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3 described your hand perfectly: a minimum with 3 card support and a likely side singleton. Partner placed the contract, that should end the auction. Partner did not promise 5 spades and certainly didn't invite you to bid again with nothing extra.
Aug. 31, 2016
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when speaking of frequency tho, the methods you describe seem very rare compared to the precision 1 opener
Aug. 30, 2016
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I'm not sure the frequency is about the same. For those playing precision promising 6 clubs, opening 1 happens on basically any 11-13 hcp hand w/o a 5 card major or 6 clubs. The shape could be 3325 and be opened 1. For many playing a natural “could be short” 1 because they want to promise 4 diamonds when opening 1, the vast majority of the time the 1 will have 3 and deny longer diamonds with the single exception of 4432.
Aug. 30, 2016
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why would 4 showing 0 or 3 make everything all right?
Aug. 29, 2016
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80% east, expect a 65% normally - 80% in the actual field where there was no concurrent gold rush pairs.
Aug. 29, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment Aug. 29, 2016
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Interesting that you mention this, since its something I personally got wrong earlier this week and now know better :) I also failed to bid 7 in a similar situation earlier this week when partner asked for kings and I had a source of tricks. Lessons learned…
Aug. 29, 2016
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I don't think the point is to scrutinize the minutiae in an attempt to end around the opponents. The point is that since I've been back playing (admittedly only 8 months, and precision not much of that), this is the first time I'd ever heard of this being alertable. When I asked some of the stronger precision pairs in our area, they also assumed 1* 2 natural is not alertable and they always ask. I guess the follow up question is, why is it alertable? If someone could have a singleton, that's still considered a natural opening? That doesn't make any sense to me. This was a learning experience and in the future I'll make sure partners know to alert and alert myself, but it definitely seems like something that is not clearly understood equally throughout the ACBL. Heck, the person who got the result set to 4 making even seemed to think it was natural at their first bid - would you really bid 2 over michaels holding AQTxxx AQ8x x AK? Isn't that one of the easier penalty X's in the world at equal vuln?
Aug. 29, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment Aug. 29, 2016
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Is 1m p 1M 2M alertable if its natural as well? Or is that not considered a cue bid?
Aug. 28, 2016
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Okay, that matches the cue bid explanation I was given. I've seen people overcall 1 (could be short) with 2 naturally with no alert multiple times in the past week. Is this a common oversight where people assume that strong players know to ask or have I just had an unusual experience recently? AX Swiss and the 3NT bidder had 7500 masterpoints if relevant.
Aug. 28, 2016
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Relay system definition seems overly broad such that many strong club systems that don't consider themselves a “relay system” would fall under that definition. Sample auction: 1 1 1 (sets trump, asks controls), 2 2 (asks trump length/quality), 2NT, 3 (asks for a heart control) - 3 questions asked below 3 NT but is this a “relay system”? Opener is not encouraged to make a specific relay asking bid and can pick and choose what bids to make if any. Everything is answering a question relevant to the suit bid. Accurate or not, when I think of relay systems I assume a system where one person is somewhat obligated to make a certain bid as part of the relay until they have a specific reason to break from the relay (either unusual hand or ready to set contract) which seems different than the precision auction example supplied. I also think of relays as being artificial and fairly unrelated to the suit bid, whereas all 3 bids (1 2 and 3) the suit bid was relevant when determining how to answer.
Aug. 22, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment Aug. 22, 2016
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Random extra question: does anyone run 2 session BAM events at regionals successfully? The 2 session BAM at our May sectional is a favorite of many stronger players, but regionals all seem to stick to 1 session BAMs including our own.
Aug. 21, 2016
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The hotel comment is interesting. As someone that hasn't really been involved in this - what are the downsides of hotel pickup dropping if the playing site isn't a hotel? Worse rates for those that DO stay at a hotel?

Bummer about evening stuff dropping lower than morning was!
Aug. 21, 2016
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Presumably 5 denied a control and 5 showed it, so both people got a bit timid or they just aren't on the same page on their cue bidding. W can go to 6 over 5 and E can go to slam over 5 - either 6NT or 6
Aug. 18, 2016
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In response to “When you go on vacation to the east Coast, do you keep your home time zone schedule and don't start your sight seeing until 1PM, even if most museums and galleries open at 10AM and close around 5PM?”

Generally yes, especially for the first day or two. I generally wake up around 7 AM on the west coast and like getting up around 10AM when on the east coast. Its also important to keep in mind that not everyone stays for the entire time - if you fly in for a weekend or both weekends it is especially brutal.
Aug. 11, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment Aug. 11, 2016
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Do the midnight games actually make money? :P I would assume the morning games would be replaced by an evening games (maybe 7:30?) for those who want to play 3 sessions a day.
Aug. 9, 2016
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Aiming for 1PM EST seems like a reasonable solution. I would hate trying to start at 10 AM EST on an east coast NABC because that would feel like 7AM and in general feel brutally early - especially if not staying right at the host hotel. However, I would have no objection whatsoever to a west coast NABC starting at 10AM PST as that'd still feel like a normal time and then potentially be more accommodating to those flying in from the east coast. I'm not sure why timezone concerns of those of us from the west coast flying east are more important than those east flying west, but it sure comes across that way in the current scheduling approach.
Aug. 9, 2016
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10/3 for Atlanta seems brutal for west coasters regardless of attendance. Having regional events be 10/3 seems fine but national events? Ugh. If that is attempted again, it should be on the west coast imo where it would still feel like 1/6 for east coasters.
July 19, 2016
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Really awesome to see the summary, thanks! I noticed attendance seems to drop a lot for Sunday Swiss at recent sectionals I've been to. It seems like larger regionals have started adding fast pairs in addition to swiss, but nobody seems to have tried just doing away with Swiss completely in the smaller regionals. Has that been tried in the past and gone poorly?
July 18, 2016
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I didn't even realize that opting out of STACs was an option, seems worth considering for many club owners of larger games. The 1.2 silver or whatever for a 66% seemed pretty silly.
July 14, 2016
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Thank you to those who reached out, I now have partners for all of DC.
July 14, 2016
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