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Yes, I understand that, and I think that it a bad situation: bad for the team that gets seeded too low, and bad for the top team that gets to play the strong but lowly seeded team.

My opinion is that a fair seeding system should be based on a reasonable assessment of the teams, and in my opinion masterpoints are not a reasonable assessment.

But you and I are not on the committee. I was trying to figure out what the committee members want, and I don't understand what Brian has written.
March 23
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What exactly is the problem with the great foreign player who gets 0 seeding points?
March 23
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Very well played.

South has quite a good hand for clubs. A system allowing north to show a stiff diamond would make it easier to reach the right strain.
March 23
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Brian wrote:


My definition of a fair bracket is one in which teams are assigned a seed based on objective criteria utilizing prior performance. Results matter, not opinion/reputation.”

Then why not only use the number of platinum points earned in the last 10 years, decreasing by 10% per year? This is completely objective and only based on prior performance.

Such a seeding scheme undervalues players that have played in fewer NABC events, but given your definition that does not seem to be a negative. Seeding does not need to be related to how strong the different teams are.
March 23
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Jeff, I think you are mixing up two different people. Marion Michielsen is taller and has darker hair.
March 22
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I prefer this defense over the defense that Will suggested.
March 18
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Indeed, interesting defensive squeeze.
March 18
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I don't understand the play on the first hand. What did South pitch on the fourth round of hearts?
March 17
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I heard a rumor that Josh Donn was on the committee that allocated the new seeding points.
March 13
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Why would you think that current top bridge programs would not go down in 4H?
March 12
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In those case the squeeze also works.
March 9
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In capital romans?
March 1
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Everybody agrees that 3C was too much, but I think that you are talking it a step too far.

The fact that south's 18-count could be even better doesn't mean that it isn't a good 18. And I don't think this is a minimum for 3D.
March 1
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Agree, I think that people above have too much sympathy for 2H.
March 1
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“You are likely to become dummy so you should count dummy points”.

Nice. His partner plays them better?
Feb. 24
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Nice Roland.
Feb. 21
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I held this hand in a Dutch league game. I've changed the east-west hands for the sake of the story. In reality east held king-doubleton of diamonds and the club queen was offside. All lines would have worked except playing diamonds from the top.

Nineteen declarers played 3NT from the south, all getting a low spade lead. About half of the declarers went down, sometimes 3 or 4 tricks, presumably all playing diamonds immediately. I thought it was a difficult decision.
Feb. 15
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Thanks Paolo, I think I fixed it.
Feb. 7
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Given the actual south hand and given north is balanced:

24: 0.2030%
25: 0.1170%
26: 0.0561%
27: 0.0237%
28: 0.0120%

Either one of us made a coding mistake, or the fact that we only hold 5HCP does seriously affect partner's chances of having 24+ HCP. They go up by roughly a factor 4.

(I did check your claim Max, and I found very similar numbers to yours. It seems you didn't use that opener is balanced or you would have found slightly higher numbers.)
Feb. 3
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Partner had KTxx KJTxxx xx x.

If you double you end up in 4H, which can go down if they find a spade lead (preemptor has a singleton and can get 2 ruffs), but it will often make.

If you pass and you lead any diamond, 3NT makes.

If you pass and lead anything else, 3NT can be beaten.
Feb. 3
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