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If anyone is interested, I have tried this process for the Intermediate Advanced Club in BBO (with help from some others who I'm not sure want to be associated with the result!). The link below is a spreadsheet with a basic 2/1 system outlined. As you no doubt know, there are a million nearly arbitrary decisions to make depending on what you think “Intermediate” v “Advanced” v “Expert” ideas are.

https://goo.gl/YNyfzB
Dec. 13, 2017
Joe Albert Garcia edited this comment Dec. 13, 2017
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Phil, your question was “why?” do people perpetuate myths about the GIB, but another interesting question is “Who?” In answer I point to the latest Bulletin in which the editors decided to publish a letter from a reader who complains the GIB doesn't have its bid sometimes. The writer of the letter was clearly the most fortunate bridge player in history whose every human bridge partner on every hand always had exactly what they promised with their bid.
June 19, 2017
Joe Albert Garcia edited this comment June 20, 2017
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I'm rescuing partner and taking the blame, Todd. Hopefully partner takes the hint that I pulled the double and doesn't go on from there.
Feb. 3, 2017
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Just for fun, using one of the inflation calculators…. An item costing $1 dollar in 1913 costs $24.38 now, and an item costing 5 cents costs $1.22 ( and 6=1.46). Your 12 oz. of coke cost you about $2.92 cents.
Jan. 8, 2017
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Note that in the US, American basketball players are trained in zone defenses throughout their High School and College careers. Some colleges play them exclusively with championship success (See Syracuse University). Thus the “adapt quickly” point does not apply.
Jan. 5, 2017
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“where all systems are allowed given full disclosure. You can call them ”unregulated pairs“ or whatever.”

Don't we just call that Midnight Zips at Nationals?

@John Portwoood - Who is this Bill Gates you speak of??
Jan. 5, 2017
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Addiction. I will be pushing for BPD (Bridge Playing Disorder, obviously) to be included in the next revision of the DSM. That's my substitute for the A in the BASIC.
Jan. 4, 2017
Joe Albert Garcia edited this comment Jan. 4, 2017
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Snark Alert!: Make the screens electronic.
Dec. 23, 2016
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I was at the PS Regional myself and, out of curiosity, was one of those director calls at the prealert a rather loud and angry one at the start of a session? There was one such director call and it caused quite a stir amongst the rest of us because the boards had just hit the table. There was a lot of chuckling and amazement that such a vehement call could be made 5 seconds into the match!
Dec. 19, 2016
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This is such a great opportunity, Ben. Absolutely welcome the support of the ACBL as above, but certainly use this chance to write a letter to the school newspaper, make a sign, create some demands, and generally make a friendly stink all in the name of publicity for the club! On our campus, the clubs are technically supervised by students since they provide the funding through student fees. The best thing to do is to refrain from being too adversarial with the oversight group, establish a good relationship with whomever the administrator is that sent the letter,and let them know you aren't too seriously upset because “of course, this will all be cleared up soon”. (remember they can provide funding later, like for travel, etc).
Oct. 23, 2016
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I'll admit it! 4 LTC and I went nuts. 2 Clubs
Oct. 13, 2016
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Looks like a quarter of responders thought of this hand as a limit raise (3h and 3d). Perhaps the rest evaluated it as a GF hand, hard to judge about the 1s responders.
Aug. 31, 2016
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Read in Blazing Saddles voice: Splinters! We don't need no stinking splinters.
Aug. 30, 2016
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My understanding of the feedback Ultimate has received from the IOC is that they were baffled by the sportsmanship involved. Ultimate is self-officiated so that you call fouls on yourself, decide on if you are out of bounds by group decisions, etc. Thus the professional leagues developed as a testing ground for some more aggressive play and rules, with officials this time. Olympic Spirit, anyone!
Aug. 22, 2016
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Apologies if this has come up elsewhere in the numerous ACBL judicial findings threads, but shouldn't the lifetime ban on playing together read differently. Shouldn't it be a lifetime ban on playing with anyone having received disciplinary action for cheating. Otherwise, isn't this shuffle and repeat for these folks (now shuffling pards instead of cards).
Aug. 15, 2016
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I voted for Hearts, even though it's not true (bridge being the obvious answer). BUT, you can not beat the social intricacies of hearts. It is a game of shifting allegiances and the philosophies of play of others must be understood and uncovered in the first place. Understanding the interplay between who is covering whom and won't do it under certain conditions is the only way to win consistently. Adding options like Jack of Diamonds as a -10 increases the level of difficulty and gives each suit its own domain of play so that each suit gets played a certain way for half a hand and then must switch on a dime the next moment. Good stuff!
July 13, 2016
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How long is the line to be their new partners in 5 years?
May 18, 2016
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Please do tell
March 19, 2016
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oops, see why I posted this here. I was clearly goofing on these hands. thanks
March 16, 2016
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yeah, that looks good. Just a couple of them were hard to picture. e.g. 3D, why aren't I bidding 2d over 1h, to start a GF auction in the first place. (checking back on the spades after). 3h- I have heart fit and Gf hand, but I take a side trip to 1s first (sure, why not). 4S to play must be 6? but 4H to play, what kind of hand is that - settled in game with zero interest in slam. I suppose these questions are all reasonably answerable but I wondered if i was just making it up
March 16, 2016
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