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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.


Apr
1
comment If partner opens one heart, what do I need to respond with one spade?
If you are suggesting this as a convention, it is not really an answer since it needs to be agreed with partner beforehand. Or is there a system where this is normal?
Mar
15
comment response with 4 cards in major and long (6+) minor
If you are really 4-1-6-1, you have dropped a card on the floor. If you mean 4-1-7-1, the situation is very different, and the replies may be also.
Feb
28
comment How can I best assess the quality of a game of Scrabble?
Very well expressed, but still missing a point. Two experts playing defensively will have a much lower combined score than two novices who don't know/care what opportunities they open up for the opponent; would you really say the latter was a better game?
Feb
18
comment How should hands that are EXTREMELY strong in one suit (10+ cards) be bid?
It may be that, if you cleaned it up a bit, this would make a good question ('what should I have bid with this hand?') which should be linked to this one. But it isn't an answer.
Feb
18
comment What Other Bidding Approaches Are There?
Since the OP says he is in England, the competition-legal systems are in the EBU Blue Book (view.pagetiger.com/BlueBook). But it sounds as if he just wants an overview of what is available; good answer.
Feb
10
comment What is the “pause” rule for dummy play in tournament bridge?
Related (possible dupe): boardgames.stackexchange.com/q/11143/1644
Feb
7
comment Does Monopoly involve skill to a considerable degree?
I think you might need some definitions here. On the face of it, the last two paragraphs would apply to every game in the world; and between two equally lucky players, skill will decide the winner (in every game).
Feb
1
comment What happens when a deal is passed out in Duplicate Bridge Tournaments?
As Karl said, there is no other way to achieve a score of 0, so does this really make any difference?
Jan
10
comment Is Mana Weaving ok if it's followed by a thorough shuffle?
What is the point of it, if you then do a proper shuffle?
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.)
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.