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answered backgammon scenario
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comment What are the preconditions for a trump promotion in bridge?
The fourth case is even more interesting when West holds AJx in trumps, and must under-ruff South's ruff with the K or Q in order to preserve the extra trick.
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answered Are shell and slate go stones fragile?
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comment What are the preconditions for a trump promotion in bridge?
Expert bridge players don't think this way; there is no magic check-list of coups and strategems that they review in their head as they decide on a play. Rather they have studied these play sequences extensively, and at the table concentrate on counting the opponents' hands, simply recognizing patterns as they are spotted. The underlying principle is always about maneuvering the sequence to impose zugswang on the opponent before it is imposed on you - someone is always under compulsion to make a next play.
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comment What are the preconditions for a trump promotion in bridge?
This is far too broad Tom - as in any card-game coup, the essential precondition is an imposition of zugswang, the compulsion to move (first, and suffer consequential severe disadvantages). If you are talking about how one recognizes such a condition that is because one is skilled and counted the opponents' hand. If you are actually asking about when to suspect this when choosing an opening lead, ask that question instead of this one..
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answered What is the actual world ranking of Fan Hui
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comment Scoring 0 in cribbage
@ghoppe: That 7.8% is vastly incorrect for OP's situation - of having chosen a 4 card hand from six dealt, knowing that one point scored or from pegging would win. Such a circumstance is much less likely to generate a zero point hand than a random selection of 4 cards plus a starter. If not dealt a pair or fifteen or run in the initial six card hand, it is likely that selecting the highest and three smallest cards of the six dealt (possibly adjusted to keep a five spot) provide the best odds of pegging at least a go.
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comment Scoring 0 in cribbage
It seems more likely that you merely played poorly, in a tactical sense. Without knowing the 6 cards you were dealt, and the up-card (which affects what your opponent might have in hand) this is impossible to answer.
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comment Do most good pre-empters do so within “tight” point ranges?
Equal vulnerability I probably want the heart suit headed by KJT, unfavourable vulnerability probably KQT, all else equal. Favourable vulnerability I see this as just right for an opening 2H call.
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comment Do most good pre-empters do so within “tight” point ranges?
"most" bridge players are weak players, whose style should not be copied. Do you actually mean "Do most pre-empters do so ...?" or do you actually mean "Do most experts pre-empt ...?"
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revised Do most good pre-empters do so within “tight” point ranges?
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answered Do most good pre-empters do so within “tight” point ranges?
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revised In bridge, does it make sense to “tighten” or 'loosen" up on bidding depending on vulnerability?
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revised In bridge, does it make sense to “tighten” or 'loosen" up on bidding depending on vulnerability?
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revised In bridge, does it make sense to “tighten” or 'loosen" up on bidding depending on vulnerability?
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answered In bridge, does it make sense to “tighten” or 'loosen" up on bidding depending on vulnerability?
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comment Euchre: When does play begin?
Might be worthwhile re-emphasizing in the last sentence that the failure to discard does not prevent non-dealing side from scoring.
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revised Does the “Rule of 15” suggest that you should pass with 13 points (and short spades) in fourth seat?
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comment Does the “Rule of 15” suggest that you should pass with 13 points (and short spades) in fourth seat?
@Aryabhata: You're right; not sure just what I was thinking when I wrote this.
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answered Does the “Rule of 15” suggest that you should pass with 13 points (and short spades) in fourth seat?