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To this poll, I abstained because none of the options are equitable to the field or to the disabled player. To be honest, David, your complaint is with the organizers and the tournament directors. My reasoning is that since this person was not given a reasonable accommodation(AKA a helper or assistant); there was no possibility that rounds would start or finish on time. Since ACBL is slowing doing away with caddies, it would be nice if some of those caddies were around for situations such as these and tipped appropriately. To Don Mamula, it seems that ADA would apply if those directors did not give this accommodation if this person was physically unable to play his cards. To David, you need to create a new poll where this player is given this reasonable accommodation and I would gladly give a answer to your question.
July 25, 2016
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Does anybody know who was the youngest player and or pair to ever win the GNT championship flight? What the Grossacks did as long with their teammates(Doug Doub and Franklin Merblum) was pretty cool and I give kudos to their performance.
July 25, 2016
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Are there any director appeals?
July 24, 2016
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I concur with Jay…I abstained from the problem because using the methods of a negative double promising 4 and 1 call promises 5 has a big hole. This hand represents that hole because one cannot pass, cannot bid a heavy 1NT or an invitational 2NT because of J9x, cannot X because of said agreement, and one cannot cuebid without actual diamond support. If I had to make a call, it would be X in a precision system but I could see several issues when opener “thinks” you have spades and you are in the wrong strain or level.
June 23, 2016
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The reason why 3 should be forcing is that responder has not limited his hand. You could have a grand slam in Diamonds, Spades,or NT at this point. The problem is that if you play 3 as nonforcing, what do you do with the good hand with 6 spades, jump to 4pades and glare at your partner to bid again? For those who want to solve the problem with an artificial 3 Heart call, what about the good hands that have 55 in the majors or even 54 in the majors? There is a solution to this problem but it creates another hole in your methods that you have to solve. If one wants to simplify your system, trust me, play 3 as forcing. It will eliminate the headaches of coming up with new systemic ideas to plug in every hole that a new treatment creates within one's general system.
April 18, 2016
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How does one access the masterpoint winners list from ACBL Live? Thanks.
March 22, 2016
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A nice ending salvo for Zia's final tournanment with the Lavazza team in NABC's.
March 21, 2016
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Congrats to Steve Stewart!
March 21, 2016
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Ok, I get it. Besides the Panther double, Zia's antics were at the forefront(him leaving the table and then wanting to take look at Duboin's hand after a long defense.). With those factors and earlier hands, Zagorin was a tad peeved at Zia. The director got called, order was restored. Unfortunately, this is another knock against the rep of Zia.
March 20, 2016
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I guess Michael was showing a demonstration of a good Panther double by Bertheau after a hesitant 3NT by Duboin.
March 20, 2016
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Nat, it was Zia and Duboin not Zia and Madala that were coffeehousing the hands. To Michael, I highly encourage all opponents to kib as many hands as they want because usually the opponent will be distracted by other hands and not be focused on the task at hand. As far as the comments, it was a chippy environment. To be honest, Zia/Duboin's success seems to be that Zia has to harass Duboin about something once a set to keep himself into form.
March 20, 2016
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I concur. Congrats Eddie
March 1, 2016
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Me neither…anybody got the inside scoop on this story?
Feb. 29, 2016
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I have a quick question. Does anybody play 1-1!M-3 showing this type of hand(65 or 75 clubs longer than diamonds less than a traditional reverse) but weaker than 1-1M-2-2M-3? Or do people on BW play the 3 rebid as mini-splinter.
Feb. 16, 2016
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lol
Jan. 24, 2016
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The 2NT rebid issue is a minor problem. The big problem is when responder has 8 to 9HCP opposite the 14-16 1NT opener. If you invite, you may be too high and if you do not invite, you may miss games which will hurt in IMP matches.
Jan. 22, 2016
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Usually,I love kibitzers because it brings some additional flair to the game. Unfortunately, I had to ask a kibitzer to leave for doing an obnoxious post mortem of a hand that had just finished. After the match, my opponents thanked me for giving this person the boot.
Dec. 14, 2015
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A minor correction, Mario. Mike was put on probation not suspension for 13 months for his transgressions. If Mike has any incidents during this 13 months, there will be further sanctions(ie suspension or expulsion). Mike is still allowed to play bridge during this period of time. I think that I speak for the entire American bridge community in saying that Mike Passell would be the last person that I would ever think would be on the receiving end of a ruling from the ACBL Ethical Oversight Committee. I am completely shocked.
Aug. 17, 2015
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I can understand Manuela's frustration. I thought this would be the swan song for Cayne. Today, Cayne's team played quite well and this was an off day for Lavazza. To me, the surprise was the first quarter where JEC/Seamon were winning the lion's share of the IMPs off Bocchi/Madala. As a frequent victim of JEC/Seamon in JEC matches online, I know their capabilities but it is Madala/Bocchi(the best pair in the world). As far as the other stuff, I doubt it because if they decided to dump this match; it would destroy their reputation as professionals. They would not be able to be hired by anybody.
Aug. 15, 2015
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For all bridge players, please alert your forcing passes. I can imagine the chaos. To the committee members of the Vancouver and the Welland/Monaco cases, you no longer live in infamy for the worst ruling in ACBL history. For this committee, I would have no problem if you guys decided to disallow both the 5 because of the BIT and the non-forcing auction and the 5 call. It would have been a stretch but it would have been within the realm of reason. JEC would have won and we at BW would have been arguing the merits of the auction(forcing or not and the usual outcry about BITS) and whether or not committees can disallow 2 bids. With this decision, we are left with this announcement. Bridge players please alert your forcing passes.
Aug. 15, 2015
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