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A no-brainer with my regulari partner; we open all balanced 11 counts.
April 1
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We play it as a transfer, weak or strong with s.
Same with 2, weak or strong with s.

2 is an unbalanced constructive raise (9-11ish).
April 1
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You can sign off. It’s important that both players in a pair are logged in as the tournament starts; else you’re automatically kicked out of the tournament.
March 27
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We’ve done two nights now: Tuesday and Thursday.

13 tables both times.
A Mitchell, by mistake, on Tuesday, a swiss tonight. 27 boards each time.

We used an include list, only players registeret on the list could enter. We updated the list when needed close to start time.

We have some very nes players participating. And in addition some established players who are new to online bridge. We’ve been helping them along.

For the freshest players, rank beginners/quite new, we’ve been doing some training sessions on teaching tables too.

Things work out nicely. We set up the tournaments with 3 board rounds, 7 minutes per board. Whith 5-6 minutes lett on a round, I check each table. And monitor the slowest ones. I modify the Tournament if needed, adding one minute per board (3 min on the round) to allow the slowes table(s) to finish the last board. And then correct it back after the next round start.

Tonight we changed for next round nearly four minutes early twice.

After each tournament I enter the participants and all results into our scoring program manually, to report the results to the clubs website and to the federations database. I do this manually, and IT takes quite some time.

Tonight I uploaded boards to the tournament. I had set up the tournament in the scoring program ealier, dealt the hands there and exported a DUP file. I converted the file to PBN format, using Kaj Backas BOS program, and then to LIN format, which you need on BBO using an online converter.

I’ll be hosting twice a week, as long as our club has to be close down. For several months, I guess. Time will show. My wife is the club chairman, and is doing a tremendous job informing members of our club and the neighbouring clubs all the time. Facebook and emails more or less continously. Lots of hours work. But definitely worth it.
March 19
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Really only two alternatives, IMO. And 1 and 2 aren’t among them.
March 19
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We open all balanced 11-14 (no 5cM) 1. And respond 1 with bal 6-9(10), 1NT with (10)11-12, 2NT with 13-14/18+ and 3NT with 15-17.

1 is unbalanced. Over that 2NT is invitational (Bal) and 3NT=13-15.
March 16
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We're doing this. Larvik Bridgeclub is setting up tournaments on BBO instead of our club nights, at the same times as usual.

We're creating a list of players allowed to enter; this is possible on BBO.

We're accepting players from our own club and all other clubs in our District Federation, as well as players from our neighbor district.

We're starting on Tuesday - I'm only awaiting my host authorization from BBO, I applied for this on Thursday and guess I'll have this in place tonight Norwegian time.

If not, I have others who can host the tournaments at first.

Several other Norwegian clubs are doing the same, I know about at least 6-7 clubs, and expect others to follow. None are planning open tournaments, they restrict them to approved players.

Our Federation is sanctioning club tournaments on BBO as long as clubs have to be closed down.
March 16
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In Norway, many clubs are moving their club tournaments to BBO. Our federation is sanctioning club tournaments played on BBO during the period the clubs has to close down.
March 14
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The only surprise here is how good the results of the study where. I‘d have expected far worse results.
March 12
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In Norway the federation today recomended all clubs and district federations to cancel all tournaments, starting today and through Easter.

It’s too early to know what all clubs will do, but from what I gather from social media this far, most do as recommended. My club did AS recommendes, as did our ditrict federation.

Not doing this would be very stupid and show a total lack of responsibility, IMO.
March 11
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The death rate in Italy exceeds 6 %.
March 11
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To me, passing 3 with this south hand is of the radar. I’m definitely bidding on. Where did they find five passers?
March 10
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Adjusting to 3+1 is 100 % clear, IMO.

3 is rejecting the game invite. The hesitation clearly suggests 3NT, and pass is an obvious logical alternative, in my view.
March 10
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There’s no space to invite game here. Thus, you’re raise to game with the top invites, to avoid missing game too often. 4 just say you’ve got a good raise to game, or better. To let the pressure of partner with a good, but not great hand. He’ll know to pass a raise to 4, and move over 4.

The hand you give just isn’t good enough to go past 4.

And even if both hands gives a slam positive sign, that doesn’t commit us to slam. When both are minimum for their actions so far, we still might stop in 5.
March 1
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No, you didn’t. 4 just shows a good raise to 4. It’s partner who invited slam.
March 1
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Being 3-5 minutes late every round doesn’t give them 3-5 minutes extra time each round; it gives them that much extra time per session. However, it takes away that amount for you every round.

If they are able to play most of the round within the alotted time, only starting 3-5 minutes late, there’s an easy remedy; each time they’re late, take away one board in the next round, awarding A+/A-, and they’ll soon be completing each round on time.
Feb. 29
Harald Berre Skjæran edited this comment Feb. 29
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We play 1 - 2red as transfers - weak or strong, and 1 - 2 as the unbalanced invite.

1 - 3 is the unbalanced invite.

We play 1m-2m as a GF raise.
Feb. 27
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CAS? I don’t think the race cars were ever judged by CAS.
Feb. 24
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4 wasn’t forcing. 4 over 4 would set up a forcing pass, the raise to 5 didn’t.
Feb. 24
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Well, not if you signal with the 3 followed by the deuce…
Feb. 20
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