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I thought leaping Michaels was the call for hearts and a minor.
Of course there is a range of strengths for the call, so maybe the cuebid followed by 4 is a “super Leaping Michaels”?
Sept. 20
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Guess I'm not in your crowd there !
If I pass my LHO sitting West is going to wonder if there is spade length in doubler's hand and if their K is going to be decapitated and possible bad trump breaks.

It is, of course, a different story if white vs. red. I will let them figure out their prospects at the 6 level.
Sept. 19
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Jeff,
I would be bidding 4 over 2 if my partner was a passed hand.
Different story if the 2 was first chair.
Sept. 19
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in the context of a mini-NT opening and a vulnerable overcall South would be bidding 4 over the Texas Transfer.
So no exclusion, at least with a 4 call
Sept. 19
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P (2) X (P) was, in fact, the auction. I passed with the South cards. Playing Precision with a vulnerable partner I do not expect us to have any outside defensive tricks and quite possibly no tricks whatsoever.

Why would I want to jam the auction and goad the opponents into a slam they might not… and did not bid?

As this club (Tuesday morning) was not playing TCG hands that were played in a D14 STAC I could not find where they had been played.

Steve, you seem to have played the hand. When?
Sept. 19
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Tort-Sure
Sept. 16
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The small bracket format was designed to eliminate the single handicapped bracket that was throttling the life out of regional four-session KOs in smaller regionals.

IMO, the experiment, now codified, is pandering, as the OP states, to the the base hunger for masterpoints. Hunt Valley had two KOs toward the end of the week with 7 brackets of

9,7,7,7,7,7,7 teams and
8,7,7,7,7,7,11 teams.

I think this is a miscarriage of the original intent of the proposal. A regional with 1800 tables is not in danger of losing its KO structure. Natural breaks make sense, but not this.

I was given to understand that this practice was going to be discouraged at large regionals, but I guess not.

What regional had a dozen 9 team KO brackets? You sure it wasn't a 1 day two-session bracketed event?
Sept. 10
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emphasize MINI-lesson
sometimes one's eyes glaze over at that ‘onerous’ word lesson
Aug. 31
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Hand Evaluation
Jeff Rubens' principle of in and out evaluation.
why honors in long suits make your hand more offensive
and honors in short suits make your hand more suited to defending.

don't overload new players with too many concepts at one time.
Aug. 30
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First Time Ever

Unfollowing this discussion
Aug. 9
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How does your turning up for a tournament translate into a director contacting your child?
There must be something more than what has been presented.
Aug. 9
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The BOD
http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/about/192LasVegas/LVWebMotions.pdf

Item 192-15: 4-Session Regional Events
Second Reading
Codification Chapter XIII – General Tournament Information - Appendix 13 B - Masterpoint
Computations, Sectional/Regional Tournament Events, C. - Regional Events – Unrestricted Events,
3 - Four Session Regional Event is amended as follows:
For those unrestricted four session Regional events, other than Knockouts, the Masterpoint awards
shall be computed by formula increased by 60% and not to exceed 50 masterpoints.
Effective August 1, 2019
Aug. 5
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1. Flip flop the International Fund month (Sept) and the Grass Roots Fund month (May)
2 Use September to promote both Grass Roots events: the pending NAP district finals and the start of that year's GNT cycle.
3A Hold an ACBL-wide Grass Roots Fund Game during the month WITH a nice glossy booklet with both hand analysis and promotional materials encouraging participation in Grass Roots events. The top five finishers in each of the NAP style B & C brackets win invitations to
4 The Grass Roots National Swiss Pairs starting two days before the Platinum AND Red Ribbon pairs the first weekend of the Spring NABC.

3B Offer B & C players who play in at least 3 Grass Roots Fund ‘Qualifiers’ District-wide? that month an invitation to the Spring NABC event if their average for their 3 best scores is in the top ‘x’

3C Let districts decide how to nominate up to four pairs in each flight based on participation/performance during the Grass Roots Fund month.
Aug. 5
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I can generally agree with many of your points, Steve, but find the tenor to be a bit paternalistic.

The membership skews intelligent. We do a disservice by assuming that we can decide for them what kind of top down smaller BOD decision making is best.

I am orders of magnitude more knowledgeable than most about ACBL governance and have doubts that rejiggering zones into more equal populations with one BOD rep is a viable future.

I don't think we need a more exclusive club of highly recognizable district reps. We need management to manage by giving them the resources and room to do so effectively and a BOD that helps set the direction and vision of the mission.

And we should be listening and nurturing the members we have as much or more than seeking new ones.

More focus on potential and less on product marketing?
Aug. 3
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For many years there has been an oligarchic quality to how the ACBL is directed.

I think the league could do well to randomly poll the membership on a regular basis on topical issues like governance, offering daylight NABC+ events (Senior or SuperSenior?), prime motivating factors encouraging tournament attendance (hotel, schedule, dining, location, etc.), and member attitudes on local and broader issues.

We would do well to also be working on issues from our base to the top of the pyramid rather than from the top down. We could do a much better job managing some of our issues if we don't make assumptions of what the base wants by finding avenues to reach out and soliciting regular input from them.

Wouldn't it make sense to find out how we can encourage the members we have who either aren't, or are only infrequently playing by being more in contact with them?
Aug. 2
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Lebioda
He was a gentleman at the table in 2008.. and a rock.
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and certainly someone who should not have been eligible for a MP-limited event.


Lukasz LEBIODA Poland
WBF Code: POL&500346

Playing Record (Team Events)
Year      Event                       Rank     Team
1970 28th EUROPEAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Estoril 1970 - Open Teams 2 POLAND
Open team
1972 4th WORLD TEAM OLYMPIAD
Miami Beach 1972 - Open Teams 13 POLAND
Open team
1976 5th WORLD TEAM OLYMPIAD
Monte Carlo 1976 - Open Teams 4 POLAND
Open team
1979 34th EUROPEAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lausanne 1979 - Open Teams 7 POLAND
Open team
July 31
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Mike raises a good point re. foreign juniors who have represented their countries. Where do you set their level of attainment?

Georgiana
a distinction without a difference? Foreign players who have represented their countries in WBF Open competition should be non-eligible for ACBL limited point events, not because they it will be years before they get 10K MPs, but because they are head & shoulders a level above the general level of attainment of the 10K target clientele.
July 30
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in Q3 of the Spingold SF Blass vs Spector Driver took 8' at T4 after his J held T3.
Then Joel took 10' after winning the A at T4 to lead the singleton he held in partner's first chair preempt suit.

Shortly thereafter one table in the other SF had finished their 15 boards while this table was still on bd. 4.

Maybe if Joel hadn't doubled 3 hoping for +100 instead of +50 we would not have been tortured.

I think after ~8' Brink did get up to find a director while Joel was ruminating.
July 30
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Marty,
btw congrats on the miniSpin win.

What do you suppose the over/under is on ACBL members with less than 10,000MPs and more than 500 Platinums?

Not foreign players holding ACBL memberships.
There are about 1,000 ACBL members with more than 6K and less than 10K MPs some of whom probably are foreigners.

As I mentioned in the Vegas thread would you deny Josh or Sylvia the right to book dates for 10K events? Seems to me they are entitled to ply their trade as they see fit.
July 30
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Barry,

You had a lot of Spingold teams practicing on the first weekend.
Bracket 1 paid 62
Bracket 1 paid 57
Your bracket 44

Playing tough opponents is your reward.
Not too surprising that you are in the company of teams averaging 44K masterpoints
July 30
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