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Feb
6
comment What are the preconditions for a trump promotion in bridge?
@PieterGeerkens: Amended the question per your suggestion.
Feb
2
comment Castling when in check
@hkBst: You're reading my answer correctly. From what I understand, the "law" was established a long time (over 100 years) ago. So it may or may not be supported by recent results or tournament play.
Jan
31
comment Castling when in check
I have removed the "opinion based" part of the question and suggest that it NOT be closed. What's left can be answered by reference to the chess literature.
Jan
30
comment Do most good pre-empters do so within “tight” point ranges?
With regard to Pieter's comment, given 6 of 13 cards in a suit, you also want your pro rata share (or better) of high cards, say KJT (4.5 out of 10.5, counting the T as 0.5).
Jan
29
comment Do most good pre-empters do so within “tight” point ranges?
@PieterGeerkens: I amended the question to most "good" pre-empters in the title and "expert" pre=empters in the body. That rules out the weak ones. The last sentence also refers to "systems or experts."
Jan
27
comment What is the “En passant” rule in chess?
@Rainbolt: I appreciate this. Thanks.
Jan
27
comment What is the “En passant” rule in chess?
@Rainbolt: I added "by one side." If all eight of Black's pawns were on the fifth rank, none of White's would make it to the fourth. I'll grant you that Black could have four fifth rank captures, and then White could move four pawns to the fifth rank and make four captures of the remaining Black pawns.
Jan
27
comment What is the “En passant” rule in chess?
@GendoIkari: I believe that the last paragraph does add something over and above the accepted answer. Especially with the addition of a new first sentence and the moving of the new last sentence.
Jan
25
comment Does the “Rule of 15” suggest that you should pass with 13 points (and short spades) in fourth seat?
Your answer does answer the question asked, IMHO. Granted, it answers a "figurative" as opposed to "literal" interpretation, but I'm all about "figurative," as you seem to know. I also ask about "edge" cases a lot, and this is one example.
Jan
25
comment Does the “Rule of 15” suggest that you should pass with 13 points (and short spades) in fourth seat?
A very good reason to pass. You don't want to open a basically "borderline" or even hand against your strongest opponents.
Jan
3
comment Recording Settlers of Catan games?
This answer pointed out a key difference between Catan (the luck factor) and Go (no luck), and suggested a way "around" the problem. That's good enough for an answer.
Jan
3
comment Can you suspect false carding from the following situation?
Coming from me, a question would be IMPS or rubber, because I am not familiar with Matchpoints. It's been 40 years since I've played that version of bridge.
Jan
3
comment Can you suspect false carding from the following situation?
Thanks for your help/guidance in improving my question. I'll grant you that this sequence "works to defenders' advantage more frequently." But the price seems awfully high, because declarer would benefit more from one 36% chance (3-3 split with Jack high because the Queen was dumped) than with four 8% chances (exactly Qx with East). And the first is what was created to produce the illusion of the second. Not to mention the other possibility you brought up.
Jan
3
comment Can you suspect false carding from the following situation?
@PieterGeerkens: I changed the first two sentences so that the bidding and vulnerability information matches the link. Reminder noted.
Dec
30
comment Can one use alternate evaluation methods, e.g. “K&R” to defend actions that appear to violate your convention card?
FWIW, I would just say that "K&R" is a widely accepted evaluation method supported by software" and then attach a link to the software itself.
Dec
30
comment Can one use alternate evaluation methods, e.g. “K&R” to defend actions that appear to violate your convention card?
@AdamWildavsky: Ok, fixed. Thanks for the heads up.
Dec
29
comment Can one use alternate evaluation methods, e.g. “K&R” to defend actions that appear to violate your convention card?
@PieterGeerkens: Probably ask questions. I don't think most directors would impose penalties unless they are quite sure that there is a violation.
Dec
28
comment Under what circumstances is a declare allowed to “pause” upon seeing the dummy?
OK, so the rules are slightly different for declarer, since he plays both his hand and dummy. That is, dummy is not allowed to "play," and therefore the declarer's pause doesn't give him unauthorized information. If any is generated, the only beneficiaries are the opponents.
Dec
23
comment Should “100 or 150 honors” allow you to open light?
@PieterGeerkens: The point of the question (as revised), is "Do the honors (including 1 T) signal that the holding is stronger than its nominal value? (That is, "10" is really worth 11?) In your other example, you convinced me that your "11 hcp" holding with tens and nines was actually worth 12.
Dec
23
comment If you are fourth seat after a third seat raise, can you make a takeout double with “intermediate” values?
@PieterGeerkens: I did say 12 with 4-4-4-1. The "intermediates" work well with the J's so I would evaluate the hand as 12. Replace the T and two 9s with lower cards and I would NOT double with that hand in second seat because those intermediates are probably on the other side.