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I live in Lymington, Hampshire, and work in the Law Courts, which may have made my English slightly pedantic. I realize that Americans and other ex-colonials labour under a disadvantage, and regard it as an holy duty to assist them in speaking (and thinking) clearly.


Dec
26
awarded  Organizer
Dec
26
revised What defines “Isolation” in Third Reich?
added tag
Dec
26
answered What defines “Isolation” in Third Reich?
Dec
22
comment Is a bridge defense easier if the values are about equally distributed?
The value of having one person making most of the decisions rather than guessing what partner wants is difficult to evaluate, but gets less as the skill of the partnership improves.
Dec
18
reviewed No Action Needed What card game is popular today, fun for kids, and is a worthy investment at a reasonable cost to my wallet?
Dec
18
reviewed Reviewed What card game is popular today, fun for kids, and is a worthy investment at a reasonable cost to my wallet?
Dec
10
comment If my partner sorted my cards for me, what would the official ruling be?
Should have is not correct. There is never any obligation to call the director, if you are happy to continue play. EBU law 9A says "any player may (my emphasis) draw attention to an irregularity..." and later states explicitly "There is no obligation to draw attention to an irregularity committed by one's own side". If your opponents would prefer to play the board rather than exact a penalty, that is their right.
Dec
6
awarded  Informed
Nov
12
comment Can one show that a majority of bridge hands could have been successfully defended?
'The number of contracts that were or could have been defeated' is about as useful a statistic as 'the number of days when it rained or might have done'.
Oct
29
answered What can the dummy player do in Bridge?
Oct
28
awarded  Custodian
Oct
28
reviewed Reviewed How can I arrange a Christmas gift exchange for board game geeks?
Oct
28
reviewed Looks Good What is this game similar to Quoridor?
Oct
28
comment What can the dummy player do in Bridge?
This is the answer for serious players, but note that 'The Laws of Duplicate Bridge' do not apply to anyone playing Rubber Bridge, let alone somebody just learning the game.
Oct
7
comment What is the point in disclosure of the bidding system to opponents?
@PieterGeerkens: Thanks, I really did not know that. It doesn't, however, apply in Britain: ebu.co.uk/laws-and-ethics/blue-book. Perhaps 'suggested defenses' may be required but 'suggested defences' are not? :)
Oct
7
answered In bridge,should a responder devalue her hand if short in opener's suit?
Oct
7
comment What is the point in disclosure of the bidding system to opponents?
@qble: There may be a misunderstanding here. You are required to disclose how you defend against specified conventions (since that involves you making artificial bids) but not how other people can/should defend against yours.
Sep
30
reviewed No Action Needed In Puerto Rico, during the Settlers phase, are players required to pick a plantation
Aug
6
awarded  Yearling
Aug
4
awarded  Custodian