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Action double.
Oct. 21
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Yes, that one is allowed under the regulations.
Oct. 17
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TBH, I don't think either dealer is too difficult to get to 7C. After responder's rebid, the suit should be agreed and then it's a matter of using the bog standard slam bidding tools. The hard work is done in the first two rounds of the auction.
Oct. 16
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4CM is one part of the system he did tell me…
Oct. 12
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Simple method. 10000 volts wired to go through the chairs as soon as time is up.
Oct. 11
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Richard, Standard DK is 4CM 15-17NT. He's now got a Multi 2D and 2H/S as weak M+m in the locker too.

And Modified Wallis.
Oct. 11
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There are plenty of occasions when I don't want to know the name of my partner. Nor I suspect, do they want to know my name either.
Oct. 10
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It's probably worth a trial for data collection purposes. I think a little understanding of how the NS admin load affects the relative time used, or any toilet breaks, before there is a rollout in competition. I do accept that even as a partial solution it's better than the status quo.
Oct. 9
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Vugraph operators aren't allowed to bid for both players on one side of a screen until the tray is passed in case the action of doing so alerts players on the other side of the screen as to the relative tempo of bids being made.

Notwithstanding the problems many VG operators have in operating at sufficient accuracy.
Oct. 9
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Marshall, that was effectively what was happening with the Lille solution, with the computer visually recognising cards and bids from a video feed taken from directly above the table. The problem was that things had to be played in certain ways and in certain positions and it was fully sorted at that stage. The basic concept was sound, but as with all these things, there are a lot of little variations that need to be captured for it to work seamlessly.
Oct. 9
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Assuming people don't want to go down the playing using computer tablet route.
Oct. 9
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I commented that the technology used in Lille 2012 had potential to be used as a clock but was too unreliable and obtrusive. I think there could a technological solution to this, but it has to be implemented in such a way as to not destroy the ‘flow’ of the game.

I think some form of electronic table that notes and tags the cards is the answer - you also get play recording that way. If every card and bid is timestamped, you know who was using up all the time. The probable cost of such a solution though is what would prevent it happening - there's no economic driver to make it happen.
Oct. 9
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I agree with all that too. See my comment above on clocks and technology, although I do have an idea…
Oct. 9
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The technology that was trialled in Lille 2012 had the potential but has been abandoned as it was too unreliable (at the time) and intrusive for the players to use - I'm sure DG can comment on that. It needs to be automated in such a way as to not disturb the flow of the game. I've no doubt someone will make it work somehow, but until then I don't see a solution to the time clock problem.
Oct. 9
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Replying to CCs point at the top of this thread - why do we need slow play fines in a head to head match? Because we need to make the conditions fair to everyone. If we deem that 70 or 75 or however many minutes is a reasonable for an 8 board set, then if you are unable to play within that time you get penalties - it is part of being a top player that you are able to produce your game within a given time frame. It is not ruining the game, it is part of the test. If you can't produce your best in the allotted time, then you aren't as good a player - at least not under the conditions of contest as written.
Oct. 9
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No problems with playing the 4-4 fit when the fifth diamond might produce a useful discard. Without knowing the major suit lengths North can't work it out. Good slam, too tough with the methods.
Oct. 5
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Ratings scheme in England (masterpoints, gold points or NGS) are little more than a curiosity. Most people pay little real attention to them.

You can perfectly well play any bridge and not worry about your NGS rating unless it's the sort of thing that actually bothers you - why would it? The sensitivity of it is about right and one random club session with a non-familiar or weaker partner doesn't really dent it much either way. It can prove useful for upgrading less experienced players for some events and of course you can game it if you really want to, but TBH nobody really gives a flying pigs ear.

Reputation is a far more valuable test of a player - and that is far harder to earn and you can't game that.

The individual thing works fine although there is also a ranking list for the top 50 partnerships. Treating each case as an individual seems to allow much more cross-pollination of scores and of course good players can get a score sitting opposite most CHOs.
Oct. 5
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That program was just eight celebrities playing. One of them was comfortably more experienced - James Mates is a semi regular around London events - and hoovered up.
Oct. 3
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As was mentioned on the last thread…

It does seem there are so many things that have been solved and that are a complete non-issue outside the ACBL that could just be imported ready to go if they'd look outside for examples of best practice.
Oct. 1
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And of course, any nation using the same method could potentially allow cross-border pollination of gradings!
Oct. 1
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