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Of course, the true best answer is to open an EHAA 2 and be done (joke).
July 9
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I think the issue is about getting the view link to appear ingrained in another webpage (like a BW article), instead of as a new pop-up window.
July 8
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Partner 1=4=3=5 or similar with 3 small s might have found a better rebid, so we're not going to worry about it. If we're in the worse fit, so it goes. If partner's 4=5 in the minors, we're happy b/c maybe we can ditch a loser. If not, at least we have reasonable high spots in the trump suit to help keep control. Perhaps the 5-3 fit in clubs in most likely, compared to a 4-4 diamond fit (if you think of it partner almost always has 5s for the T/O double unless 1=4=4=4 or maybe 2(443) with significant extras to risk reopening). But we want to play in the 4-4 diamond over that if it exists, so I think that takes precedence. I also don't see any reason to jump to raise clubs with 10 3rd so I expect more field protection in s, regardless of the better fit on the hand.
June 23
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This “egdirb” sounds very reflexive of another game I know…
June 11
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The YNABC is a good competition. It's the reason I attended by first NABC 4 years ago when the NABC happened to be in Chicago. I feel like access people without ties to the bridge community will be a challenge though. I was lucky to find out about it, only because my teacher at the time was bringing his own kids there while he played for the weekend.

Definitely should be an effort to reach out to who we can though, and promote the event. Extra free lessons floating around geared more towards juniors isn't a bad idea either. I feel it's going to be hard to gather interest though, as much fun as the NABC is, it's a hard sell to get random people there, especially since these things are like always in the downtown area of the city where the summer NABC is. It's not low commitment to drive downtown and find the NABC if you're hoping to appeal to a wider base.
June 6
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If you play kickback, and start finding sequences where you're not sure it's kickback, it's time to kick it back off the card.
June 4
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I think the major issue is looking at the hand unattended by either opponent. If it's IMPs, whose to say the player looking isn't putting the cards back in a manner that gives their teammates at the other table information about the play? It just opens up a can of black worms.
June 4
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In Chicago for Champ GNT flight, they had a 2-day event. 1st day was a swiss down to 4, and the then second day was a 3-session KO, with a 1-session Semi-Final, and a 2-session Final. Requires more strain on the players for the second day, but it allowed quality matches in the KO stage. Think the format is very reasonable, especially if most of the top teams show up with 6.
May 31
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Vugraph is happening, and starting Sunday I believe.
May 30
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Last day of taping for Jeopardy this season was April 17th: https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/17/entertainment/jeopardy-alex-trebek/index.html , so it means nothing.
May 28
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Excited to read it! Thanks for hosting this promotion!
May 23
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It was a stellar match regardless of whatever the final ruling may be– was lucky to vugraph one of the rooms yesterday. Amazing judgments by both teams all around, and was close all the way through.
May 15
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Ah shoot, problem posted wrong. Feel free to ignore, will repost later.
May 10
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That's a good point.
May 1
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I know I have at least one partner that would prefer to have the agreement that XX be scramble here, but not sure how common that is, or if it has much merit.
May 1
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It reminds me of a stepping-stone squeeze, though not quite because you don't actually need to put East in as a way to get to stranded winners in dummy (you're happy if East flings you back in hand as well).
April 25
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Roughing finesse in s rates to be on. If partner has a something like AJ10x xx - AJ109xxx I'd want to be there. We could easily have a grand with all the KCs.
April 24
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I would strongly prefer just to show a mixed raise in s if we had the methods (even lying about only having 3s). 3 limit is disgusting. Normally I would just raise to 2 and stick with the known fit and not worry about it, but I feel stuck if they balance in 3m. Can see how responding 1 and delay preference to s has it's own problems though in terms of describing the strength of the hand right.
April 9
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At last summer's Board of Governor's meeting, there was similar discussion about the integrity of various NABC+ events, when the board decided to officially strike down the last motion to save the Baze Senior KO.

My favorite comment from the meeting, was when it was suggested the reason these events exist is so “Meckwell can have their own personal drinking fountain” in the main event, and other people can win the concurrent event (whether it be Baze or otherwise).

I personally support the existence of the gender/age events, but I think the real problem is when the existence of these events scares people away from entering the open NABC+ events. Like still having the Baze concurrently with the Soloway premiering, just so people can enter a National event and avoid playing Meckwell, is really stupid.

A lot of the NABC+ events have to overlap due to scheduling, so I think some of this is unavoidable. I don't know what the exact solution is, but I think the current schedule of events has a decent balance of things, and there is enough interest in most of the current gender/age events to keep them going. The only real problem is when these events start to die, like the Baze and Wagar KOs. The last Baze had 10 tables, and I think the last Wagar had 8 tables. I think there just has to be a fine line where we say, “why is this still a NABC+ event?”
April 6
Kyle Rockoff edited this comment April 6
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Idk where Phil originally got it from– appear to be multiple versions out there, maybe he remembers and can share a link. Here is how we play it:

s/s/s at any level are that suit and a higher (and next suit up by advancer is always P/C)

s at any level is natural.

NT at any level (well, except 7NT) is a single suited hand (relays s as p/c)

X doesn't exist. Though I have been experimenting with one partner as playing it as the minors. Phil won't let us play this as anything because he loves to remind me of the first time we sat down to play HUNT: 5 seconds before the auction starts I asked him what double meant, and then the auction proceeded (1C)-X.
April 4
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