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I am astounded that 20% of the response is for non forcing. Is this catering to opener opening 8hcp distributional hands? This seems basic that a new suit in an auction like this would be forcing at least 1 round.
Oct. 5
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forcing to 6NT, but want to leave room for key card and to ideally play it from this side
Aug. 29
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The Soloway is being advertized as a 2 day swiss leading into a KO. What are the conditions expected for the swiss? Will it be similar to the national swiss events, with eight 7 board rounds each day, or will the matches be lengthened to feel more of a style of a KO?

If it is 8 7's, why was it determined that two days of qualifications were needed to cut the field to 32 teams, rather than just one day to cut to 64? I don't necessarily mind the symmetry, but am curious what the discussions were leading to the specific event format. Eight rounds should be enough to determine the top 4-8 seeds fairly distinctively even in a large field, and everything that follows after that represents the shuffling that normally happens anyway when the seed positions are handed out.
Aug. 7
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I think they are going to get quite a sizable number of entries (100+, but guessing <120) with these two factors in favor: 1) a prime location (not all NABC sites are created equal), and 2) the novelty of the new event. I won't be able to go due to a number of factors, but I was really thinking it would be a fun experience to be in the FIRST Soloway KO. Maybe next year.
Aug. 5
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writing TOP is not the same as what I am suggesting. I am suggesting when the tournament is large enough (Gatlinburg, NABC's), the top bracket should expand to 20, 30, or more teams, depending on what the entries look like. The top bracket in Gat usually cuts in the 40-50k range. Doesn't a team with 20-30k also potentially belong in this bracket? It's worth looking at some of the past results; there are teams with national champions winning bracket 2 in some years, and certainly teams that look like they would play up given the opportunity. Maybe in practice only 20-30 teams do this, but doesn't it still make sense?
July 10
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There can be the best of both worlds. You have two KO events set up. The “bracket 1” event, anybody can sign up for, so a team of up and commers can enter even with no points. If you enter this event, there is no special treatment or handicapp. The event rules allow for anything from 2 to 100 (or more) teams to enter. If 2-4 enter, it is turned into a one day event with 1 winner. If 5 or more enter, then play 1 day of swiss team matches to cut down to 4 teams. If more than 17 teams enter, then places 1-4 become the (semi)finalists of KO #1A, places 5-8 (semi)finalist of KO #1B, and so forth down the line for a prescribed number of events based on count of initial teams entry. Number of events for large table count should be approx. 25% of the field, so matching the current format that 4 teams in a 16 team bracket make the overalls.

Along side of the “bracket 1” event, run a standard bracketed KO event. A hard limit should be set, relative to the tournament size, so any team with player(s) with more than (10K, 5K, 3K) must enter “bracket 1”. This event is bracketed in the current way.
July 9
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Seems normal to bid a bit more with the working void? I didn't even think it was a close call with 4. Thankfully, partner's suit is diamonds, and it's not the worst thing if partner goes back to that suit.
April 29
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Without looking at the upcoming years' schedules, in the past it feels like about 50% of the time, Thanksgiving falls at the beginning, and 50% of the time it is the 3rd day of the BRP. However, the point of the extra day may be difficult for other reasons.

The same functionality could be handled via a one day qualifying swiss, with similar half day matches, to make it a 4 day event. If that were an option, would it sound better?
April 25
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The Soloway was added with idea of being a 7 day KO to match the current Vanderbilt and Spingold KO's. Would it be thought of as that much lesser of an event if it were to be limited to 5 days? Start on the Thursday of the nationals (usually reserved for the charity games), run two days of swiss matches as is currently set up, then cut the field to either 32 or 64 teams, to play half day matches of 32 boards, with a full day final (if 32 teams make the cut)? In this way, there is no overlap with the blue ribbon pairs, and the integrity of playing all 7 “major” events is preserved.

Too late for this year, but something to consider for 2020 and beyond?
April 25
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The concepts of charging different players different amounts could be handled a little bit better by creating exception class(es). Create 3 tiers, and say the entry fee would normally be $25/session. Everybody starts in tier 1 ($25). Tier 2 charges $15 and tier 3 $5. Exceptions would be assigned to individual players for tier 2 and tier 3 through an off-site application process, and valid for 1 year.

Classes to consider:
* under 26 (application: signed statement indicating player is not being paid to play professionally)
* single under 30(35?), newly started working
* new families
* retired, limited income
* recent hardship (home damaged natural disaster etc.)

Application requiring 1-2 years of tax returns and bank statements to support request. The process does not need to be rigorous; the goal of setting up these tiers is such that, the assumption that players would play less/not at all if they were not provided some relief in entry fees. But, a basic check needed to make sure that there is a legitimate reason to allow discounts.

Setting up in this manner, the player is assigned a tier 2/3 certificate, and when buying entries, would present at the selling desk, or have included in online profile when buying online entries.
April 16
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Inviting is going to lead to a likely push result. If the other table opened a standard 1minor, what were you planning on rebidding? It is unlikely to be 1NT. 2NT will retain parity with whatever result would be obtained at the other table. In fact, you are likely in better shape here since partner bid NT first…if partner has Qx in either major, that is a likely lead and you strongly prefer it come from the defender on your right.

If we guess to go low and are correct (1NT makes only 1), we gain 6 imps. If we guess to go high and are right, we gain 10. With (push) being a fairly frequent result, odds favor inviting.
April 15
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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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