules. But in terms of possible situations Go is way more complicated than checkers.

Checkers for computers is essentially tic-tac-toe now and had programs that could handle world champions I believe as early as the 1980's.

Go is still a finite game and computers can do well by normal methods. That they have been programmed by self-learning methods is a major accomplishment. But Go is a game with very well defined simple rules and complete information.
July 4
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M Shuster “Chess and Go are games of complete information. Poker has 2 unknown cards and only 4 plays. Bridge has 26 unknown cards and 13 plays. Poker is closer. But bridge is NOTHING like Go or Chess as far as AI programming goes.”
R Willey “After the AI figured out the basics, you just have a pair of them play against each other for a few man centuries and viola… ”

Shuster is correct. Bridge is a much more difficult game to program AI. That there is a way to get the program to teach itself doesn't change the difficulty to learn the game. In chess there isn't an unknown thing that will happen. In bridge you never have complete information during the bidding. During the play you often do not have complete information until late in the hand.

If these guys have found a way to programme bidding without competition, good for them. They are still a long way away from programing a complete bridge program that is a good player.
July 4
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I think irrelevant and “think it doesn't matter”are similar meanings. I was making no comment on the suitability of your example.
July 4
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Because Gib thinks in terms of DD it often determines a high spot card is irrelevant and uses it as a discard or while following.
Humans aren't playing double dummy this spot card sometimes allows them to make a 100% play that they could have gone down had Gib just played it's lowest card.
July 4
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment July 4
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OP didnt suggest forcing, said good hand. That said there are all sorts of reasons not to play Leb here.
July 4
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If 3N was cold N wouldn't have bid 3.
July 3
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