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Why wouldn't I do all of the above?
Jan. 8
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Interesting. I got something for Life Master (which is what I assumed the letter was for), but nothing for the ranks since.
Jan. 5
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Sorry just answered first question. We tend to show 3 card support before 4 spades but show spades first with 5+. Will not necessarily GF with an A and a K, responder evaluates and decides whether to GF.
Jan. 1
Eric Sieg edited this comment Jan. 1
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I think that's a style question and the partner/partnership in question tends to focus more on cues with last train a possibility in some auctions but not (imo) in this one.
Jan. 1
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I think 3M+1 as non serious is better. Only play anything else if partner is uncomfortable with that.

I like that non serious limits information when we are just going for game. I'm pretty aggressive about bidding non serious (sign offs to game are rare), so why cue when 90% of the time we are going to finish in game anyway? That's a lot of times I've helped them on the lead.

Eric's example of needing to show clubs at the 5 level if playing non serious doesn't match my experience with non serious. I usually play that after the strong bidder denies a control, the next available cue shows a control in that suit. For example, 1 2* 2 3 4, now 4 shows a control in clubs and not necessarily one in hearts.

As for 3M+1 vs 3NT, I find 3M+1 to be better because we no longer have to make frivolous spade cues if hearts is trump. When playing 3NT as non serious and the suit was heart, we usually had to cue spades regardless of strength which resulted in that extra leak of information.

The key thing though imo is to be playing one of these. Playing some sort of non serious or serious was a huge jump in my slam bidding. After that, the differences matter a lot less.
Dec. 28, 2018
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I would have thought B was CoG since we've both bid a suit and still trying to find the right strain. The others seem like slam tries.
Dec. 24, 2018
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It seems like West's level of experience is important in the poll. If playing with someone with 800 MPs and simple agreements/card, I would feel very different about pass vs 2 vs someone who has more experience.
Dec. 20, 2018
Eric Sieg edited this comment Dec. 20, 2018
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Seems like the experience level of West is pretty relevant on this hand.
Dec. 19, 2018
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Have seen the following couple fallacies against WC players:

1) They are good enough to have underled an A/some other very unlikely thing. Declarer goes down when just assuming everyone is making the obvious/normal play would have worked.

2) X is too good to have made a mistake, therefore Y can't be the position. Everyone is human. Sometimes they just had a mental lapse and Y really was the position and now they aren't punished for their error.

Should breaking up diamond squeeze be obvious? Ya. But W might have the K of spades and 9xxx of diamonds and they just misdefended.
Dec. 14, 2018
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@Peg: Nope. Then I'm looking at a tablet, not looking at people. We make fun of people who go to dinner/spend time with friends and then everyone spends time looking at their phone instead of interacting. This seems similar but its with their tablet instead.

I would stop going to any club that tried to switch to tablets and I've heard that same sentiment expressed by many people both young and old as well.
Dec. 12, 2018
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I love how people say “older people” when talking about a switch to electronic as if it wouldn't drive away younger people too. The social/in person/physical aspect of bridge is a huge thing going for it. Young people are flocking to game stores in droves to play physical/tactile games with other young people. These games are also available electronically where it is more convenient, but the electronic versions see a tiny fraction of the play that physical in person games see.

I want to play a game with people. If I wanted to play a video game, I have plenty more options with much better graphics and a lot more variety.

Young people like social interaction/physical elements too. Just because we are comfortable with technology doesn't mean we think it is inherently better to use a computer solution. I work with computers all day, spending my leisure time on a computer sounds less than appealing and is a big part of why I've drifted away from video games.
Dec. 11, 2018
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I started counting when I was far enough in an event I didn't want a penalty. Have continued the habit, even though I haven't actually found an incorrect number in the past 16 months since I started.
Dec. 11, 2018
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Rather than delving into specifics: I just wish the BOD would put together a committee or something and take a serious look at nationals schedules. Specifically, it would be great to see them rework the schedules with an eye to making it so people have something to play as often as possible.

The goal (in my mind) should be no longer than 1 day wait for an unrestricted (by age/gender) NABC+ event.

It seems far worse to discourage people from attending nationals at all due to schedule holes than to have an extra couple GLM eligible events every year.
Dec. 7, 2018
Eric Sieg edited this comment Dec. 7, 2018
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Seems like directors are having problems getting stuff into Live again. This is the 4th NABC of the last 5 where I've been trying to find stuff on Live and there are problems. In this case, the A/X/Y pairs from Monday still hasn't posted the evening session.
Nov. 27, 2018
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Any word on what the BOD motions and vote results were?
Nov. 26, 2018
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2 quick comments:

1) One of our main competitors (in the younger set) is Magic the Gathering. An entry fee for the main event is $75, which covers both days of competition (not everyone makes day 2). In addition, a large amount of cash is paid out to participants. My only GP I played in during my brief MTG spell was a $60 entry and then I won $300 (decent but not great finish) which covered flight/hotel/entry fee.

2) When discussing barriers to entry for bridge with people who played MTG and bridge, the cost of bridge tournaments was one of the biggest things mentioned. Higher entry fees, no making it back in winnings, expensive venues, etc all were significant demotivators that kept the younger people who played both out of ACBL tournaments and playing MTG tournaments instead.
Nov. 25, 2018
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Hi John,

A bit off subject but I am having trouble finding info. What's going on with Double Dummy? Have been looking forward to seeing it for a while now (a couple years I think?) and still not sure how to watch it. Might be fun to have a movie night with friends and watch it or something. Happy to pay if that's the business model.

Just curious, I thought it was going to be available in early 2018.

I signed up for the newsletter a while back, but hadn't seen anything.

Thanks!
Nov. 19, 2018
Eric Sieg edited this comment Nov. 19, 2018
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Time to cancel my planned bank robberies and hit up ACBL regionals instead!

Jokes aside, seems pretty awful for the employees that had stuff stolen under their watch. Easy to cast blame now, but humans aren't perfect. Finding ways to have a whole let less cash involved would seem like a good thing for a variety of reasons.

D19 offers credit card sales which is nice. I just buy the necessary entries at the start and then hand over an entry card each time for my part of the entry.
Nov. 7, 2018
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We've had Canadians let us know that they won't be coming down for sectionals/regionals because of political/hostility reasons as well.
Nov. 5, 2018
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Why isn't just 4+ hearts an option for the first part? Why isn't 4-4 one of the options for the 2nd part?
Oct. 22, 2018
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