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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.


Oct
4
comment What Are the Requirements for a “Jump” Bid Opposite a Takeout Double in Bridge?
With five cards in the spade suit, I'd add two points for a total of ten, right?
Sep
28
comment How do I Detect/Defend Against an Endplay In Bridge?
It's a good start.
Sep
27
comment In Bridge, What Is “Playing the Card You Are Known to Hold?”
@Aryabhata: OK, by playing the K on the second lead, which "you are known to hold," you are in effect "falsecarding" that you have Kx, when in fact you have Kxx, right?
Sep
27
comment In Bridge, What Is “Playing the Card You Are Known to Hold?”
@PatLudwig: Aryabhata's answers make me want to CONTINUE playing, after taking it up again after 20 years.
Sep
12
comment How Can I Identify How To Beat My Computer At Chess?
@Dave DePlantis: I have changed the heading, and added a last paragraph to narrow the scope of the question. Is the "revised" version of the question acceptable to you, that is, would you vote to re-open it as edited? If not, are there (minor) revisions that you would suggest to make it acceptable?
Sep
6
comment When is a backgammon not a backgammon?
Welcome to the site. An upvote to get you started.
Sep
2
comment In Bridge, What's the Difference Between the Blackwood And Gerber Conventions?
Welcome to the site. Thanks for your answer, which I have upvoted.
Aug
24
comment Russian Roulette Alternative?
@warbaker: I'm actually new at closing questions myself (barely on the site for 3 months). It struck me as a "borderline" question. Given that the user was new, I voted to close, on the theory that new users are more likely to ask borderline questions. If someone with high rep had asked it, I might have let it pass. But new users tend to attract more scrutiny.
Aug
23
comment In MTG, Can Rhox redirect its damage when it blocks?
@ire: I wouldn't call it terrible. But there appears to be a pretty even split of opinion on the related meta question, so I'll stop doing this.
Aug
23
comment In MTG, Can Rhox redirect its damage when it blocks?
Add the name of the game (an abbreviation, actually), to the heading.
Aug
22
comment In Bridge, What Are Some Defenses Against Squeezes?
I believe I knew about most of the individual elements of "blue," but never saw them as a unified whole. That's a very good, easy to remember acronym. And your point about attacking any given individual element is a good one also.
Aug
22
comment In Bridge, What Are Some Defenses Against Squeezes?
The last line is meant to be an "adjunct" to the main question. Perhaps I should move it, or even delete it altogether to make the question clearer.
Aug
22
comment In Bridge, Can I Ask About Previously Played Cards to the Current Trick?
Accept because of remark about card remaining in front of player in a tournament.
Aug
22
comment Russian Roulette Alternative?
Is this question on topic? Technically, the game can be played around a table with cards and dice, but "Russian roulette" is really a different animal with a different context. And the user is new.
Aug
22
comment What Makes Buildings Valuable In Puerto Rico?
Fair enough about "obstructive." But the idea seems to be to get "first past the post" (mahjong style), before others can come away with a higher score.
Aug
21
comment In Bridge, Can I Ask About Previously Played Cards to the Current Trick?
Your point seems to be, I can ask the question, but need to do it the "right" way. And if the cards are laid in front of players during a tournament (particularly duplicate or IMPs), then the point becomes moot.
Aug
21
comment What Makes Buildings Valuable In Puerto Rico?
Some buildings help you win by ending the game before the shippers can get full value for their goods. Obstructive, but enough of a reason to use buildings.
Aug
20
comment In Puerto Rico, When should I NOT take a Quarry when I have the opportunity to?
I edited your title by adding the name of the game. It's in the tags, but probably should be in the heading as well.
Aug
20
comment Is it better to learn to play bridge by reading about it, or just playing?
@aramis: It's hard to learn a bidding system WELL. But this will get our friend started with Standard American: home.comcast.net/~kwbridge/basics.htm.
Aug
18
comment Is it better to learn to play bridge by reading about it, or just playing?
@ella evans: If you think this, or any other answer is great, you should "upvote" it. I just did.