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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.


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.
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.