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What did you need to do to get the other .03 matchpoints?
2 hours ago
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Interesting that grand slam makes in 3 denominations (NT, S, H) and small slam in another (D).
9 hours ago
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Well, somehow he apparently got 75% of the votes; was re-elected.
Aug. 17
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All of a sudden, 2:00 PM EDT, 08/10/2017, rooms are available.
Aug. 10
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Hi, Mark.

When your side has not gotten into the auction previously, shortness in their suit(s)! :)
Aug. 10
Jim Fox edited this comment Aug. 10
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ARBITRARY is when the “powers that be” decide that only 32 out of 76 teams will qualify for the third day of the Roth Swiss and as a result only those 32 will be awarded overall positions.

ARBITRARILY, for reasons that have nothing to do with the play of the first two full days, 6 teams (if you assume 50% is the norm for qualifiers) lost their overall positions and 20+ platinum points due to an organizational reason - only 32 tables with screens could be provided. If there had been 100 teams left after the first day, what would they have done?
Aug. 2
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Taught basics by parents and aunt literally at the kitchen table.

Continued in college with the notorious, constant student union games with Al Stauber, Warren Rosner, Doug Ross and Ron Stumpo (whatever happened to him) as the acknowledged resident experts, although there were very many other excellent players then and now that passed through.
Aug. 2
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Greg: “I would guess that a lot of people really appreciated that the finals of the Roth was played with screens.” is somewhat specious. I'm sure qualifiers are very happy about most everything.

On the other hand the six teams in the top 50% of finishers that did NOT qualify, are likely quite upset to say the least. Besides for not playing another day for the championship, I believe they automatically are not included in the “overall finishers” which, FWIW, means losing out on around 20 platinum points.
Aug. 1
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Dave, understood. That is my focus also.

My point (which you apparently missed) is that for some reason BIT and hitches in bidding are adjudicated a lot more than the same in defense.

Why do you think that is, Dave?

Edited for clarity.
Aug. 1
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Phil, how many times have you called director because you thought a defender took advantage of his partner's hitch? If several times, how did that work out?
Aug. 1
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Yu, please spell out ALL of your rules for what can be discussed on here.
July 31
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Based on their system as it was described by commentators, the only time it could go 1N/3N is when responder has 2-2 or less in the majors.

Playing this, it begs the question, is it legit to psyche 1N strong “very often” with short majors.
July 31
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“Play in tempo and accept having a bad result now and then.”

Words to play bridge by. Could not agree more for what little my opinion is worth.
July 31
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The first provisional results did not have 25 comparisons. As the day progressed more and more comparisons were added until at end of day, all had 25. Of course, during this process, as more and more comparisons are added, results changed.

People who didn't start the tournament until toward the end of the day, probably did not see this effect as much.
July 30
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If you follow the play trick by trick, it is hard to see when an extra heart, not necessarily the 10 would have been played. At the end, any heart would have been sufficient to make the hand.
July 30
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Added: You can play the next hand to see the comments by commentators and vugraph operator about what might have happened.
July 30
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The explanation given by commentators and Vugraph operator implied that sticky cards MAY have contributed to the problem. If that were true, would be very sad, IMHO. If that is not the case, then I basically agree with you.

It would have been such a spectacular make - “taking an unnecessary finesse in a side suit to create an additional entry” (among other things) that made it interesting to me in the first place.
July 30
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Thanks, David, I have made the correction.

I watched many of their hands and I agree that they played great. I was, in fact, disappointed that it appeared that a mechanical error or something to do with “the cards” may have hindered them from finishing where they deserved.
July 30
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Cutting down from 76 to 32 teams seems somewhat severe. Is there some rationale used to come up with the number that qualify for the last day?
July 30
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Assuming that the bulletin is simply a PDF file, it seems like saving it in 2 or 3 physically different locations every time you update it (which should be easy to do), would solve most potential problems of this type.
July 27
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