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Yeah, dad was real proud of anticipating the need and ordering it ahead of the public surge.
March 9
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Actually, Jim, I've read that older people are more likely to be infected as well as being more susceptible to the consequences. That may just be that the older patients are more likely to have serious symptoms and be diagnosed, of course, but the chart was pretty clear that the percentage of the Chinese populations being infected was disproportionately older than their population at large
March 9
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My dad is chair of a sectional in Northeast Ohio. He says he has modeled his response after the ACBL, with some modifications. Notifications will be up reminding players to wash their hands and avoid touching their faces, he has hand sanitizer available for every table, tables will be spaced further apart in general, and there will be no grabbing foods (chips, pretzels, etc) served at the sectional. The unit hired professional servers (gloved) to give food to players.
March 9
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unless 2 doubled is, of course.
March 5
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Yeah, like they are walking across the border in smuggled furniture.
March 5
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If my carding is udca, surely I played the 5 of spades on the first round? I don't want partner to try getting active to find my cards, after all.
March 5
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double. Not sure what I would have done in 1996, I was still a kitchen-table rubber bridge player so probably something stupid.
March 5
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Directors too.
March 5
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1N-2H-2S-2N is my guess. Secondary transfers are gaining popularity, so it isn't uncommon.
March 5
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It doesn't have to. You could, theoretically, use 4C for slam tries and retransfer with the natural step, but in practical use when partner signs off in 3N interested in neither of your suits, you tend to suppress mild slam tries.
March 5
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We have used 1N-2C-2D-4D and 1N-2C-2D-4H both showing 5-5 majors, with one being slammish and the other to play. I forget which we used for which now (it was in a system played with a previous partnership). It necessitates using Smolen with the 4-6 hands, then retransferring if partner bids 3N assuming you want to play in the major.

With my current partner we transfer to hearts, then use 2S as an artificial inquiry. Responses (up the line) show number of hearts and playing strength. 2N is 2, min, 3C is 2, non-min, 3D is 3 non-min, 3H is 3 min, and 3S+ are cuebids with 4+ hearts (and by definition not a max since no superaccept). If there is room after partner's response, a 3H follow-up shows 5-5 invitational, and 3S shows 5-5 forcing.
March 5
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Its even worse than that for older people, aka people who tend to play bridge. The death rate of my own age bracket, 40-49, is .4%, and that is double the rate of the 30-39 bracket.
March 5
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5H/5S are conventional - raise one level for each A/K of trump you have. I know you said this in the OP, but none of the options in the poll encompasses that preference.
March 1
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whatever you agree it to be. My partnerships usually agree it as artificial GF. I've also seen one-round force. I haven't seen anyone whose bidding I'd call sophisticated use it as natural, but I'm sure they exist also.
Feb. 27
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Robert, your posting was word salad. If you want a cogent discussion to flow in a specific direction, you actually have to deign to write sentences and direct the conversation in the original post. Even then, be prepared for digressions.
Feb. 27
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Double. Flu strains are not 20x more likely to be fatal, so much as they are more frequently occurring. In fact, mortality rates for the flu are significantly lower than the 2% estimated mortality rate for the coronavirus
Feb. 26
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I was thinking about a similar thread/poll asking whether people were thinking about skipping the upcoming NABC out of concerns about the Coronavirus, especially since China and Italy both typically send lots of players to NABCs, and since the bridge playing population seems to be especially vulnerable given the average age of ACBL members overall. I won't skip Columbus, but if I win a national title, will it be tainted by the ostensibly weaker field, and thus have Eric consider it to be not worth GLM qualification :).
Feb. 25
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I use 4C as a combination of ask for hand type/stayman. balanced hands answer stayman, trick taking hands bid 4N. Transfers and MSS are on.
Feb. 24
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Source?
Feb. 20
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I'm pretty sure that GLMs that won restricted events dropping out of bridge is not actually a valid concern.

Bridge skill is not a prerequisite for GLM - there are a few sponsors that have won over the years that would not be able to do so without their team of pros paving the way, and those have won serious events. Additionally, there are players who won when they were younger, and whose present skills mean they won't be competitive in even good events. That's life, it doesn't mean that they shouldn't be a GLM.

GLM doesn't measure skill, it measures achievement. Same with masterpoints to some degree. One tends to correlate to the other, of course, since its common for the more skilled to achieve more, but its imperfect as you know, and always will be even if you go to a progressive rating system.

Finally, I repeat, who cares? Who does it hurt to have the GLM like it is now? You know who is most proud of their GLM? Its those who know they would normally never be good enough, but the sun shone on them that event and things fell into place, and voila they won a random event like the Imp Pairs where luck can greatly augment skill. I hope to be one of those someday. Why take that away from them?
Feb. 18
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