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I have been running a 17 table Web on Fridays at the local club. Some things I have discovered:

1) Put your fastest NS pair, or at least definitely not one of your chronically slower pairs, at table 17 as EW will have a long walk over to table 1.

2) Put generally competent players in the Web section, tables 14, 15, 16 and 17. Even moreso, put the most competent pairs at 16 and 17 as they will be playing boards in reverse order, 25 and 26 down to 1 and 2.

3) If you have only 2 sets of boards you will have relays in rounds 1 and 7. Round 1, 14 and 16 relay boards 1 and 2. Round 7 14 and 17 relay boards 13 and 14 and 15 and 16 relay boards 15 and 16. This proved to be manageable with a lot of attention from me in the relay rounds.

4) Table 15 starts with boards 3-14 (standard ordered) and table 17 starts with boards 15-26, reverse ordered by board pairs (25-26, 23-24, 21-22, 19-20, 17-18, 15-16). Table 14 gets board 1 and table 16 gets board 2.

5) Tables 1-13 move 26 boards in Standard 13 table Mitchell fashion.

6) Boards move from 15 to 14 to assembly table and 17 to 16 to assembly table.

7) Our club has four rows of 5 tables, with the director's station in the lower left corner of the room and table 1, right “above” it. I generally layout the room so that we go “up” a row tables 1-4, then “over” and from there “down” from 5 to 6 to 7. Now there is a “jump and jag” two tables up and 1 table over to table 8. Then we go “down” 9, 10 and 11. 12 is “over” 1 row (so that it sits below 7 and adjacent to 1) and 13 is “down” from there, convenient to table 1 for the board pass. 14 is “over” 1 (below 11) and 15, 16 and 17 form their own row in the fourth (and last) row in our club's room.
12 hours ago
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We did start out with 13 is always out of range, but quickly evolved to a judgment based decision. I generally default to out of range if it is just an average 13.
Jan. 18
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ACBL players move?? You must be kidding. <<sarcasm tag>>
Jan. 17
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I am all for imagination in seat 3 but I just don't see enough upside here. If I held one more Q, I would fear a PASS out and would open 1.
Jan. 16
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Oh the heresy! It's a card game. No duplicators. No hand records. No bridgemates. Hand tabulations scoring. No plastic cards even.

The idea is to consume cardboard in mass quantities.
Jan. 15
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For me a splinter bid carries the message that even if YOU are dead minimum, slam is possible or likely if you have nothing (or little, e.g. Jxxx) wasted in this suit. I am suggesting slam when I splinter.

That does not require extras on the part of the player making the try, just suitable cards (that is, Aces and Kings not Queens and Jack).

Either hand with just a suitably placed AK A (AKxxxx, xx, Axxx x; 1 - 2 - 4) might be making a try with a splinter bid. Once I know of a fit, I use losing trick count (and suits controlled) to figure out if I want to make a try.
Jan. 15
Jim Perkins edited this comment Jan. 15
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We could be worse, I suppose. But not much.

If partner can make anything, she will bid it.

Or I guess he didn't since there is a poll.
Jan. 14
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At least s/he is thinking about poor partner.

Most people just yell if partner misunderstands them.
Jan. 10
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In these preempt situations, I try to remember that partner may have been stretching.

It is close.
Jan. 10
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Two very strong players from our club advocated for a because “I have the s and partner has the minors. Where is declarer getting tricks?”
Jan. 9
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Turns out a lead beats the contract.

However, I thought that, given the auction, the logic behind the lead was pretty solid.

Just checking my work.
Jan. 9
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We want to compete over 1NT but I don't know where. Including 1NTx.
Jan. 8
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We play suit preference when leading or following. Just lead a low trump, telling partner to play more s when in.
Jan. 8
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Me at Las Vegas bridge world: how do you get the players to accept not seeing the scores?

Management: we don't show them. It slows the game down.
Jan. 6
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Whose directors? And why not?
Jan. 5
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We could play bridge every other day. The odd days we could look at the bridgemate and ask how could they make 4?
Jan. 5
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I wonder if S thought that W opened 1NT and that N's 2 showed the MAJs.

Only thing that makes sense to me.
Jan. 5
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Another reason to not show the scores. Or the percentages, for that matter.
Jan. 5
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No one is going to touch Gibson's ERA record ever. That is the one that I think will be permanent. That, and Wilt's 100. And likely Abdul-Jabbar's career total points, now that Kobe elected to retire without making a mockery (more of a mockery?) of competition by playing for a team like the Hornets or Kings, who might have accepted him as a “first, last and only” offensive option player who was strictly playing to break the record.
Jan. 4
Jim Perkins edited this comment Jan. 4
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They are discussing long match format, Steve. Not Swiss. The only way I see to do that (long match format) is to open Bracket 1 to all comers and if too many request/want it, then have Bracket 1A and Bracket 1B, etc. which divide the payouts for however many there are. I am not sure if the true Bracket 1 teams will object.
Jan. 4
Jim Perkins edited this comment Jan. 4
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