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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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Who said anything about spades being “our suit” ? If I have spades I can bid them. If I want to express doubt about 3, I have a bid for that: X marks the spot.
July 12, 2017
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Peg - it seems like there are issues unrelated to KOs etc with that regional. Last year the D14 regional around this time had 500 tables. Is it even worth running at that point? Should it be moved to a time? Place? Should something be done differently to attract people?

10 years ago if a tournament had lower attendance, the issue might not have been as obvious in the KOs because everyone played KOs due to the lopsided rewards. Now things are not so lopsided and people will play what they enjoy which is apparently not the KO you were in.

I don't think asking about tournaments dying etc is accurate around the ACBL, but clearly something needs to change about that specific regional. Our smallish local commuter regional has 3 KOs instead of starting them every day to make sure they all fire with a decent population and seems to run around 4 brackets in each. If the KO you mentioned only drew 5 teams then it seems like it shouldn't have been scheduled.
July 4, 2017
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Would be interesting if they bracketed based on power rating instead of based on total points. While the power rating isn't perfect, its a heck of a lot better than total masterpoints.
July 3, 2017
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The Seattle KO sectional does a 4 session “Open” KO alongside a 3 session bracketed KO. Last year the directors tried to drop a low pointed team into the bracketed because they had ~4k points total as a team but the 4k team didn't want to play bracketed so they were allowed to stay. That same team ended up winning the open KO, providing some validation to the whole concept of having an open KO. Its a pretty awesome event, everyone who wants to play it is able to and it typically draws the top Seattle players along with teams from Portland and Vancouver BC (3 hours south/north respectively).
July 3, 2017
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What sort of hand would X over the 3 bid as opposed to bid or pass?
July 1, 2017
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nevermind, OP updated clarifies my confusion
June 26, 2017
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So I theoretically play Gerber with a variety of partners, but haven't actually had Gerber come up since like 2007 (with a break from 2009-20016). Should I be answering Gerber to the poll? or abstaining? And why isn't “none of these” one of the options? :P
June 26, 2017
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Yes, pass is forcing. As far as pass then pull, that's undiscussed but strong would seem intuitive.
June 26, 2017
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Is there ever stratification for an NABC event?
June 23, 2017
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Not even paid Pros, I would feel bad about potentially letting a partner down with no money/other incentive involved.
June 23, 2017
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As the 3NT bidder I thought this showed a hand that was willing to play 3NT even opposite a bust diamond hand especially if the bust diamonds end up being a 7 card suit. AQ T8xx AKx KTxx at least has play for 9 tricks opposite x xxx Txxxxxx xx. However, my main purpose was to understand what 3NT showed and I think accepting with a desire to compete to 4m makes more sense. So while passing 3NT certainly worked better on the hand, it seems like the “compete if you have the weak minor(s)” is going to come up a lot more often and is a better interpretation of my bid.
June 23, 2017
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