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The hand was over. It wasn't like it was a stepping stone winkle. It was cross to hand, ruff a spade, cross back to hand and the established long spade was good. I was prepared to state a line but the opponents were good players and could see the claim so we went onto the next board. No, I would not do that to Mrs. Jones at a Tuesday social but these were experts. No one challenged what I did. It is the way bridge should be played because the thinking was over and we all wanted to move on.
Nov. 30, 2018
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If you really want to stop slow play, the answer is simple. And no more cheating, no more revokes, no more leads and bids out of turn, no insufficient bids. LAPTOPS. With respect to slow play, a formula could be developed that automatically imposes a score adjustment for slow play. Not feasible for a local game but I am interested in comments as to whether players would prefer the USBF trials to be played on computers.
Nov. 30, 2018
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I don't think having a “pro flight” is a good marketing strategy. To begin with, the definition of pro is a problem. Several years ago I proposed a national amateur championship, primarily intended to give juniors a shot and modelled after the USGA amateur golf championship. It never got past the question of “who could play.”

The problem is too many regionals diluting the field. The math is simple. Hold fewer tournaments and the field will be larger.
Nov. 29, 2018
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With apologies to anyone local, the idea of a permanent nationals in Tunica made me laugh heartily. There is a reason why Caesar's is closing. Tunica is a pit.
Nov. 28, 2018
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My list is probably not a good one, but the concept that it be junior and, yes, family friendly, is. Philadelphia was a fine location.
Nov. 28, 2018
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South might have bid differently, but North made two “bad bids.” North has a positive response. And when South bids 3D instead of doubling (takeout), he has DIAMONDS (which he really doesn't have) and does not have spades.
Nov. 27, 2018
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Jan, I am with you on this but I have an additional consideration (that those who know me have already guessed.) The summer tournament is the one which juniors are most apt to attend. The more accessible it is and the cheaper it is, the more juniors will be able to attend. Having diversions that appeal to juniors may also make the site more desirable. My “summer list” would include Vegas, Denver (homie), New Orleans, DC, and San Diego. San Fran, NYC, Hawaii and Chicago(?) are more pricey and less attractive to juniors for that reason.
Nov. 27, 2018
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Rena, your suggestion is not going to get laughed off. It has much merit.

As for the entertainment element, I may be a minority of one, but I do not need a t-shirt from every regional I attend, the old musical show at nationals were good but the local stuff doesn't do much for me, and if I want a hotdog after the evening session I can go to 7-11 and buy one for $2.19. (Confession: I do collect the little stickers to decorate the cover of my system notes but both front and back are now fully covered.)
Nov. 27, 2018
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Michael, I agree with you and I am a big fan of HOOL. You list two reasons for favoring HOOL. I would add a third. It is a good and non-trivial game for bridge experts. In other words it is a game which beginners and experts can play together and both will enjoy.
Nov. 26, 2018
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If you are willing to give up 1N as “natural” (yes it gets you one more step than 2C, but relays starting with 2C are reasonably effective), then “game ordered two under transfers” would work nicely. For example, 1S-2C as showing hearts gives opener a chance to accept the transfer with a poor hand for hearts or express interest by bidding the middle step. I am really big on game ordered bidding (H, S, C and D) and if you are already playing relay it should be no problem to think in terms of steps rather than “natural.”
Nov. 25, 2018
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When I lay one of these auctions on Annie, I will be sleeping on the couch. If it makes, I get a blanket and a pillow.
Nov. 25, 2018
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Go Thomas and Jackson! Of course they are good, they school me every Sunday night.

(Peg, I can't help but mention that your title for this post reminded me of the line in Animal House, “Thank you sir, can I have another.”)
Nov. 24, 2018
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We have a general rule. “General rules are good.” No, that is not the general rule. Our rule is that 6T-1 is last train. Sometimes partner has shown a void, sometimes the opponents are in your auction, sometimes your keycard response didn't leave you enough room. But in all of those situations, if 6T-1 is last train at least we have some idea of what we are doing.
Nov. 24, 2018
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Given how attractive San Francisco is, I think many of the qualifiers will play next fall. And given how diffiult a “Spanderway” is to win, I put the over-under at 50.
Nov. 24, 2018
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“Last train” for us. That could be the HK but partner is allowed to bump it with a trick source.
Nov. 24, 2018
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I accompanied Mike Passell to Horn Lake to see his hall of fame display. It was new and Mike had not seen it. He cried and I cried with him.
Nov. 23, 2018
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I did not appreciate that declarer tabling his hand “may be deemed” to be a claim (whatever that means?) But can my failure to “accompany at once” by a stated line give rise to anything more than a requirement to state my line? If the claim is contested, the director will adjudicate equitably on the basis of the stated line. The first question must be, “What is your stated line?” I was prepared to do so.

Today, in the national senior KO, I faced a similar situation where I faced my hand in another 8 card ending and stated “I will pull the trump and the last trick will be won by the D7.” The opponents agreed. I look forward to my beer.
Nov. 23, 2018
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What violation of the law are you referring to? Declarer is not subject to a penalty for having exposed cards. Opponents are allowed to make a concession. I take offense at the suggestion that knowingly I did something unlawful.
Nov. 23, 2018
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I was prepared to state my line but competent opponents were going to be able to see that the claim was good. And it didn't “waste time”, it saved time. With Mrs. Johnson in the Tuesday afternoon club game it is undoubtedly faster, and appropriate, to play it out. (I don't play in many of those.)
Nov. 23, 2018
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I thought this post was supposed to be about the Honolulu NABC, not “hey, lets rag on the ACBL again.”

So, rag I will. Four of us took a cab from the airport to the Hawaiian Village. We were four singles who hooked up at the airport. The meter read $35. The cab driver said, “You each pay $35.” I didn't know if he was kidding. I honestly believe he said it knowing that X% of the time people pay him. We did not but it was an ugly start.

Hawaiian Village is “Disneyesque.” You get trapped on the property with their fancy shops and pricey restaurants. It is a “Hotel California.” We ate at their beachside bar. Hamburger $26, beer $15. I get it, this is some of the most valuable real estate on the planet. We had little other options. I did not want a turkey buffet. It isn't really about the money. It is the environment. And many of the places across the street were closed for Thanksgiving.

I have been here 6 hours and I want to be someplace else. That and my family had a Thanksgiving dinner without me while I flew halfway across the Pacific. I didn't think I would say this but I yearn for Philly, Vegas, New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale and Denver.
Nov. 23, 2018
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