2,351 reputation
222
bio website hexgridutilities.codeplex.com
location Canada
age 58
visits member for 1 year, 1 month
seen 5 hours ago

A physicist, accountant, 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.


Apr
13
comment How does a “Moysian” (4-3) trump fit play differently from the other seven card (5-2), fit in bridge?
Yes, 5-2 fits play differently from either 4-3 or 5-3 fits, but the details depend far more on the specific cards held, and the distribution of the other suits, than on the specific distribution. You might as well ask "How are squeezes played?" or "How are end plays recognized?" The question has been answered in libraries full of books, and is far too broad to be addressed in this type of forum.
Apr
13
comment How does a “Moysian” (4-3) trump fit play differently from the other seven card (5-2), fit in bridge?
Please define easier.
Apr
10
comment Why are bridge games seemingly documented only by the hands and bidding?
It was a fixed hand - Bond knew where every spot was because he rigged the deck during the shuffle. Choosing this particular deal, well known as the Duke of Cumberland Hand, was also an insult to Drax's new money, as any old money bridge player would have been introduced to the hand at Eton.
Apr
10
comment Why are bridge games seemingly documented only by the hands and bidding?
The hand was rigged through slight of hand - Bond's bidding is intended to look foolish so as to entice a double, that can be redoubled.
Apr
9
comment Why are bridge games seemingly documented only by the hands and bidding?
With what basis do you expect to understand difficult instances of a complicated game without actually learning it? Your example hand is trivial in regards to even a basic throw-in, never mind a Vienna Coup (generally regarded as an early intermediate play) or a repeating double squeeze.
Mar
30
reviewed No Action Needed What are good strategies involving Remodel?
Mar
30
reviewed Approve suggested edit on summoner-wars tag wiki excerpt
Mar
30
comment When might a Standard American bidder “bend” the five card major rule?
@TomAu: If you want to play a really aggressive system, check out Barry Crane's system notes:bridgeguys.com/pdf/FrenchBarryCraneSN.pdf. The key to a successful fast-in system is to also have a very good understanding on how to likewise get fast-out. You will lose slam precision, but that rarely interfered with Crane's success.
Mar
30
comment When might a Standard American bidder “bend” the five card major rule?
If you want to buy these auctions cheaply in Fourth Seat based on balance of power and a 4 card spade suit, why are you not playing and opening a Weak Notrump?
Mar
30
comment When might a Standard American bidder “bend” the five card major rule?
@TomAu: The Rule of Fifteen is a guideline for judging the advisability of opening in Fourth Seat, based on the likelihood that your side can outbid the opponents in a partial. It is not advice on when your spade length/quality is sufficient to open 1 Spade; that is a matter of partnership understanding. The only absolute in bidding is that there are no absolutes; but take heed on the consequences of your actions.
Mar
30
answered When might a Standard American bidder “bend” the five card major rule?
Mar
27
reviewed Leave Open Klondike Solitaire - moving partial sequences between columns
Mar
27
reviewed Leave Open Are these decks going to be playable?
Mar
27
reviewed Leave Open Can a card be un-cast, if the player realises it was a bad decision?
Mar
24
comment Clarification on Support in Diplomacy
Yes, Denmark is ousted by Skagerrak. A unit order to move invalidates the orders supporting it to hold. See Dan Tilken's answer below.
Mar
24
comment Clarification on Support in Diplomacy
You should clarify (emphasize) that Skagerrak doesn't bounce, it moves to Denmark because the rule you quoted specifically disallows Denmark from being supported holding while it is attempting to move.
Mar
21
awarded  Yearling
Mar
18
revised Bridge: Matchpoints vs IMPs: Different game?
added 15 characters in body
Mar
14
comment response with 4 cards in major and long (6+) minor
@ruds: Yes; that is why I said it. Few aspects of bidding are more essential to success than that requirement.
Mar
14
revised response with 4 cards in major and long (6+) minor
added 1029 characters in body