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It is a logical solution to find teammates with more masterpoints. Unfortunately, most of my partners and friends are under 35 yrs old and currently have other priority in their life and do not have enough time accumulate masterpoints. Currently, I am taking the second solution Chris suggests- not to play bracket KO. But I thought maybe we can work out a solution to attract more players in the KO event.

I suggest ACBL to officially allow players to play up and provide clear rules. My suggestions rules are:
1. Players provide their desired bracket.
2. Directors can assign the team to the desire bracket or the bracket above or below.
ex. if the players desire to play in bracket 2, the director can assign them to 1 or 2 or 3.

With the flexibility of assigning those players in three bracket, not only the players who want to play up will be happy, the others can also be benefit.
For example,if there is a big gap in the brakcket:
1st - 7th team has over 200K mp.
8th - 15th team has 50K-20K mp.
16th- 23th team has less than 10K mp.
24th team has 5K mp but desire to play in bracket 2.

Instead of putting the 8th team in the top bracket and putting the 16th team in the 2nd, moving 24th to the top bracket, the above bracket of their desire, can allow 8th and 16th to play in the bracket closer to their skill level.



Feb. 21, 2012
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I am with Randy. It does not seem to me that the other table will naturally go to 4 if there was an alert.
With the Meckwell on your table, you knew that your K and Q is very valuable. However, on the table, the minor fit was not clear.
Feb. 20, 2012
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I will bid it. I dont trust my opponents as much as my partner. Some people just make takeout double when they want to bid but dont know what to bid.
Btw, will it make sense to avoid raising on 3 cards major, assuming it's your style, in this kind of auction?
Feb. 20, 2012
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To Jim,

I would bid Jacoby 2NT with that hand. I dont usually look around when I found a 9 cards major fit. I know the trump quality is bad but I dont know how to convince my partner I have 4 trumps after a 2/1 auction.

Maybe you can create a poll and see what other players think. It's a good way to get different opinions.
Feb. 18, 2012
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The biggest flaw should be the void in club. The 4th trump is good to have but I dont think it's a requirement. Waiting for the perfect picture bid may be too difficult. But it's good to know what you can expect. Maybe 9 cards in the two bid suits and no first round control of the other two? Or even singleton should not be allowed? ( ex. AQT; 832; AK6432; 2)
Feb. 18, 2012
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Hi Robert,
A lot of people have noticed, master points system is not a very accurate way to rate a player. Sadly, some of the games, such as bracket KO, depends on it. Is it possible to use other way to make the bracket or officially allow players to play up?

Here is my story:
Knockout used to be my favorite. I enjoyed playing long match with the same opponents and get to know them more. However, after several bad experiences, I do not play it anymore.

Tipped by one director, ACBL does not have a rule of whether someone can play up in the bracket KO or not. It is decided by the person who make the bracket. The right way to do is reporting the correct master points of the team and ask the person nicely. On a good day, the person is in the good mood and let us play up. Sometimes, the person would tell us we must play in the top bracket if we want to play up. We usually accept this offer. On the worse day, the person will ruin your day.

This happened in Toronto National 2011. We had one day between GNT and Mini-spingold. We arrived before the crowd and asked the person in charge whether we could play up. Because if we are playing in the bottom bracket, one of the pair would rather playing in pairs and the other pair would rather go city tour. The person in charge agreed and gave us a ticket of where we should sit. Not until we finished the first board that we realized he did not do what he promised. It is too late to quit. It is too late to go to pairs game. This is very upsetting. If we were asked to be honest, why shouldnot he?

I must apologize to my teammates, my partner, and the opponents we played against. I was too upset and did crazy stuff, including discarded all my good diamonds and kept my beer card to let them make a no-play 3NT. I deserved my partner to take away all my beers of the summer NABC. After comparing the scores, we still won the match. But, I asked my teammates whether we can concede and go city tour. They convinced me that it is not sporty to abandon a game after we commit to play. I agreed with them, calm myself and finished the day. Since then, I have not playing in any bracket KO.
Feb. 10, 2012
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