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Ever notice the big signs at the nationals,asking people with xperience in other federations to inform TD, that's what they are about.
Aug. 18
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Great read, thanks
If you truly think your opps have been under rated by the league, you can probably have this rectified in real time.
They do have the ability to find out what a players overseas achievements are.
Aug. 14
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I think you misunderstood my answer Randy.

No one that held me up was punished, but in a later event a pair that came to our table late, was subsequently punished for their tardiness.
Aug. 13
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no one that held me up Randy, but a pair that came to our table late was penalized when they left it, during a later event.
Aug. 10
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Maybe not, but every Director reports to a regional Director and complaints are kept on file. This makes a big difference to future employment and to Director Ranking.
Complaining can effect the Directors livelihoods, they don't want you complaining.
Aug. 9
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Vice Guard Backwash Stepping Stone, long list of names for forcing opps to throw a winner. My favorite was a dummy reversal with a stepping stone that I had no idea what I was doing on but it just seemed the logical way to play the hand.
It only occurred to me after the opps congratulated me that anything out of the ordinary had happened,it was the only way I could see to make 10 tricks.

A similar occurrence happened when opps threw in the cards after trick 7, I hadn't even worked out that they were squeezed yet.
Aug. 9
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wonderful, lets not play the nationals, we can do a statistical analasys, and all stay at home knowing that Richard has already decided the winners for us.
Zia lost 20 imps in 7 minutes in the semi, maybe Gupta really won, because that is so unlikely.
Aug. 9
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Peg I made an official complaint after the LM pairs, 12 minutes on the clock in sessions 3 and 4 for me would have been a luxury. one round we started with 5 minutes on the clock.
I hated every minute of an event I was playing with one of my best friends, we had less time to play than your average fast pairs, neither of us had a minute to think, and we paid good money for this experience.
I actually demanded a refund, which they laughed at, but truly I paid to play for 7 hours and actually played for around 5.
We made numerous complaints to the Director in the section and all he did was shrug his shoulders.
After the LM there was a notice in the bulletin every day about time keeping and slow play, and I did see Directors give out slow play penalties.
This does not totally solve the problem but goes a long way to help.
Aug. 9
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same team but we didn't actually play together, but yup Margie went over 20k (was that money well spent is an entirely different question)
Aug. 7
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For me yes.
I view the Nationals as Adult Camp, the bridge is serious, but I get to hang out with my friends go to good Resteraunts, watch the Braves on day off.
Play with some friends I otherwise might not even get to see.
Yup money well spent.
Aug. 7
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It would be wonderful if the Directors , could or would do something about time abuse in National Events, Waiting every round with players taking 10 minutes in claim situations is unfair.
July 28
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no comment, when the league see admitted liability for conduct infractions and do nothing, I wash my hands of all of it.
July 28
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Ed has a serious point , from a Directors View.
Yesterday I was called to a table because someone opened KQJXXX X XX KXXX.

Psyche or not, maybe a point out, definitely ACBL legal for a one opener, also is a 6 loser hand. Most people open this 2sp some might venture 3, those that play losing trick count always open this one.

But club opponents found this bid deeply upsetting, hard to explain that some judge this to be a logical one opener. Long explanations in kitchen ensued including have the player read the rule book, the usual I agree but the law is an ass, and I shouldn't allow it etcetera. Eventually coming to realization that the director is not going to change the laws of bridge on the fly.
July 21
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I am involved with 2 Units.
Unit 515 where my club is located is close to useless, they do not really get what their job is supposed to be.
They have never run LBIAD and when I brought up the subject they were reticent even to think about it. They asked me what I needed help with 3 months ago, we had a meeting and since then nothing.

Unit 525, where I live is slightly more helpful however they are fixated on one club and most of the efforts go to helping that one club.

They have run multiple LBIAD, price point $15 dollars. They also used to sub yearly membership after start of second 6 week course.

The amount of help they give to the one club is in thousands a year, everyone else gets nothing. It pretty much disgusts me.
We no longer advertise, because we had to move to a smaller location, and I am pretty much at capacity. We shall soon have more hours use of location so advertising will restart along with begginers classes and morning games.
We run most special games, we break even on Stacs and NAP, a few extra tables but charges are so high we don't really cover them, but as the players like them I go with it. ( Instant match point game where table is $8 dollars and ACBL makes you do your own printing is a loss leader)
We are technically for profit, but I wouldn't be making a living from my 4 games a week without some pro work and a few extra teaching directing gigs.
With extra hours on site I can probably start looking at becoming profitable once more.
July 19
Ellis Feigenbaum edited this comment July 20
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Not much until 2 or 3 hands in a set come up that demand action that is somewhat different to the accepted norm.
July 19
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John, I might reveal the names of the opps privately, my personal rating of them is championship flight or higher, sorry if they cant bid their own hands because I asked a question and now claim it as a psyche, I have 0 sympathy.
Brad this wasn't kitchen table or local club, it was against very good opposition in a regional KO.
July 17
Ellis Feigenbaum edited this comment July 17
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They can report all they want, My feeling is I was asking a question, that I wanted a specific question answered, do you have a diamond feature? Yes bid 4 No bid 3.
John thinks this is a psyche because he wants 2nt to be descriptive bid, I not only disagree , but fail to understand why I should not be allowed to use a systemic bid to ascertain whether I should bid to a level which might not be makeable.
I have more sympathy with calling this a psyche playing Ogust, where the answer is somewhat less likely to be helpful.
July 15
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I don't think so John, unless you have an agreement that 2nt describes something specific.
2cl drury tells as well as asks, 2NT feature specifically asks, there might be a general expectation of a certain hand type but much the same as redouble implies no fit, doesn't mean you don't have one, so here, it doesn't mean you have the expected HCP type hand.
July 12
Ellis Feigenbaum edited this comment July 12
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I had a psyche reported for bidding 2nt feature over 2sp holding q10xxxx x qxxxx x , Auction went 2sp double 2nt pass 3s(no feature) x 3s x AP
Making 3 opps on a hook for 7 hearts.
At the time the director asked what was the expectation of my 2nt bid, they also assumed that although it is an asking bid it had a HCP expectation, I claimed if partner showed a feature in Diamonds I was going to bid 4 or only 3 with no feature.

Bracket one opponents to this day claim I psyched, I still disagree.
July 12
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You can lead a horse to water, but very often not only can you not make it drink, but in the case of clubs you cant make them see the reason for drinking.

Quick example, many local club directors do not understand what the concept of UI is, and confronted by a statement that “I was always going to bid” just fold and let it stand.

Most club directors would be hard pressed to differentiate between an out and out psychic and a baby psyche against good opposition.
July 10
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