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2 seems clear if 3 next shows 4 and longer s.
Oct. 14
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Would you pass with the same honors and 3244?
Oct. 13
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Kx in s?
Oct. 13
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No mights about it. It would definitely speed up the game to a level where more boards could be played.
Oct. 11
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Eric:

That might matter more in a win/loss scenario. Winning 2-0 on a VP scale isn't much different from the 3 IMPs from winning by 16 versus 13 for example.
Oct. 11
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The easiest way to speed up the game would to eliminate the bonus for overtricks (At IMP's only). Just automatically score all making contracts as +1. This would not apply to doubled contracts. Slams would not receive the overtrick.
Oct. 11
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That solution unintentionally rewards the slow players with even more time to be slow…
Oct. 10
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Obviously (to me) the + means unlimited..
Oct. 10
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I would bid 2. Pretty unlikely partner couldn't bid 1, but now wants to bid 2 into what could be a misfit. The real reason to bid 2, is that I expect to make it.
Oct. 9
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Even a match that ends at night creates problems for playoffs. The 2017 schedule has the last board of the night played at 8:20. This is before the players have had dinner. Add another 8 boards at 8.5 minutes per board, the playoff would end close to 10:00.

If you don't think this is a disadvantage for the winning team's chances the next day, I will respectfully disagree.
Oct. 8
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Who is to determine what a silly question is? How do we know when you embark on a relay auction, whether we might want to make a lead directing double, on, perhaps as little Kx (Or even to psych one with xxx)? Are the relayers then entitled to the information that their opponents didn't ask when playing the hand?
Oct. 7
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I guess we can count that as a ‘no’ vote.
Oct. 7
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We will fix this.
Oct. 3
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This hand is too pure to pass, notwithstanding the 5332, wrong doubleton.
Sept. 25
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Maybe it shows xx xx AKQJxxx xx. Hoping they get to 3NT.
Sept. 21
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One other thought on this subject. Since the USBF allows the use of split scores in rulings, 0.5 IMPs might actually create a tie instead of breaking one.

Perhaps the team we are giving the ‘half’ to should really just get 0.01 IMPs.
Sept. 18
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Reductio ad Absurdum. This is not giving teams some massive advantage. It is giving teams that did better in the ‘regular season’ an advantage in the playoffs. I'd guess about 1 in 100 matches are ties, then you have to factor in the chance that the teams did not face each other in the RR.
Sept. 17
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I agree with using PP's; and would also use them if the two teams tied in both the RR and the KO stage. It won't matter for 2018, but for 2021 (?), I'd also suggest using the winner of a previous KO match.
Sept. 17
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This is one of the many problems with slow play penalties. Whose time is it? Clearly, your system slows things down. Relays in general make for longer auctions, in addition to the questions.

There are plenty of other situations where it is not clear who to charge for time.
Sept. 15
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Interesting hand.

You use the after the fact results of how many pairs bid each contract to calculate what was the highest expectation contract. However, that takes into account only partner's actual hand. On other hands the frequencies would be different.

Did he have 6? If so, I'd expect a huge majority of the field to bid some slam. If he only had 5, I am sure not as many would bid the slam. AQxxx of Diamonds and out makes a great slam opposite this hand, but I'd guess not everyone would get there.
Sept. 15
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