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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.


Aug
14
comment In bridge, are the two “equal vulnerabilities” basically equal?
@amalloy: In your example, you are down three, which is a lot to pay for a saved game (except at favorable vulnerability). In my example, you are down two, a more "normal" level.
Aug
14
asked In bridge, are the two “equal vulnerabilities” basically equal?
Aug
12
comment Are there hands that should be opened at the one level in first or second seat, and with a “weak two” opposite a passing partner?
+1 for citing Bergen and Cohen (two of my favorite players).
Aug
12
accepted Are there hands that should be opened at the one level in first or second seat, and with a “weak two” opposite a passing partner?
Aug
11
asked Are there hands that should be opened at the one level in first or second seat, and with a “weak two” opposite a passing partner?
Aug
11
comment civ 2 tech writing
@bwarner: Civ II. I'm assuming that the OP is referring to the board version of the game, whose rules are analagous to, but obviously not the same as, the computer version.
Aug
10
awarded  Notable Question
Aug
10
answered Running an introductory bridge lesson
Aug
10
answered civ 2 tech writing
Aug
6
revised Are there times when a hand with a seven card suit is too strong for a three level pre-empt?
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Aug
6
accepted Are there times NOT to bid 1NT with 15 high card points and a balanced hand?
Aug
6
answered Are there times when a hand with a seven card suit is too strong for a three level pre-empt?
Aug
6
revised Are there times when a hand with a seven card suit is too strong for a three level pre-empt?
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Aug
6
answered What are good ways to learn to “read” a sequence of moves mentally?
Aug
6
answered Do strong Go players play simuls, like in chess? Do they ever play blindfolded?
Aug
4
revised How should hands that are EXTREMELY strong in one suit (10+ cards) be bid?
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Aug
4
comment Are there times when a hand with a seven card suit is too strong for a three level pre-empt?
@PieterGeerkens: I play bridge for "social" reasons, not for competitive reasons. So I choose my bridge circles based on things other than their bridge abilities, then try to make the best of it, bridgewise.
Aug
4
comment Are there times when a hand with a seven card suit is too strong for a three level pre-empt?
Partner can win at least the seven spade tricks in her own hand. If I get in minimum response (say 1NT) meaning that I have 1-2 tricks, partner can profitably sacrifice against opposing any game contract. With my actual hand, I'd bid 3NT, and she'd bid 4 spades (we can make either).
Aug
3
comment Are there times when a hand with a seven card suit is too strong for a three level pre-empt?
@Aryabhata: Here's to you (and Ruds). What if I tell you that we bid three spades on "any seven cards, even 8765432" at favorable vulnerability, seven to the Q at equal vulnerability and seven to the KQ or QJT if vulnerable versus not, with no side honors? I'd love to see an extra jack to say, KQxxxxx, either in suit or not, but can't be sure of getting it.
Aug
3
comment Are there times when a hand with a seven card suit is too strong for a three level pre-empt?
Interesting. The "difference" between your partners and mine is that your partners are likely to have the "two jacks" (or equivalent), and mine might not. (And unknown to me at the time, the focus of the question was the two jacks, not the side ace.)