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Sounds great, eager to see this go live. My one comment at this point that leaps out at me is I wish it was organized to make it easier to tell the differences between Open and Open+. Perhaps mark things differently or include a separate summary table or something along those lines.
4 hours ago
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What is a jackpot game?
5 hours ago
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Yeah, we run the extended team game as well. Its been pretty popular, although for whatever reason - the top bracket tends to go a lot smoother and people have more fun. We have a lot more trouble getting teams in the lower bracket(s) to continue to be interested and sign up and enjoy themselves and haven't completely cracked that nut yet.
6 hours ago
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One thing I was curious about was something like the following:

1) Monthly unit game spread out to existing club games. Allow a club game to be run as a unit game which (I believe) is extra MP for limited extra costs? No clue on rules etc, this is just a brainstorm idea currently
2) Track Attendance and performance across all of these games, have awards (probably free play? maybe a tiny medallion?) for people who do well in various strats, attend all the games, etc.
3) Have a unit game “championship” type event 1-2 times a year that is run at a separate time from the clubs. Free entry to those who meet certain qualifications in the normal unit game part of things.
4) Maybe some sort of “home club” concept where people who do well in the championship earn a trophy or something else for their home club? Perhaps driven by body count rather than just winners? Not sure at this point what club owners would actually want, so would tailor it to feedback.

No clue if this is a good idea, just throwing it out for feedback. Some sort of “league” to encourage people to play across clubs seems like it might help drive attendance to the clubs. A big goal is to find ways to help the clubs and create a more collaborative relationship between the unit and the clubs.
7 hours ago
Eric Sieg edited this comment 7 hours ago
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X by E would be takeout, so either a penalty pass of diamonds or a hand that isn't eager to act opposite a hand that's shown 0-4 HCP
Sept. 13
Eric Sieg edited this comment Sept. 13
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Depends massively on club game, so I'll answer for the one I play at the most which is pretty strong and aggressive: I bid grand if it feels likely to be there. My usual bar is “good chance, and at worse its on a finesse” if I'm unable to count the tricks exactly. That club is unusual though, getting to 6 is no guarantee of a good board.

At other club games I might try be a bit more conservative just because a slam is already a good board so a grand has minimal upside with a huge downside.
Sept. 13
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@Jan - for me personally, failing to qualify and then spending 1 day doing regional events seems totally reasonable. Its the failing to qualify and looking at 2+ days that seems unnecessary.

The hole created by the Silver Ribbon seems especially unfortunate for those with jobs since it overlaps the weekend.
Sept. 12
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Yeah, creating a bunch of new national events is the suggestion of one person in the comments - not the suggestion or point I'm personally trying to make here :)
Sept. 12
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I'm not sure its really the same set of players available when lots of people skip regional events. I don't typically see as many international players in regional events since they don't care about masterpoints. Likewise, many people seem to skip regional events to go see the city or relax etc to get ready for events they care about. That's fine for 1 day, but gets a bit more problematic when there are multiple days. There already are frequently AX pairs available on off days, but I think many see that as a poor substitute especially if you hit a stretch that involves multiple days of regional events.
Sept. 12
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Thanks for the links Jan, I was looking for the schedule a few days ago and wasn't able to find it.
Sept. 11
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Adding some ideas on specific changes now, although this is very much secondary to the general request of “Please make it better!!”.

Some ideas:

1) Move the Mixed Pairs to the first Fri/Sat and the Imp Pairs to the first Sun/Mon. Then add in a new open event of some sort for the Tues/Weds where the mixed pairs sits currently. This is also nice if the Vanderbilt goes poorly so you can drop in Tuesday instead of trying to scramble for a mixed partnership at the last minute (which is going to to be hard for a lot of people).
2) Alternatively, swap the Imp Pairs and the Mixed Pairs and add in a new event to the first Sun/Mon timeslot.

I don't have any strong opinion about what the new event would be. A regular matchpointed event, a Swiss teams, a BAM teams, or a BAM swiss all seem like vast improvements over “sorry, no event”.
Sept. 11
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It's a great system (in my opinion) and its extremely prevalent in Seattle, but I haven't seen it used much outside. I think most people have a forget or two as they learn the whole system though, I certainly did.
Sept. 11
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If not going to pass, wouldn't part of the purpose in bidding be to suggest a strain that we can compete and/or save in? If partner has 5 spades and bids 4 over 4, I would feel a lot more confident about it working out well than if they have 5 diamonds and bid 5 over 4.
Sept. 11
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Not surprising that Atlanta attendance dropped for the daylight schedule. I've heard from a lot of people on the west coast that they won't ever go east for a daylight NABC again since the first week is so brutal. As said a lot in this thread, it'd be interesting to see how a west coast NABC with daylight times would do.

Definitely concur with 7:30 start time being unnecessarily late. In Toronto we were near the playing site so could go nap for an hour, but those further out have a much harder time.
Sept. 8
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@Peg there was a large food court literally across the street - doesn't that solve the location issue? I thought Toronto was unusually good for fast/easy food right next door.
Aug. 30
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Usually lots of abstentions means the poll options were incomplete. In this case: earlier on the west coast and current on the east coast is absurdly absent. This has been discussed many times on BW before with lots of voices willing to try earlier start times on the west coast but not the east coast.
Aug. 26
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edit> Nevermind, concede a diamond suggests they are ending on dummy and playing a diamond at the last trick.
Aug. 9
Eric Sieg edited this comment Aug. 9
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Partner is almost certainly 15-17 with 4135 shape. Whether to invite over that seems unclear, I do have the AJ of clubs to fill out partner's suit but we're misfitting elsewhere. I would probably invite since 4NT seems safe and 6 seems likely on most situations where partner has the KQxxx or better in clubs and 2 aces, but no criticism for anyone who chose to pass.
Aug. 9
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Jeff: unless trumps have been unambiguously set in the meantime. 1 2 3 4 4 4 is clearly kickback. If responder wanted to offer spades they needed to offer it immediately rather than cueing for hearts.
Aug. 8
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Why does playing kickback make it hard? I play kickback with pretty much everyone and they would all bid 4NT for keycard here with no discussion necessary. 4 could clearly be natural, so 4NT becomes the RKC bid.
Aug. 7
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