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“…terminated and assigned a drawn outcome” is from the part of the paper describing the Monte Carlo tree search. It doesn't mean it's playing under different rules.

Early chess programs were very bad at endgames. Most decent players if they could get to an endgame could defeat a much superior chess program. Yes, I think ending any games early and assigning a result isn't following the rules of the game.
3 hours ago
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If your bidding 1 on 3 what do you do with 5 or 6 ?
3 hours ago
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Couple things.
Article says “Note that the complexity of Go is significantly larger than in chess”. Actually Go has more possible positions than chess. The rules for Go are order of magnitudes simpler than Chess or Shogi which makes AI self-learning Go simpler.

“The version of Stockfish used was not the last one but, more importantly, it was run in its released version run on a normal PC, while AlphaZero was ran using considerable higher processing power.” Running opponent on an inferior machine might give some advantage!

“Also, the games that exceeded a maximum number of steps were terminated with a draw outcome (this maximum number of steps is not provided).” So if too complicated you just say draw. Chess and Go games often get complicated that is where the computer beats the human and this program can't do it. Not impressed.
6 hours ago
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5 on such a weak club suit at MP is a complete crap shot. South has shown clubs, so if North had a fit it could of shown it. 3N is LA anyways so if it is determined there is UI any bid over 3N could be rolled back.
If I was gonna try anything it would be 4 so maybe can play in nice 5-2 4.
7 hours ago
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Any conventional defense is allowed over openings of 2 or higher in GCC. So Fishbein allowed over weak 2's and 3's.
9 hours ago
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment 8 hours ago
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In Mike Lawrence's Overcall book: Talking about overcalling a 4-card major says you should never overcall a 4-card diamond suit.
Hand 1: I think Lawrence would suggest 1.
22 hours ago
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I have never hear of figuring things out in the middle of auction, but have seen someone figure this out when dummy was laid down and there were duplicate cards.
They had to play the contract with the correct cards and no it was not even considered whether their bidding matched their hand.
Dec. 13
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Nice. I hope they play some nice duplicate in New Year!
Dec. 12
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Why do you need a rule to cancel alerts? There is already a rule requiring 2 exact copies of a cc. Why make a new rule to not enforce, if your not going to enforce the first rule?

Handing out SAYC cards, go for it!
Dec. 12
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“However, the current Disciplinary Code was so outdated that cheating was not even mentioned”
Wow, that is very bad.
Dec. 12
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In my statistics course one of the things that was talked about is the bias in polls with odd number of answers versus even number of answers. True that was for choices 123 or 12 but it's very easy to make a poll biased.
Dec. 12
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment Dec. 12
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Can't show & in one bid and probably not good enough to bid at 5-level so West did pretty well best they could.
Dec. 12
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If you want to be a true poll you need to have more choices like no blame, equal or other. Abstained.
Dec. 12
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They open 10 counts. 7 loser 13 count is non-min.
Dec. 11
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Goodness. Leading Q from KQ does not mean your playing Rusinow leads. Even standard lead marked on CC for KQT9 at NT is Q.

Second case: It does sound like the director was called asap. Just got it wrong.
Dec. 11
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Yes, and have to discard only even card means the chance you won't have a honest discard goes up even higher. So why play odd/even if you really can only discard even?
Dec. 9
ATB
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What do you call easts diamonds?
trump
Dec. 9
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I could never understand why odd even discards are so popular? All discards you can be stuck but odd even there is greater chance.
against nt if you discard an odd card you can be discarding a trick!
Dec. 9
Steven Mcgrahan edited this comment Dec. 9
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What's fishy? You allowed them to make their own ruling.
It's only unethical if they didn't know the ruling didn't apply.
Dec. 6
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Hmm I hadn't noticed partner had done that.
Dec. 6
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