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All comments by Daniel Jackson
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I admire the 7 bidders. All you need to have a decent play for 7 is six hearts to nothing and out. Even 5 hearts to the J makes for a pretty good grand.

I had the companion hand and when I picked it up it was QTxx J9xxx Kx xx. The contract ended up being 6 and the hand morphed into QTxxxx J9xxx Kx -. 7 was almost cold, needing only a non 6-0 split in trumps. 7 is not as good but does make as the cards lie.
Sept. 12, 2018
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The demographic cliff is still a few years away. The ACBL will market the game to retiring baby boomers and that will work for a while, since someone born in 1955 (the middle year of the baby boom) is only turning 63 this year.

We will first see a declining standard of play at the A and B level as those players die off, to be replaced by C players. I think this is becoming evident now with the popularity of the Gold Rush events compared to the more challenging A/X pairs.

But eventually we will get to where younger players (age 50 or so and younger) grew up with video games instead of card games. It will be a lot harder to market the game to them, especially since the learning curve is steep and those generations are used to instant gratification.

Someone who is 50 now will be retiring in 15 or so years. ACBL has about that long to figure out how to reconfigure itself to a lot smaller membership.
Sept. 5, 2018
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Done. 48 sessions played, 24.19 masterpoints. Taking a break now. :)
Sept. 2, 2018
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I'll be in the minority and give equal blame.

North should bid something besides 3 (4 comes to mind, but Richard's 3 works well here).

South should bid game over the actual 3 bid. The K and Q look like good cards and there looks to be short clubs in the North hand.
Aug. 28, 2018
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The plan is to broadcast two sessions, then take a short break, rinse and repeat.
Aug. 23, 2018
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U.S. Central time, which is currently GMT-5.
Aug. 23, 2018
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Okay, thanks for the feedback.
Aug. 13, 2018
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Hehe , let me edit that. :)
Aug. 13, 2018
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Regarding time of day, I can confirm that scores for the normal robot games tend to be higher in the morning. I have tracked this fairly carefully over the last year.

But I have also noticed that hands I played in the morning in this weekend's practice tournament are replayed many more times over the course of the day.

Your observation may not be applicable to the championship tournament.
July 22, 2018
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In the robot games, Fuzzy's (Michal's) method's -are- down the middle. I would classify Sam's methods as “slightly aggressive.”. :)

Thanks for posting, Sam.
July 22, 2018
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IT'S ROBOT FIGHTING TIME!
(monday)
July 19, 2018
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http://web2.acbl.org/codification/MPBOOK.pdf

Bottom of page 17.

The “based on” is true for team events (bracketed KO and RR, flighted Swiss, etc) as well as for pair events.
June 29, 2018
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Stratiflighted is a combination of stratified and flighted. Typically, the A players play in their own game, and B and lower together in their own game.

In a stratified game, all players are in the same game and A players can play against C players.

I think the answer to your other question is “ACBL pair games”.
June 29, 2018
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I don't. I reverse the hand diagram and make South declarer. ;)
June 29, 2018
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Robots routinely do that with 2=4 or (in this case) 3=5 in the minors.
June 26, 2018
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Was this matchpoints? That seems the only reason to block the clubs.
June 26, 2018
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Freaking awesome! Thanks Carl!
June 25, 2018
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Yep, depending on location I pay from $12.40 to $24 for a club game, counting tolls plus a dime per mile of car cost. Buddy's even farther away than I am.
June 19, 2018
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$250K? That unit is not serving its members. Which unit is it?

Even $100K is completely ridiculous. It's just not needed.

We've got like $75K and that is plenty of reserve in case of an ice storm or whatever ruining our regional for a year.
June 14, 2018
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We've had games in community centers for years in Houston.

The only job worse than running a full-service bridge club for little money is running a bridge club in a community center for no money.

But Jeff Bayone is right, IMO. Just getting a piece of the first year's membership fees would be chump change.

It might be more productive to give clubs that sign up members a piece of all sanction fees paid by the new member for the first year. Say 50/50. Then after the first year, ACBL would get the sanction fees. This would encourage the clubs to keep members playing (at least for a year).

If the sanction fee for a game is a buck, if someone plays 100 sessions in a year, that would be $50 per new member. Still not much money, but an improvement.
June 13, 2018
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