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If each table or a group of tables was covered by a camera, maybe even an “eye in the sky” that could watch a section or an entire room, coupled with existing face recognition programs and the information all fed into a computer, it would seem technologically trivial to keep track of how long each pair takes. A scale could be developed that at the end of the session your score would automatically be adjusted by your time overage. No disputes, no directors, no subjective judgments. Add a little artificial intelligence and we would have no need for directors at all! It (the computer - we would have to give it a name, perhaps Ely, Charles or Harold) could give rulings, automatically identify breaks in tempo, perhaps ascertain at-the-table cheating, fill in for half tables, and make cappuccinos.

The issue is simply one of cost. There would be a significant initial capital outlay, but over time the cost would be recovered.

If the average age of a player was 27 rather than 72, the concept would be easily accepted and understood. It would make the game attractive as “not being a game for old people.” We compete for new young members against computer games of all types. Being on the cutting edge would make the game more attractive to younger players.

(When I first submitted this posting, I received a warning it may contain “potentially objectionable or offensive material.” While my best guess is that it is because I used the word “cheating”, it did occur to me that perhaps it was the director's lobby, the AARP, or the “Tea Drinkers Society” that was objecting.)
Aug. 9, 2018
David Caprera edited this comment Aug. 9, 2018
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I would say that the hotel and playing area are very good, but perhaps a bit warm. I have kept my room at max cool and it is 75 F degrees (23 C).

Tonight's hotel dinner had a seafood buffet of crab legs, scallops, conch, sweet freshwater crab and a copius quantity of peel and eat shrimp. Then a full dinner and multiple desserts. Oh, and comes with beer. All for under $20 US.

I agree with Sylvia - the wifi sucks for an observable reason. No, not China's great firewall. It is overloaded. There are 700 players, all with at least a cell phone, all logging in at the same time. One of my team members assures me that the wifi at 4am is just fine.
Aug. 9, 2018
David Caprera edited this comment Aug. 9, 2018
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The reason to play 1M as F1 is to handle 4M and 5+m. With something like a 20 count, the problem is 1C-1D-2m-P where a 4M game is good.
Aug. 9, 2018
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Debbie, great post! Two initial observations. First, it is 98 F degrees (don't do it Eugene, in this context “F” doesn't mean what you are thinking even if it is what I am feeling) here and I would have said “100% humidity” but Greg (Herman, U26-2 and a student of weather science) informed me that if one could see 1 mile it means that it really isn't as humid as it felt. And two, this is not Yichen's first world juniors. Yichen is a grad student studying computer science in Boston but back in 2012 he played for China.
Aug. 8, 2018
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The presumption here is that the opponents are opening an honest strong notrump. But we are now seeing many top US partnerships playing 14-16 and upgrading 13 counts. Against them, particularly if your side is hot, if DBL isn't real, you better check your wallet at the door because it is likely to be picked.
Aug. 8, 2018
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I am curious whether those who voted responsive after (1C)-X-(1H) would vote the same for (1H)-X-(1S). If there was a box you checked on the convention card that says, “We play (1X)-DBL-(1Y)-DBL as responsive”, the number of psyching opponents should increase dramatically.

I can see responder asking before he bids 1S, “If I bid 1S, is advancer's double penalty?” and advancer replying, “Normally it is, but not if responder asks before bidding.”
Aug. 8, 2018
ATB
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Even though South's 3D bid is lead directing, he often has length. (The suggestion that it could be a D void isn't going to work well when partner leads from DQxx against 3N.) Perhaps DBL of 3H by North should show D length allowing South to judge wheter to bid on.
Aug. 7, 2018
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I have not met David (I hope to this week as I have enjoyed his postings), but if I see some guy running around with nothing but a sheet in Suzhou, I promise to take a picture and post it.
Aug. 6, 2018
ATB
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Hard to ATB without knowing the N-S agreement regarding 3S. My partnership agreement is that it shows an “offensive oriented minimum.” With that agreement (give North a singleton heart), South can envision 4S making (throw away the DQ.)

What? North-South didn't have an agreement? Then South guessed wrong. Too bad. Not my problem.

We don't see the West hand but it sounds likely had South ramped it up to 4S the first time, he might have gotten 5H out of West.

We also play transfers over the double so that South could bid 3C to show either a diamond suit or a spade raise with a diamond lead wanted. Here, South is perfectly happy with a spade lead so I think he abused his convention a bit.

Ask my juniors what I think about South passing 3S and then taking last guess by bidding four, and what I think about violating the LOTT. They may be the two principles of competitive bidding about which I yell the loudest. It is well known that I beat them with a cane if they do it twice in the same session.
Aug. 6, 2018
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I play DBL is maximal here but the hand isn't good enough. I would bid a “noninvitational” 3S.
Aug. 6, 2018
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To me, “punt” means, “I have no other better bid.” Most common is 4th suit at the three and four level. E.g.,
1S-2D-2H-3C
1D-1S-3D-3H-4C

I raised one last week in what I believed to be a choice of games cuebids:
1C (strong)-(1H)-2C-(3H)-
P-(P)-DBL-(P)-
3S-(P)-4H!
with Jx, xxx, Kxx, AQxxx. But that didn't work out when partner thought I could have a big spade raise.

There are also “PLOB's” and “extended PLOB's”. Example:
1D-1H-1S-2C-2S! (bid 3S with 5-6 hand)

I don't know the origin but one possibilty is from the slang Spanish word “punta”, as in the great joke with the immortal punchline, “Because death is by punta.” (The joke is left as an exercise for the interested reader, and because I have promised Eugene I will be a good boy.)
Aug. 6, 2018
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Michal also won the WBF junior world championships the same year he won the Bermuda Bowl (Bermuda Bowl first.) Having your kids going up a reigning Bermuda Bowl champ is, shall we say, “a challenge.”
Aug. 6, 2018
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How are the opponents supposed to know what to lead?

At white, responder generally passes 3N with a bad hand. Let them guess. Hot is more of a gamble.

FYI:
3N-4C/5C/6C PORC
3N-4D Bid your shortness (4N 7222)
3N-4M TP
3N-4N A or K? 5m with K (5m+1 relay) or bid A, 6m is suit with om A, after reply, 5C/6C PORC.

Yes, 3N is a bid that doesn't come up a lot. That is ok by me.
Aug. 6, 2018
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We play 3N Meckwell style, solid minor with an outside A or K. Keeps the opponents from rushing to bang an ace on opening lead.
Aug. 5, 2018
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We play DBL as semi-positive. How do you handle that hand type? And if the answer is, “you don't”, I am not interested in playing your methods. We play 2H as GF, no stopper, no five card suit. While we might overlook Jxxxx, AQxxx is too good not to bid.
Aug. 5, 2018
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Minor suit 8's only applies in game forcing sequences.
1D-1S-2C-2H (gf)-2S is either 3 card spade support or 1=4=minor 8's. 2N asks, 3C is 8's and relays can follow. Be prepared for two accidents where you play in a 5-1 spade fit.
Aug. 5, 2018
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Canada has some strong young players this year. Check out the reults of the Coke versus Pepsi showdown.
Aug. 4, 2018
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One deal proves nothing, but on the actual deal I believe the QT98 of spades sat over the Jx and declarer can power out 6 tricks in 3Hx.

I believe pass has a lot of merit and would be my choice at imps.
Aug. 4, 2018
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I have had a number of discussions with some top precision players in the last several days. The consensus among my comrades is that a direct 3S bid by opener shows a “good” 5+ card suit - responder's raise can be “gnarly”, including Jx. If opener doesn't want to be raised on Hx, they should pass. Responder will always bid a four card suit, DBL denied four spades. After responder's double (automatic), the jury is torn among pass, 3S and 4D. Given that responder cannot have 4 spades, 4H cannot be a big spade raise, but as several have noted, COG cuebids are difficult. Because of the complications it created, I remain in the “bid your long suit first camp.”
Aug. 4, 2018
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I am sure my kids will find the beer for me (they are all of legal age.) I just hope they don't find another gated Olympic swimming pool!
Aug. 4, 2018
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