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I like a wide variety of games. My favorite is the card game of Bridge. In recent years I find myself far more often playing Settlers of Catan, and, lately, Ticket to Ride. I played a lot of Cosmic Encounter (EON Games version), Stratego, and Risk as a kid.


Jan
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accepted Cosmic Encounter Data: Which powers are best?
Jan
23
answered Why are beginning to intermediate bridge players told to delay learning how to bid certain types of unusual hands?
Jan
22
comment Why are beginning to intermediate bridge players told to delay learning how to bid certain types of unusual hands?
@thesunneversets Good idea - I added in a few examples. What is obvious to you (and at long last to me) is not at all obvious to many beginners and was not obvious to me in my first few years of casual play. My bidding ability in bridge was hindered for many years by not having trust in the bidding system I was purportedly attempting to follow/learn, because I knew it failed for certain types of hands. Had I known and well understood the answer to this question, I would have progressed far faster.
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revised Why are beginning to intermediate bridge players told to delay learning how to bid certain types of unusual hands?
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Jan
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comment How should hands that are EXTREMELY strong in one suit (10+ cards) be bid?
@Aryabhata Lastly, here might be a reasonable way to reformulate the original question so that it is more easily answerable: Are there conventions or standard practices within Standard American bidding for bidding hands with very long suits of 9 or more cards? If not, what bidding systems are better at dealing with these rare hands?
Jan
22
comment How should hands that are EXTREMELY strong in one suit (10+ cards) be bid?
@Aryabhata Also - Aryabhat's answer below is a pretty good answer to the new question I asked about putting off learning to bid certain types of hands. I'm hoping something along these lines shows up as an answer, perhaps from Aryabhat.
Jan
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revised Why are beginning to intermediate bridge players told to delay learning how to bid certain types of unusual hands?
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Jan
22
comment Why are beginning to intermediate bridge players told to delay learning how to bid certain types of unusual hands?
Note that this question was inspired by the following question about bidding hands with suits of extreme length, and is an attempt to make it into a clear and distinct question, appropriate for a FAQ (It is truly a question I had when learning bidding and I wish I had learned the answer much, much earlier than I actually did): boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/6240/…
Jan
22
asked Why are beginning to intermediate bridge players told to delay learning how to bid certain types of unusual hands?
Jan
22
comment How should hands that are EXTREMELY strong in one suit (10+ cards) be bid?
@Aryabhata I suggest splitting the question in 2, as we're now collectively trying to answer two different questions, one about long suits, and the other about why many bridge players suggest that beginning to intermediate players put off learning to bid certain types of hands. I think this second question is very worth getting asked and answered for all new bridge players, so I'll post it separately in a few minutes. A clear answer to this 2nd question will help you make sense of why bidding systems ignore certain types of hands, and why most bridge players think this is a good thing.
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suggested suggested edit on stratego tag wiki excerpt
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Jan
21
accepted How do you make Settlers of Catan work well for 2 players? (Problems and play-tested solution described, alternatives requested)
Jan
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comment How should hands that are EXTREMELY strong in one suit (10+ cards) be bid?
10+ card suits are so rare that it's not worth learning about if you're just beginning. Much more common is 6 or 7 card suits, for which there various sets of conventions. I've played well over 10,000 hands and have yet to see a 10 card suit held by any player.
Jan
20
awarded  Tag Editor
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20
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