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Does that mean that if I win a second-bracket at a regional, I get to play in the first bracket in the side KOs at nationals? :)
Sept. 21
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I assume EPs convert to seeding points the same way masterpoints do. That won't get you far, but it can make the difference between being 75th and 50th.
Sept. 21
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Kansas City and Minneapolis are both within reasonable driving distance of Sioux Falls, and they each host nationals.
Sept. 21
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And yellow
Sept. 21
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This is probably the most common example type for table feel–dropping an honor short offside. Sometimes it's hard to say how much is table feel and how much is reading the play. I remember dropping the trump queen (to just make a contract) with xx opposite AKJxxx because LHO led and defended very passively, which suggested he thought the trump queen was the setting trick. But he also looked entirely too comfortable. (He could be sure from the auction I didn't have a 7-bagger, so he could be “confident” I would finesse, at least on the second round,…until I didn't.)
Sept. 20
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Even apart from masterpoint inflation, how will you keep this up to date? Someone from Europe who first plays in the US at the age of 25 might be assigned just a few hundred eligibility points. If they then play in the US only occasionally for the next 20 years, all the while maintaining an ACBL membership and playing frequently in their home country, they may have eligibility point + ACBL masterpoints around 1000. If the same person did the same things except they didn't visit the US until age 45, they might be assigned 5000 or 7500 EPs. So it seems like the entire list will need to be reviewed frequently.
Sept. 20
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There are plenty of good opportunities to go after single IMPs, especially by exploiting information asymmetry when you know you are playing a cold contract and the opponents are still trying to set it. Unless you are playing a 100+ board match, risking 25 IMPs to gain 1 (Kit's example) is really somewhat worse than 25:1 since you have a limited amount of time to make up a 25 IMP deficit.
Sept. 19
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It is, and it was so on this hand, just a bit offshape, which is why many posters think it was a poor choice of call.
Sept. 17
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Or when no one makes anything. Or when clubs are stacked and they double.
Sept. 17
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Or where partner could have 4-4 in the majors!
Sept. 17
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I employed the blame-transfer 3 bid as a hedge. ;)
Sept. 16
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The vulnerability, I presume.
Sept. 16
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It's not quite true that if you play ace and a spade you will never go down if East has the K. Give East all the spades and a club void, like K742 K109764 Q65 –, and you are down. Of course, you will be down against this East holding regardless of the line you take, so it shouldn't change your decision.
Sept. 16
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This is close. Swap the majors and I'd open 1 instead. But here I'll open 2 since I feel some need to shut out spades.
Sept. 16
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I'd double this at matchpoints, but at IMPs the downside risk is too large.
Sept. 16
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Doubling with only 6 HCP in the other three suits seems too ridiculous for words.
Sept. 16
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Worst case scenario seems like -180 on a partscore deal, whilst the upside of doubling vs the misdescription of (re)bidding one of my suits is substantial.
Sept. 16
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It's really difficult to answer a question like this without knowing your overcall style.
Sept. 16
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This question is poorly posed. Does 3NT ask us to strongly consider passing 3NT when we have *four* hearts, or is it asking us to choose a sensible game when we raised on three and to probably please not pass if we have four? In the former case, pass seems fine; in the latter case, pulling to 4 is clear.
Sept. 16
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3 (on the other hand….where responder had s and s) is natural for the same reason Double is. Hands where either should be artificial would not have passed the previous round!
Sept. 16
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