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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.


Jan
26
comment In Bridge, Is There A Way To Shorten “Reaction Time” For “Real Time” Play
Welcome to the site. Thanks your answer. An upvote to get you started.
Jan
17
comment How often should I bluff in poker?
@KarlKnechtel: Another consideration is the "speed" of the GAME. Some games are "fast" with a lot of bluffing going on. In such cases, you should (almost) "always" have them when you bet--to catch bluffs and slow the game down. Other games are "slow" with few bluffs and few calls. In such cases, you should sometimes bet when you don't "have them" (bluff) to "steal" money and speed the game up.
Jan
16
comment What does it mean to check behind?
It is a real advantage to check (bet, or raise) "behind," (after everyone else has acted) which is why you can play weaker cards than usual on the "button," or "last" position.
Jan
16
comment How often should I bluff in poker?
@ire_and_curses: A "button cycle" is a cycle in which the "button" (that determines the dealer and the blinds) has been around to each person once. It's actually the same number of games as the number of players at the table.
Jan
9
comment What Is the Preferred Strategy For the US in Axis and Allies? Why?
@sixtyfootersdude: I was talking about METHODOLOGY, not contribution. What you said is true, that other nations did most of the work. But in this context, the discussion was about the historical sequence of events, in contrast with proposed game strategies.
Jan
6
comment New idea in Sicilian for white?
@picakhu:Is the idea of 3e5 questionable? I would say that depends on what kind of game you're in, and who your opponent is.
Dec
13
comment What is the difference between thickness and heavy stones?
@BilltheLizard: Heavy stones are such because they are NOT safe. If they were, they'd be "thick."
Dec
7
comment What is the best way to respond to this pincer joseki deviation?
@shujaa:Great, thanks so much.
Dec
6
comment Strategy for studying professional games?
"almost everything that happens in a pro game is an even trade." Unless one of the (pro) players (or a third pro) says it's not.
Nov
17
comment Taking back turns, and forgotten privileges
Good point: "Forget once, shame on you. Forget twice, shame on me."
Nov
14
comment What is “Playing For Top or Bottom” In Bridge?
then "playing safe" is going WITH the field, up or down, as the case may be, right? Put another way, "it's all relative."
Nov
14
comment What is “Playing For Top or Bottom” In Bridge?
OK, if you play DIFFERENTLY from others (safety play or gambling), you will get a different score from others, i.e., "going against the field." Which means a top if your score is higher, and a bottom if it is lower. You usually won't be "average."
Nov
13
comment Take out double at first opportunity to double?
@Hazel Dee: Welcome to the site. An upvote to get you started.
Nov
7
comment Should I Use A “Negative Double” Over a Possible “Short Club” Bid And Overcall in Bridge?
@Aryabhata: Maybe the question badly worded but there are actually two non-specific issues here. One is, are there times when it is wrong to raise a "short" club, even though I would raise a five card major. The second issue is, is this a situation when a negative double is better than a "bid." I've heard of it, although frankly, I don't fully understand it. More to the point, this partner doesn't understand it either. Why don't you answer the question to make a case for the negative double? Feel free to re-word it if you need to.
Oct
31
comment In Bridge, Why Do People Use “Transfer Bids” Over 1 NT?
Ok, the responder gets two bids, one artificial (which forces the opener to "convert,)" and the second a real one.
Oct
27
comment In Poker is it true that “you must give action to get action”?
Yes, if I see that my hands with high pairs are getting too much "respect," I'll raise with pairs down to 8-8. I don't mind "stealing the blinds" with 8-8, like I would with A-A.
Oct
25
comment What is the Purpose of a “Ducking” Play In Bridge?
If you give away the setting trick by ducking, then you have to take your top cards and hope for the best, right? Because if the opponent's "secondaries" don't drop, you'll go down anyway.
Oct
22
comment In Bridge, Can I Ask About Previously Played Cards to the Current Trick?
thanks for the answer. An upvote to keep you going.
Oct
12
comment In Bridge, Does It Make Sense to Pre-empt in Fourth Seat?
@Aryabhata: Edited title per your suggestion.
Oct
8
comment In Bridge, Is it Sometimes Good to Lead an Opponent's Suit on Defense?
The auction was 1d, 1s, 2d, 2s, 3d, 3s, 4d, 4s. That's what I meant by "alternating diamond and spade bids, neither bidder supporting the other." Opponents had 29-30 points to compensate for only 7 spades, just made it.