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I would not dream of bidding 3H with East hand with several partners when KQxxx KQxx xx xx could potentially bid here.
May 14
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I have 2 boys 28 and 19 who I introduced to bridge. My older one tried when he was teenager did not work. When my youngest was about 15 sent the 2 of them to lessons at club. They played a little together a little with me. My youngest went to summer Youth Nationals in Washington a couple of years ago. He know when and where the summer Nationals are before I do and is playing with Georgie Tech as a freshman planning on going to Atlanta this summer for collegiate. I think seeing players of same age has a huge impact though small sample size.
May 7
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Sounds like we should just make the GNT open event “open” to everyone who was not won an open national event. I expect attendance would increase since all players trying to get 1st national win would probably play.
May 7
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KILL THE OPEN FLIGHT OF THE GNTS. District travel awards jump 33%. District champs then may WIN A TRIP instead of often winning the right to pay for one.

I'm confused if we pay 3 teams instead of 4 we would have more money available so make trip affordable but above suggestion is to increase the amount of teams that may qualify.
May 7
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KILL THE OPEN FLIGHT OF THE GNTS. District travel awards jump 33%. District champs then may WIN A TRIP instead of often winning the right to pay for one. Keep the flights equivalent in the NAPs and GNTs.

Why do you believe this. I believe District 9 stopped funding the top flight many years ago (heard this from a player who was over 10K when I asked why they didn't play in GNT. Low chance to win and no “prize”. Believe District did this since they did not want to fund “pro” teams.)

I have seen constant decrease in the flight A, B and C flights since approx. 20001. I won the flight A back in 2002 at the national level and represented District probably 10 of last 17 years, My only issue is I can't play in both open and flight A although next year will cross 6K so won't have choice. Most top players I know do not play in event because typically 2 blockbuster teams difficult to beat both in long match with no "reward.
May 7
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I think the question is you are playing with an expert partner and did not discuss this specific sequence which would default to “standard”. What would you think that is?
April 20
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I actually do not know the rule here but it would never occur to me not to tell declarer what the contract was.
April 20
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so when it goes 4H on my right I bid 4S and my left hand opponent who never doubles now doubles me since partner has not bid and I am marginal I get to say oops I meant to Pass. Would I be allowed. Obviously answer should be no but why the way rules are written.

Almost anytime I jump and get doubled before my partner has bid I can claim I accidently pulled the wrong card and wanted to bid 1 level lower.
April 20
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The world series of poker has cameras that are used to see the cards. Most players did not want this and is only used on a televised main table. They had to change entrance wording where players are required to show their cards to camera if at televised table. Most would prefer not to alter the way they may look at the cards and allow others to see how they may play in certain situations.
April 17
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I would think that as a kibitzer I should not impact the result at the table. The fact that I helped by turning dummy should not now allow me to do this.
April 17
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I answered other even though I would expect Law 27 to apply depending on when and how bid was determined not acceptable. I typically think longer when someone makes an insufficient bid determining the extra calls I may now be allowed to make. 2H should be a limit in spades keeping a level lower or I can bid 1N or even 1 spade if I choose.

If opponent “immediately” noticed then I would expect law 25 really would depend on table presence.

I would expect most insufficient bids would be unintended or if not then obvious UI exists since plan was not to bid 2H in this situation.
April 17
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So I would assume you would want to open the 2nd hand 1 als and when partner makes limit raise with you example hand
Axxxx
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xx
JTxxx

I would think that I may have been entitled to some additional information at table.

I think the big thing with all this is you are allowed to do it is just what/how you tell opponents. Over Berger limit we play double as lead directing and over the constructive raise we play double for takeout. We do not expect to make game when 1 opponent opens and the other makes a limit raise. However if I was to play a long knockout against you I might choose to play double is takeout against both of your Bergen raises giving up the lead directing for the times we may have game.
April 1
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If partner had stiff spade how could they be thinking about what signal to give when they have no choice???
March 11
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Yu if player had stiff spade and 4 hearts then when they win ace of clubs they would return a heart which it sounds like everyone would now assume is a singleton but also could have been 4 card holding. Although I believe when Q is played or returned clear it is singleton.
March 11
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Are some if not all the links you are talking about the links to see the daily bulletins at tournaments. Something that has saved the regional I chair significant money over the last few years.
March 11
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Sure my first regional pairs win with I believe approx. 250 pairs back when 1 event a day paid about 25 gold and now can win 30 in a 15 table game with a side gold rush. Not sure how this relates to actual achievements. Yes players will average more points this year than in the past. Used to win top 500 with about 500 points now 3000.

Seems like concern is that players now may be perceived to be equal to a player from the past with the same number of points.
March 5
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“Yet, I think most would claim that the accuracy between masterpoints & accomplishment were far more closely aligned decades ago than in today's era.”

Why would one think this?? When I first started circa 89 I thought more masterpoints meant better player but eventually realized this wasn't true then as it is not true now.
March 5
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Jeff,

Although your district may have approved your table count loss due to reach I am not sure that I would have considered reach on Friday the reason your table count wad down 7 tables although may have some impact.

Last year you had 141 tables over the 3 days and this year 113 tables over the 3 days. A drop of 28 tables. 7 on Friday, 13 on Saturday and 8 on Sunday. Seems your least drop occurred on the day of Reach. Last year Friday to Saturday increased 7.5 tables, this year Friday to Saturday only 1.5 tables.
Feb. 14
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1. In the eighteen years from 1995 to 2013 the number of ACBL sanctioned clubs shrunk by how many?

Again not sure where this question is going. In my area there were either 5 or 6(possibly more clubs) that all moved to a single bridge center. Originally they all kept their own sanctions and that over the years decreased as the table count went up.
In the last few years I believe they have gone to a single sanction for all the games so that they could combine games.
So from question I would say that in Orlando area that first question would have been probably 10 to 4 from 1999-2013 and then from 4 to 2 now. Club split and some of the outlander games combined with a new club.
However I expect table count has gone from about 7000 in 2013 to about 10000 now within the Orlando clubs.
So there are significantly less clubs but more bridge going on in Orlando.

Financially renting a space one day a week does not make sense for small clubs so small games will die off but if part of a bridge center than they potentially can survive and grow.
Jan. 27
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Question: What percent of the 2,850 sanctioned ACBL clubs hold a sanction for at least one weekly novice duplicate game?
Answer: 5%.

What is the definition of a weekly novice duplicate game. This percentage seems low but maybe their are enough clubs that can only have a single session going on so it would be open.
Jan. 27
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