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Do you need to call the director in order to file a recorder? I feel like a recorder is appropriate if wanting to object.
April 21, 2013
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This is an automatic double, and I don't think its a forcing pass situation at all, because it is not clear who has the balance of power based on the auction.
April 20, 2013
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A combination of reasons already stated: High cost of entry/travel/stay (especially from Oregon), high amount of vacation time needed, no other events if you do not win, and low probability of winning in general. I can't even go to all of the nationals, I am certainly not going to prioritize going to the USBF trials unless some part of the equation changes.
April 17, 2013
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I love the GNTs, and they have been good to me also. I play in multiple flights here in Oregon every year. The past couple of years I've been on our district's committee for NAP/GNT event planning.

Our district (20) is comprised of parts of Idaho, Washington, California, Nevada, and all of Oregon, Hawaii, and Guam. Despite our large geographic area that we cover, we are relatively small in size, with the largest population center, Portland, OR, being on one of the northernmost portions of the district.

As I alluded to above, one of the things I feel our district does very well is to allow for participation in multiple flights. We also have a relatively compact trial schedule, because of limited participation. Our flight B and flight C representatives are decided in a day through a swiss, and our flight A and open flight teams are decided in a weekend after a qualifying swiss and subsequent knockout matches.

Also, to combat geography, our district has moved all GNT contests online. This provides its own challenges - we have to arrange playing sites at multiple locations with internet access and which need monitors to maintain the integrity of the event - and because it is relatively new, I don't think people are comfortable with it yet. In fact, last year when three of the four teams that registered for the open flight were from Portland, they dragged out the screens and played two of three KOs offline with screens instead.

This year is the first year that all of our flights are being played online. If you are interested in how that works, our GNT trials are being held on BBO April 27 & 28th (27th is C & A, 28th is B & A), and on May 3, 4, & 5th (Open).

As far as answering the OP, there are several problems in our district. Hawaii, which comprises a sixth of our population, has no recent history of playing in the GNTs. No Hawaiian player registered to play online last year, and last I checked, with the registration deadline being days away, no Hawaiian player has registered to play this year, making an already small district that much smaller. This may be partially due to the fact that Hawaii is three time zones away from PST, and that any open team would have to start playing at 3:30 PM that Friday.

Logistically, some players are intimidated by playing online, or object so much to playing online that they have decided not to participate. Historically, teams comprised of a pool of 10-12 players have dominated our open GNT competition over the last 15 years, which has discouraged competition; it is only recently that some new blood has started to win instead. Our subsidy is what I consider a relatively generous $1800 per team, but even that does not really help as much as it seems, because the summer GNT is usually held in a distant east coast place, driving up travel expenses. The geography of our district makes it harder on the good players from outside of the main population center of Portland to land on competitive teams, because there is usually a talent gap between the top player or two players in a smaller population area and the next two-three players.

In all, our district is at a significant disadvantage in deciding our teams, but I think our move online will allow us to maintain the spirit of the grassroots event, even if our transition is somewhat painful.
April 17, 2013
Chris Gibson edited this comment April 17, 2013
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I'm leading a spade.
April 16, 2013
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I know I take too much inference from the result of one hand frequently, and I'm not sure that we aren't doing so here. Admittedly the hand you gave is consistent with the bidding, but so is the same hand with 1 fewer heart and 1 more spade, where your best chance of a plus score is to score 4 tricks on defense, not unlikely if you can stop the cross-ruff.
April 13, 2013
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Initially I thought 3C was the right call on the hand, but thinking about it, I really have a 3S initial call - I have a great hand for whatever minor partner has (and, like the others, I'm assuming partner either has clubs & diamonds or clubs & hearts, probably the latter based on my own hand), and I should say so in case that information is enough for partner to bid game.
April 11, 2013
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Out of protest for the injustice done to Marty Bergen, Jill Levin, and Peter Boyd, if they are not elected by the time that I am eligible for the hall of fame, I will decline my own nomination.

No need to thank me, its for the good of the game.
April 9, 2013
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Pass? Partner is bidding to make at this vulnerability, and in the case of 5D, had a chance to offer 4N with more than one place to play, so should have 6+ diamonds.
March 27, 2013
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Not enough information was given. I need to know carding agreements at the very least
March 12, 2013
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Doubling in this position is insane.
March 9, 2013
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do you play 4C as a splinter or a fit-jump?
March 7, 2013
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its forcing. I take a moment to suggest the Moysian again. I also would have opened 1, though I understand 1
March 6, 2013
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I could not have a more perfect fitting minimum, and am not going to be able to bid grand no matter what. I'm going to keycard in case partner can count to 13 when I confirm all controls, but I'm driving to 6.
Feb. 27, 2013
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My own feeling is that invitational jump shifts are great when you play 2/1 as absolutely game forcing. If you have other methods that deal with that hand (Lawrence-style 2/1, or 2/1 not game forcing), then there is no need for it. You are basically trying to limit the hands in the auction 1X-1N-2X-3Y

A lady came up to me at the last tournament asking about how to show a single-suited minor invitational hand playing weak jump shifts and 2/1. I recommended a system change, but I also think that if you do play weak jump shifts, that the auction 1x-1N-2y-3z should be invitational, since you did not jump shift immediately.
Feb. 27, 2013
Chris Gibson edited this comment Feb. 27, 2013
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Can you call attention to it before damage is done? I say no, you cannot; the damage is already done in that team A was going to review its agreements to your NT defense, and now cannot legally do so. What if you break the rules and give them the information they need, and now they have a bidding misunderstanding based on the real information you give - is that something that you really want to deal with?

I understand the point about trying to let bridge be played normally, but I don't think the way to achieve that is to correct your earlier MI with further violations of alert procedure, which may not ultimately correct all of the damage done by the MI. There are rules in place to deal with this situation, there is no need on my part to improvise a new solution of my own.
Feb. 27, 2013
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I think that team B should not violate alert procedure, and alert accordingly but without extra information. Then, if they are not the declaring side, they should wait until the end of the hand to disclose the misinformation given before the match, calling the director over at the time, who will be able to adjust the score according to the rules. If they are the declaring side, then they should correct the misinformation at the conclusion of the auction, again calling the director.

I think that violating alert procedure because you realize that you are going to be culpable for misinformation and a subsequent score correction is not actually ethical. It smacks of an attempt to lessen your own culpability for the original MI.
Feb. 27, 2013
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Also, I find it flawed to tie seeding to subjective and variable results; it just encourages gaming the system to manipulate seeding if you feel it is your advantage to do so.
Feb. 26, 2013
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I find flaw in your method: To wit, it does not acknowledge that bridge is a partnership game, but instead indicates that both partners are equally skilled, which I find rarely to be the case. It also assumes that one brings all of your skill to bear in each level of competition, which is not the case with myself, at least; I don't really care about my results at a club game when I am playing within a developing partnership, so I will be much more likely to test our system than to make good practical bids.
Feb. 26, 2013
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What do you feel pushed you from very good to winning national championships? Was there something extra you did, or was it just a natural progression born of ongoing experiential learning?
Feb. 26, 2013
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