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I calculated my M-number (I never heard of this metric before today) by going to MyACBL, then to masterpoint history, and selecting “Gold” from the “Color” drop down box, then just picking high numbers out.

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Someone mentioned blue ribbon Qs. One idea might be to recognize high numbers of those in a year on a unit/district level.

Some recognition for online players would be nice.

Lastly, keep in mind the demographic. ACBL needs to keep the 0-500 folks happy, and provide incentives for the low-ranked players to continue. More advanced players will play just for love of the game.

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I think 6 teams per bracket is a mistake, you would only play five matches and have two overall places.

Our unit's players love the bracketed RR. We mandate 7 to 9 teams per bracket. It usually ends up being 7 teams so we can play 6 matches of 8 boards.

For the non-multiple of bracket size teams, at one time we would put the extra teams in the top bracket and play that as a swiss. But, the differential in skill between teams 8 and 12 is much greater than that between teams 58 and 62, therefore we now put the extra teams in the bottom bracket for fairness.

We have a large population (600+ tables at three-day sectionals) so we have the table count to have a bracketed RR, pair game, and IM game at the same time.

For 38 teams, I would recommend 4 brackets of 7 and the lowest bracket would be 10.

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At the table I tried 5NT. My student knew I was asking for something, but didn't know what, so he bid 6♥.

4NT here works at the table, as partner has ♥AQJ sixth, ♦xxx, and the ♣A, so 7NT is 90%. Seems to me like if partner knew I was asking for something, he has it! Good trumps and the ♣A.

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Some recognition for online players would be nice.

Lastly, keep in mind the demographic. ACBL needs to keep the 0-500 folks happy, and provide incentives for the low-ranked players to continue. More advanced players will play just for love of the game.

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A) if ♥J wins, play a spade to ♠K, then a spade and finesse the ♠9 unless LHO shows out, whereupon you play the ♠A and a spade towards the ♠J.

B) If ♥J loses, play ♠A then finesse the ♠J unless the ♠T appears from LHO, in which case you run the ♠9.

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For number of members of the unit, we have about 1800 1-point players, about 350 2-point players, and about 400 3-point players.

The best 1-point players dominate this game, as you would expect.

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This is a step forward, the ACBLScore format is quite cryptic.

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Our unit's players love the bracketed RR. We mandate 7 to 9 teams per bracket. It usually ends up being 7 teams so we can play 6 matches of 8 boards.

For the non-multiple of bracket size teams, at one time we would put the extra teams in the top bracket and play that as a swiss. But, the differential in skill between teams 8 and 12 is much greater than that between teams 58 and 62, therefore we now put the extra teams in the bottom bracket for fairness.

We have a large population (600+ tables at three-day sectionals) so we have the table count to have a bracketed RR, pair game, and IM game at the same time.

For 38 teams, I would recommend 4 brackets of 7 and the lowest bracket would be 10.

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No one bid a grand of any kind.

Actually, I looked at the hand record and the hand with the diamonds has the ♦9, so 7NT is actually 95% to make.

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4NT here works at the table, as partner has ♥AQJ sixth, ♦xxx, and the ♣A, so 7NT is 90%. Seems to me like if partner knew I was asking for something, he has it! Good trumps and the ♣A.

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