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What strength would 1-1-1NT show? If 13 if top of range for this, then you should accept, but if 13 is the bottom then pass. As to accepting, 3 should be forcing but doubt of strain. Or, if the invite was light, partner will pass, which is probably for the best anyway.
Dec. 15, 2018
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1m-1NT 5-8, opener not raising unless 18-19 (or 17 that looks like 18). 1m-2NT is 9-11 and opener accepts on any 15-17 (and can accept with nice 14's). 1-3 generally playing as natural invitational in this system, which is approx 9-11 and 6 decent clubs. If this isn't available, you are stuck with 1 or 2NT. As to missing game with 10 opposite 14, those sometimes don't make.
Dec. 14, 2018
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many 4432 hands I would overcall 2NT…but not this one. This is a clear dbl, with a good 2 card club holding and single diamond stopper.
Dec. 11, 2018
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The most obvious auction to be for N/S to get to diamonds is
Pass - 1 - 2 - Pass
Pass - Dbl - Pass - Pass
Rdbl - Pass - 2 - All Pass
Maybe not likely but certainly plausible
Dec. 7, 2018
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I have always felt that one of the best aspects of NABC's is the chance to visit new locations. It's important to have some anchor locations, but there should always be the option to hold one in a non-standard city perhaps 5-10 times over a 10 year span. Even states that don't seem like “destination” locations should be entitled to one every 50 years or so.

In the suggested list above for a 3 year rotation, none of these cities are mentioned, all of which have had good nationals in the past: Chicago, St Louis, Denver, Orlando (not @Disney). I'm sure there are others that have been strong locations.
Nov. 27, 2018
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So, partner's hand was AK9 K743 QT54 K4 With a lot of things working (doubleton T-x spades thanks to the 9, club finesse onside, 3-2 diamonds), 6 and 6NT were easy makes. The other table bid a slam (the better one at IMPs, 6 which doesn't require everything working) in an otherwise flat match when I thought it was low percentage due to the weak spade suit and just bid 3NT. I wanted to get an idea how many people thought there was reason to search for more. This felt like just bad luck and a non-fitting hand for the system.
Nov. 4, 2018
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systematically, we are playing 2 way new minor forcing, so invitational hands go through 2 and game forcing ones through 2. So, in this instance, 2 would not be a choice made on this deal unless you don't have much faith in partner.
Oct. 28, 2018
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everybody's busy playing bridge. Don apologizes again for 6NT
Sept. 30, 2018
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there are a lot of links related to results from the team events, but are there any for the pairs events, be it results, hand records, etc.?
Sept. 24, 2018
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At some NABC in the past 15 years in the LM pairs, there was a hand - AKQJTxx AKJTxx - Partner provided 3-0 in the red suits and things broke for a cold grand. The opps at our table didn't find the 800 sac when the auction started P-P-1-7. It shouldn't be too hard to find…there was an article with a lot of the variations that came up if I recall correctly.

At a club game, AKQJTxxxxx xx - x, 1-P-P-X-4-P-P-X. Just a little over average despite opps being on a queen guess for 7
Sept. 10, 2018
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If Ax Kxxx KJxxx Ax, 1NT because of the rebid problem. With Axxx Kx Kx AJxxx, 1NT is more tempting with reason to protect the short kings. But with the given hand, 1C looks right
Sept. 6, 2018
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Either partner has hearts or the opponents have hearts, and neither of those makes me want to continue in the auction.
Sept. 1, 2018
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what happened to 3 as a choice? The auction seems a bit surprising to be, as dbl should be takeout, but that would give the opponents roughly 12 diamonds. 4 would be ok with some values but not with 3 jacks; that feels like more of a slam probe.
Aug. 26, 2018
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We are registered to play in the open pairs (only). The event starts Monday 9/24. The schedule suggests registration is Sunday 9/23. Assuming entry fee has been paid beforehand and all other requirements are complete (photo, signed participation form), must both pairs show up on sunday at the registration desk to pick up badges/other, or can one member of the pair collect everything? Must this be done on Sunday, or will it be possible to pick up badge on Monday morning (well earlier than the indicated start time)?
Aug. 22, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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