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degree of difficulty
June 18, 2017
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Seeding varies heavily by club and director. At the “strong” local club game, they put out colored signs for A/B/C and ask people to sit at a table that matches their masterpoints. They'll then usually look around before start time and have an E/W pair swap with a N/S if necessary. Other club games generally strat by points as people sign up or don't strat at all. This results in N/S typically being significantly weaker as they tend to be older and have a higher masterpoint to skill ratio. This was particularly amusing one time as I looked around and noticed that 6 of the top 7 pairs in a 23 table game were all sitting E/W including multiple national champions. You can see this in some of the club games that count for power ratings: E/W will have a DOD of 4 while N/S will be DoD of 0.
June 18, 2017
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If one actually wants to play bridge in the morning there are plenty of opportunities at nationals. Between sleeping in to recover from late night PMs, getting some exercise, and making/eating lunch it seems like there is already plenty to fill the morning.
June 17, 2017
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Seems like an interesting idea. I mainly wish it wasn't overlapping with the actual NABC as I usually have plenty going on already at NABCs and wouldn't want to spend brainpower on this that I might need late in the 2nd session of a real event.
June 17, 2017
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Kickback is clearly superior and anyone who plays it very much shouldn't have accidents even with first time partnerships. 1430 vs 3014 seems fairly irrelevant, I play 1430 in all situations except exclusion because that's essentially standard at this point and I can't remember anyone ever wanting to play anything different.
June 8, 2017
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Added the “I want to pick options 4 and 5” as a poll option as well, seems to be popular
June 7, 2017
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(East didn't think partner could have the club A for their bidding, so wasn't in a rush to exclusion)
June 1, 2017
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That's reasonable. Was trying to edit the poll to suggest 7 as an option for those who would have preferred 5 at the last turn, but it isn't saving.
June 1, 2017
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yep
May 31, 2017
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I'm aware of the what the ACBL is and their url, but I wasn't able to find any archives like what you mentioned. Can you point me at where on the acbl.org site these archives are? Or are you just assuming that it must exist because the ACBL is a large organization?
May 23, 2017
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Yeah, this is a great resource and we've used it occasionally as well. Unfortunately, there's only so many of these before we run out :(
May 23, 2017
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Can you point me at these archives? I spent 15 minutes looking/googling and can't find them anywhere on the site.
May 23, 2017
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I own doop, but the hands come as paper slips as I recall. One of the nice things about a dealer file is we can quickly make 30-36 boards using a duplicating machine and play them. When I've played Doop, it takes a while for each person to make every hand and mistakes are also common.
May 22, 2017
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What problems exactly? I didn't see this as a system issue, more of a priority issue in MPs: prioritize the NT/hiding information from defenders vs showing the diamond suit in case partner has a black suit weakness or shortness and diamond support.
May 14, 2017
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There are lots of forms of precision. I'm familiar with artificial step structures like what you describe, but this isn't one of them. 2NT is often a 4 card unbalanced raise in many sequences with a raise to 3 typically being a balanced 4 card raise for a minor or 3 card raise if its a major.
May 11, 2017
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I have no clue what you just said :P
May 11, 2017
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2 doesn't deny a 4 card major. Partner could bid 2 over 2 to show 4 hearts, 2 denies 4+ diamonds and is waiting, 2NT shows an unbalanced 4+ raise and 3 would be a balanced 4+ card raise. Over 1NT, front of card systems are on.
May 11, 2017
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I had some similar comments from others interested but sad about the lack of a response, so I created a new topic for everyone here: http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bridge-training-suggestions/?cj=499474#c499474
May 5, 2017
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Odds of 4-3 break are higher than the finesse working, once the J of spades falls isn't it correct percentage wise to give up on the finesse at imps and play for the 4-3 diamond break? Might be silly though if the opponents falsecarded from Jxx in spades with diamonds 5/2 and the finesse onside.
May 5, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment May 5, 2017
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