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by Joe Andrews
Mon Dec 03, 2007 8:45 am
Forum: Hardwood Hearts
Topic: Holiday Quiz
Replies: 2
Views: 1416

Holiday Quiz Answers

Congratulations to "LadyMo" for solving the quiz. Nice Job! I hope you enjoy your Holiday CD! Here are the answers. SONG COMPOSER(S) 1. The Christmas Song - Mel Torme, Robert Wells 2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie 3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Ralph Blane,...
by Joe Andrews
Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:48 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Jxx sidesuit holding what to lead
Replies: 66
Views: 17048

Leads J x x + Others

Pursuant with the question about the best lead with the holding of Jack and two small (not - J 10 9 or J 10 X), the best lead with this holding is the lowest card. The score, table bid for the hand in question, and bag count are also critical factors. (We assume that we are referring to "off-suit le...
by Joe Andrews
Wed Nov 28, 2007 9:41 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: "On Line" vs. "Live" Spades
Replies: 14
Views: 4326

Live Events

"Live Events" The ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) was founded in 1937. However, the game of Bridge was created more than 30 years prior to that. And Bridge was a "live" game back then. Rules and a scoring system were not in place until the mid 1920's. A Governing body was organized in the mi...
by Joe Andrews
Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:32 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: "On Line" vs. "Live" Spades
Replies: 14
Views: 4326

"Live" Spades

There is a future in "live" events, for there will always be those individuals who will travel to a "live" tournament to meet their friends. I just don;t think they will ever be as big as the "Vegas 99" Nationals, which had 280 Spades players! As for the possibility of large events, that is another ...
by Joe Andrews
Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: The Big 5
Replies: 74
Views: 18045

The Debate

Happy Holidays to everyone. Can you imagine that there are more important things in life than Spades? :lol: Yes, "Grandma", this thread has become very contentious, with some sharp commentary by both sides. Maybe HW should decree that the Big 5 is illegal! Ditto for any carding or signalling convent...
by Joe Andrews
Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:37 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: The Big 5
Replies: 74
Views: 18045

Comments...

This has been a GREAT debate. I respect the opinions of all who have posted. According to the "survey" (which has had a small number or responses), 50% of those who responded do not use the Big -5 convention, and 50% do use it (with half of those restricting that use to "certain" partners".) It seem...
by Joe Andrews
Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: The Big 5
Replies: 74
Views: 18045

The Atlanta Hand

The Great Debate rages on. Is the Big 5 bid a form of cheating? Is it an acceptable convention? Well, let's look at exhibit "A" as in Atlanta, 2002 - a "live" Spades event. (not Grand Prix, but Spades Parties.com, a now defunct organization) The score was close with both teams in the low 360's. Nort...
by Joe Andrews
Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:47 am
Forum: Hardwood Hearts
Topic: Holiday Quiz
Replies: 2
Views: 1416

Holiday Quiz

We have a winner folks -

See the answers below (on this thread)

Happy Holidays!
by Joe Andrews
Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:41 am
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: The Big 5
Replies: 74
Views: 18045

Bridge....

The game of Bridge (created in 1904 / 1905) does feature the use of Conventions. Because the ACBL is the governing body of Bridge, there is a specific protocol regarding this matter. Firstly, all players in a "live" Duplicate Bridge tournament ("Duplicate" is the format for ACBL events), are require...
by Joe Andrews
Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:33 pm
Forum: Hardwood Euchre
Topic: Happy Holidays
Replies: 8
Views: 3837

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to everyone!

-J
by Joe Andrews
Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:23 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Spades Humor
Replies: 0
Views: 1265

Spades Humor

Top Ten Spades Abbreviations The "light" side of Spades - Some of these might come in "handy" during the course of a game with your favorite partner! :lol: 10. GG (Good Game) A compliment from the opponents, after they have "croaked" your side by a score of 500 something to 200 something! Sometimes...
by Joe Andrews
Sun Nov 18, 2007 8:05 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: The Big 5
Replies: 74
Views: 18045

Reply2

Hi "Poisoned Flower" How are you? I respect that fact that you are another one of the accomplished players with a very high rating (with multiple nics). There are times that I wish people would use their first names in this Forum, or first name / last initial. There seems to be such a plethora of ni...
by Joe Andrews
Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:01 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Another Bid Quiz
Replies: 24
Views: 6707

Reply

As has been stated previously, "Until there is a National governing body or organization for the game of Spades, there can be no restriction on the use Convention or carding applications". The game of Bridge allows many similar Conventions. Most are standard require no "Alerts". Then again, Bridge h...
by Joe Andrews
Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:36 pm
Forum: Hardwood Spades
Topic: Another Bid Quiz
Replies: 24
Views: 6707

Partnership Conventions

Yes, Todd, you are right. Your prowess in the Spades arena is already well known, and respected. I have previously posted on the topic of Partnership Understanding, Communication, and Rapport. In the "live" event arena, this is so important, especially with the cash Prizes which are offered. In "on ...
by Joe Andrews
Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:04 am
Forum: Hardwood Euchre
Topic: Just an idea (sorry no drama)
Replies: 39
Views: 16377

Updates

Hello everyone! Here is the latest information on the Grand Prix, and the "live" events: Firstly, the Grand Prix has been sold, and next year there will be two major "live" events. We have two cities selected as "finalists" for the first '08 Grand Prix "live" Euchre event. Chicago or Indianapolis. T...