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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
2
comment What are good reasons to lead dummy's first bid suit?
I am trying to do original research. E.g. identifying hands in clusters, trying to find which are squeeze prone, which others lend themselves to a long suit game, etc. I've "backtested" this work on a small sample of hands from books, and need to enlarge the sample sizes in e.g. Monte Carlo simulations. As a mathematician, you probably understand what I'm trying to do.
Dec
31
comment How do people build a Magic deck once they have a general starting point?
Welcome to the site. An upvote for a good answer.
Dec
31
comment What are good reasons to lead dummy's first bid suit?
Forgot about the singleton in dummy's suit, and the ruffing possibility. Good point. As for "breaking up a squeeze on the opening lead," I'm trying to design algorithms to recognize when this is likely to happen. See my reply to my commenter.
Dec
31
comment What are good reasons to lead dummy's first bid suit?
@user6477: No, it's the other way. I'm trying to find out if this isn't a good lead that should be made more often. My theory is that if dummy has 6-8 hcps, (probably one entry in the bid suit, one side entry), you should try to attack those (scarce) entries.
Dec
30
comment How do people build a Magic deck once they have a general starting point?
@Jefromi: "The process of building, once you have a direction to go in." I presume that's more objective.
Dec
30
comment How do people build a Magic deck once they have a general starting point?
I have tried to make the question objective by asking how people actually build magic decks, instead of how they "decide."
Dec
29
comment In bridge, how would you bid the “worst” 14 point hand?
OK, a "random" T (e.g. KT of clubs) doesn't do so much but T behind QJ in spades is worth quite a lot, right? I also consider QJTx worth about four points.
Dec
29
comment In bridge, how would you bid the “worst” 14 point hand?
Actually, I put in the T because I thought it would take the hand just "under," not to, 15 (a second T or well-placed 9 would have put it over). But what you do without the T?
Dec
29
comment In bridge, how would you bid the “worst” 14 point hand?
@ji8e: (Mostly) good points. IMHO, the spots could be worth something. I play that T9 is worth a point behind a QJ (essentially you have three "jacks,") but not in say, KT9. Likewise, TWO QJT sequences are worth a little extra. Again, the Ts really upgrade the Js.
Dec
29
comment In bridge, how would you bid the “worst” 14 point hand?
@sitnaltax: One club! I had entirely overlooked this option.
Dec
28
comment In Puerto Rico, does it make sense to shift to a corn-based strategy mid-game?
Basically, it seems that a "corn only" strategy doesn't quite work, but a corn "almost only" strategy can work.
Dec
27
comment How do people build a Magic deck once they have a general starting point?
@Jefromi: I think that's the question "How do people decide what kind of deck to build?"
Dec
27
comment How do people build a Magic deck once they have a general starting point?
@user1873:Fair enough. I have done my best to improve the title-content "match."
Dec
26
comment Do “interaction” effects cause people to buy buildings in tandem in Puerto Rico?
@MonicaCellio: In the answer to this question, boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/4093/…, the answerer wrote: "The question is not what buildings have good synergy with each other. The question is what buildings have good synergies with your particular strategy." I say "each other" is a very important effect in and of itself. You seem to be more clear-headed than most. I have read that Artificial Intelligence (AI) players are more likely to adopt building strategies than human players, perhaps because they understand this better.
Dec
25
comment Do “interaction” effects cause people to buy buildings in tandem in Puerto Rico?
@MonicaCellio: I'm referring to the back that you score 4 VP for owning building X and 1 VP for owning building Y in isolation, for a total of five; but if you already own building Y, you get five points for building X (this includes a bonus point for building Y) for a total of 6. This is what I call the "interaction effect, which I consider a key part of PR. Apparently few other people take this into account, at least explicitly. I believe it's at the heart of this question boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/2202/…
Dec
23
comment Is “finesses wrong for declarer” a good reason to double a (bridge) contract?
Good use of a table.
Dec
9
comment In bridge, are there different implications of overcalling 1NT in different positions?
I guess the "real" question was "What am I doing wrong bidding 1NT?" and the "official" question was, "Am I "overcalling" 1NT wrongly given my position. But the question began: "Suppose I had a hand like the following:... If I were the opening bidder, I would, of course, bid 1NT." It's the difference between what the Japanese call "honte" and "tatamae."
Dec
9
comment In bridge, are there different implications of overcalling 1NT in different positions?
Call it 14.25 for seven deuces, 14.5 with a 9, and 15.0 with an additional T. Your points are all very good. These are the "real" reason for my upvoting and accepting the answer, even though it "technically" doesn't answer the questions.
Dec
9
comment In bridge, are there different implications of overcalling 1NT in different positions?
I knew that I needed to take a "discount" on this hand, which is why I made the example 16 points "nominal" (presumably 15 points "real"), but I didn't realize that the discount needed to be 1.5-2. Also, I actually believe that the five card major needs to be overridden from time to time, but I've been castigated (by others) on this site for saying so. I would prefer a minor to one spade in this situation, but give me, KJTx and I would open four-carded. The rationale is that I would open with JTxxx xxx AJx AKx, so substitute the king of spades for xx.
Nov
23
comment In bridge, what are the proper followups to a Jacoby transfer?
Welcome to the site. I strongly agree with you (although many will disagree). You probably had Kx or Qx opposite five hearts, and 18-19 points concentrated in the other three suits, probably seven tricks there, two (out of five) in hearts. With less than three cards in the suit, I LIKE playing NT opposite 5 small. (With Kx opposite xxxxx, you have only 10 trump points out of a possible 23 (10 hcp plus 13 trumps). And it was improper for the "table" to make you retract your 3NT bid. Once made, it should have been allowed to play.