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A physicist, accountant (CGA,CPA), and software developer by training, and a professional developer by employment, I wrote my first computer program in FORTRAN w/ WATFOR in high school. Since then I have written device drivers for a PDP-15, CAD/CAM applications in C, and Database applications in everything from FORTRAN (?!) and C to SQL and MS-Office.

I currently build financial and business applications professionally, mostly with VBA / C# / SQL, while developing my own Napoleonics game engine in C# on weekends and evenings.


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revised What can the dummy player do in Bridge?
Corrected link to Laws of COntract Bridge 2014
Sep
27
comment Do you need more to “pre-empt” with a major, than a minor suit?
@TomAu: No - read what I wrote and not what you want to see written. In brief the goal of most game investigation auctions is to determine, in order, whether (1) partnership has 25 points; (2) there is an 8-card major sit fit; and (3) when (2) fails whether all suits are reasonably stopped. Read the literature. It is well known that when given the choice between an 8-card and a 9-card fit, the 8-card fit plays almost 1/2 trick better on average. That combined with the scoring table is why major suits are so strongly favoured over minors in Dupllicate.
Sep
26
answered Do you need more to “pre-empt” with a major, than a minor suit?
Sep
23
awarded  Revival
Sep
20
revised What happens if an alliance is created that would create an illegal battle?
edited tags
Sep
20
comment Can you raise a one bid with only two “filler” honors in a suit?
Those of us who are mere mortals tread in this area at our own peril, especially when attempting to cherry-pick portions of his system to play without a thorough understanding of how the entire system works to right the imbalances introduced.
Sep
20
comment Can you raise a one bid with only two “filler” honors in a suit?
Also: the eighth trump is extremely important, contributing a total value close to 2 points, and is often decisive in determining whether to play in a suit or notrump contract. When you start the process of lying to partner about the number of trumps jointly held you upset many other calculations occurring in the hand. Bergen can handle the situation because of both the strong system agreements with his partner and his great table presence.
Sep
20
comment Can you raise a one bid with only two “filler” honors in a suit?
Count me amongst those who would rather see xxx than QJ. Partner will assign a value to the fifth trump in his hand which you are lying to him about, and it will affect adversely both play of the hand and correct determination of denomination.
Sep
8
comment What version of rummy is this?
You are going counter-clockwise? I have never seen that in any cardgame except in games like UNO where certain cards reverse the playing order.
Sep
7
comment How should I teach someone new to spades how to bid?
Are you truly so very, very, good at this game that you will teach your students good habits and sound technique? If not, perhaps you are better off just letting them play around and have fun. As a Bridge player I see your evaluation scheme as grossly inadequate, but I have only played the related game Oh Pshaw! and not Spades itself.
Sep
2
comment How does one set up a 1/4 board for GO?
Simply credit me as a contributor in case the comment tree gets deleted at some point, then be my guest.
Aug
24
revised Questionable borders on seazone 3
added 155 characters in body
Aug
23
answered Questionable borders on seazone 3
Aug
21
comment Timing a backstab in Diplomacy
A tried-and-true expert strategy is to make all alliances fixed-term rather than indefinite, often for just a single season or year. By the nature of the game, these short-term alliances will tend to direct their attention to all long-term alliances for self preservation, which rapidly eliminates those players who fail to engage n this strategy. Then the pros divvy up Europe for themselves and get down to the big ante game.
Aug
21
comment Are “Diagonal” Attacks More Deadly in Diplomacy?
Yes, I have had success with Russia by abandoning ST.Pete to England and taking out Turkey quickly.
Aug
17
comment Can you raise a one bid with only two “filler” honors in a suit?
@TomAu: The absence of a small accompanying trump is a significant flaw in the trump holding, especially in a weak hand, easing the ability of the opponents to pump declarer in their own long suit and hindering communication between the hands. This flaw rates to be about 1 point, negating any added value from having combining honours. Evaluate QJ alone as 2 to 2.5 points. most definitely not 3 or more. QJ alone is likely to be a better holding in partner's side suit than in trumps.
Aug
17
answered Can you raise a one bid with only two “filler” honors in a suit?
Aug
17
comment Can you raise a one bid with only two “filler” honors in a suit?
I don't play for less than one cent a point, and prefer 2 or even 5; too bad that you're stakes won't cover my travel costs.
Aug
17
comment Can you raise a one bid with only two “filler” honors in a suit?
Whichever opponent you have supposedly borrowed this extra trump from is very likely to double you for penalties. If you enjoy going minus 200 and 300 against the opponents part-score be my guest to play this way. BTW - Do you play for money anywhere? I would like to join the game.
Aug
17
answered Identify board game on 4x4 board with 8 black and 8 white pieces