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I am very aware of the many ways to watch both tables, but I find it is sometimes distracting to do so. On the other hand, I appreciate knowing what is happening at the other table. So I appreciate it when the commentators give some insight into the other table actions, while mainly focusing on what is going on at this table.
4 hours ago
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I can't help pointing out that my brilliant husband actually commented at the other table that the spade layout would be fascinating if NS bid 6, and he would expect a good declarer to go down. His explanation of why is identical to Kit's.
Aug. 17
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JoAnn - I'm sorry to hear that. I thought the whole property was non-smoking, but I guess it's only the rooms (and there are rooms with balconies where people can smoke).
Aug. 16
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I apologize for the misunderstanding about Vugraph. I thought when I did the BBO schedule I said something about “Championship Flight” but it is possible I didn't.
I'm afraid we never have enough operators that first weekend to cover all of the flights.
Aug. 14
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The Cosmopolitan is a non-smoking property. I'm not sure whether there were other reasonable non-smoking options when the NABC contract was negotiated.
Aug. 14
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I'm not sure, but I just checked the scores after 11 matches and they are even more distorted - USA1 is shown as having 667+ VPs. After 18 matches, they're shown as having “only” 545.
Aug. 13
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So am I. And of course the list of scores after 18 rounds has all of the scores doubled (maybe not the final match last night?). But the ranking is correct :-)
Aug. 13
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I've wondered whether the ACBL decision only to allow ACBL members to access the online Bulletin is wise. I understand the reason - the Bulletin is one of the benefits of ACBL membership and ACBL wants to encourage people to be members.

But the downside is that we don't use the Bulletin as advertising to people who aren't (yet) members. Would we get more new members because they became interested from reading the Bulletin than we do because you need to be a member to read the Bulletin? I don't know.
Aug. 12
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The WBF stopped having carryover from the Round Robin in either 2016 or 2017 (I couldn't find the Conditions of Contest for 2016; there was carryover in 2015 and not in 2017). I think that the only relevance of the Round Robin match between two teams that meet in the Knockout stage is that if the teams are tied at the end of the KO match, the Round Robin match winner wins.
Aug. 12
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Moved.
Aug. 12
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It's now been spinning for over an hour - is that “a while”?
Aug. 11
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Gets the same spinning wheel, nothing else. Thanks for trying.
Aug. 11
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I think something's missing from that email address - I tried your name and that didn't work. Would appreciate the link - marteljan at gmail.
Aug. 11
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I don't get a white arrow. Just some Chinese writing and a QRC code and an empty box with a spinning thing that you usually get when something is downloading - I let it go a long time without anything appearing.
Aug. 11
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Nothing every loaded for me.
Aug. 11
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One thing to be aware of is that you have to click the TV icon after the event is live, not before. If you click on it before the event you want to watch is live, it apparently doesn't “move” from the list of future presentations to the current one, but if you go back and click again, then it's in current.
Aug. 11
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I was going to suggest that perhaps they didn't qualify - European Junior teams qualify at the European Youth Teams event. But checking the EBL registration page for that event <http://db.eurobridge.org/repository/competitions/17Samorin/microsite/Participants.asp>;, it looks as if there were no teams from Iceland entered. I don't know why.
Aug. 11
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I really hate the term “girls” when applied to people over about 15 (I might be okay with 18). I'm sure I've told this story to some of you, but … 20 or 30 years ago, I was a subject for a hypnotist at a Reno show. I am confident that I was in fact hypnotized, and I did some things that I normally would not (danced around, some other embarrassing things I no longer remember), but when the hypnotist said “all the girls stand up” I remained seated. She then tried “all the ladies stand up;” I didn't like the term ladies much more than the term girls, so again I remained seated. When she finally said “all the women stand up” I obediently stood.

That convinced me of two things - that hypnotism may remove inhibitions, but it can't make you do something you really don't want to do, and that I felt very strongly that women should be called women.

I have completely failed to convince the WBF not to call the Rona competitors girls, although I am very careful not to do so on the USBF website or in USBF Conditions of Contest.
Aug. 10
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I was able to watch our USA2 team play the first match on Funbridge tonight. I'm not sure how I got an account, but apparently I have one.

I downloaded the Funbridge program to my computer (Mac) and opened it and apparently that logged me in. There was a row of icons, I clicked on the TV one and that got me to the Vugraph.

It took me a while to figure out some things (to review the bidding, you click on the + next to the contract at the top of the screen; to show played cards or switch from pictures of cards to the “Vugraph” diagram that I find easier to follow, you click on the “tools” at the bottom right. To get to a prior board, you click on the board number. To see a scorecard, you click on “list of deals (or maybe hands, I don't have it open right now). It was a little difficult to follow, but I'm sure that's because I am very familiar with the BBO interface and not familiar with the Funbridge one.

I was frequently logged off for ”inactivity" (I guess switching from one table to the other didn't count as doing anything) and had to log back in and click on the TV icon, but it did retain my hand diagram and show played cards preferences.
Aug. 9
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One more vote for opening 1 and rebidding 2, and only a masochist would open 1 of either minor and rebid 2NT over a 1 response.
Aug. 9
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