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Rainer: I didn’t claim that I don’t remember getting jammed on rebids. I claimed that they haven’t caused any overwhelming problems. You just survive.
Dec. 15
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Rainer, you nailed it! I have memory issues. Between those issues and my unplayable methods it is a wonder that I can ever score above average.

Just to clarify, 3y can be 5-4 with extras or 5-5 any hand. The 3y rebid comes up far less often than 2M/2N and you are worse off but still are a coin flip decision from surviving. Typically you go low and miss some tough minor suit slams. Those 6m hands after 2/1 are not what make people win or lose on a given day. Its a trade off. Well worth it IMO.
Dec. 14
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I demand my partners (of all levels) play 2M promising 6. It is particularly important for my intermediate/advanced partners.

1M-2x-2M: Our rule is 3M shows 3 by responder (or a slam try with Hx), it establishes trumps and sets up serious/non-serious. If you have doubt about whether 3NT or 4M are the right contract you start with 2NT.

In all my years playing this way, I can't remember a time where we got jammed with our rebid and it caused an overwhelming problem. We survive by bidding 2NT or bidding 3y with 5-5. What I can remember is 2M rebid hands turning into bread and butter hands.
Dec. 13
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Yes your expectations are very different from mine. I expect partner to Balance NV vs VUL with any hand that contains a singleton that fits in our system, regardless of strength.

The cost of “announcing ownership of the hand” is too high. You are telling the opps how to play the hand, allowing them to run from 1NT to a potentially otherwise unreachable good fit and commiting your side to either defending a doubled contract or bidding to the 2 level with a garbage balanced hand and no guaranteed fit.
Nov. 23
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I disagree with your point. You will be on lead any time responder is balanced and opener doesn’t have a 5 card suit to run to.

I didn’t intend to specify 5-4 in the majors, I meant any 5-4. Doubling 1NT does not promise a balanced hand, so partner lacks safety in pulling. With 6+ points I want partner to pass because we have the balance of the points and no guaranteed fit at the 2 level.
Nov. 23
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@randy IMO doubling on the hand you presented in the poll does exactly the opposite of “getting your side into the auction”. It takes your partner out of the game every time you have half the deck, instead of them having the option to balance with some 5-4-3-1 hand they now have to pass with 6+ points.
Nov. 23
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It holds true at matchpoints. Double will buy a pass from partner on distributional hands that would have balanced had you passed. I don’t want to defend 1NT doubled without a good lead regardless of form of scoring. You are far from guaranteed a bad board by defending and are not guaranteed to make the wrong lead. Upping the stakes on what could be a completely normal 1NT or even a hand where the opponents are making 1N and 2M seems like unnecessary gambling.

I’ve only had bad experience doubling 1NT agressively with no good lead at match points.
Nov. 23
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I tend to look at my lead before I double a weak NT. Most close 1NT contracts swing based on whether the defense starts the right suit and/or gives up a trick on the lead. So I only make close doubles on hands that have a safe sequence to lead from like JT9 or QJT or a nice long suit headed by the ace or ace king.
Nov. 23
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Thx but after a little research I’m confident that a phone is enough hardware for the task.
Nov. 2
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I appreciate all of this feedback.
The bar code scanning idea makes it less daunting to catalog it. I’ll try to find the right app to catalog/scan. Once they are cataloged I’ll reach back out.
Nov. 2
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Really enjoyed your write up. Articles like this is what we were hoping would happen when we launched BW. Events like this happen and for the most part no one ever hears about them. No one media outlet can be responsible for covering every last event world wide. I wish more people from more places would do this.

Re: lead against 5D. My first instinct was the ace of hearts. It’s hard to picture a hand with good long diamonds and an empty king of hearts that wouldn’t at least consider 3NT (though it’s equally hard to think of any hand that would not consider 3NT).
Oct. 28
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It would have little to no affect on me financially if they changed the Swiss rule. Almost all regional bridge I play is 4 handed. What would have an affect on me indirectly is if they changed the KO payouts to be as % played. This would cause pros to lose jobs and eventually fewer clients in general.

They changed the KO payouts a few years ago to be based on strength of field. That is what killed the masterpoints for lower brackets and now that you bring it up was probably the root of the problem for knockout attendance.

I am not arguing for them to change the swiss rule, only agreeing with Josh from experience that the rule costs entry sales and in some cases with too many swisses on the schedule, tournament attendance.
Sept. 27
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Revamping the masterpoint system to attract attendance is a big idea. Surely we can do better than complaining what others are commenting about without adding anything constructive to the discussion.
Sept. 27
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Jeff, Yes it really is that fragile. At a minimum it would cause a lot (hundreds of weeks work) of 5th/6th person jobs to be lost and on the other end the reduced success would cause people to quit. What product would a consumer be ok with paying the same amount and getting half as many as they used to?

I’m not arguing for more points for my clients. I haven’t played a Swiss more than 4 handed in years. When I’m 6 handed we just don’t play the Swiss. I was just agreeing with Josh that the Swiss masterpoints structure costs the ACBL money and nothing is gained from the policy.

I don’t want to campaign for more points at all, I argued your point about reducing points for KOs because I believe it is a horrible idea for the game with no upside.
Sept. 26
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It may have been a programming error that I am thinking of Mackenzie. Or perhaps a programming error in my brain.

Jeff that is all good and fine if the payout structure was designed properly to scale from the get go. We are now in a place where people are used to getting full awards for knockouts. Changing them to be paid as a % would destroy pro bridge and therefore cause a steep decline in sessions played and room nights purchased. What is to be gained from it? The perception that a masterpoint holding is slightly more equitable yet still mostly worthless for ranking skill level?

The goal now needs to be to right the ship, not sink it.
Sept. 26
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The reasons the pro tour didn't attract me was simple. The money wasn't good enough. Bridge pros make a very good predictable living being hired to play on teams. Taking a week of expenses to play in a tournament that may not produce any income vs getting a fixed fee to show up is a no brainer.

Its a chicken and egg problem. Unless there is guaranteed money, paid expenses, big enough prizes, you won't draw high level pros. Without high level pros, you won't draw spectator interest. Without spectator interest there is no sponsorship. Without sponsorship you can't afford big prizes / covered expenses.

What we need is a competitive online bridge space so that BBO and their competitors are motivated to market their products through sponsorship. That will not happen any time soon due to the the exclusive masterpoint deal signed between ACBL and BBO.
Sept. 26
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That may be true about the late 70's, but it must have reverted between then and the early 2000's. 5-10 years ago they were awarding full overall awards to everyone on swiss teams and changed it to be based on % of matches played.
Sept. 26
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It changed within the last 5-10 years. It would be sensible if masterpoints actually equated skill. It is not sensible when they are only used to attract players.
Sept. 26
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I agree with most of what you said Josh, especially the part about club players not wanting to pay more.

The way things stand right now, we have a serious problem in regional knockouts of not having enough top teams to fill the top bracket. This leads to 2nd bracket players (aka bracket 15 players in Gatlinburg) being forced into matches against world class opposition. Some of this would be fixed by reducing the total number of tournaments, though I believe this alone will lead to us revisiting this problem in the future.

We need a subset of “destination regionals” to rethink their schedules to attract top teams with good multi-day events, a schedule which allows for high level team play every day and one which keeps all the top teams on the same new multi-day event cycle. We need to bring prestige back into regional events. We also need the new events to work all the way down the flights for example a long swiss to get people into brackets for multi-tiered events.

The masterpoint structure does not allow for event innovation. Giving more flexibility to awards for events longer than 2 days and more emphasis on match awards will allow event organizers to create new fun events to attract people to their tournaments. I for one am bored of 2-day knockouts, 1 day swisses and single session consolation events.

This problem all began when they stopped giving full awards for swiss teams. It meant tournaments were forced to run all knockouts in order to attract pro teams. This in turn meant all tournaments split their fields over two separate cycles of knockouts. It also made all tournaments the same and the format quickly became stale. Changing it back would be good, but not enough IMO.
Sept. 26
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No specific rule about suit strength. Lets say you bid 6 of a minor and your trumps are AKxx opposite xxxx. If trumps break 4-1 then you have two sure losers. That happens almost 1/3 of the time.

AKQx
KQx
xxxx
Kx

xxx
Axx
AKxx
AQx


On a hand like this, you have 3 sure spade tricks, 3 sure heart tricks, 3 sure club tricks and 2 sure diamond tricks for 11. In both 6NT and 6D you can score a 12th trick in diamonds provided they break 3-2. In Diamonds if they break 4-1 you are down with 2 sure trump losers. In NT you have a backup plan of getting your 12th trick in spades.

If you take the same hand and change the queen of clubs to the Queen of diamonds:

AKQx
KQx
xxxx
Kx

xxx
Axx
AKQx
Axx

Now you have 3 sure spades, 3 sure hearts, 3 sure diamonds, 2 sure clubs for 11. In diamonds you can score your 12th trick by simply ruffing a club. In NT if the diamonds break 4-1 you are reduced to needing the spades to break.

These hands are very subtle. You won't get them all right. Sometimes you will end up in the wrong one and it won't matter. You just need to be aware.
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