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everybody's busy playing bridge. Don apologizes again for 6NT
Sept. 30
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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