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Most of the people who do that at my local club don't play the cards well enough to justify their overbidding. The double card comes into use a lot.
Jan. 29, 2018
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Another point to consider, Michael: defending doesn't seem “cool” to kids. It's like cars. Do you want a reliable Prius or that hot Mustang that can do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds? Pretty sure adults and kids have different opinions about that, much like we do when we're given the chance to either defend or bid on.
Jan. 29, 2018
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Michael, you have a lot of work to do to catch up to some of the overbidding we do in U26. I won't mention names but you should be able to sift out who I'm referring to in general.
Jan. 29, 2018
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As the leader in most conservative actions by a Junior, these are valid points. Once I started to learn how not only to defend, but defend well, I switched to a more defensive strategy when it seems right. I've seen way too many numbers in my life to keep sticking my neck out for them.
Jan. 29, 2018
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Backing off of Jim's comment, the idea of breaking into all these separate forums is the death of many content-based websites. If you make things more difficult to find for the average user (AKA, the one who isn't sure which forum to go to when they want to find a specific post), then you're not doing a good job from a programmer's perspective.

Websites like Facebook and most-notably Reddit have been able to survive off of this partitioning of content through their front page/News Feed. People figured out how to navigate that and know where to get to. But, if something's not broken, why fix it?
Jan. 25, 2018
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I bet I could move to Antarctica and still be the underdog in an Antarctic trials.
Jan. 2, 2018
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As the VuGraph operator for this segment, let me just say this was one of the wildest matches I have ever seen. Truly great to get a birds-eye view of the insanity. Congrats to both teams for a great match and the Dhir team, many of whom I have known for a long time, for a well-deserved win after falling into the loser's bracket after the first day.
Dec. 31, 2017
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As the person on the losing end of that 104 IMP blowout yesterday, you're not wrong.
Dec. 29, 2017
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As a participant in this event, thanks to the donors and the USBF training program, led by the Rosenbergs and dozens of other great mentors, for putting this on yet again. Always fun to participate, regardless of result.
Dec. 27, 2017
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Yeah, and why do you think the ACBL created STAC and Instant Matchpoint games? So people who only go to club games can get pigmented points. Not everyone goes to tournaments like the dedicated players do.

You can do plenty just at the club level. Making it all silver is ridiculous. And I think the top comment says it all with regards to where people stand on this “issue.”
Dec. 19, 2017
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Early April Fool's? And I don't think club games are taking a hit because of the color of the points being offered. There are so many extra-point games you can hold at the club now that players can get everything up through Red points just in club play alone.

Club games are taking a hit because they're finding it difficult to pull in new members, just like the ACBL is. The average age keeps increasing, some people either die or become too sick to play, and at the end of the day, not enough new players are coming in to offset that. That's not an issue that's going to be solved through point offerings. That's an issue that needs to be fixed in recruitment and education, to keep the game going after its current generation eventually dies out.
Dec. 18, 2017
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I did the VuGraph for that match. Turns out the CoC allow 2.5 hours for 15 boards, which is absolutely ridiculous, but that means they barely broke the time limit. Still, I have to agree with you. It was bad.
Nov. 30, 2017
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@Kevin, apologies for my soapbox then. I assumed it was 2 hours or slightly over for the 15 board segments.
Nov. 29, 2017
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I am 100% behind you on the slow play complaint, although my issue with it comes from an event I wasn't even playing in. I was VuGraphing the Baze semifinals yesterday and the night session was really bad with regards to pace and more importantly, enforcing a healthy pace. All in all, we started at 7 P.M. and I did not close my table until 12:15 A.M. for 30 boards. The main reason it took so long is the first half didn't start until close to 10 P.M. but not once was there any kind of penalty or even better, a warning. I mean, a spectator shouldn't complain but that was exhausting.
Nov. 28, 2017
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The Common Game was a pure genius idea by Jay. Getting to play against the country every single session is a lot more exciting than just your normal, everyday club game.

It's only going to get bigger, solidifying its hold on the future of the ACBL going forward.
Nov. 22, 2017
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I think the ACBL is doing what it can to introduce Bridge into schools. We have some great programs here across the country, most notably AJB and SIVY.

From a Junior's perspective, and from the perspective of the last person of the group of people who all learned together in my middle school, the ACBL is facing an uphill battle in making Bridge fun and interesting. I was hooked because I'm into logic and critical thinking. That doesn't work for everyone else. Our younger generations are captivated by screens and instant gratification, something that Bridge does not provide.
Nov. 22, 2017
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Bandwidth isn't free, but we're also talking about campuses with thousands of students who have WiFi networks that should be built to survive just about anything. BBO isn't nearly as high bandwidth as some of the computer games students play on a daily basis, and those are much more prevalent on campus than BBO.
Oct. 11, 2017
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Are there really universities out there that have parental controls on what websites you can visit? Seems like in college, you should be to look up whatever the heck you want since you're an adult.
Oct. 11, 2017
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Never thought I'd see a Bridge thread on Reddit, but they brought up some interesting points. Redditors are usually always insightful with those kinds of things.

Then again, the board gaming community may not be the ideal community we'd want to reach out to when we consider the future of this game. Board games are a lot more loose than Bridge. Most of the nights at the card store playing Warhammer, MTG, etc., involve cursing and alcohol (if the audience is of age). I'm not saying that can't fly in Bridge, but it won't in its purest form. At side games or midnights, sure.

It'd just be difficult to try to rope in that kind of audience and give them a false impression of what we have to offer, and then throw them into duplicate games where they have to be a lot more restrained than they're used to.
Oct. 5, 2017
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First off, the two of you, especially together, are amazing. It's quite impressive to see such a track record being constructed so quickly and at such a young age. All the respect in the world to you guys.

Two questions. My first question is for Adam. Adam, how are you able to handle Zach's bidding style at the table? As for the second question, it doesn't relate to Bridge at all, but rather Boston sports. We know that Tom Brady is the best QB of all-time and maybe the best NFL player of all-time, but is Gronk already the best TE of all-time and if not, who is?
Oct. 3, 2017
Matthew Weingarten edited this comment Oct. 3, 2017
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