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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.


Sep
15
comment In Settlers of Catan, is it possible to avoid “losing a won game?”
@AlexP: I think that's what I meant.
Sep
15
comment In Settlers of Catan, is it possible to avoid “losing a won game?”
@AlexP: I'm a bit confused myself. But my understanding (in some variants of the game) is that you can draw a development card that increases your VP requirement by one from 10 to 11 points. So if you have 10 points at the beginning of the turn and draw such a card, you've "thrown away" your win. Then my question was, "can you be 'headed off at the pass?'"
Sep
15
comment In Settlers of Catan, is it possible to avoid “losing a won game?”
OK, so even though I have 10 points, I don't win until it's my turn, because someone else could get 10 points on their turn. And even though I got 10 points first, they had their (10 point) TURN first.
Sep
14
comment Creative handicaps in Settlers of Catan?
A handicap restricting the number of cities and settlements would hurt less skilled players because they wouldn't know how to get the 10-point win under the new rules. (Unless the idea is to get a lot of drawn games.) It should go the other way, 6 cities and 5 settlements, giving newbies more chances to win by getting lucky.
Sep
14
comment Are there good two player rules for resource trading in Settlers of Catan?
"I cut and you choose."
Sep
10
comment How do I bid using “weak Stayman” (or garbage stayman)
@Aryabhata: Does "garbage Stayman" refer to the garbage in the hand? Or is it a pejorative reference to the system?
Sep
9
comment How do I bid using “weak Stayman” (or garbage stayman)
@Aryabhata: Then my example above was OK, five diamonds, four spades, three hearts, one club. Because you need 3-3-5-2 (or better) right?
Sep
9
comment How do I bid using “weak Stayman” (or garbage stayman)
@Aryabhata: Would you bid 2 diamonds (Jacoby transfer) with a Yarborough and six hearts? Does weak Stayman operate on the same principle?
Sep
9
comment How do I bid using “weak Stayman” (or garbage stayman)
let us continue this discussion in chat
Sep
9
comment How do I bid using “weak Stayman” (or garbage stayman)
Not "obtuseness." The argument against weak Stayman is that you would gain a similar (or only slightly better) result than passing with proper use, and you could do worse with IMproper use.
Sep
9
comment How do I bid using “weak Stayman” (or garbage stayman)
Regarding -500 or -800; 1NT with 15 HCP and nothing in dummy stands to make four tricks, down three. Just an "occupational hazard" for this rare event. With two of a seven card suit, about the same. But two of an eight card suit, more like down two. "Damage control."
Sep
9
comment How do I bid using “weak Stayman” (or garbage stayman)
Your answer clears up this issue.
Sep
3
comment What is the “shuck-shuck” strategy?
@quinestor: "Guaranteed" as by Don Raw. Which is why I put it in quotation marks.
Aug
28
comment In bridge, how much support do you need to raise a responder?
@ruds: OK, changed "strength" to "support."
Aug
28
comment Why Do People Use “Precision” Bidding in Bridge?
@ruds: I was taught to play bridge in the 1960s by a teacher born in 1896. Played most of my bridge before 1973. That explains my "old fashioned way of looking at things."
Jun
16
comment Does one need to bid Stayman with a flat distribution?
@ruds: Fixed, only 3 diamonds.
May
22
comment Is there a Diplomacy variant that does not contain stalemate lines?
@tttppp: All OTHER things being equal, what you said is true. But one more supply center makes it easier to get "18 out of 35" than "18 out of 34" because 35 is an odd number.
May
22
comment Can people win at Diplomacy using a “Qin strategy?”
It's close enough. "Qin" preached a particular strategy but didn't follow it dogmatically. And that's probably the key.
May
22
comment What is the point in disclosure of the bidding system to opponents?
@Jefromi: Your question has been more or less asked and answered here: boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/522/…. Basically, any system is legal as long as you disclose it. So to answer the question, disclosing "legitimizes" a system.
May
22
comment What is the point in disclosure of the bidding system to opponents?
@qble: In chess, you can SEE everything. Whether you "understand" it or not is up to you. In bridge, opponents are supposed to be able to "hear" everything, and not in Swahili either, as Monica pointed out. But of course, you hope that they don't fully understand.