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“Assume that most “bridge” will take place online, supplemented by a small number of destination regionals like Gatlinburg and the Nationals.”

If bridge clubs indeed do go under on a widespread basis, I wonder if this instead BOOSTS demand for smaller regionals and sectionals.

So is the “future of bridge (in the US)” online for daily games, but with periodic regionals/sectionals that can still survive with an increased appetite for face-to-face bridge when you can get it.
March 16
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While the ACBL waited, they weren't actually running any games. Presumably clubs which have not closed ARE running games, which is where the risk manifests. This is a significant (and obvious) difference.
March 15
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We just updated our system notes for how we deal with these bids by a passed hand. Here are what we put as prototypical hands for each of the THREE bids that show the other two suits. So for these hands bidding has gone P (1C) P (1S)…

X - xx Kxxx Axxx Kxx (i.e. a hand with defense that was just under opening strength…44 is fine)

1N - Kxx QJxx Axxxx x (i.e. a hand that probably has a little defense but playable if we have a fit…could be 54/45)

2N - xx QJxxx KJxxx x (i.e. a hand that could have no defense but where we should be actively looking for a fit…55 always)

We are not experts, so I submit this as much for constructive criticism as any suggestion these are “best”.
March 14
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If you want to make this real, I'd do something of consequence to make it seem credible and serious enough to get people to plan and commit.
No offense to Tom, but he's someone that I don't know and so I can't judge his level of commitment. But if I saw some demonstration of that – perhaps if this were a BridgeWinners-sanctioned event, or if some other big names were involved (big name players or perhaps even better big-name organizers like Jan M.) – I could also get serious about forming a team.
March 12
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I am flagging all of these comments. Let's get back to bridge-related discussion.
March 11
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“As a competitor, I'm dismayed that a vocal minority seems determined to post message after message to try to convince the ACBL to close and not let people make up their own minds. I fully trust those over 80 or those with serious health complications to be able to make their own decisions and not come.”

I hear your dismay, and generally support individual decision-making.

MY dismay is that many individual decision-makers seem to think that the ONLY consideration is the size of their personal risk.

Perhaps the defining feature of COVID-19 is how easily it's transmittable by individuals with no symptoms. People going to large gatherings expose not just themselves to risk (which is indeed low for many), but they also expose all future people they interact with to risks IF they become infected and thus a disease vector. I'd be much more comfortable with the emphasis and reliance on individual decisions if I saw more evidence that you and others recognized this larger issue.
March 9
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I think the decision to attend Columbus should go beyond the personal risk for each individual. We should also be concerned about becoming a carrier of the virus, especially if you intend to go back to local gatherings with lots of attendees who are at higher risk (e.g. club games).
March 8
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Which direction does the correlation go?
March 5
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I told someone today that I think the Olympics will have a easy decision on whether to cancel. An IOC member has said they will need to decide by late May, and with another 2-3 months of information, we'll either have a fairly well-controlled problem or a clear burgeoning pandemic.

It's much harder for the ACBL where the decision probably needs to be made within a week.

I think mandatory face mask use in playing areas for anyone with a cough (even if said cough is chronic) is reasonable.
Feb. 29
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I do not believe you are citing the CDC accurately. While there have been articles that say CDC does not recommend using facemasks for general-purpose protection from the coronavirus, those are targeted at people trying to avoid picking up the virus from OTHERS with symptoms. I do not believe they are the most relevant CDC recommendations for those who HAVE symptoms consistent with the virus.

Indeed, two CDC recommendations seem consistent with using facemasks at an event like a bridge tournament IF you have symptoms:

1. A statement on prevention and treatment of coronavirus suggests that people with symptoms use facemasks…

“Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).”

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

2. CDC guidance on preventing the spread of coronavirus has a section that technically applies to caregivers, but the close quarters of a bridge tournament seem to me to be similar…

“Recommended precautions for household members, intimate partners, and caregivers in a nonhealthcare setting1 of
A patient with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19

or

A patient under investigation”



“You and the patient should wear a facemask if you are in the same room.”

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html
Feb. 29
Barry Dehlin edited this comment Feb. 29
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Whether we're talking limits for articles OR lead/bidding problems, can we at least get some type of “submitted but pending auto-publish” functionality so that I can finish a session, enter the 1-5 bidding/lead/play/ATB problems inspired by it, and just have the dribble into the queue on their delayed timetable?
Feb. 13
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What are our defensive agreements? What form of scoring?
Jan. 15
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“Additionally, had the diamond king been offside (or remote chance there is a ruff) - then 6♥ wouldn't have made.”

IANAD (Director), but it's totally unclear to me why this matters. Aren't we talking about THIS hand in evidence before us rather than any hypothetical variation? On just about any deal, you can craft defensive holdings that produce an improbably low number of tricks for declarer. I didn't think those were relevant at all to the analysis.

I don't know if it's in accordance w/ the laws, but the principle of “if you err by giving misinformation, the least favorable result that is at all likely will be assigned” seems just to me.
Jan. 13
Barry Dehlin edited this comment Jan. 13
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“The call+the raise to 3 together could convey ‘hey, I know you might have bid on less, but if you did, I am not punishing you’.”

IMO, this is tin-foil hat conspiracy-theory paranoia. If I know my partner has called the director mid-auction but it's behind screens and I don't hear the discussion, I might think of many possible explanations before I think partner is sending me an unauthorized message. Most likely partner asked for explanation of a bid and didn't think it was adequate. Perhaps there was an alleged zero-tolerance violation based on a comment from his screen-mate. Perhaps he objects to a kibitzer's presence. Perhaps he realized belated that he is only holding 12 cards. Perhaps he doesn't have a 4 card in his bidding box. Perhaps he thinks he heard discussion about this hand on his last bathroom break. Etc, etc, etc.
Jan. 11
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(Deleting inaccurate comment)
Jan. 11
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This one has nearly 1200…

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/the-whole-story/
Jan. 8
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For what it's worth, here are results across the Common Game. About 2/3 of pairs are in game.

https://tcgcloud.bridgefinesse.com/PHPPOSTCGS.php?options=LookupClioBoard&acblno=4357884&date=2020-01-07&board=16&gamemode=Nite
Jan. 8
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Unsurprisingly, my preferred methods too!

The story on this hand is that I passed, and partner with KJTxx x x AKQxxx can make 11 tricks, and 10 are easy even if not guessing trump queen.

So our debate is whether (a) I shouldn't pass, (b) he should jump to 2, or © this is just bad luck.

Without a known fit yet, I definitely don't think (b) is right…
Jan. 8
Barry Dehlin edited this comment Jan. 8
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The unfortunate news for you is that the North American Pairs are one of the ACBL's “grassroots” events, in which ACBL district play qualifies pairs for the national event. To my knowledge, this event is only available to ACBL members who have qualified at the district level.

https://www.acbl.org/tournaments_page/charts-rules-and-regulations/conditions-of-contest/nap/

Good luck in the rest of the tournament.
Jan. 6
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I have never followed these races closely enough to know, but isn't it highly unlikely that one month of club results will produce a change in the Crane standings?
Jan. 3
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