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#461 User is offline   ttti 

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Posted 2018-February-09, 07:26

Many years ago we played team competition. We had cards and bid 3 NT after a slight interference (all vulnerable). Then they bid 4 and I of course doubled. Three down and N wrote down -300. I said "You forgot the double". N said "What double?". TD came to table and we explained the sequence. TD said "4 D -800".
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Posted 2018-February-09, 10:58

Directing on BBO I got 2 calls from different players on the same night.

1. I keep clicking on the cards and nothing happens

2. I can't play the hand. The cards are playing themselves

I'll leave it you to work it out.
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Posted 2018-February-10, 13:33

View Postggwhiz, on 2018-February-09, 10:58, said:

Directing on BBO I got 2 calls from different players on the same night.

1. I keep clicking on the cards and nothing happens

2. I can't play the hand. The cards are playing themselves

I'll leave it you to work it out.

I guess there's a reason it's called "dummy". :)

(Please, no replies explaining the actual derivation of the term, I know what it is.)

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Posted 2018-February-11, 08:10

View Postggwhiz, on 2018-February-09, 10:58, said:

Directing on BBO I got 2 calls from different players on the same night.

1. I keep clicking on the cards and nothing happens

2. I can't play the hand. The cards are playing themselves

I'll leave it you to work it out.


IMO that's not as dumb as it may sound.
The problem is at least partially in the BBO user interface, which uses a yellow bar to indicate which hand is due to play, but makes no attempt (that I remember) to indicate which of the two hands visible is dummy or to advise you that your partner is due to play "your" hand, even if you attempt to play it yourself. Nor does it give you a countdown or other signal when it actually is waiting for you to play.
I remember that at the beginning I used to click on the cards just to make sure I really was dummy and not declarer, because it wasn't immediately obvious and I didn't want to be timed out of a tournament.
Sitting at a real bridge table there are a thousand clues that you must drop your cards and become dummy, but in front of a computer some help is appropriate.
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