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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.


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
Aug
12
comment Are there hands that should be opened at the one level in first or second seat, and with a “weak two” opposite a passing partner?
@Aryabhata: The hand you give is stronger than a minimum opening, most particularly in third seat, and can easily try for game after a 2D response by dealer. Auction (opponents passing) is P-1S-2D-3D-3S-4S. I have only given dealer a shapely, fitting, absolutely minimum 2D response, and game is cold and easily reached.
Aug
11
comment Are there hands that should be opened at the one level in first or second seat, and with a “weak two” opposite a passing partner?
@Aryabhata: That works great until you find partner with xxx, xxxx, AKxxx,x and miss the cold game because a forcing 3D advance is just too difficult. How is a partner with xxx, Axxx, AT9xx, x going to sanely suggest slam after one opens a weak 2, even vulnerable?
Aug
10
comment Running an introductory bridge lesson
Great answer. I have long believed that this is the right way to teach bridge, basically following the historical tradition of the game's development that made it so popular in the early and middle decades of the 20t century.
Aug
6
awarded  Revival
Aug
3
comment Are there times when a hand with a seven card suit is too strong for a three level pre-empt?
There's an old saying in Curling: "You're only as good a skip as the team that will play for you." If you want to get better, stop playing with beginners. If only beginners will play with you, ..., then there is nothing more for me to say.
Jul
27
comment Should you overcall with a (slightly) weaker hand if it is more “disruptive?”
There's a world of difference between "Can one ...?" and "Should one ...?" I can rob a bank, but I shouldn't and won't. What is your question, as your use of can actually implies a question of legality in this case rather than appropriateness and wisdom.
Jul
23
comment Why is this type of hesitation considered unethical?
Well, actually it is quite proper to bluff your opponents; just not by the way you play your cards or make calls, only by the actual cards played and calls made.
Jul
20
comment Should I have made a takeout double in the situation?
@TomAu: What was the agreed upon meaning of a double by partner in this scenario? If take-out of Clubs, then East's denial of game interest and your shortness indicated that partner had less than 8 points and you should pass. If penalty then your shortness an then your partner either has club length with weakness, or just weakness, and you should still pass. After you open 1NT partner is Captain - respect his denial of points..
Jul
17
answered Should I have made a takeout double in the situation?
Jul
9
answered New Bridge Partner and Etiquette
Jun
6
comment If partner opens and I have 7 in a suit, do I go to game?
Don't be absurd! That is a miracle hand and I would be embarrassed to even admit playing a contract of 3NT. If partner and I somehow stumbled into it through a misunderstanding, I would claim we actually set opponents in 3NT after I led a diamond than admit w bid and made it.