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Maybe it's similar to the problem of having so many tournaments that they all lose their appeal. With games every afternoon and morning, nobody HAS to play at night. Maybe if there was no afternoon game on days where there was a night game, more people would play in the evening, and the game would survive.

I know that small games are a self-fulfilling prophecy. Nobody wants to play in them, so they don't go. So they get smaller. Repeat as needed.
11 hours ago
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“In ACBL's defense, the Orlando (one of the worst NABC venues in recent memory) contract was for two NABCs: 2016 and 2022(?). They paid a (relatively) small fee to get out of the latter.”


That's really a shame, because the problem wasn't Orlando, or the hard-working organizers, but the actual location chosen. Sticking it in the middle of a Di$ney property, with parking fees (without in and out privileges) and little variety of affordable food is likely the culprit.

I can't imagine there isn't a property at a better location.
12 hours ago
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“Do I have to alert 2S as what I took it as, even if I did not remember any agreements?”

Just think about this for a minute. You took it as artificial. It sounds like you took a bid as artificial, you were right, and you didn't have to alert the opponents because you had no agreement?!

Do you not see how silly that is on the face of it? How can your opponents ever get an even playing field if you and your partner have non-alertable, artificial “non-agreements” that you don't have to tell them about, but where you and your partner are on the same page?
Oct. 15
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Again, you don't need to have it memorized. It will be provided and you will be able to reference it, as will your opponents.
Oct. 14
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It is my understanding that the yellow card is available to display, and that even the side forced to use it can reference it. This should alleviate any misinformation issues.
Oct. 12
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Ian, in defense of the interviews, when you win, you credit the team. When you lose, you talk about how you let the team down. You don't talk about other teammates who didn't play well.
Oct. 2
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I guess it depends on what you call a “victory”. To me, sure, defending doubled contracts when they go down is a victory, but it's also a victory when you immediately let partner know whose hand it is, which rarely happens with every other call.
Sept. 28
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As with many things bridge, I'm in the minority on this one, but I strongly like the penalty double. I do like modified Cappilletti, as it preempts double of 2C as stayman if you have a hand with just one major, which obviously comes up more often than two-suited hands.

But I forever regret the missed opportunity. My regular partner at the time played modified Cappilletti and I always insisted we called it “Improved” Cappilletti. So when this convention came up at a regional against Mike Sr. himself, I was unfortunately playing with a different partner who simply alerted it.

I was so wishing we had called it improved Capp. I spoke with Mike after the hand and asked him if he still got some sort of thrill when an opponent plays a convention named after him. He dryly replied, “Not when it's modified”.
Sept. 27
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I don't think you can compare funds you come up with for poker, (which if you are good, is really more of an investment) with something like bridge, which is purely for fun for 99% of us.

Maybe a more apt comparison might be getting your kids involved in traveling baseball, gymnastics or cheer, where parents have to foot a large investment, but at least they get to watch the kids in action and know what's going on.
Sept. 25
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Can't imagine why young people don't play more.
Sept. 25
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“… Orlando has Disneyworld (FWIW) ”

Billions, actually.
Sept. 25
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I guess this has to do with partnership agreements, after seeing E get scolded for not bidding 3. My partners know that if they want to be in game opposite a soft 4 count with no shortness, they need to start with a double.
Sept. 24
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And parking is now a ridiculous $22 a day at the parks!
Sept. 23
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I just went to the NABC in Atlanta and was impressed. The tunnel system made a lot of reasonably priced meal options convenient. It is a great location for Nationals. I compare that to recent Orlando NABC's, and if I didn't live here, not mind driving, and know where a lot of local restaurants were, I would also think this was a terrible place for an NABC.


Years ago, when it was at the Peabody/Convention center, it was on I-drive, with a free bus shuttle and a ton of local restaurants. I know 20 years ago attendance was higher everywhere, but I'm sure if we had them at a location like that, we wouldn't have lost them in 2022.
Sept. 23
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I hadn't heard that before. So Orlando isn't getting another NABC in 6 years? I think the expensive location (stuck in Disney) which caused limited, expensive restaurant choices if you weren't driving and expensive parking without in/out privileges might be partly to blame for poor attendance. I hope they wouldn't throw out the whole city for that.
Sept. 23
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I was high-fived by a teammate after my team scored a huge upset in a top level KO. The opponents were gone, but I was still embarrassed.
Sept. 23
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I assure you leaving the rest Of the contract undisclosed will not play well here.
Sept. 21
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Minor point to an otherwise useful post, it was Splendid China to my recollection
Sept. 21
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I could make a hat. I could make a brooch. I could make a pterodactyl.
Sept. 18
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If they were to ethically fill out their convention card to show the range they actually play, which in this case is OBVIOUSLY 15 (if not fewer) since that's a bad 15, won't they just start opening 14 counts and cheat down another point? Apparently what people want is to be able to bid whatever range they want, regardless of disclosure or rules.

So either we force people to play the range they publish and announce, or call deviations a psych and treat them accordingly. Which unfortunately means to allow partner to field them at will, make sure you don't record them, and hold nobody accountable.

What is the point of publishing a range if you can always “upgrade or downgrade” with no justification?
Sept. 18
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