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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment Aug. 9, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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edit: nevermind, found seeding points formula here: http://web2.acbl.org/codification/CHAPTER12G315.pdf
Aug. 3, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment Aug. 3, 2017
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It'd be interesting if there was some sort of asymmetrical ranking/achievement system that went off of plat or multiple session regional event wins instead of just total points. Keep the current ranks, but give everyone who won 50 plat the previous year X special rank or something along those lines. Maybe separate “regional” focused 1 year achievements for people who win Y regional events. Etc. I'm not sure total gold points matters since the free time to play a bunch of regional events means you can scrape together quite a few without ever winning.
Aug. 2, 2017
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To add specificity to the post above, I received an email from the ACBL about the issue that provided more details:

There is a rule that applies to all events including the Spingold that for a team to earn an overall position it must win at least two matches. Some of the teams who survived to the third day won half a match on Monday and a full match on Tuesday. Those teams are not entitled to the full 25 so their ranks were deleted and their points were reduced after the fact. Apparently, yours was too even though your team won two full matches.

So sorry, and please let me know if you don't notice this fixed in the next day or so.
Aug. 2, 2017
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Not sure the ACBL article explained anything, since it showed 25 on ACBL live until an email went out earlier today reducing awards to 15. It seemed like they had it right and then “fixed it” by making things weird.
Aug. 2, 2017
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I received the notification email, but there seems to clearly be an error or problem of some sort. We won two head to head matches and then lost, finishing 17/32. We then received an email today that our reward was reduced from 25 to 15. According to the book provided, 17/32 is worth 25 platinum points. In addition, it seems especially silly that winning 2 head to head matches w/ a match award of 10 each would only result in a total of 15. It seems like there is still definitely a problem of some sort that needs to be looked into. Please look again at the Spingold awards as it seems clear that there is still something wrong.
Aug. 2, 2017
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No discussed agreement on it denying 4 hearts, altho we also have no agreement about showing spades first with 6+ and 4 hearts. 2 would have been an artificial waiting bid for responder to further describe their hand.
July 31, 2017
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In the spins, it seems like you owe it to your teammates to call a director immediately on a cell phone. If you don't, it certainly seems self serving to complain after the fact when you lose by 1. Would the GLM in question have complained to the director if the reverse situation happened? I doubt it.

As for the LM pairs situation: it was his error to take it out of the pocket. I'm pretty sure if he called a director, explained the situation, then either had the director turn it off or turned it off under his supervision - I doubt there would have been a penalty assessed.
July 31, 2017
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This ATB doesn't even exist if playing a reasonable keycard approach, so not sure why “We should play kickback, or failing that, 1430” isn't listed as one of the choices. Not being able to ask for the Q when the trump suit is hearts seems silly. If 5 is a queen ask, then apparently north didn't know that. Regardless 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 5 (3014) 5 5NT 7/7 is a lot less ambiguous.
July 27, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment July 27, 2017
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Hi all, I found a partner for both events. Look forward to seeing everyone in Toronto!
July 17, 2017
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Removing comment to ponder how to say this better
July 12, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment July 12, 2017
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