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Mixed events are fine, but its a bummer when there isn't any non mixed event concurrent for people to play. The mixed BAM is nice because you can play the BAM or the Wernher. The mixed pairs in the spring just creates a giant hole. As for your opinion on popularity, I don't know if the ACBL has done polling on mixed events but when we've polled our unit on mixed events mixed events poll near the bottom.
Dec. 20, 2017
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You seem to be under the impression that the board is presenting stuff to management as if management gets to make any sort of decision on schedule. Scheduling decisions around NABC+ events are 100% determined by the BOD and management has no control. If they did, I'm pretty sure we'd have the Imp pairs on Sunday/Monday and a new (LM Pairs?) event on Friday in the Spring to deal with the absurd gap for people who aren't seniors. Since it was up to the BOD, they decided to defer any decision until at least next year.
Dec. 20, 2017
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I thought this article was incredibly interesting, with lots of different things coming up.

I also thought it was interesting that both precision pairs chose to open this a 14-16 NT rather than 2, whereas I would have just automatically opened 2 on the hand. Food for thought.
Dec. 14, 2017
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Its certainly an agreement thing, but my understanding of “undiscussed standard” is that 1 over 1 and 2 over 2 is forcing, but 2 over 1 is non forcing constructive is the most common treatment. No clue how accurate that is.
Dec. 13, 2017
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I'm not sure I understand the angry tone Gene. Is that at my post or general frustration with the schedule from your POV?

I was just trying to look at the NABC+ and 10k schedule to understand event popularity. Tackling “the whole ball of string” seems would entail a lot more work and also mixes two different decision making bodies. The events I care about are the NABC+ events so that was my focus. Not because I think I have a shot at winning, but because those are the events I want to participate in.
Dec. 7, 2017
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Gold rush events as well as other regional events are set by the host I believe. I don't think that's a discussion point for the C&C committee/community at large since someone can just make a change and they don't have to be planned out way in advance.
Dec. 6, 2017
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Deleted the 3rd page about more significant changes, since it was based on a bad assumption. Leaving the 2nd page in w/ a few simple changes (tweaked slightly from original post).
Dec. 6, 2017
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derp, so it does. Not sure how I got it in my head that it was Thurs/Fri
Dec. 6, 2017
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Don: What's wrong with them being consolation events for the “big” NABC events?

I think many people go to NABCs to play in events that they couldn't play at home at a regional. NABC+ Events are obviously the most interesting, but 10k events like a 2 day swiss or a 2 day pairs are not something typically available at a regional. While I would be perfectly fine with more NABC+ events to fill in the gaps, I think many would argue against that since it would make Grand Life Master an easier thing to obtain.
Dec. 6, 2017
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Blaming 1430 makes no sense. I'm not sure I understand blaming kickback either, trumps were set with the splinter. If we have an auction go 1NT P 2 all pass, I certainly don't blame jacoby transfers for my bad result.

There ARE ambiguous kickback auctions, but this doesn't seem like one of them. In a different situation, it'd be great that we played kickback to avoid going past 5 or 5 when we don't have enough.

ATB: partnership forget/unfamiliar system 100%
Dec. 6, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment Dec. 6, 2017
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280 pairs played the imp pairs last spring. I imagine not all of them are plat eligible. If the imp pairs are moved to Saturday, I guess that's just a big middle finger to everyone who isn't plat eligible since they won't have any event to play in?

Having SOMETHING to drop into from Imp/Plats on Saturday/Sunday seems reasonable. Not having any event at all on Friday for the large number of people who are not plat eligible seems harsh.
Dec. 5, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment Dec. 5, 2017
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Having the NABC+ fast pairs on a final weekend makes so much sense though as it lets people fly out on Sunday instead of Saturday. It'd be nice if they could add SOMETHING on Sun/Mon as its currently a giant hole in the schedule for people playing pairs.

edit> this was in response to Linda's comment, didn't see Jeff's until after it got posted
Dec. 5, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment Dec. 5, 2017
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@Debbie I think people that are planning to play the mixed swiss on Sunday as their primary plan (already a small group) but then are also part of the 4% of the ACBL not eligible for senior mixed are far outnumbered by people who got knocked out of the blues (or don't arrive until Wednesday) and plan on playing the main two national events on Friday.

I think it is both common sense and also insanely obvious when looking at attendance of the event. The Fast Pairs 10k final had to Q way over half the field just to hit 18 tables in the final, the 10k pairs in summer where it fills in day 2 and 3 of a national event has averaged 50 tables the last two years.
Dec. 2, 2017
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You can certainly be the wrong gender for mixed events as there is a pretty large imbalance in supply and demand. Of my regular partners, two are women and three are men, but both women have been locked up for the mixed pairs since well before I started playing bridge again and the commitment lasts until the heat death of the universe since any sane male is going to lock up a strong female partner as long as they can. The Tuesday and Wednesday of Kansas City had lots of male friends playing regional events since they couldn't find anyone for mixed. In Kansas City I was lucky enough to have someone to play mixed with, but she flew out just to play mixed, how often is someone going to be willing to do that?

There is mixed swiss starting today, guess which gender will have an easy time forming a team if they got knocked out of the reisinger today and which gender will find it almost hopeless and might as well just play regional events or not play at all? Hint: one outnumbered the other by like 8 to 1 in the Reisinger and Open Swiss.
Dec. 2, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment Dec. 2, 2017
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The fact the 10K fast pairs started on the 3rd day of the blues instead of the 2nd was also absurd. Having 10K events start on day 2 of 3 day national events seems like a no brainer. In the summer the 10K on days 2 and 3 of the LM pairs is a popular and well attended event. The fast pairs in San Diego starting on day 3 was not popular/well attended and it is almost certainly because of the timing of the event. I would have played in it with my partner since we missed Qing in the blues but the timing of the event meant that we (along with probably many others) had no interest and did a combination of regional events and not playing bridge instead.
Dec. 1, 2017
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1 AM and a lot of things are still not posted to live including the results from the blue ribbon. Some events are 2-3 days later and still haven't been posted. Ugh. Haven't seen this many issues with getting things posted to live before, no clue why its such a problem this tournament.
Nov. 29, 2017
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+1 for 17 table web. Why are you considering a movement which creates 3 board rounds and potential confusion instead of a movement which has 2 board rounds (so more people can play each other) and is simple for the participants? 3 board rounds is even worse if you end up with a sitout.
Nov. 21, 2017
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KJ of hearts works great in retrospect, but it wasn't the problem we were given…
Nov. 20, 2017
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Penalty. Not sure it guarantees 4 clubs, but suggests that we defend 3s doubled
Nov. 20, 2017
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At a glance, easiest way seems to be to assume that LHO has at least 3 spades. Finesse a diamond, win the return, spade to Q, A of diamonds. From there, probably ruffing a club back to hand followed by 3 rounds of spades - ruffing the 4th spade if necessary. Should result in 6 hearts, 3 spades, 1 diamond. If you definitely don't care about overtricks I don't think messing around in diamonds is even necessary just start with A of diamonds, ruff a club, spades.
Nov. 20, 2017
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