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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.


Jun
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comment Is A Good time Make a “Penalty” Double When Your Defensive Tricks Exceed Your “Allowance”?
In that case, maybe the time to double is when the opponents have a misfit, or for some reason can't seem to "stop" bidding.
Jun
29
revised Is A Good time Make a “Penalty” Double When Your Defensive Tricks Exceed Your “Allowance”?
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Jun
29
comment Is A Good time Make a “Penalty” Double When Your Defensive Tricks Exceed Your “Allowance”?
My sense is that if the opponents are bidding sensibly, they figure to either make their contract or only go down one. That's not enough of a margin to double on, unless your distribution, etc. suggests that they will go down (at least) TWO. With, say KQJT of their suit, you have three FORCED tricks, but with Jxxxx (even though it's longer), you're taking your chances.
Jun
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asked Is A Good time Make a “Penalty” Double When Your Defensive Tricks Exceed Your “Allowance”?
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29
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Jun
29
comment In Monopoly, Does It Make Sense NOT to Buy a “Second” Property in a Color Group?
@warren: The "official" rules say that a property will be auctioned--unless a "house rule" says otherwise. Sometimes a "house rule" will establish a minimum, or other parameters for an auction, rather than ruling it out altogether.
Jun
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accepted In Monopoly, Does It Make Sense NOT to Buy a “Second” Property in a Color Group?
Jun
28
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Jun
26
asked In Monopoly, Does It Make Sense NOT to Buy a “Second” Property in a Color Group?
Jun
25
answered In Axis and Allies, When (and How) Would You Adjust Your Opening Strategy?
Jun
24
revised Is there a way to point chess moves?
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Jun
24
comment Monopoly: Strategy in trading --how do I compute the expected value of a trade?
@dave: One opponent had the dark purples (and four houses on each). The other had two out of three oranges (and would get later the third). I had the most money and was desperate to get ANY monopoly, because I had none. They (brother and sister) laughed at me. Until I won.
Jun
24
comment Are Bishops more valuable than Knights?
@drm65: I USED to be good at chess. Some 35 years ago when I was the captain of my high school team. But haven't played much since then, am rusty. What is NOT rusty is my memory of concepts.
Jun
24
comment Are Bishops more valuable than Knights?
@drm65: Removing a knight pawn (in front of an enemy king) is HUGE. It is sometimes worth a piece by itself: N (or B) x g7, k recaptures. Or Rx f6, g7 x R.
Jun
24
revised Monopoly: Strategy in trading --how do I compute the expected value of a trade?
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Jun
24
answered Monopoly: Strategy in trading --how do I compute the expected value of a trade?
Jun
23
comment How many units do you use to attack a dead zone in Axis and Allies?
@scott: That's why you might want to add "+1" inf; i.e. 2, in this case. If you put an extra inf in a "dead zone," you're basically risking the 3 IPCs at stake in the territory.
Jun
23
comment Which property group colour gives the best ROI , undeveloped or fully developed, in Monopoly?
@drm65: Not a bad idea.
Jun
23
comment How many units do you use to attack a dead zone in Axis and Allies?
@scott: If x infantry gives me a 94% chance of winning, and x+1 infantry gives me a "100%" chance of winning, that's good enough for me. Maybe you want to use x+2 infantry to eliminate the chance that you'll have to sacrifice a fighter to save an infantry for occupation. But any more than that risk putting YOUR infantry into the dead zone.
Jun
23
answered How many units do you use to attack a dead zone in Axis and Allies?