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It absolutely is a situation where you can have your cake and eat it too. Play transfer McCabe.
July 20
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That is not an argument I have any sympathy for. I make my living using a variety of services and my income does not influence the price I pay for them. I'm sure that I'm not alone in that regard. In the cases where there is a commercial price, it is frequently lower, or provides extra benefits uniquely suited to business customers. No one I'm aware of has the gall to charge more and provide nothing additional

Pros and clients DO support tournaments disproportionately because of the rooms guarantee - those aren't filled with locals for the most part, and even out-of-towners who are looking to appear at a tournament frequently choose thriftier options, while those who's livelihood depend on how well they play, and the clients who hire them, stay more frequently at the host hotels.

Frankly, the ACBL has no way of knowing who is paying who and how much, so variable pricing based on that is silly and unworkable. Proposing it without a practical way of implementation is a waste of everyone's time.
July 20
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High level pros add prestige to a tournament, and encourage others to travel to said tournament. They book rooms at the host hotel, give free or extremely discounted lectures, and are generally available for quick questions and conversation.

While I agree that the organization should not be involved in the business affairs between pros and clients, I think the overall tone and general thrust of your comment misstates the value of pros to a tournament.
July 20
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David, I was exploring the benefit of doing it the other way by suggesting that 3M as stronger than 3D led to better slam auctions, which are more likely to be important when I am stronger, not suggesting my way was better; I had never considered it the other way, and was unaware that anyone else played a similar defense to what I invented for our partnership. We also play something similar after a gambling 3N, and I'm wondering if that is worth switching also so that 4D is weaker than 4M.
July 19
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We play 3 both majors, 3 as a pretty good 3 of a major bid (3 & 1/2 ish), and 3M as a normal overcall. I guess flipping it gives greater clarity for slam exploration?
July 19
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If there is a contract, then that is a legal solution. If not, it’s a learning experience. Either way, the word of mouth should help others from avoiding the same client.
July 19
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partner should be able to figure out you have a six card suit if you wouldn't preempt a 5 card suit to the jack nothing, assuming she can see some honors after the lead.
July 17
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since 4 is keycard, 4 should not be taken as such.
July 16
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I thought leading 2, but when I thought about it, the Q is likely to do better if the nt bidder has a useful singleton spot.
July 15
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4 puts max pressure on opps, and has a chance to make if partner is suitable. I'll take my chances there.
July 12
ATB
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Its precisely because in this auction you can have a natural 2, but not a natural 2 call, so partner shouldn't do something stupid over 2 like pass.
July 11
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In a similar circumstance, Noberto Bocchi offered me a dollar to forfeit the rest of the match, and another top team told me “We'll play, but make it fast”. I wish I was experienced enough to say “feel free to forfeit if you don't want to play”, but alas, I settled for “we're going to keep on playing”.
July 11
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Oh, you weren't actually talking about what you quoted, and then you thought it was clear? Perhaps you should reevaluate. FWIW, I have not actually seen you point out a flaw in my statement. In fact, it is nearly impossible to do so given your lack of knowledge about me personally, since it is a statement about my feelings and how I make decisions, not whether those decisions are flawed.
July 10
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I experimented with responding 1 in the hope of keeping the bidding low. It did not end well.
July 10
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Mark, I assure you it is true. I find it amusing that you think you have insight beyond what I have about how I make decisions given that you and I have never met.
July 10
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I don’t see why playing double as hearts will miss a lot of penalties. Partner will typically double back in with appropriate values
July 10
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Sure, their views are relevant. But I don’t care about their feelings about playing me, when I’m typically on the team playing up. Their feelings are irrelevant when it comes to my decision process.
July 10
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Well, if partner has spades, then it can get us a juicy penalty possibly.
July 9
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This shows no respect or understanding for those players who depend on that childcare.
July 9
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Who cares how they feel? Last time we played up in a bracket one knockout, we won the event, playing something like 8 national championship winners along the way, many of them very well known pros. Perhaps they were all glad to see us prior to playing us and unhappy afterwards? Whatever. I'm sure that the win meant more to all of us than it would to any of the people who we played, and winning bracket 2 would mean less than just beating one of those top teams.

When another partner and I glommed onto a Spingold team good enough to qualify for one of the last byes, we paid the entry fee, and used it to enter a one-session pairs event to practice. It was amusing to use the Spingold bye paper to pay for the event, and hear the director ask how many masterpoints we had (to which we bemusedly admitted we were flight B). FWIW, that was the time we made it to the round of 16. Perhaps all of those teams had feelings about playing us that differed from when they got the initial draw.

I know what its like to play a team that you don't think are nearly as good as you, and I know what its like to lose to such a team. Its annoying, but at the same time I am encouraged to see people growing up and doing well. I like to see more teams grow into good competition, because while I like winning, I like playing against good, clever players more - then winning actually means something.
July 9
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