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I don't mind at all if not every team is playing the same boards. But I would like pre-duped boards and hand records, from the start.
March 22
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I can remember the hands I hold, but I am not good at picturing the other hands. Hand records help me see the whole picture.
March 20
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I agree so much with the sentiment that the Vanderbilt should have pre dealt boards and hand records. We played against Rosenthal, and by the way they could not have treated us better than they did! One segment they had seating rights, told us what line up they wanted and when we said we preferred to play the other way they said ok! The experience was fun for us and part of that was how well they all treated us. It would have been improved with hand records! We wanted to be able to look at the hands afterwards and try to see what they saw that we did not. The Vanderbilt is expensive; it's one of the events that charges more for an augmented team even though the same number of boards are played. And it's ofc the NABC price for a 4 person team. I think ACBL should simply commit to pre dealt boards for the Vanderbilt.
March 17
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I expected to read something about that as well.
Dec. 4, 2016
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I have sympathy for the clients if the scenario is correct. A client depends on the pro for guidance in bridge matters and will often defer to the pro. It could be difficult to speak up against more than one pro who is deemed to have expertise in this area. I understand that doesn't change one's responsibility, but I do think it is a mitigating factor.
Aug. 2, 2016
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One sentence in Peg's comment that I would like to speak to. You said that you mentioned that people who were not involved maybe shouldn't be at the hearing. And I know that has been the practice for ACBL appeals. I don't understand why this is, or should be the case. I understand that observers cannot disrupt in any way, but why are they not allowed at appeals? ACBL allows kibitzers to the games and they are expected to not disrupt in any way. I can go into a court room and spend the day there and just watch court proceedings if I have that interest. Why should I not be able to observe an appeal? I am actually a paid member and I have an interest in understanding how the appeal process works and also it might help me to more fully understand an infraction before I inadvertently commit one.
July 2, 2016
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Peg's pictures capture the best of people and then we can see how attractive they are!
June 26, 2016
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Doesn't the first day start with a round robin when it's so few teams? If so, then every team would play every other team.
May 22, 2016
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It might be a good idea to have Flights Super and A play together, and whichever wins the event represents superflight, and whichever team with no player over 6000 finishes highest after that represent Flight A. That way the Superflight team would have to beat all the flight A teams to win and would have a larger field to get masterpoints rewarded equitably. Flight A players would not be hurt by competing against the superflight players as their results could not allow them to represent in a lower flight.
May 22, 2016
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Maybe this wouldn't apply, but I thought that in some events, where there is a concurrent lower flight playing, Masterpoint payouts take into consideration the pairs playing the lower flights, and a win is based on the entire field. Could something like this be done for GNT? I agree that winning superflight should pay out more than winning flight B.

Also, if not a complete online GNT, what about online to qualify for the finals, and then make the finals one day. That might get more participants since they don't have to travel unless they make one of the top 4 teams.
May 22, 2016
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What do you look for in a site? I like the locations to be varied and I like to be in a walkable place. If there are several nice restaurants I can walk to and good playing conditions I am satisfied. Low prices helps too. Reno, while not a town I would ever choose to vacation met my requests quite well. Orlando does not. I don't like an NABC where I am out of the walkable part of the city.
March 21, 2016
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I don't understand this either, it's the same amount of bridge played, regardless of whether 4, 5, or 6 people play it. I could understand a small surcharge for an augmented team, like $5 for the extra administrative work.
March 13, 2016
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I went to the last NABC in Canada, and at that time the US dollar was down. The hotel rates and prices there were more than what I pay in the US for similar. The hotel and meal rates in Reno, even with the current exchange rate, are far less expensive than if the NABC were in Toronto. The play fees are definitely more expensive for all foreigners right now with the dollar so strong. I don't think it's reasonable to expect ACBL to offer different prices depending on exchange rates. Travel is like that. I intend to attend the next Canadian NABC and I am already saving up!
March 11, 2016
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How many teams, on average, are requesting to be bracketed up?
Jan. 11, 2016
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I read that if the director doesn't state that ZT is in effect that it is not. I can understand trying to give reminders, but really? People can't be held to a behavior standard that we hold a 5 year old child to, unless they are warned that on this occasion they have to meet this standard or will be penalized? Does this make sense?
Jan. 5, 2016
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Sometimes people are too easily irritated by people being people. It's ok to ask people to discontinue some activities that are distracting but once I was playing with a young partner and opponents told him not to fidget. He was very nice and polite. And did as asked. But he had to concentrate so much on not fidgeting that it was hard to cnecwntrate on the cards.
Jan. 4, 2016
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I've always disliked ANY zero tolerance policy. Zero tolerance leads to such things as cub scouts being expelled for bringing their pocket knife which they are proud of to school, or 10 year olds being expelled for asking a teacher to cut their lunch with a plastic knife in their lunch box. We have to trust our directors more than a zero tolerance policy does. In fact, I think it's possible that a zero tolerance policy discourages addressing marginal behavior because the penalty is deemed too great. That being said, these behaviors should not be tolerated. I think that if people routinely spoke up, to the director first, and then to the DIC, and then by emailing ACBL, changes would occur over time. It's clear that the current policy is not effective. Being rude to a caddy, whether during or after a session is something that should be considered egregious in my opinion. I'm not sure what the penalty should be, but there should be a definite penalty for that.
Jan. 2, 2016
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We weren't even what I would call a talented team; we were flight C by master points and played well enough to be competitive in a good flight B bracket. So at a national knock out instead of playing bracket 17 we should have played bracket 10. I always heard that we could not play up just a bracket or 2, but we could request top bracket, and we did that, but that was not allowed either. We would have preferred to play top bracket to bracket 17, but the only thing we could do was lie and add to our points when we bought the entry and hope we lied the right amount that the directors wouldn't yell at us. One time we put a top player on our team who wasn't even at that nationals, just to add those points to ours. Is that what you meant by creative?
Jan. 1, 2016
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Asking to play up in knock out events does not work. I played on teams with young players who were much better than their points would indicate, and we always asked to play up and were denied. After we were denied several times we started adding between 500 and 1000 to our team total when we played, and still we were not well matched. In fact, at the 2006 NABC in Chicago we were in a knockout, and when we returned at the half after comparing with our teammates, we were up over 50. My partner was 16 years old, and the opponent said to us, “We don't like to play against young players.” She did not take well to my suggestion that they might prefer senior events. When I pressed the directors more regarding putting us in higher brackets, their answer was that if they played us up that would involve playing another team in a lower bracket than their points, and the players in that bracket should not have to play against a higher ranking team. I don't know what the answer is, but I know that especially for young players their points do not accurately reflect their skill.
Jan. 1, 2016
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I know that in Las Vegas getting a non smoking room can be complicated. They don't have enough of them, and if you book on discounted site they will say there are no non smoking rooms available. I wouldn't be surprised if this situation happens in Reno as well. When I said I was allergic to cigarette smoke that helped.
Nov. 2, 2015
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