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Doesn't 3 at least imply diamond tolerance if not support?
June 22, 2016
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Fun article, thanks for sharing :)
June 16, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment June 16, 2016
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would have opened it 2NT
June 16, 2016
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If this were an ATB, I would put blame on both with partner passing the X as the worst bid. Since its a bidding poll: I don't think you can X here. Partner expressed doubt at beating 2S. What about Qx makes us extra eager at imps to hammer it? I'd bid 2NT which seems to describe our hand nicely and then partner can check to a red suit if he's strong and balanced or 3NT on the hand he does have.
June 16, 2016
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While lots are voting for spade to the A, it'd be interesting to know plans from there.
June 9, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment June 9, 2016
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If partner bids 5 are you really going to be that unhappy to lay down dummy? You have 1 less black card than promised and the K of diamonds which might be more relevant than the QJT if partner makes that bid voluntarily. I felt like the main risk w/ those spots is that it goes 2NT x 3d x ? not that partner will be sad about my diamonds after bidding 5.
June 2, 2016
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2N being opening strength(ish) is a fine agreement to have and if you have that agreement you certainly can't bid 2NT here imo. I don't think that's standard and googling U2N examples seems to reinforce this.
May 31, 2016
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Guess I'll vote with what I did at the table :P
May 31, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment May 31, 2016
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who were the other candidates?
May 25, 2016
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B then A (in private, after the game) seems like the correct approach. Or ask to speak away from the table. Humiliating someone isn't going to lead to anything good.
April 11, 2016
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I was fully aware of the date, but didn't think it was funny if so and possibly was true so was willing to just trust the site owners. Some thought it was funny, so whatevah no long term harm done. It was definitely not as bad as google's mic drop.
April 3, 2016
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Advertising being terrible isn't very surprising. Social media is much more persuasive in this day and age than print advertising. People frequently “trust” the people they follow and you hit on some of the same personal touch value with a tweet but it can scale to thousands. I'm not a great writer, but I did a comparison of MTG and Bridge on medium and it jumped to 1600 views quickly after a tweet by an MTG player. No clue how much that will actually result in new bridge players, but hopefully more than 0. If the ACBL could get Felicia Day or Wil Wheaton excited about bridge and tweeting, that would have way more impact than 1000 print advertisements.
April 2, 2016
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In this day and age, is the location really all that important? Tools for working collaboratively from disparate locations have exploded and taken giant strides forward even in the last 2 years. With Slack, Hangouts, ScreenHero, and a variety of other tools: location is no longer nearly as relevant. I live in Seattle and build mobile apps for companies in 5 different states with a business partner in PA using developers/designers/QA in many other locations. Instead of hammering on “Why did the ACBL pick Horn Lake?” I think a better question is “Why does it matter?” and “How can we help the ACBL adapt to the digital age?”. I would personally rather have the ACBL hire people who love bridge and are very good at what they do regardless of location than worry about whether Vegas or Horn Lake or Oz was a better choice.
March 31, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment March 31, 2016
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Whether this situation calls for attitude or count seems like one of those things that always gets discussed early in any serious partnership (aka more than a 20 minute discussion about card). We play A w/ Q popping in dummy as always show count unless there's clear reason that they would want attitude. Haven't had an issue yet.
March 30, 2016
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bah, I thought it had increased but pulled “The Silver Ribbon Pairs is an ACBL event with national rating for players 55 years of age” from the ACBL page.
March 28, 2016
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Added that as an option
March 27, 2016
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Another event seems fine, but I'm not sure I understand the bracketed KO suggestion. Isn't that essentially what happens w/ regional KOs? Bracketed KO against peers and NABC+ seem like incompatible concepts.
March 27, 2016
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Moving the imp pairs back a day also seems like a great solution.
March 27, 2016
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Good point, I assumed the same qualifications other than age for the Green but didn't state them. Will add clarification above.
March 27, 2016
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For sectionals: how far away it is. Anything that doesn't require a hotel is a gimme, anything further it'd depend on how interested we were in the location.

For Regionals: If we are going to travel to a regional, then it is probably also going to double as a vacation so strong preference for spots that are nice vacation locations that I can fly to nonstop from Seattle. Extra bonus points if they have a schedule that makes it easy to do stuff during the day and then play at night like the Bermuda regional. I wish the Hawaii regional did something similar.

For nationals: How far of a flight, how much interest we have in the city, how expensive it is, how much we like the event schedule, how busy we'll be around that time, and if any partners/teammates are wanting to go.
March 23, 2016
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