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KQx
Qx
AKXX
KJxx or Axxx

Will the opps complain that the BIT ‘made’ me pass when, otherwise I was bidding on and going down?
23 hours ago
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Too many “pass” alternatives for my taste. You are not barred by law. But you are, in effect, barred by the BIT because pass is certainly a logical alternative.

Partner knows you have a string of diamonds, are short in spades and he did try NT. I don't know that his black suit tricks will even allow to make 5 if his double WAS in tempo. You sort of made your bed when you started with 2 and I would probably sit for the double in any case. The hand has become a crap shoot.
March 27
Mike Cassel edited this comment March 27
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Based on the likelihood that East, with 4 spades, 3 or more hearts, and a club holding they weren't afraid to lead from is very unlikely to have four diamonds.

If the diamonds are not 3-3, then West is the opponent most likely to have been squeezed out of a third club to keep four diamonds.
March 26
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On the actual hand the club switch is a standout. Declarer would be taking too deep a position to ride it around to his T if, indeed, they held that card.

I think the inference could be drawn, in the absence of a club shift, that East would be worried about picking off partner's J.
Doesn't this bolster the odds that East sits with a top heart and club length when the lead IS a club at T2?
March 26
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i don't think there are screens until R16 in Vandy. that would be prohibitively expensive. we are talking about the task of creating pre dupes on day 1. you write notes instead of verbalize without screens in this case.

you separate the teams playing 1-15 in one room and 16-30 in another. they don't interact with each other. the boards go to the other room after the first quarter. they don't have to be out of play. We board share like this in our district GNT finals and we separate the fields. Of course, the event is tiny and security not as much a concern.

if Vandy players take the competition in the right spirit there is just bridge and no colluding around. separate bathrooms. separate smoking areas.

i don't think there is enough clamor at the top team level to start our Spinderbilts with pre-dupes. It would take ‘some’ extra time and more logistics… doable but at some significant stress.

i just don't see the ACBL following the practices of Europe. I suspect their entry fee structure is such that they can better afford a battery of duplimates and duplimaters.
March 21
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Assuming that you are talking about the Vanderbilt… you could split the room in two halves. One half plays bds 1-15 in the first quarter and the other 16-30. You can have 5 boards on each table and caddies who can keep 1 set of 15 moving among 3 tables.

I've seen Swiss Pair events where everyone plays the same set of boards and you needed something like 1 set of boards for 4 tables.

Penalize, vigorously, table talk. No verbal announcements. Write your NT ranges, ‘transfers’, etc. on a pad of paper.

Your 20 person-hours for the whole day could take 3 machines 2hrs.
March 21
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In the first final they set 7 of 10 opponent contracts, had only 3 minus scores, and no board under 33%. That is smokin'
Finished more than 3 boards ahead of 2nd when their smoke cleared at the conclusion.

Yikes and Wow.
March 21
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I don't know how you can convince declarer that you are 5=2=1=5 or 6=2=1=4 but playing theK at T2 might induce a diamond finesse. When you, in effect, display the AKQ and AK he might think your partner has the Q.

Of course he might think that you are trying to get him to think this. yada yada
March 21
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I enjoy seeing the same hands played at a number of tables starting, let's say, with the quarterfinals of major KOs. Seems like the security concerns CAN be addressed. I very much enjoy seeing different forcing club pairs handle the same pair of hands in different ways. Last year you could look at one hand played many many times in Wroclaw World Bridge games. e.g. http://www.worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/wroclaw.16/Microsite/Asp/BoardAcross.asp?qboard=017.02..1250

predupes should be used on the final day of the 3 day National Swisses and the finals of the 2 day 10K team events. We either stand for the fairest contest conditions (where we play the same hands at the same time) or we embrace more randomness.

Before the advent of dealing machines preduplicating was a chore. Now 5 or 6 board sets can be done/hr. At a bare minimum the top half of the field should be sharing boards. Not the 5 top matches with 25, 30 or more teams.

I think your poll should be more specific
March 20
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Gene
conflation has nothing to do with it
there are consistent expectations for entry size in the NAP Flt B & C NABC finals

in Reno there were 44.5 tables in the Flt B finals and they DID run a web. Event planners can certainly schedule this event in a space that can accommodate the B and C qualifying day using a web movement. space differences and requirements are modest at best
March 20
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March 20
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Based on prior years' entries you could certainly plan the room for 4 sections and run easy web movements using a 7th row
1  xx  1  xx     1  2  3
2 13 2 13 12 11 4
3 12 3 12 22 13 10 5
4 11 4 11 21 14 9 6
5 10 5 10 20 15 8 7
6 9 6 9 19 16
7 8 7 8 18 17
it doesn't take that much work.. where's courier font when you need it?
March 20
Mike Cassel edited this comment March 20
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a quick look at acbl live and i see 48 tables in the NAP Flt B and 44.5 in the NAP Flight C. making an excuse that the playing area mapped poorly has to be bogus.
you could have three sections 13, 13, & 22 but you'd need a 4th set of boards.

Instead of 6 rows of 8 table to make 3 16 table sections you could do a 3 section web with 13, 13, & 22 tables and take no more space at all. Just move guide cards
1	12	13	2	1	13	12	1
2 11 22 3 10 11 11 2
3 10 21 4 9 12 10 3
4 9 20 5 8 13 9 4
5 8 19 6 7 14 8 5
6 7 18 17 16 15 7 6

It is, of course, much more fair for everyone to play all 26 boards on a 47 top then have 32 boards in play and a 38 top.
March 20
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I originally thought that declarer was trying to create a swing. Given the overcall and opening lead it seems now, to me, that playing to the Ace of hearts was quite low percentage. Chances of LHO having the KQ doubleton are more than remote.
March 20
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'all i can do is hand it to you'
March 20
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Are you suggesting that the ACBL BOD makes the decision about how many sets of boards are preduplicated for the finals of various NABC team events?

the conditions of contest for the 10K Swiss:
Boards will be duplicated across all matches of the final two sessions when possible; however, during the final four matches the boards will be duplicated across the five matches involving the highest ranked teams, regardless of conditions. A board played in the same condition at both tables of a match will count even if it does not match the same board number played in other matches. Should any board played at one table not match the one played at the other, both results will be cancelled. No substitute board will be played.
http://cdn.acbl.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/10kSwiss.pdf

I don't think I have to go back on my unit board or run to be on the ACBL BOD to have this taken care of.
March 19
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When the amount of time involved in duplicating a set of boards is in the 10' minute range I fail to understand why events like the 10K Swiss Finals have pre-duped boards for only the top 5 matches.

There were 26 teams so we are talking about less than 1.5hrs of duplicating time. Our fourth match, just before the dinner break was extremely flat with a match score of something like 4-3.

When teams sitting 11-14 or 15 have a set of very swingy boards they can make a great leap with a blitz when the top 10 teams are in tight low scoring matches.

Sitting just outside the top 10 spots (T12) we had a swingy first match and a big win to move into the top 10. Seems to me that promoting the fairest contest conditions… everyone playing the same hands is not that hard to accomplish

What did they do today for the finals in the Jacoby Swiss?
March 19
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Re your Q1
Lindqvist and Brogeland are at the other table and Meckwell sit in your seats.
This is the sixth board of the final quarter. You started down 59 and do not have any plus positions that you know of.
March 19
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click on the link
March 19
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fixed hearts vs diamonds
click on the handviewer link to see the bidding such as it was.
i was watching the other table so cannot vouch for the bidding.
March 19
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