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I play a number of board and card games with varying degrees of skill, but using "algorithms" to avoid the most obvious mistakes. Depending on the game, if you can beat me, you are probably not a beginner, and perhaps a pretty good player.


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comment Is there a reasonable suit preference signal on this lead?
One of my preconditions for the suit preference signal was that West had three honors, meaning that he plans to "steamroll." If E has Q72 and South Jxx, playing the queen for a spade lead still works. East takes the ace of spades and South's jack is trapped. My convention "sort of" encourages E to discard his Q, unless dummy has Jxx. But in that case, South would see that also, and (probably) know what to do.
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Nov
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answered 4-4 high approach - why is the defensive approach prefered?
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Nov
11
comment Why would you not move pawn two spaces during first move in chess?
@gbianchi: This question is "on topic" here. It could go to chess SE, but I'd just as soon see chess SE "merged" with BCG. Leaving the question here would be a step in that direction.
Nov
11
answered Why would you not move pawn two spaces during first move in chess?
Nov
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What happens in Go if you “take back” a ko before making a ko threat?
Oct
27
accepted In bridge, how would you bid the “worst” 14 point hand?
Oct
27
comment Is there a viable “Japan First” strategy for the Allies in Axis and Allies?
Not a bad answer, but one of the premises of the question was that the Japan player was better than the German player. If the German player is good enough to "suicide" his fighters vs. shuck-shuck, you have a very good Japanese player.
Oct
27
comment In Axis and Allies, Can Infantry Building Lead to a “Stalemate” in the Early Going?
Welcome to the site. An upvote for a good answer.
Oct
26
comment Do you need more to “pre-empt” with a major, than a minor suit?
I just realized a couple things and am checking to make sure I got them right: 1) "That 3-level pre-empts in a major may typically be made on stronger hands than in a minor is because the top=end of minor preempts tend to open a Gambling 3NT instead." So even if true, "effect has no relation to cause." 2) If we have a nine card (or better) major suit fit, the "flattest" fit you'll have is 8-7-7-(4), but as a practical matter, you are likely to have TWO "eight card" (or better) fits. And if so, two chances out of three you'll have an eight card major. Thanks for your help.
Oct
24
answered What happens if you go go bankrupt trying to pay the bank?
Oct
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revised In bridge, do people go through cycles of under- and -over bidding?
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comment In bridge, do people go through cycles of under- and -over bidding?
@PieterGeerkens: But "expert" standards change from era to era, and twenty years from now, at least some of what we do today would be considered mistakes given the knowledge of the (later) time. So a related question might be, what did experts do before the promulgation of the "law of total tricks" that might have been acceptable at the time, but might be considered mistakes today?
Oct
10
comment Running an introductory bridge lesson
@SimonRose: I think my answer was misunderstood. I do NOT a allow "competitive" bidding on the first lesson; no overcalls, balancing, takeout doubles, or pre-empts, and no conventions. Basically, the first team to bid gets to bid to their maximum, then we play; hopefully the next time, someone else gets to bid. But I want people to get a "taste" of bidding the first session.
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