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Once upon a time, in first or second seat, I passed a nine-loser 12-HCP hand; we missed game. Now I open many more 12-counts than I did in the bad old days.

“When in Rome, …”
Nov. 4, 2019
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Nov. 5, 2019
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danger Danger DANGER DANGER DANGER!
When opening a new ACBLscore Gamefile for a pre-existing .BWS file, do not use the BMS ACBLscore command; that initializes the .BWS file and all the existing data becomes non-existent!

Once you have a new Gamefile set up, use the BMR ACBLscore command; that resumes Bridgemate instead of initializing it! All data in the .BWS file remains intact! Next step can be to import the names from the .BWS file with the ACBLscore BMN command.

Then import the scores with the ACBLscore <ctrl>+ P command twice (up to and including penultimate round, then the final round), and your work in restoring a Gamefile is done!
Nov. 4, 2019
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Keep trying them! Someone (probably most of the non-supervisors) at Horn Lake knows how to spell “Customer Service”
Nov. 4, 2019
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Missed my chance today; left home for the game expecting 8 table; even had the table mats printed out for M0808 double-weave (also called cris-cross) Mitchell (see www.jokivuori.fi/Poytakortit/Parikilpailut/ScoreBridge/8T 8R 24B Double Weave Mitchell.pdf).

Then a seventeenth pair showed up. So at least I'm prepared for next time.
Oct. 27, 2019
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ten losers? J87xxx? If I don't pass, Pard will think I have much more than I do.
Oct. 27, 2019
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You mean ACBL is advertising something they are unable to deliver? I'm shocked – shocked, I say!
Oct. 27, 2019
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ACBL's Horn Lake HQ apparently moves at the speed of bureaucracy!
Oct. 27, 2019
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I plan to do so if I acquire a particular new site, or in other possible circumstances. In current circumstances, I play or direct at one site where two Directors run three games in one large room and a third Director runs 0-20 in a smaller room; one local Director runs two games (Open and limited) in a room that holds 25+ tables, in another facility that has one large room holding up to 40 tables, two Directors run Open and Limited simultaneously.
Oct. 26, 2019
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Snowbirds returning soon, looking forward to the followup results post – maybe around New Years?
Oct. 25, 2019
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M0808 comes with ACBLscore's included external movement;, it is the 8 table Double Weave Mitchell. Haven't used it yet, but I will next time I have 8 tables. Seems as if it will be much better than byestand-relay
Oct. 24, 2019
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Oct. 24, 2019
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For Web movements (including Rover with Party Table), you want Tim Hill, find his documentation and external movements at https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwon/bw.cgi?club=westwood&pid=display_page5&sessid=258803910927473
Oct. 24, 2019
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The obvious: if the half-table is caused by a late arrival, you can always change the (Mitchell or Web) movement to a bump-rover movement. In my club games, the N-S seats are preferred, and for the benefit of getting a N-S seat, I balance by having the “extra pair” causing the sit-out be a N-S pair, so N-S get the plus of sitting their preferred direction and the minus of the sit-out.

So the late pair becomes the N-S Rover pair, as many N-S pairs as there are rounds each get bumped for one round.

Give the Rover pair their guide card, and tell them that they are responsible for telling the pair they bump in the NEXT round (e.g Round 4) that they will be bumped before the Rover pair goes to their table for the current round (Round 3 for the example).

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If you have a small enough game that you have a Howell movement or a Bye-stand/Relay Mitchell movement, the sit-out position should be the N-S spot at one of the tables involved in the relay. I learned this one the hard way.
Note: It's best to learn from others' mistakes; you won't live long enough to make all of the mistakes yourself!
Oct. 23, 2019
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Worse than that, you get no mileage allowance for traveling to the table!
Oct. 21, 2019
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“Go find your own and prove that you can find better partners!”
Oct. 21, 2019
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Jeff,

Loos as if Randy beat me to the punch, but did it on the front page!
Oct. 21, 2019
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The colors suggested by Alex Hudson (Blue , Orange , Green ) match the usual Bidding Box colors for these suits. The idea of solid pips for Major suits and outline pips for minor suits does indeed add more differentiation.

It's fun to rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic; proposing a large cash outlay to the ACBL BoD to fund deck chair rearrangement will, IMHO, probably fail; as Ed R said above, "Buy a couple of thousand decks and donate 'em to the ACBL."
Oct. 19, 2019
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Jeff,

“I know of one club owner who has made a list of 43 complaints his players have hit him with over the years.”

Any chance you have that list and will share it in this forum?

Thanks,

Kevin
Oct. 19, 2019
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I've played a few times at Brenda's game; the commute is indeed a killer from “inside the Beltway.” She does run the game well, despite the added curse of being a Playing Director.

One thing that does work for her is letting other local directors see her software in action. Several (more than one) are now using at least the sign-up tools part of her homegrown software; that's the better potential income source than player entry fees at her game, IMHO.

Most club game owners in the area have already invested in Bridgemates, so actually running the game with her software is not a fiscally prudent move for most local Club Owners.

Brenda, is my check now in the mail? ;)
Oct. 10, 2019
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Oct. 11, 2019
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You can't place the blame entirely on Horn Lake, or Memphis or Greenwich going back into the past.

“For” works for Aces/Cavendish/Honors in Manhattan. It didn't work well enough for Jim to lead to a lasting career change.

That's all.
Oct. 9, 2019
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video of 96 tables, not BBO coverage of 96 tables.

All suggested improvements are valid!
Sept. 29, 2019
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