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Thanks for catching that! I tried to update the question to account for vulnerability.
Oct. 3, 2016
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For ACBL sanctioned games, I think it's illegal to have an agreement to open at the 1 level with less than 8 points. If your partner knows that you routinely open 5 point hands, then it starts to become an agreement, and that's when you'll start to get into trouble. I think there is definitely some hands where it might be good judgment to open light in 3rd seat, maybe even some less than 8 points. But there are other methods of doing so under most bridge organizations than illegal agreements (for example, you can have agreements to open 5 card suits at the 2 level with less than 8 points).
Sept. 22, 2016
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Thanks for catching that– fixed the typo!
Sept. 12, 2016
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Sure it's easy to pass with this hand, but statisically what's the worst that can happen if you throw in a weak jump shift (in clubs)? There's no avaliable penalty double over it, and it's very unlikely north has a club stack when they've opened a diamond. And to make things better it's IMPS where opponents are going to be worried they're missing their game and paranoid about doubling partscores. And you have a second suit to runout to if despite all of that, something bad happens (like if south passes, and north reopening doubled which gets converted to penalty).With breaks this bad, why give the opponents time to figure it out and keep their bidding low?
Sept. 9, 2016
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I will be very annoyed if there was no longer an option to get a paper copy as a Junior without forfeiting the discount. I just get so distracted reading online magazines.
Sept. 6, 2016
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Opponents are entitled to your agreements, not your interpretation of the bid. If your sure 2D weak with Ogust is your agreement, you must alert 2NT as ogust. If they don't ask (and even if they do) you must reply naturally how you would by your agreement (an ogust response). The misalert will be explained at the end of the auction and the director will be called if necessary. If you messed up likewise you'd explain 2NT as what your patner meant it as. If you honestly have no agreement, about 2D and followups, that is what the opponents are entitled to for an explanation of 2NT, not what your partner meant it as and not what you wish to respond to it as.
Aug. 31, 2016
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Depends on partnership agreement for dealing with bidding the minors. I would expect partner to be 5-4 in the sequence, and not 4-4, and so I'm thinking 2D. Your shouldn't really be worried about correcting to a 4-2 fit or anything like that– if partner was 3-2-4-4 or 4-1-4-4 they'd have different bids than 2C over 1H. The 5-2 fit should play better than the likely 4-3 club one. This is one of those situations that merits partnership discussion about length agreement.
Aug. 22, 2016
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On the particular lead of the cards, I think a spade lead was best (if I recall correctly, partner had KQJx or something). A major lead felt right, considering both players tended to deny a long major by their bids– the main question left up to my lead, was which major was more likely to be best. I lead a heart, but a spade lead happened to set the contract at the other table (this hand is from 1st session of the collegiate semi-finals).
Aug. 9, 2016
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment Aug. 9, 2016
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That would fall under 1NT, unless the hand also held 5 clubs, in which case the hand would open 2C. It's not perfect, and there are definitely some problems with dealing with some club hands like these in this precision system. I do play a similar system with another regular partner in which we play a hybrid 1 club (in which the one club open can be used to accommodate club hands such as this), but I was wondering what most classic precision players might do with this hand given the standard opening restrictions.
Aug. 2, 2016
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Yes
Aug. 2, 2016
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1C. With only 4 losers, I'd just open normally across a passed hand. If partners has the right few points in the right places, maybe this will even reach game.
June 20, 2016
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I believe I could have done that, but it was undiscussed at the time this hand came up. We were playing major transfers, 2NT as a minor transfer to diamonds, and 2S as the strength ask (or a weak club hand with under 8 points, which would correct to clubs as sign off if opener bid the 2NT response). We did leave 3 level bids natural slam invites, but I wanted a way to show the hearts too.
June 19, 2016
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In our system 2 Spades could indicate the 6 card minor club suit. A flaw with our strength ask convention is that we forfeit the ability to minor transfer into clubs for slam invites. Partner should expect after the strength ask that I either hold a slamish 6 card club suit, or a balanced hand either inviting to game with 9 points, or slam with 16+. Since I bid on to slam despite the min stength ask, I intended imply I had the more distrobutional option.
June 19, 2016
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Northwestern Student and Current Collegiate Captain here (a little late to the party on this thread, but I just started really using bridgewinners and found this thread, so here I go

This is only my first year competing in the competition, but I think going back to 8 teams would be a good idea. Frankly, there just aren't many College-age players out there and I think the ACBL should be doing all they can to encourage us to play, so I don't see why they really want to limit the number of Junior players they are inviting to the National!
I'm finding that a lot of college players that know how to play in our area, just aren't being motivated to go to a lot of the bigger events. I myself got a big motivation to go out and play more from attending the Chicago NABC last year– I think promoting the NABC to attract us can't be a bad thing.

Regarding prize distribution, while I certainly don't mind the higher prize, it doesn't really matter a ton to me. As Ben joked above, in all seriousness really the $500 in airfare is already a nice prize. I think the high amount of gold points might be motivating me more :-). I agree that they could sacrifice some of the prize money and make the event more serious by actually getting us rooms in the actual hotel for the finals. This year I have room booked at the real hotel, but my teammates who are only staying for the final have rooms in the other hotel. I'll probably end up staying with them over the two day period, which is kind of annoying and an inconvenience.

Regarding cheating, I think ACBL definitely needs moderators of some sort. Why not have us have us moderated by a director at a local club or something? They should assign each college to a club close to campus and require that they play their matches there supervised by a director to prevent blatant cheating. If the competition had to be condensed to a shorter period, I think it would be worth it. I do actually like the longer structure though. Having the competition spread out, and playing nice long 15 board matches was nice. Scheduling was hard though. I tried my very best to email all Captains from the other team each month and get times from my own team as early in the month as possible to schedule a date and time, but often regular life got in the way a lot, a few matches had to be rescheduled, and most of the matches were completed a few days (sometimes a few hours) before the monthly deadline which was annoying for me and my teammates. I think these are issues that could be resolved very easily if the ACBL took a bit more time to make the qualifying round a bit more formal, like a GNT or other major district qualifying events.
June 18, 2016
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