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All of our books and some merchandise are available at the book seller.
Nov. 25
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fixed. thanks
Nov. 4
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Good point. I switched the minors.
Oct. 29
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How often do you miss good games with this structure/philosophy? Does opener have a choice other than pass with a shapely maximum with 3-card support? I'm imagining hands like:

KQxxx xx Axx xxx
Axx KJxx KQxxx x
Oct. 29
Adam Parrish edited this comment Oct. 29
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My experience is that it's not the overcall that is disruptive (unless it's at the 3-level), it's advancer's jump raise that is really tough to deal with. So I strongly prefer bids with no guesswork as to my suit(s) so partner can jump with a fit.
Oct. 25
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The whole point of a KO is that it's bracketed, so that everyone is playing people around their level. Rather than a new event, you just need to market a normal KO to newer players and educate them about what it is and whom they'll be playing.
Oct. 24
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Hey guys. Thanks for being in the Well.

If you were put in charge of the ACBL or the WBF, what would be your top priorities for enhancing and growing the game?
Oct. 3
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Masterpoints are part of the reason many skip the Swiss, but all the waiting around in a Swiss event is another reason. I don't like to play a Swiss without a book to read between rounds. Electronic results reporting and assignment posting would make a difference.
Sept. 27
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Can't wait to see those entry fees go down after operations are made more efficient!
Sept. 27
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From Kit's introduction:

“This is not a book about system. While the assumption is a standard 2-over-1 structure, the concepts in the book apply to any bidding system. The meanings of bids may be different, but the proper communication of information remains the same.”
Sept. 22
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If my take on the basic chart is correct – that it's meant to create an inviting, non-intimidating environment for very new players – then absolutely I'd say no strong club. If someone wants to play fancier stuff that's fine, they can move to a bigger game.
Sept. 22
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It's a shame, and we're trying to find a good solution. The best bet at this point is to ask your local bridge bookseller to order some books from us. Then at least the shipping costs are spread out over a bulk order.
Sept. 21
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We could just make them play faster in the team events. The pace of play has gotten ridiculous.
Sept. 19
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It's great that individual directors, units, districts, etc. are being creative and finding solutions to this problem. But it's really sad that they have to. What do we pay all this money to the ACBL for? This is not THAT hard a problem, and it's been a “priority” for at least five years. I think it's reasonable for the membership to demand results.
Sept. 19
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That's exactly why they don't do this: they want you there on day 1. That's the argument I've gotten for having the IMPs on day 1 of the Plats, not day 2
Sept. 15
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Certain words like “cheat” trigger a warning. This includes “Trump” with a capital T. Obviously if you're talking about bridge and not politics just ignore it.
Sept. 13
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I think the 9 is the bigger problem. You've already led and continued diamonds, so partner knows what's going on there. Let him know where your other card is. It doesn't mean he's necessarily going to give up on diamonds. Both East and West were masterminding the defense; West's signal later in the hand was more egregious, IMO.
Sept. 12
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As a general rule, playing a weak NT I've always alerted all of opener's rebids that show a strong NT, as these are fairly unexpected.
Sept. 12
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Opener's 1NT rebid showing a strong hand is alertable in the ACBL. See http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/play/AlertChart.pdf and the section “opener and responder's rebids”: “Opener’s 1NT rebid, if strong”
Sept. 12
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I'm a firm believer that restricted events should not exist, but if they do they should be alternatives to similar and concurrent open events, like the open/women's BAM in the fall. The current schedule is needlessly discriminatory. (And just waiting for a lawsuit, IMO.) The Silver Ribbon Pairs has always particularly irked me, since that does create a huge hole in the schedule for non-seniors. I once asked some BOD members about this, and they looked at me incredulously. “What hole?” they asked. I got out a schedule and walked them through it. “Oh.” It had never occurred to them because they were all seniors. Not particularly surprising that when there's only 1 or 2 members of the BOD who aren't seniors (by the ACBL's ludicrous definition) the needs of the non-senior population are ignored.
Sept. 12
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