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Congratulations! All well-deserved, and all terrific people. And well done to the selectors for recognizing Michael Seamon.
March 11
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When I was there 4 years ago, Gaggan was magical.
Oct. 18, 2018
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Why not just have a sticky post from the ACBL saying “We made a really dumb planning decision that was compounded by even more incompetence and graft, and we’ve learned absolutely nothing from decades of criticism and management failures. Can you bail us out again?” It'd save everyone a lot of time and trouble.
Oct. 18, 2018
Craig Ganzer edited this comment Oct. 18, 2018
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Abstaining, as assuming this is Chicago, which deal it is matters substantially. But if it's a chukker-ending hand, I go for game.
Oct. 3, 2018
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Disappointed that the otherwise excellent bulletin has no coverage of the Open Pairs final.
Oct. 3, 2018
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I believe it was just explained as “takeout.” I was not at the table so I am not sure if more information was provided.
Oct. 1, 2018
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Thanks Jan!
Sept. 30, 2018
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Is there a link to hand records and individual scorecards? The one thing that I wished the event had was posted frequency charts.
Sept. 30, 2018
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The isolated venue makes it hard to stay at a cheaper offsite location, but the entry fees are $50/day for play behind screens. The fees just look high because they include a lot of guaranteed play.

I will say: while I hate the venue (I really, really like to be able to walk somewhere to eat), this has been a fantastically run tournament. Apart from the usual world championship plus of everyone playing the same boards simultaneously, the tables are very widely spaced and the directing staff is first-rate.
Sept. 25, 2018
Craig Ganzer edited this comment Sept. 25, 2018
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Bobby Baldwin. He and Bobby Levin won at least one national, the 1996 open BAM.
Aug. 8, 2018
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Peg–in case it wasn't clear, they started a board from the *previous* round 3 minutes into the next one. That's just ridiculous.
Aug. 5, 2018
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In the 2nd final session of the mixed BAM, the pair we followed was allowed to start board 2 of the next-to-last round three minutes after the final round started. I asked the director, Matt Koltnow, if it was possible to give them a late play as it felt extremely unfair to us to begin the round so late that we'd be playing as the room was comparing and talking. He refused.

The late pair was given a 1/6 penalty, not enough to move them out of a win.
Aug. 5, 2018
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The original Gus's is in Memphis, so that'll be something to look forward to. I went a couple times during the last NABC and it was similarly excellent!
Aug. 5, 2018
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In fact my teammate found the correct play of diamonds from the top at trick 2.
March 23, 2018
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Correct, you can't be sure from the first round he only has 3, but once dummy is out of entries you are.

No idea why he didn't try to cash the AK (or, as Richard points out, why he risked a minus). I just thought it was a really nice example hand combining a lot of points–counting, signaling, deduction, and protecting partner.
March 21, 2018
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Good idea Don. Their professionalism is extraordinary and it's a job that's only noticed when it's done badly.
March 18, 2018
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I wanted to call attention to one of the most impressive things I've ever seen at the bridge table. In the first final session of the Jacoby Swiss, we finished the third of the three boards that were on our table and, just as we put our cards back in the board, Kyle (the caddy who has been wearing a horned baseball cap) brought over the two out of four boards the other table was finished with.

Think about the superhuman attention to detail needed to be aware that we were about to finish and bring over a PARTIAL set without being called. And, as my opponent Brian Glubok pointed out, this is the last day of an 11-day tournament in which the caddies work longer hours than the bridge players.
March 18, 2018
ATB
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Assuming this is MP, who did anything so wrong?
Jan. 10, 2018
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Hadn't even thought of that–compass directions were not changed from the actual hand!
Jan. 2, 2018
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Declarer could be 5224 with two sure club losers. From that hand's point of view declarer could have AJxxx xx Ax Qxxx.
Sept. 23, 2017
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