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Opps have a trick so far and you are going to lose a sure ace. Don't have the full deal handy; this was from a swiss, but it didn't look like a trump coup type of hand
June 10
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Long before the tinkering of masterpoints, I had come to dislike KO's, for a combination of reasons:

1) extra time commitment, and the uncertainty that comes with an event of variable length

2) only some of the time being able to compete for a true overall win (when in bracket 1)

3) the feeling that good bridge is lost in the results…when a match is decided by 40+, little details get lost in the mix

4) my usual results would be something to the effect of (round 1) win by 100, (round 2) lose by 2. In a swiss, this result is 29 VP or equivalent, and you are still in contention to win the event. In a KO, you are mathematically eliminated from the overalls.

I still play them in the appropriate tournaments, as they may represent the prime event available at the time. But, I am generally not a fan of them. Compact KOs are even worse…just run a swiss, bracketed if similar MP holdings are desired.
June 4
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I clicked on this link and all I got were tentative schedules for the two upcoming nationals with what looked like the normal schedules. I was expecting something like a proposed national schedule without the regional events listed on it, and not specific to venue. Am I missing something?
March 19
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In looking at the schedule, the open pairs event seems to leave little time for eating…1 hour at lunch and otherwise not until 7-8pm depending on day. I know the Marriott is a large facility, but will there be enough quick lunch options available? The team events seem to have even less time, though in those cases there will frequently be multi person teams, allowing for a longer break
Feb. 7
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Isn't there a rule that there are no allowable agreements after an insufficient call? Clearly weak with diamonds (weak being less than invitational). Any jump bid that would be a transfer still would be, but natural and obvious otherwise
Jan. 26
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Deep finesse makes 11 tricks in clubs (and in spades on the given layout), but in practice 10 tricks will usually be made. It's not clear to bid, given the vul, with both hands being passed hand. Partner of 2NT bidder held AQTxx xx xx KTxx

4 in theory beats out 4 making, since neither hand is likely to double, but in practice almost no pairs where declaring with the E/W cards.
Jan. 6
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So, partner's hand was 962 AKQ52 Q8 Q64, and 4 is down 2 before you have a chance to take a trick. I was in 4, and felt the lack of aces with just 9 was a slight reach (since most making hands would still get there after 3), but I wanted to see what the consensus was. A majority of the results were either -50 or -100, with a few worse scores sprinkled in.
Jan. 3
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I should have added also that in this partnerships, fit jumps were not in play, so 4 and 4 would be splinter. I will give it another day or so before giving the result
Jan. 1
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So, I posted each of the hands for this board as two separate bidding problems. The West hand held AT975 Q92 AQ8 62 and the consensus bid was 3NT. This led to the problem of how to evaluate the opening bidder's hand. I thought that 4NT seemed right on strength (since the 3NT bid has an operating range of about 11-17), though there is the possibility of missing a suit slam if there is a fit somewhere. I am curious what the 4 and 4 bidders intend partner to bid, but those look like the most likely way to reach a slam.

The cards were favorable on this deal, but even if the K is offsides, both 6NT and 6 have excellent play on the expected diamond lead.
Dec. 4, 2017
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So, I just wanted to see what the consensus evaluation was with this deal. At least after 24 hours, just 2 bids are considered, and it's 75/25 for Dbl over 4. On this given deal, partner had JT642 A974 QJ 54 and Dbl is the winner, partner not having a bid over 4. 4 need some careful play but makes. 4 runs into a 5-0 offside trump break and only makes 8 tricks without defensive help.
Nov. 19, 2017
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playing in D13, Suzi Subeck has been good enough to run your flyer daily in all of the regional handouts, so I have access to it…but you may want to get a link here for the schedule.

Referring to the “national championship events”, is that only the events that have the word “championship” in it? Some of the two session pairs games have a name attached to them, so I wasn't sure if those have the ABA membership requirement or not
July 24, 2017
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I have wanted to ask, as an ACBL member, what should be expected? Do we just show up, say “we are from the ACBL and have X masterpoints” and pay the entry fee? I am fairly certain that the laws of bridge remain the same, but are there any systematic restrictions we should know about? Are any events pre-qualify or have some other requirements outside of the obvious (mens pairs are two men etc)?

Given this location is under 20 minutes from my house, I want to take the opportunity to play at least one event if not a few evenings during the week as well.
July 24, 2017
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I was curious to get some general opinions and not initially present a hand. This discussion comes from a club game deal (MP, none vul). In 2nd seat, you hold: QT3 QJ96 AKQJ9 9 With opponents silent, the auction starts 1 - 1 - your bid
July 16, 2017
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I think the concept of the tournament is reasonable, in particular as a first step towards non-robot events. I do think several things should be considered:

1) time of event “day”: I do some of my best online stuff late at night; I would like to be able to start say at 10pm and finish, but I am in the central time zone, and it appears that the cutoff will be 11:59pm EST, so I need to start a little earlier in the evening. This seems particularly restrictive of the west coast, or those participating in Hawaii.

2) if this is part of the nationals, will players that scratch (get masterpoints) be included in the masterpoint lists for the tourney? As a silly extension, would these points be eligible for the Fishbein award, for the most total MP won at the national? We do at least know this won't affect player of the year race, since no platinum points are awarded.

3) labeling the winner as a national champion, even in a limited sense, seems like overkill…but at the same time, something about the event needs to stand out, otherwise why have all of the big deal about a 4 day event?

4) I almost forgot to mention…why the barely over a month warning? Did it take that long to test and approve the concept?
June 14, 2017
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At the table, the director ruled 2 tricks for down 1. I thought this was harsh, but in practice, 1 or 2 tricks resulted in the same matchpoint 0 (one pair 3NT+4, everyone else in spade game +5).

I would ask the following followups:
1) had declarer found a line to make 6 without using the heart (taking a ruffing finesse in clubs), would it still just be 1 trick, so back to par result of making 5?

2) If declarer led the heart at trick 12, winning, and claimed 6, would the result still only be a 1 trick penalty, or does the 2 trick penalty come into play now, since the card that won the trick would not have been there due to the revoke?
June 9, 2017
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So it has been a few weeks since I posted this problem…my main goal was to identify if 4 was the consensus bid with this hand, given partner being a passed hand. In practice, all of these actions should lead to the ice cold 6S (partner provides an overabundance of Jxxx x Qxx AKxxx).
May 11, 2017
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2NT followed by 3NT, to suggest 4S but a desire to play 3NT. Slight overbid, but rates to work out
April 15, 2017
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I live less than 20 minutes away from the playing site, but the trials aren't on my radar at this point. Main reasons:

1) unknown time commitment…I may not expect to win, but I feel that there's always a chance of advancing 2 or 3 rounds in.
2) $$$ is significant
3) getting a team together that I feel good about for this level
April 5, 2017
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A post from the ACBL looks very official, but if possible, please confirm that this has nothing to do with today's date
April 1, 2017
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This hand came up in the first session of the Silodor open pairs. Partner's hand was AKQT86 53 T64 Q8. No action was taken the first time, with a hand that looked strong enough to run spades off the top against 1NT (or 3NT), but not enough to dbl. 2 and 2 would have escaped trouble, but once on the 3 level, you will be doubled for at best -500.

There weren't a lot of comments, but I suspect that those bidding 3 assumed there would be a fit and just checking along the way for spades. Is the given hand not a reasonable option as well, or is the frequency too low to consider catering to this instance?
March 22, 2017
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