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There was a very recent post that was very insulting to a number of people. I responded to that post, and Gabrielle's post (and my response to it) are both gone. The suspension followed within a few minutes.
Aug. 17, 2015
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I like this explanation. To me, the 3 bid is a power raise to 4 in the context that the 3 bidder is a passed hand. It shows a game bid based on values and support, not just distribution. As Michael says, it invites partner to make an informed decision as to how to proceed thereafter.

It is also consistent with the thought that a passed hand cannot create a forcing pass situation.
Aug. 17, 2015
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Interesting issue. Let's look at it from another perspective. If it becomes commonplace for the VuGraph operator to be consulted by the TD or the AC, would the participants have the right to object to the person serving as the VuGraph operator and demand a replacement?
Aug. 15, 2015
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In the World Series of Poker there is a Ladies' event. However, Nevada law prohibited the sponsors from excluding men from the event, and, in fact, each year for a number of years some men did enter the Ladies' event (no man ever won it). Recently, the sponsors decided to do something about it. They increased the entry fee to $10,000 from $1,000 but offered ladies a 90% discount. Apparently that is legal in Nevada. Needless to say, this tactic has eliminated men from the Ladies' event.
Aug. 13, 2015
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That is unacceptable behavior by the hotel. You should speak to someone in management. If that doesn't work, you should speak to someone who handles reservations for the ACBL.
Aug. 13, 2015
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4 at neither vul with a 2 opener on your right? That looks to me like offering 1100 against a possible non-vul game. On the actual hand, it goes for 800 which would be only a 3-5 IMP pickup against a hypothetical slam.
Aug. 13, 2015
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A simple solution for the problems with the layout of events. Why not require advance entries? At least require advance entries for the NABC+ events? If the directing staff knew an hour or more in advance exactly how many players would be in the event, the playing area could be arranged in a more satisfactory manner.

It doesn't seem unreasonable to require entries to a major championship event at least an hour in advance.
Aug. 12, 2015
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In a sense my team accomplished one of these “giant-killer” moments, but it didn't seem that monumental at the time.

In the opening round of the Vanderbilt in Philadelphia in March, 1996, my team was the middle seed (58) in a 3-way match. The top seed was the 8 seed - Edgar Kaplan and Norman Kay were the players on that team that I remember. My team won both matches to advance, but since the Kaplan/Kay team beat the bottom seed, we did not take over the 8 seed.

I distinctly remember playing the third quarter of that match against Edgar and Norman. About halfway through, a distinguished looking gentleman approached and Edgar said “Come and sit down, Freddy!” It was Alfred Sheinwold.

In the round of 64 we played the Ekeblad team (7). After 64 boards, the score was 110-110. So, at 1:00 a.m., we played 8 more boards. The ballroom, which had seen 64 teams in play earlier, now had 2 (along with about 150 kibitzers). Unfortunately, there was no giant-killing in overtime.

But the story of the day was not our overtime match - it was the match with the Kaplan/Kay team. The team with Norman's daughter, Robin, played against her father's team in the round of 64. There was no giant-killing in that match, either.
Aug. 12, 2015
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If you are referring to the opening round prior to the round of 64, you can work that out by comparing the original field to the field that remains the next day.

What is being discussed here is primarily the round of 64. I am sure that if there are heads-up matches in the preliminary round between top seeds and bottom seeds and a bottom seed prevails, that would be reported very prominently.
Aug. 12, 2015
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The daily bulletins of the North American Championships are easily available. All you have to do is pick the right day.

Barry: A simple solution to your goal of rewarding giant-killers would be to award seeding points to members of any team that defeats a significantly higher seed. You could specify the amount of seeding points for any particular victory. For example, 4 seeding points for members of a team seeded 57-64 which beats a team seeded 1-8 in the round of 64. These seeding points would operate in the same manner as current seeding points work and would be in addition to any other seeding points the players would earn for other achievements.
Aug. 12, 2015
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“My friends and I used to joke when we'd lose our first match in a Swiss that we were employing the “Swiss gambit,” losing early so as to get an easier ride the rest of the way. (If we lost again, one partner liked to say that we would now face “the soft underbelly of the field.” Sometimes the underbelly was us, of course.)”

Losing the second time is the “Extended Swiss Gambit.”
Aug. 12, 2015
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Yes - I conceded that point below - if there are less than 5 teams, the maximum point award is reduced.
Aug. 12, 2015
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Mike: You are correct. If the field is less than 5 teams, there is a reduction in the maximum overall award even if the event is played over 4 or more sessions.
Aug. 12, 2015
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It is not how many teams. It is how many sessions are played in the qualifying. In my district, there were 7 teams in the Championship flight. The event was played as a 2-session Swiss qualifying 4 teams for KO. It paid 36 points because it was a 4 session event.
Aug. 11, 2015
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I voted “other” because the comparison is apples and oranges. They are not comparable events, so attempting to determine the “right” masterpoint award by comparing the two events is not practical. I would vote to preserve the status quo, as the LM Pairs is the premier pair event at the Summer NAC, so it should be treated as such in the masterpoint awards.
Aug. 11, 2015
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I am not sure you are comparing the right events. The GNT is the Grand National Teams. You may be thinking of the North American Pairs, which used to be called the Grand National Pairs.
Aug. 11, 2015
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I believe that the Championship Bracket awards 36 masterpoints for winning the District if the District event was 4 sessions. The number of teams at the District competition is not relevant.
Aug. 11, 2015
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Barry and Rusty - great job! I believe I have met John, but not the others on the team. Barry and Rusty and I go way back (Barry and I were in the same high school in Cherry Hill NJ).
Aug. 10, 2015
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I found the results on ACBL Live at about 1:00 am Eastern Time. They are on the third page of the event listings under Chicago NABC.

The Daily Bulletin is also available online.
Aug. 10, 2015
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