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Yes, it is experimental.
June 5, 2018
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Cincinnati (see AJ Stephani's comment) is trying a hybrid KO where the first two sessions are a round robin to qualify the top four teams to a KO. This would eliminate some of the schedule uncertainty as there would be no first-round losers to worry about. Third round losers would be able to play a 3/4 match. I would not be opposed to trying this format in Houston.
June 5, 2018
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I had a fairly large role in designing the schedule for Houston. The non-pro players loved it. Most of the pro players tolerated it. Some pros boycotted it, but that is their choice.

I am not sure about 4-session KOs being “revered”. As far as I am concerned they can die in a fire. They are super inconvenient from a logistical point of view. I tried to have the three-session KOs removed as well, but we will still have one next year.

Members of this site sometimes lose track of the fact that the majority of bridge players are not life masters. In order to generate the necessary table count, we have to have a schedule that caters to the lower players.

We had a prestige event on the schedule this year and it was all but ignored by the top players. We will not make that mistake again.
June 4, 2018
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Agreed. This thread might be more accurately called “The Death of Knockouts”. The Bracketed RRs are thriving.
May 30, 2018
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I don't recall us allowing teams to play up in that tournament.

Timo's team had about 35K points and I believe that would have made the top bracket anyway. The top bracket was super strong, there were tons of great players stuck in the second bracket.
May 30, 2018
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That looks like a stepping-stone squeeze, but also like an endplay.
May 22, 2018
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This is pretty cool, I thought that the diamond shift broke up any squeeze.

Thanks for posting!
May 21, 2018
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Who's to say we have a heart loser? It might go on the diamonds.
May 16, 2018
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Go to MyACBL, then click Races, then Pigmented Masterpoint Races, then select your district.

Direct link may not work, but here it is:
https://web3.acbl.org/mpracescolors/?year=2018&district=9&race=CAD

I see 252 players over 6K in this list.
May 8, 2018
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The companion hand was Kxx AQJx KQJx Qx. I was not happy with the call at the table which was 5.
May 8, 2018
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You could make flight A a 10K event. There are a lot more 10K events than there are 6K events at the nationals.

Are you sure about the “hundreds of club players with more than 6K points”. I see 252 players in D9 with more than 6000 points but almost a hundred of them have more than 10K and a lot of them are pros, not club players.
May 7, 2018
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That is just the knockout phase. There were 4 Super and 5 A teams, I don't recall the exact number of B or C teams.
May 7, 2018
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Someone said 3 splinter and we do play that. Also, opening 2 is an option so I guess you can vote for 6 if you would have opened 2 weak.

2, 3, and 4 opening bids are all natural and preemptive.

Responding to 1 opening bid:
2 natural, non forcing
3 limit raise
3 forcing raise
4 Minorwood
3, 3 splinter
May 6, 2018
Daniel Jackson edited this comment May 6, 2018
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Thanks for posting.
April 27, 2018
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Nice. I was thinking drop the K under the ace.
April 20, 2018
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I was under the impression that invitational/open was at the club level, not on a per-game basis. Therefore illegal. I do not see an invitational option for club games in ACBLScore, but I could be missing something.
April 15, 2018
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Right, strip the red suits first.
April 15, 2018
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There might have been a system issue as David plays a lot of weak NT and the hand in question looks too good to open a 12-14 1NT.
April 11, 2018
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I think Frank is saying, “Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!”
March 15, 2018
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There are several kinds of cheating devices. I would be surprised if no one had ever used one to cheat at bridge.
March 1, 2018
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