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comment Bidding a high point Bridge hand
Are you certain the double of a pre-empt would not be taken as for penalties? (Admittedly, here it wouldn't be disastrous if it were.)
Mar
21
comment Which words count for a double word score?
Related: Variation: use double word squares twice?.
Mar
12
comment Bridge: Holding both 5 card majors which should I bid first in Jacoby transfers
This is interesting, but could do with some amplification. If there is a point bracket, it seems this would come up once in a blue moon; if not, all you know is that the partnership has 7 trumps, which isn't much to go to game on.
Feb
29
comment Bridge: Holding both 5 card majors which should I bid first in Jacoby transfers
+1. 2D shows hearts, and says nothing about spades: 2H shows spades, and (since you could have shown hearts but chose not to) implicitly denies good hearts.
Feb
21
comment How can I make Agricola vegetarian friendly?
...and avoid words like reskin.
Feb
19
comment In Backgammon, when can the dice be doubled?
@Bob: To close this off, you could accept this answer, (click the tick to the left). Or, of course, you could ask for any further clarification.
Feb
3
comment Dividing up Hexagonal Board Tiles
If the boards are adjacent, the half-hexes abut, thus creating extra hexes to move through. What exactly is the problem?
Dec
28
comment Trading Property to settle a debt in Monopoly
Unfortunately the rules are far from clear about exactly what you can do in your attempt to avoid bankruptcy. You can sell houses and mortgage properties (because that is mentioned); thereafter there is a slippery slope of selling properties, selling other assets (perhaps agreeing not to demand rent next time round), and making various deals with the creditor. None of these are explicitly allowed or forbidden; which are permited presumably depends in house rules.
Dec
26
comment Is there a bid that is “forcing to four?”
+1 for the last sentence. Any bid means what the partnership has agreed on it meaning; there is no can mean.
Dec
24
comment Trading Property to settle a debt in Monopoly
The fourth option is neither in the rules nor a reflection of the real world (if you are known to be desperate for cash, you can't expect to receive normal price for what you sell). Is your house rule that the creditor can accept the normal value (in which case it is the same as option 3) or that he must?
Dec
22
comment What are the chances of shooting the moon in Hearts?
Fair enough. But then your hand 3) won't work: you win the spades, and then are not allowed to lead a heart, so you have to let someone else win a trick, possibly garnering a heart and leading back a heart. If you want a guarantee, you have to be sure to win all 13 tricks: simpler mathematically but very unlikely.
Dec
22
comment What are the chances of shooting the moon in Hearts?
Actually, since there can be no points in the first trick, you don't need to win it. Nor do you need to win any trick up to the point where a heart could be discarded (or Black Maria is played).
Nov
28
comment If you decide to play for “top or bottom” in duplicate, are you supposed to consult with partner?
@AlexanderWoo: Formally, whether in the US or not, your partner is required either to behave as if your call meant exactly what it would have on board 1, or to explain when asked "partner may be overcalling light because we have had a bad session" (whether he should alert in order to do so would be a good topic for an Advanced Director's Training Course). Both of these are difficult, so this behaviour (like most cases of unauthorized information) causes problems for your partner.
Nov
26
comment Can I legally make a boggle variant?
Copyright is unlikely to arise in this situation; patents possibly, passing off almost certainly. But +1 for 'consult an attorney': you get what you pay for in legal advice, and SE is free.
Oct
30
comment How little strength should I have in bid suits for a negative double?
Very nice answer, but it doesn't mention your strength in the suit you're doubling, which is actually what was asked...
Jul
18
comment In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?
We don't know whether anyone's cheating, we know someone suspects somebody else is cheating. How far is that worth disrupting everybody's game?
Jul
17
comment Problem with lifelines in “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” board game
The assumption that 'Ask the Audience' should give what the players/studio audience actually believe to be correct is unfounded. In some countries, (like Russia, as I heard it), some of the audience deliberately try to sabotage the contestant, adding another factor your strategy has to consider.
Apr
21
comment In Bridge, what is the punishment for misclaiming tricks?
@Pieter: Certainly a claim may include taking a finesse (as I mentioned). But LHO showing out after the claim is made is the very situation where you are not allowed to decide whether or not to finesse. Bear in mind also that this is rubber bridge (and may or may not be in the US), so the ACBL has nothing to say to it.
Dec
22
comment Should I reopen this hand?
What system are you playing, and why do you think partner's actual hand affects your bid?
Dec
20
comment duplicate bridge revoke not agreed upon
What he 'would have made if he had played correctly' is a red herring. If he revoked, there is a penalty, as set out in the rules: if he did not, there is none.