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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 Can Russia make a truce with Japan (without USA/UK knowing)?
Related: boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/3615/…
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revised How do the Allies win, given that Russia is falling!
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asked Can the Russia no first turn attack rule be realistically extended for more turns?
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answered Bridge-response after intervening bid
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comment Dan levels: difference between amateur and professional?
@EOL: The 6-8 dan amateurs are often capable of surprising a pro at one-, two- and three-stone games (because they are stronger at ONE aspect of the game than a weak pro). A five or six dan amateur is strong enough to teach, and Japan has a bunch of "teaching pros" at about that strength. But only the pros can compete in pro tournaments, that is, the Go equivalent of "Grand Slam" events in tennis.
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answered Dan levels: difference between amateur and professional?
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comment Is there a reasonable suit preference signal on this lead?
In the actual example, West led "fourth best" from AKTxx, declarer took the Q of diamonds, cashed five club tricks, then AK of hearts, and finally A of spades (East had the k), making nine tricks. The whole point is that you don't want South making the Q, so West should lead a high honor, then let East come to him with a finesse. E doesn't want a spade lead to South's AQ, so he (probably) plays a 7, asking for a heart lead. If he comes in with the K of spades, he leads a diamond through South for the finesse. If E has 4 diamonds, and S 3, and N 2, West only has AKTx and the finesse is vital.
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comment Is there a reasonable suit preference signal on this lead?
@CashCow: I'd lead the Ace. And if the T is in the dummy, East's play is no longer a suit preference signal, so I'd lead the king and hope to "steamroll" if East discourages, or lead low to the J (or Q) if East encourages. The reason it's a suit preference signal in the question is because all the opposing values are in the South hand, so think "finesse."
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answered In Axis and Allies, do infantry units start at the industrial complex or anywhere I want?
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reviewed Leave Open How do the Allies win, given that Russia is falling!
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comment Is there a reasonable suit preference signal on this lead?
@CashCow: If West leads K from AK9xx, its obvious that he leads the K next to drop the T. Then forces out the queen with the third round. (And leading K from AK9xx, treating the 9 as an honor, is "bending the rules).
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answered Is there a reasonable suit preference signal on this lead?
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answered How do the Allies win, given that Russia is falling!
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revised Chess: Move 2 pawns one space each as first move
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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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answered 4-4 high approach - why is the defensive approach prefered?
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