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I wonder what the matchpoint score for the laydown 7 was.

Interesting hand, thanks for posting.
July 17
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I happen to be chairing the August sectional in Houston. The unit boards approve scheduling, budgets, and so on. But tournament chairs have a great deal of leeway.
July 10
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I like the transferring of control line. A, K getting the news, Q, and T. Let RHO win if covered and play for squeeze on LHO. If RHO ducks, let LHO win their honor and play for squeeze on RHO.

The defenders get to choose who is squeezed. Elegant, if it works.
July 10
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Way too logical.
July 10
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With a number of teams in the event that is not a multiple of the number of teams in a bracket, you can put the extra teams at the top or you can put them at the botton.

We've tried putting the extra teams at the top (adding a “X” strat to the top bracket) and there was some pushback. The talent disparity at the bottom of bracket 1 made the event not fun for those extra teams.

If you want to come to Houston in August and bring your team, I will talk to the director in charge about letting you play up. Team number 9 will most likely thank you for it. And we will have predealt hands.
July 10
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<shuffled boards>

Working on that.

Also, there are usually 9-team brackets (8 matches of 6 boards) rather than 7 (6 matches of 8 boards) in the bracketed round robins for two reasons. First is that a 9 team bracket will have four overall places rather than 3. The second is that there usually is a greater disparity in talent between teams 7 and 8 than there is between teams 9 and 10.

@Mike: It was favorably received and we are planning another two Mini Soloway events for the top bracket in 2020.
July 9
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I give people the Bird. 1. f4.
July 2
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Sims are sims, real life is real life.

I would be convinced that 16+8=12+12 if and only if someone did analysis on a decently-sized set of real hands. I wonder if The Common Game folks could provide a suitable data set.
July 1
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Sims are useful and maybe I have confirmation bias but a double dummy sim is only an approximation of what will happen when a hand is actually played.
June 28
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If you are not in 3NT played by North, then yes.
June 27
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The 8 HCP problem is one reason I like 14-16 NT. Anecdotally, 16 across 8 doesn't play as well as 15 across 9. So I have no fear of inviting with 9 HCP across a 14-16, but I invite a lot less often with 8 HCP across 15-17.
June 27
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I like 3NT by South for +660 better. Minor suits are minor. They will not lead a low diamond.
June 23
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Fuzzy's comment was sarcasm but it is true. Beginning players need to use their rules and nursery rhymes.
June 17
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I don't ruff a heart at trick 2. I play a club. KK is enough for a lot of people to overcall, so I don't think the squeeze is a gimme.

So I would play thusly: A, A, ruff with 8, AKQ, AK.

I think the minor squeeze has about the same chance as ruffing out the clubs, considering the overcall.
June 14
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I don't care.

I just want to play bracket 1 events. Therefore I will continue to grind out the online points.
June 4
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Yeah, they could go back to a two day event, with day 1 reducing to 8 teams. But that would mean not playing the finals and having co-champions.
May 30
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It does and they are sane.
3-5 teams play a round robin to get down to two teams.
6-7 teams play a Swiss to get down to four teams.

The B bracket used to be a Swiss to get down to 16 teams. Later it was changed to be a Swiss to get down to 4 teams, which was unfair. Now it is a Swiss to get down to 8 teams.

All districts need to have their conditions of contest plainly visible on their website and the directors need to follow them.

The district 22 website has a link to the conditions of contest but the link is broken.
May 29
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That's good to know. I will continue using the old client until the new client gets up to speed.
May 28
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Why waste space? It's our hand.
May 25
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So the right line is J, A, ruff with 2, AK, ruff with 6, then ruff club with 9?
May 23
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