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I have much sympathy for you. I often find myself claiming for - or at least thinking about claiming for - declarer in similar situations when declarer has no problem, because I want to get back to the snack table or text someone or refill my drink. I've learned it often slows down the game because explaining my concession takes time, plus they might give me a trick unnecessarily. But really it depends on who you are playing against.
Nov. 1, 2016
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I would be one of the few to pick the split schedule (morning and evening), but choice pairs are generally a bad event because the field can be so different from one session to another and it's hard to account for playbacks and such. Your schedule also doesn't allow one-session players (or compact KO finalists or compact KO losers who don't want to play 3 session in a day) to play for any overall award, which can be a lot more than the section awards.
Aug. 1, 2016
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wow. had no idea such a thing existed. and i was rooming with one of the players in this match for the last week.
Aug. 1, 2016
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Webs aren't THAT complicated and generally should be used more often. But having four of them in one event is illogical. For 88 tables, 5 thirteens and a 23 table web-like movement works well.
July 28, 2016
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At a minimum, the director's ruling or lack thereof is something that needs to be addressed, possibly through an appeal or a talk with the DIC, as an educational exercise. I strongly believe the ruling should be appealed and changed to 3DX -4. 3D absolutely shows diamonds, especially without a clear agreement.

This reminds me a lot of a situation my tennis team had on the last week of the regular season a few weeks ago. The last line of a match in which I was playing was rained out while my partner and I were about to win the first set. Even without that win, my team had qualified for the top seed in the playoffs so my captain decided to give the opps the win in that line rather than arrange to complete the match. After finding out what the other playoff bubble teams did that day, that gave them just enough to make the playoffs, knocking out the third team. If we had finished the match, there is almost no doubt I would have won, thereby letting the third team (probably rightfully so) into the playoffs. I complained to the rest of my team that this isn't fair to the third team, but no one else cared because it didn't affect us.
April 5, 2016
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For the record, I strongly dislike showing the percentage of results precisely because it promotes extra discussion of boards and brings a ml extra attention to bad scores avd adds time to the game. But clubs should do what the majority wants. It seems people would rather discuss and get a board taken away than cut out the discussion.
Feb. 6, 2016
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What makes you think I was a player in this? I direct far more than I play at the club these days.
Feb. 6, 2016
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I completely agree, except that I thought the weather was fantastic this time! Got my yearly dose of snow and didn't have to put up with the city being paralyzed by a couple of inches which is what happens in Atlanta.
Dec. 8, 2015
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Based on the facts given, it seems very likely that south's extraneous information woke north up to the system they are playing. It's very hard to see how the deal would turn out or to read north's mind but depending on south's level, the TD should either give a procedural penalty for improper alerts or some education on the fact that a simple alert would suffice and there is no need to mention what 2NT would have been unless they ask. But yes, the director should take north aside and ask more questions before reaching a conclusion.
Oct. 8, 2015
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I think I like this proposal, but don't be fooled into thinking this will translate into better attendance. Location and timing are by far the biggest factors that affect attendance. The main scheduling that affects attendance is having meaningful events for the masses to play in every day that are different from what you get a regional. This means having secondary NABC events that may be open, 10K and/or mixed starting each day teams are eliminated from a 3+ day event and during the two-day KO qualifying for those who can't commit to the whole 7-day team event.

I love the idea of making a third grass roots event to feed into the fall NABC - BAM or mixed pairs. Not sure when this could reasonably fit into the proposed schedule since I assume we don't want to have events starting before the official start like we have in spring and summer.

Qualifying into a KO is definitely the way to go with a big team event and I think the Vanderbilt and Spingold should adopt such a format, although I might prefer seeded groups of round robins. Something like 8 groups of 9-12 teams with top 4 in each group qualifying for the KO, and seeding for the KO should be based solely on rank in the qualifying. This format will surely get more entrants as two days guaranteed in good competition against several teams rather than just one long match against a top team is more appealing. Some of the beauty in our NABCs is in the fact that they each offer different events, so I don't really think we need another 7-day KO in the fall. I really like what Rosenberg has many times suggested about extending the Reisinger to 5 or 6 days.
Oct. 8, 2015
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About three years ago my partner and I started playing Fantunes with a few modifications, and I think it's a great system. Sure, the two-level openings create swings but in my experience as well, there's more positive than negative, and we dominated a couple of regional in our first two months with the system. Earlier this year we reverted to a variety of 2/1. Not quite sure why.
Sept. 15, 2015
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I totally sympathize with you. The way the bridge laws are written (and the way directors are supposed to deliver the ruling) can definitely be confusing, especially for inexperienced players. When I'm directing at the club and I sense the player having to make a decision will have difficulty sorting through all the options or ramifications of the option she selects, I try to explain the situation more in layman's terms even if it takes longer so that she doesn't make such a ridiculous decision like responding to Blackwood when her partner is barred. I think, however, this is probably inappropriate in a tournament (depending on the level of the event) and she just has to learn the hard way.

At least we have bridge laws here. I just returned from a week at the Greek Bridge Festival where I never saw a convention cards or rule book except the one ACBL card and Swedish convention card my partner and I had and the director seemed clueless as to why I called her after a long BIT and subsequent sketchy double.
Sept. 13, 2015
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I finalized plans yesterday to skip the Atlanta regional for the first time since I started play bridge 15 years ago. Definitely not an effect of the cheating-catching devices that you'll have there. I am quite interested in seeing them and putting together an article with pics for the next D7 News.
Aug. 21, 2015
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I like how you think, Chris. I've suggested a two-session A/X BAM for our regionals a few times but everyone quickly shoots it down. Maybe I'll fly out to Seattle instead of attending the local supersectional ;)
May 19, 2015
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Logically the fast pairs should be on the final two days of an NABC because that allows a great many of us to travel home on the final Sunday. Swisses never finish in time for any reasonable travel home that night. I think we all knew the Swisses would have many of the Fast Pairs potential players.

For those reasons alone, I was really excited about the Fast Pairs this year. Unfortunately, I was the last Q that turned into 1st non-Q at a time when it was too late to enter the 10am regional fast pairs so I got a really early start on my 8 hour drive home. We had played really crappy Saturday so didn't really deserve to make day 2 anyway.

Regardless, the Fast Pairs should not start opposite another open NABC event - opposite a two day Mixed event seems ideal, and starting the second day of a three-day Swiss seems okay. I's vote for the Open and Women's Swisses in Thu-Fri and the Fast Pairs and either Mixed Pairs on Sat-Sun of the Spring NABC.
March 29, 2015
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Completing an echo is much less useful than making a clear attitude discard, especially when partner is winning the trick. After presumably playing the 6 on the first spade, it is reasonably clear that that is the start of a high-low, showing an odd number (5) of spades.

I believe the majority of good young players, myself included, are playing upside down count and attitude with count signals always being upside down original count, and standard suit preference. So, 6, then 8, then 3 looks like the appropriate spot card plays from east.

A couple of my older partners with whom I play UDCA apparently give standard present count, which often times is the same as UD original, but to me is much less natural.
Feb. 12, 2014
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While I am generally in favor of cuebiddding second round controls (when you have the general values for slam), this is not a hand I would take a second cue bid with. 4 is already a bit of a stretch so with the east hand so I think signing off in 4 over 4 is adequate. West shouldn't move over that although there are still some hands that is well within the limits for cue then sign off for which 6S is cold. Even with the 4 cue, west has the inference that east's slam try isn't very strong because he has yet to Blackwood even with the partnership having control of all the side suits.

There are a couple of things systemically that might help. 3NT as a serious slam try in spades - something like the east hand with a fitting diamond honor or a 5th spade and some shortness. Playing serious 3NT, 4 would be a mild slam try for a hand of about this strength, maybe a tad stronger on average.

Yes, 3 should be an invitational splinter. Because all hands with hearts reverse into 2, there is no need for this to be natural. On this deal, that will solve all problems as east will not be inclined to make slam tries with a known worthless K.
Jan. 2, 2014
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The Gold Rush (0-750 MP) events have done wonders for reviving pair games and giving the ACBL tournament's target audience (newish players in their 60s, most of whom frankly will never be competitive in an open regional event) another feasible option where they stand a reasonable chance of winning. The few who do have potential and really want to improve can and will play up in the open pair game, and they will play regardless of what events are offered, but we do need to cater a good portion of the schedule to this fragile crowd who simply won't show up if they have to play in the open game or side game.

A side benefit is that the open pairs is again a legitimate event as compared with a typical stratified event where 2/3 of the players are 0-750 players. In D7, our Gold Rushes run around 40 tables and the open (A/X) pairs 15-20 tables of solid competition, all alongside bracketed KOs.
Jan. 2, 2014
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if you don't have a way to show a non-forcing hand with both minors (I like 3C to show 5-5 weak and 3D 5-5 invitational), pass may well be the best you can do. The opponents have a heart fit so LHO may well bid them if you pass and then you can bid 2NT to ask partner to compete in a minor. The hand is certainly not worth a game force.

Actually I like the suggestion to transfer to diamonds (assuming you play that accepting the transfer is the superaccept). You could pass opener's rebid and be reasonably confident you got to the right strain.
April 2, 2012
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Fountain Oaks Shopping Center, 1.5 miles inside 285 on Roswell Rd.

Yes, a weekly sort of league of team matches, maybe KO format, maybe just regular 24 board matches with a big prize for the league winner, would be a good idea and might attract more of the top players.
April 2, 2012
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