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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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I figured pass was normal, just gut checking. FWIW, partner's hand was JT87642 x x AKJx. Spades came in (singleton Q) so we were +200 on the board for a near 0. However, I expect most tables competed to 4 (which makes) and I think it is easy to bid 4 over 4.
Nov. 17, 2017
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I'm surprised and disappointed anytime I see extra boards in play. A regional I attended last year had 33 boards in play and it made PMs between sessions awful: most people had 12 boards not in common. They received so many complaints about it though that they switched to webs this year which was a lot better.

Web movements are a great thing and I think it is awesome that most of the Seattle clubs I play at run a web. It keeps results more fair and makes the discussion afterwards more fun. I'm always surprised when national events have 28 boards in play on the first day. It seems like any director who is experienced enough to be directing a national event should be comfortable running a web movement.
Nov. 17, 2017
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There's supposed to be a different pair event getting added instead
Nov. 12, 2017
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I don't play them, but every once in a while I'll decide to super accept anyway with 3 and it has usually worked out. The usual case is that I had a max already which feels like more than a max after the transfer. Perhaps a 1NT overcall with 18 that likes the xfer or a 16 (in 14-16 context) or 17 (in 15-17) with a worthless doubleton outside.

I hate blindly super accepting with 3 just because you can though. Why play 3 down 1 when you can play 2 making?
Nov. 11, 2017
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Suction is one of my favorite things to see opponents using if I'm playing precision. It is just ambiguous enough to keep the advancer from moving the preempt to a painfully high level but not ambiguous enough to cause issues for the strong club pair. Suction is strangely popular in Seattle, but even though probably 75% of opponents use it, I can't remember a single bad result for us that came from suction whereas I've seen natural bidding and psycho suction both lead to serious issues for the precision pair on many occasions.

I prefer Mathe and don't consider Randy's point about 0-4 vs 5-7 to be a big deal as I don't even consider the 0-4 vs 5-7 worth showing if I'm playing precision and they X, suits are a lot more important imo. I'll also play Psycho Suction with some partners and have seen opponents struggle to deal with it.
Nov. 2, 2017
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Multiple exciting things in there, hope to see where they lead. Specifically:

Moving the IMP pairs to Sun/Mon and a new pair event for Fri/Sat for the Spring NABC helps tackle a large issue with nothing concurrent with the silvers for people who aren't old enough to play the silver ribbon. This was especially awful as it was on the weekend which is particularly frustrating for younger players who are still working. Excited to see this get proposed and potentially have it go live in time for Philadelphia.

Overall awards depth going by size of field instead of some arbitrary cap makes sense. When you have 300+ pairs in an event, why arbitrarily limit it to 50 places?

Soloway KO for the fall seems a lot more interesting/appealing than a senior KO, and has a format that is especially appealing for teams with low seeding points who face an uphill battle to make day 3 or later of the Spins/Vanderbilt.

New Charts in place before the Spring NABC - I had hoped for Jan 1st but still getting these approved and live in March would be really nice. Seems like the committee has done a great job of revamping these and everyone I've talked to about it is excited about the new charts.

Some STaC changes, the biggest of which (in my opinion) is a long needed change to matchpoint across the field. Only using finishing % biased heavily towards small 5-6 table games where high %s are much easier and made the STaC format seem especially pointless for larger games. There's still obviously strength of field disparity issues, but this seems like an improvement over the current situation.

The discussion of KO experiments also seems interesting, I'm curious to see where that goes. Having more variety and flexibility in event structure seems like a good thing as does encouraging districts to experiment and work together to improve the current approach.
Nov. 1, 2017
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Good player doesn't mean omniscient. Good players also make Xs that don't work out. Clear pass for me, not going to lose sleep if XX happened to be right on this hand.
Oct. 31, 2017
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Undiscussed I would assume someone would X 2 for the majors with hearts and then see if I could hit spades. I don't understand the desire to rescue the opponents on potential misfit auctions and “2 for both majors” by opponents has been my #1 most consistent source of good penalty X results. As for stopper vs clubs, voted stopper just because I've seen that more.
Oct. 25, 2017
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