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I XX for business often at imps, rarely at MPs and never if I am worried about them running. In Philadelphia, I XX'd 3NT twice in the same week and was making jokes about getting a 3NT XX'd t-shirt after that.
17 hours ago
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Primary reason for me: No regular partner was interested.

The reasons for that vary, but essentially come down to:

1) Location. Nobody is ever excited about Orlando. It also seems pretty expensive. Why isn't this in Vegas?
2) Schedule. The team events are the main attraction with pair events being fillers and the big team events are pretty unpopular nowadays. If not for steadily increasing foreign participation in the Vanderbilt/Spingold, attendance in those would have fallen off a cliff.
3) Nationals are more appealing, especially this year.
4) Entry fees seem through the roof
5) there are other fun tournaments closer to home. Example: Seaside, OR.
6) General dissatisfaction with the WBF

There are something like 40+ local players going to the Hawaii NABC in a few months. In comparison, only 3 people (that I'm aware of) are going to this.
Sept. 23
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An alternative view is that this moves the imp pairs away from a conflict with a premier event (the plat pairs) AND gives people something to play on Sunday/Monday even if they aren't silver eliglble. The Vanderbilt is fun, but it is hardly popular, especially for normal ACBL members.

Previously, my experience with Spring is that many people hated the schedule and figuring out partnerships was a pain because many people didn't want to come the whole time. The plats and imps overlapped, then nothing on Sunday then there's either the Vandy which many people don't care about or a day later the Mixed which has serious supply/demand issues. As a result, many people preferred to skip the Spring or just come out for the last 4 days. In some cases (when closer), people were willing to fly out for both weekends and just skip the black hole that was Sunday/Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday.

Now there's cool events for the first 4 days, only a 2 day gap, then back to appealing events. While I personally think having the IMPs end and no unrestricted event for 2 days after that is a bummer, its been clear that there is a lack of willingness on the C&C committee/BoD to do anything about the Mixed Pairs issue, but at least this helped with the middle of the schedule black hole.
Sept. 13
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Never would have occurred to me to take this as anything but penalty and as a result never bothered discussing it.
Sept. 7
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For the simulation, here are some constraints:

11-13 HCP 2+ Ds and less than 5 cards in a major and less than 6 clubs
OR
11-15 HCP, unbalanced, with 2+ diamonds and less than 5 cards in a major and less than 6 clubs
OR
11-15 HCP, with a 5 card major and 6+ diamonds
OR
11-15 HCP, with 6+ Ds and 6 clubs

basically a weak (11-13) NT, or an unbalanced hand with diamonds

I don't feel qualified to answer the last paragraph as we might have different styles
Sept. 3
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Wonder how many people voting are going to read the note about transfer responses..
Aug. 29
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Also curious what people think 5 is here, is it an offer or a cue?
Aug. 27
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Hi David,

I really appreciate the Precision Today book as it was my primary resource for learning precision when I was a new player. A lot of people play precision, but it seems like many experts (including Meckstroth) seem reluctant to share their system and related knowledge lest they lose one of their competitive advantages.

Are there any new treatments/changes that you've seen in expert level precision that haven't yet worked their way down to the rank and file?

Do you have any cool treatments/things you like when playing precision that you think others should consider but don't know about?

Thanks for being in the well!
Aug. 27
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Are there tricks to getting there more affordably? When I looked up tickets, they were roughly twice the cost of the Croatia location and involved several more hours of flying.

I was really looking forward to giving the Euro Open Championships a try after positive comments by a friend last year, but between the extreme costs of getting there, the significant time to get there, and the warnings about the state of Turkey right now it seems like I might have to wait until 2021 which is a huge bummer.
Aug. 23
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Edit> Deleting since Off Topic
Aug. 20
Eric Sieg edited this comment Aug. 20
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Does this agreement make sense in a precision context though? Opener could have 5 clubs and 2 diamonds, so its not clear why we would care about showing a club stopper vs a diamond stopper. Also, why wouldn't 3C just be natural showing both minors?
Aug. 14
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Most meck lite systems play this. Dan Neill's modern precision book is a good starting point for that and meck lite in general.
Aug. 8
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A daytime schedule seems fine on the west coast, but 10 AM start times on Eastern is a big middle finger to everyone flying in from the west coast.
Aug. 6
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With most people I play 4NT as minors, 4 as minors but a rock crusher hand that has strong slam interest.
July 31
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The MP rewards for the LM pairs seem low in comparison, but does it matter? Its plat vs regular. To be more fair, doubling all NABC+ event matchpoint rewards would seem reasonable, but do people at that level really care about total masterpoints? It seems like by the time you are contending for those sorts of events, you don't care about the matchpoint totals regardless. Is someone really going to skip the LM pairs (if they feel like they have a shot) to play the 2500 pairs?
July 30
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I'm not normally such a coward, but god these colors are brutal. Voted pass, but would be hard to not bid 4NT at the table.
July 19
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Wouldn't the computer run of the month preceding the month be the run for June? In that case it'd be July 7th(ish) where it tabulates all the stuff for June. The June 7 run is tabulating stuff for May, the June games haven't even happened.
July 18
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What's the logic in passing showing a 2nd round control and bidding denying a control? Doesn't bidding now make it harder for partner to communicate what sort of control they have?
July 18
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For my 2 other choice: both minors, less than invitational
July 16
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follow up after 3 should either include some sort of non serious or an agreement about the shape it shows (bid fragment or bid shortness). With neither of these in play and both sides bidding optimistically, you get too high.
July 14
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