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Make Diamond LM, FWIW.
Jan. 2, 2018
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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.
Dec. 31, 2017
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No, 7NT is 90% to make (just needs no 4-0 diamonds).
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.
Dec. 21, 2017
Daniel Jackson edited this comment Dec. 21, 2017
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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.
Dec. 21, 2017
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I don't there's any scrimping at all required to make a 1 overcall at these colors.
Oct. 11, 2017
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Suppose you have a suit with something like AJT98 across 7654 with exactly one entry to the 7654 hand. Now what? Or the alternative AJT97 across 8654.
Sept. 12, 2017
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Good point. Bots hate leading from kings.
Sept. 11, 2017
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http://www.bridge.dk/2131/Klub1/SuitCombinations.pdf

#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.
Sept. 7, 2017
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The bot's comment on the 4 call was “Support but no extra values”, so I guess it was the 1NT.

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).
Sept. 7, 2017
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Why not use 3 as a 3-card limit raise, and 3 as a four card raise with 1M-3-3 as an ask? Now you can play 1NT NF.
Sept. 3, 2017
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If trumps are 2-2 (40%) the hand is cold and you might make 7 if clubs split. Even if clubs are 5-0 you make 6 by just giving up a spade.

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.
Sept. 1, 2017
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I think the KI is legal under the new yellow chart, but not the green chart. Good news if your local club will play under the yellow chart.

http://cdn.acbl.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CONVENTION-CHARTS-2.pdf
Sept. 1, 2017
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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
Aug. 30, 2017
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Link to Sriram's tool:
http://bridge-hand-player.appspot.com/
Aug. 24, 2017
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The companion hand was ATxx KTx Kxx AJx. As it happens, 4 went down on defensive ruffs and 3NT will probably make.
Aug. 24, 2017
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Link to Sriram's tool:
http://bridge-hand-player.appspot.com/
Aug. 24, 2017
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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.
Aug. 14, 2017
Daniel Jackson edited this comment Aug. 14, 2017
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I like the irony.
Aug. 7, 2017
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The name of the championship game for the National Football League is copyrighted so people call it “The Big Game”, or the “Superb Owl”.

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

You heard it here first, folks!
Aug. 4, 2017
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When did this whole circle R thing happen? I see it on ACBL.org and now in this post. I find it hilarious.
Aug. 4, 2017
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