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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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I don't think Limited ACBL titles mean a whole lot. Technically the “NABC Golden 49er Pairs” was a limited national event, but I don't think anyone cares or remembers who won them except possibly the winners. This seems similar to something like the red ribbons: cool to win, but doesn't count for GLM status and probably wouldn't make a huge difference for those trying to become professional players or teachers.
June 20, 2017
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although in that case it was less ‘old people with lots of points’ and instead just a lot of C pairs sitting N/S. Average power rating is much higher E/W so the degree of difficulty adjustment when figuring out power rating is much higher for E/W players
June 18, 2017
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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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