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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.


Jul
27
reviewed Satisfactory What general approach should be taken opening hands with 3=1=4=5 and 1=3=4=5 shape?
Jul
10
comment Is a deck with extra aces more beneficial to a dealer, or a player?
Surely the house has the same increased odds of a blackjack? If a house blackjack beats any hand, this would work against the player.
Jun
19
comment Bidding game (simple SAYC)
The partnership appears to have a 10-card diamond fit and 26-28 points; enough for 5D, surely?
Jun
12
comment Question regarding strong 2c opening
4C over 3NT might have a range of meanings in this situation; in any case, I really don't think you can pass a bid that takes you out of game. And even if 'all experts will recognise this' scheme, it may not help a player who's uncertain which bids are forcing. (I agree with you, by the way; just saying this is a site for Bridge beginners as much as mavens.)
Jun
12
revised Question regarding strong 2c opening
possibly 'assumes', certianly not 'infers'
May
29
answered Question regarding strong 2c opening
May
22
answered Simplest bidding system for introduction into bridge
May
18
revised Can the power of an attack be reduced below two?
allude/elude
May
11
comment Analyzing bidding sequence
a) Could you be clearer about what you are actually asking and b) could you say what bidding system was in use?
May
7
comment What are some good introductory rules to bridge?
Bridge Whist is like Bridge in the same way Australian Rules Football is like American Football; the similarities don't mean playing one will make you an expert in the other.
Apr
29
comment In bridge, does a declarer “need to” locate all 52 cards during the play of a trump contract?
I sense a misunderstanding here. On the one hand, remembering every card played in every hand is a good thing, as there is always a small chance that the setting trick will turn on the 4 against the 5. This does not mean that striving for this perfection is the best way to improve your bridge, nor that anyone who can't do it is a bad player. On the other hand, it is only necessary to keep track of significant cards; but the 4 as against the 5 may be significant as a signal or indicating a split (assuming a defender played his lowest trump under the A). You're not actually disagreeing.
Apr
22
comment In bridge, how can you “see” (locate) most of 52 cards halfway into the play?
@TomAu: Yes. Obviously you have to take into account what opportunities each opponent had, but with two aces and two other honours, most people would bid. This person did not bid: therefore, he did not have two aces and two other honours.
Apr
22
answered In bridge, how can you “see” (locate) most of 52 cards halfway into the play?
Apr
14
comment Can a tank attack across water within the same space (Germany to UK)?
Hmm, does that imply Ireland is a seperate zone?
Apr
14
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Apr
14
reviewed No Action Needed Can a tank attack across water within the same space (Germany to UK)?
Apr
10
comment Is Duplicate Bridge (standard Matchpoints) a game of pure skill?
@Nick: interesting analogy. The rulebook for Railway Rivals specifies that each player rolls the die on his turn to decide how much rail he can build. Nowadays it is usually played with one dieroll per round, so that everybody has to make best use of the same luck. Is that 'pure skill'?
Mar
23
comment Improved wording for dealing out cards
"Equal number".
Mar
21
answered Avoiding the “wrong” calamity
Mar
16
comment Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?
@EpsilonVector: If casinos took bets where they didn't have an edge, they'd go out of business. (Yes, even if the game was precisely even; the mathematics is interesting).