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I am pretty sure that winning this event will carry prestige. A lot of it. Not Platinum pairs prestige. But close to it. I expect LaSota, Dunn, Bathurst, Lall, Shi, Grue and other young professionals to enter. Maybe even some of the older generation of pros. Probably not so many of our super senior members.

Too determine what it means to win this events, I will evaluate it like any other contest. Who entered. And how did the known strongest pairs perform against the mass of humanity.

I mean they call it the Little League World Series. Doesn't mean I believe the winners would need competitive against the Padres. Here, I expect a strong field and I expect the stars to justify their status by their performance.
12 hours ago
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I'm just glad that no one that was so upset about this event had a heart attack or died.

Because it can happen you know.
June 22
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At the table I wondered about a heavy 1 opening. I ended up opening 1 and partner found an elegant solution after the 1 response and 1 rebid: he broke the relay with six s to the K and a stray J. (I am not sure that he remembered his own system here.)

Had I known I would have passed, but 2NT on a lead did better anyway.
June 21
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As I have said elsewhere, there is much merit in Kresh's x/NT inversion. Especially in club MP games.
June 21
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Is double deck pinochle not pinochle? Is Killer Hearts not Hearts?

The rules are different but it is a close enough resemblance to be called robot bridge, at least. As for the ACBL's involvement, no one screamed about their development of “take tricks” or whatever the cell phone app is/was called.

Let the kids have their fun is my motto. If it's not fun who would play?
June 21
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There is little doubt in my mind that non serious 3nt is what I miss most when not paying with my A partner.

Maybe TOX is too familiar and ubiquitous to be missed.
June 21
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I am not to blame for this particular system atrocity.
June 20
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Oh well. I bet they didn't know that.

Never mind, everyone.
June 20
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Laws have been changed.
June 20
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Not even a little, Greg. I know who I am playing against (and with). While my friends were impressed with my (Flight B) GNT title, I was not. It did a little bit for my teaching business. Not much, but a little.
June 19
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“. . . every single player has easy, constant, inexpensive access to. . . . ”

Strike “inexpensive”, insert “free.” (Play 4 is GIB, as is the endless stream of bridge hands)
June 19
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Jeff: Thank you for the input. Yours is exactly the player level (and location) that I am concerned about the fairness of our disclosure.
June 19
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Don't the GIB system notes actually warn about “random errors” or some such? I seem to remember reading that.
June 19
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We (or at least I) play 2-3-4(5). = Vulnerability means partner has 5 tricks when bidding 2 (8 minus 3). I have 4 more, in s, so 9 is the limit.
June 19
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Not that this will hit home with Brits, but color me the last hold out for calling the game played by US Major League Baseball's American League “A game resembling baseball.”

If you don't think the contest measures anything, then to you it doesn't measure anything. If Justin, Jordan, Leo and Greg are excited to compete in this contest amongst themselves and others, why would anyone care that it is styled the NABC of robot bridge?

Seriously.

Eugene: It is getting very difficult to not invoke current political issues in the conversation, but I want to be acknowledged for the effort I am making.

“Live and let live.”
June 19
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“I didn't win so it's not bridge” is not especially becoming. To me at least.

This is a contest that is being tested to see if:

a) it will generate a lot of revenue for the ACBL and BBO;
b) it will increase participation and interest in NABCs, generally;
c) it will increase participation and interest in BBO, generally;
d) some other goals that . . . surprise, surprise . . . the organizers failed to clear with me before creating the event.

What jerks.
June 19
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Just for the record it is in fact true that the robots, holding Hx offside will never discard down to a fellable honor. Making finesses in the ending generally “free.”

Whether that is unfair information to regular robot players, I concur with Greg, above.
June 19
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My friend Linda used to er, indulge in recreational chemistry, and then go play bridge with her partner, last name Moss. For kicks, they played “Black Moss” a system in which, among other fun things, 3 indicates a hand that contains a pinochle (Q, J).

Mr. Moss opens 3, duly alerted after which the LOL opponents inquire and are informed that the hand contains a pinochle. When Mr. Moss becomes dummy and spreads his hand it shows the Q and J, prompting a director call. Every pinochle player of any substantial experience has made this mistake, but in bridge, this was the straw that broke the director's back and Black Moss was forever banned from that club.

Ah . . . the good ole days.
June 19
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1 = opening bid (varies from seat to seat) up to about 16 HCP max. D's could be as short as zero. Usually no 5 card MAJ.

1NT = 10-12 NV 1,2,& 3, or 14-16 V and always 4. 1 - 1a - 1NT = alert if strong NT. 1 - 1a - 2 = alert and s may be longer than s.
June 19
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We have not discussed lower honor leads (yet) but in general we do not play Rusinow.
June 19
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