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Aug
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comment In bridge, are the two “equal vulnerabilities” basically equal?
@TomAu The point is that if you're wrong about whether the save is profitable (ie, being down three when you hoped to be down two or less), that's more expensive at all red than at all white.
Aug
14
comment In bridge, are the two “equal vulnerabilities” basically equal?
Even at game level, it can make quite a difference if you're playing IMPs. A close save against 4M is more appealing at all white, where being "wrong" means you only lose 80 points (420 vs 500); at all red, you lose 180 points (620 vs 800).
Aug
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Aug
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accepted Running an introductory bridge lesson
Aug
13
comment Running an introductory bridge lesson
I think you and I basically agree on the approach. I decided to go with two prepared lesson hands with no trumps and no bidding, and then two random hands afterward, with a minibridge "auction" (which is simple and deterministic) and the option of a trump suit. It went pretty well; I'd suggest you try a prepared hand next time. The idea is to avoid introducing too much, by making the lesson hand very simple, much simpler than a random deal would have been.
Aug
10
comment Running an introductory bridge lesson
I don't plan to make them slog through a bunch of incomprehensible "bidding" - what's the fun in me saying "bid one club; now bid one spade" if they don't even know what it means? As I said in my question, I plan to play minibridge, which has a greatly simplified auction phase, so that they can get to the immediately-fun part right away. I'm primarily interested in suggestions regarding teaching cardplay.
Aug
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Jun
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Jun
22
revised Can Band of Misfits be played as a reaction card?
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Jun
22
comment When playing Remodel in Dominion, must you gain a new card?
@bryn +buy and +action don't mean "you must buy something" or "you must play an action card"; rather, you have an imaginary stockpile of legal actions and legal buys, which those effects add to (unconditionally). In your action phase, you may play up to one action card per action you have, and in your buy phase you may buy up to one card per buy you have.
Jun
22
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Feb
7
comment In bridge, should you be more careful with takeout doubles over one spade?
Exactly! You naturally assume a non-terrible layout when you open 2nt with a 20-count, and a non-terrible lie of the opposing cards even if partner has nothing. You just need to make the same assumptions about takeout doubles, and you'll see that doubling 1S with that hand is right for the same reason. Don't be afraid to compete!
Feb
7
comment In bridge, should you be more careful with takeout doubles over one spade?
@TomAu I'm your LHO in 2NTX with xx xx AQT98 Kxxx, and I dare you to take more than four tricks. But yes, of course you count on partner to have something when you're opening. Similarly, you count on him to have something when you double for takeout.
Feb
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Feb
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answered In bridge, should you be more careful with takeout doubles over one spade?
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answered What are great gamer games that are still great for uncompetitive groups.