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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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What Nick said, plus your suit quality isn't great. I would open 1♠. I might open 2♠ in fourth seat with the same cards and distribution, changed slightly to ♠KQT984 ♥A7 ♦87 ♣KT7

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I call it an implosion instead of a cliff.

ACBL has let the good times roll for a long time. Hopefully they have a plan in place for a membership that is a tenth the current size, because that's where we will be in 15-20 years.

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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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#100 says at matchpoints to finesse the queen and at imps to play the ace first then lead towards the queen.

The best line at matchpoints may differ since they preempted.

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Out of 15 pairs, 6 pairs got to the slam and 5 made it. 5 out of the 6 South players opened 1NT and the other opened 1♣ and raised 1♥ to 4♥ (yikes).

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If trumps are 4-0 (10%) you are down.

If trumps are 3-1 I believe you need clubs 3-2, but I'm not 100% sure about that. (50% times 68%=34%)

So your chances of making 6 (or more) are about 74%. I would not be overly upset about missing this one.

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http://cdn.acbl.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CONVENTION-CHARTS-2.pdf

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http://bridge-hand-player.appspot.com/

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http://bridge-hand-player.appspot.com/

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ACBL has let the good times roll for a long time. Hopefully they have a plan in place for a membership that is a tenth the current size, because that's where we will be in 15-20 years.

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So I propose that we start calling the things that we win at ACBL tournaments “Ma Sterpoints”.

You heard it here first, folks!

Daniel Jackson