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I too am a fan of Ron's comments! To my mind he and Bart Bramley were standouts.
April 20
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Thanks for chiming in, Keith, and thanks for all your work on the casebooks!
April 20
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Please let me know which cases, Chris. These can be fixed!
April 19
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Yes they are. You can see the cases and the draft comments at the links I posted.

TD panels have been hearing Non-NABC+ cases since 2002 or so and NABC+ cases as well since the summer of 2016.
April 19
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We got behind and are catching up. Better late than never!
April 19
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What security issues do you see with credit cards, Linda?
April 11
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FYI, casebooks through the end of 2017 are now available here:

http://www.acbl.org/tournaments_page/nabcs/past-nabcs/nabc-casebooks/

Not all have panelist comments. Those take longer to incorporate but you can find draft comments here:

http://bit.ly/acbl-casebook-draft-comments

Thanks to Keith Hughes at the ACBL for putting the casebooks together, and to Tracey Yarbro for making sure they make it to the website!
March 27
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Paul, would you make it if North held the HK? Give it to a peer as a play problem.
March 26
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Scott says that a new sale is on now. Again, it may be brief. Having booked my tickets already I have not investigated this one:

TO: Honolulu (HNL)

Albuquerque (ABQ) - $349
Anchorage (ANC) - $568*
Medford (MFR) - $499
Ottawa (YOW) - $569 CAD
Regina (YQR) - $682 CAD
Sacramento (SMF) - $442
Saskatoon (YXE) - $530 CAD
Spokane (GEG) - $448
Victoria (YYJ) - $428 CAD
Winnipeg (YWG) - $620 CAD
March 21
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Thanks for your thoughts, Brian! I've only just joined the forum so I hadn't seen them until now.

I love the idea of allocating some portion of a new member's dues to the player or organization that recruited her. 15% seems low to me, though. Isn't the fraction in the insurance industry usually somewhere between 50% and 100% of the first year's premium? If we want new members it behooves us to provide financial incentives. Per the other suggestions posted, allocating a portion of subsequent year's dues to the recruiter seems a sound policy too. If all this has been tried before with little success perhaps the implementation could be tweeked. The ACBL is concerned with the long term, so it should profit from giving up a larger portion of the early year's dues. As others have pointed out, after a few years the player is slotted in and will likely be around for at another 20 or more.
March 17
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I was able to book a one-way from HNL to DEN via LAX on Dec 3 for under $200 a few hours ago. But these fares are ephemeral - they can disappear at any time.
March 12
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Honolulu is the site of this year's Fall NABC.
March 12
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I too am skeptical of the value of the non-serious 3N in a casual partnership. It serves a useful function but I played most of my career without it, and it does displace a natural call that can also be useful.

I presume it is included because of survey results, but I suspect that those who participate in such surveys tend to favor more complex methods than those who do not but are targets of the BW KISS approach.
March 8
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Thanks for the correction on Reno R1! It's now fixed.
March 7
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Alex Martelli published an analysis of the semi-forcing NT in The Bridge World around the turn of the century. As I recall he found that opener was better off bidding than passing, even with a balanced minimum, unless his suit was Qxxxx or weaker. The difference was substantial, around 1 IMP per deal.

One reason I prefer to play 1NT as semi-forcing is that it limits responder's hand.
March 7
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Hi John! Please let us know which casebook you're referring to.
March 5
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Thanks, Larry! I see now why you have two systems.

I fear your definition of the non-serious 3N might be too simple. I know fewer words are better but I usually find it important to add these qualifications:

Neither partner is limited.
Neither partner has bid NT naturally.
Neither opponent has shown a suit.

Sometimes I also note that a serious slam try shows at least a king more than has already been promised.
March 4
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All casebooks through 2017 are now posted, though many still lack commentary. I'm working on that - there are a few bottlenecks, myself being one of them.

For reference the casebooks can be found here:

http://www.acbl.org/tournaments_page/nabcs/past-nabcs/nabc-casebooks/
March 4
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I'll be curious to see the difference. I've found that in general two options is often one too many. The ACBL, for instance, has caused much unnecessary conflict by making two default defenses available to a Multi 2d opening. Likewise Eddie Kantar's understandable but accident-prone switch from 0314 to 1430 RKCB.

I'm also curious as to why BridgeWinners did not table advantage of The Bridge World magazine's “Bridge World Standard”, but this may have been covered elsewhere.
March 4
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I enjoyed and recommend that book “Gamesmanship”, a humorous take on the topic:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-theory-and-practice-of-gamesmanship-by-stephen-potter-8861434.html

Also, congratulations to Lew! Well deserved.
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