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Agree T
3N paints a good picture
4 hours ago
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I see no reason to generate a swing, which could easily be a negative swing, unless you have a reason to do so.
e.g. your opponents have had a number of opportunities to do the wrong thing, but they have not done so. Your card has a bunch of par results for the other side.
e.g. You have previously taken a shot which seemed reasonable at the time, but your shot missed and you have a negative position or few. now you need swings to balance the ledger.
e.g Some of the opponents you know to be suspect haven't had the opportunity to make a mistake and a flat board against them hurts. You want flat boards against the strongest opponents and pickups against lesser ones.
e.g. You are more than halfway through the round and nothing is happening in the way of swings. Swings are probably happening somewhere?!! Maybe it's time to create one (hopefully positive).

In the absence of the above kind of indications I would want to know if partner had a minimum or not. If partner does not bid 2N (minimum) after my range ask (2) I will have more confidence bidding game.
I won't mind missing game if partner shows a minimum.

State of the event or match, be it imp pairs or a team event, has to be taken into account, as well as the contest conditions. Just being above average is a Q to the next day? Low overalls won't cut it?..if you want to be in the top 10 you have to press (not my style)

i guess this is a longwinded way of saying …. it depends
4 hours ago
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There are a TON of restaurant options within a few minutes walk in Gatlinburg and most of them are casual. And they are quite accustomed now to accommodating the early dining crowd. I've been at NABC venues where even nearby restaurants haven't paid attention to advice about an early convention rush and are understaffed at 5pm.

Although I tend not to attend NABCs with 10 & 3 main event times I think that the local unit(s) have a pretty good idea of the preference of their local clientele and they should be given broad latitude in determining the session start times.

Certainly the input from traveling players and teams should not be ignored. When your dinner group is not all in the same event and not always playing in the same building or same part of the building it takes some effort to assemble the group and get to the dining destination.

There were a couple of occasions in Toronto where, after a nice meal, there was not a lot of time to get back to the playing site in time for 7:30. I'd like not to have to watch the time or feel pressured to order the meal when I first sit down.

If you want people to be done earlier in the evening in regional events make them 12 2-board rounds or 8 3-board rounds. That will help counter late round fatigue. They can get to the evening feeding trough earlier so that the NABC+ competitors can avoid long lines or go without when the food runs out. And they can get to dinner before the NABC+ folk.
Sept. 19
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http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/play/AlertChart.pdf

Category          No Alert      Announce    Alert
Natural Calls About expected Unusual strength,
Not Specifically strength and shape shape, etc.
Noted

Even if a lower end direct raise IS NOT markedly different
I will honor the principle of full disclosure to let opps know, if asked,
the simple raise over their double is the weakest raise and other
stronger raises were available
Sept. 17
Mike Cassel edited this comment Sept. 17
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If you play that a 1 under raise (1 X 2) is a sound raise and a raise is the weakest raise then the opps are entitled to know that the direct raise IS the weakest raise and may be significantly weaker than other sequences.
Sept. 17
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We have a shot at 3N if your diamonds are good. What do you think? I have a top honor in your suit.

This game try ask is much more frequent than a pure, exceeding rare, penalty double.

The preemptor's suit quality has such a high range that you need some way to get clarification.
Sept. 17
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the common game monday morning 9/11, bd 33
http://thecommongame.com/MornPDF/170911MornHandRecord.pdf
8
K8
JT965
QT842

7 tricks available in NT
11 in 5 minor

I'm not even looking for these.
They just come up.
“I think the 5/5 minors hand is too rare to be more than a furphy”
yeah… right……NOT
Sept. 13
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fine… turn the J into a small spot.
or any other tweak that keeps the shape but weakens the hand to one you consider invitational

there's a premium for going plus in matchpoints.
probably no argument re. GF at imps
Sept. 6
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Common Game bd 1 9/5/17
Q2
3
KJT84
QT543
partner opens 1N in 2nd chair
the fur barely began growing on your furphy
Sept. 5
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that's nice when open has top honor third but what about Hx?
Sept. 5
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If you don't have a bid to show a 6 card minor with 2/3 top honors then you are in a guessing game when opener has the other top honor. We like direct 3 minor to show these suits.

Everyone has their favorite treatments. I like 2 as a range ask or some kind of hand with both minors. Opener responds 2N with any minimum and responder can show both minors weak or invitational with 3 and 3. Responder can show major fragments or splinters with GF hands with 3 Major.

Should opener show their better minor with a non-minimum the responder passes, shows their shape or bids 3N. Partnerships can define auctions above 3N to their liking. Responder's 4 minor we like as optional RKC.

I see a lot of top player cards showing 2 as a range ask or clubs, but never understood why it's just that.
Sept. 4
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Employing fit jumps with GF hands lacking a 4th trump or a trick source in the jump suit promising at least 9 cards in the two suits is a guaranteed recipe for disasters.

Add a spade, swap the diamond and heart suits, subtract a heart and add a diamond, AND jettison the two aces and you have a nice fit jump in my book:

QJxx
T53
KQ94x
8

I like fit jumps to show limit raise values based on shape rather than hcp. They are not substitutes for cuebids showing better hands
Aug. 31
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“7. “Cuebid”:​ A bid of a suit that an opponent has bid naturally or quasi-naturally or a suit in which an opponent has shown 4 or more cards.”

so
If a pair opens 1 which could be as short as 2 then a natural 2 overcall is NOT a cuebid and not alertable?
And a Michaels cuebid is?

Alert chart: http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/play/AlertChart.pdf

category no alert announce alert
____________________________________
Cue Bids Most Cue bids If played as natural,
a direct cue-bid of a natural opening bid
*See Alertable Cue bids
(See Alert Pamphlet)*

And if we play that 2N is both minors over a 1 precision opening we have to note on our cards that it might be two lower unbid or MIGHT be minors?

So, any time you are considering making an overcall of RHO's precision 1 opening you MUST ask or else risk giving unauthorized information when you don't ask?
Something is really wrong here when a 2 overcall may or may not be alertable when you don't know if the 1 is natural or quasi-natural or neither

given the above definition of a cuebid … when is a cuebid not a cuebid? 3 over 2 after a miniRoman or precision 2 or Flannery? ‘cuebids’ over transfer preempts? when else?
Aug. 28
Mike Cassel edited this comment Aug. 28
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The section on the back of the convention card for direct cuebids needs to more accurately reflect that opening bids of 1 minor are often artificial:

 Over   Minor   Major  Art. Bids
Natural __ __ __
Str T/O __ __ __
Michaels __ __ __
______________________________________

Many pairs playing a forcing club open 1 with 0,1 or 2 cards
We lost an event last year when two players with 25K MPs
didn't (or chose not to) acknowledge that LHO's 2 “cuebid” of a precision 1 was natural
They've played 100s or 1,000s of hands against precision and ought to have an agreement.

The current dialog box is inadequate for providing opponents with accurate information re. direct cuebids

We play that 3M over 1M asks for a stopper and 3m over 1minor is natural and intermediate. The dialog box needs
room to describe these kinds of direct cuebids.
Aug. 28
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On 23
After discovering that spades are 3-2 why not lead a low club toward your T?
Fear of a club ruff?
Aug. 21
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does that make you a devotee of the ‘Oddfellows’ fraternity?
Aug. 20
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All play all in a RR format gives less experienced teams from smaller countries an opportunity to play for an extended time against a quality of competition they don't normally face.

This is good for the future of the game. Maybe the schedule can be adjusted by a kind of seeding process that provides for a mix of opponents throughout the RR. Egypt had a very tough Saturday opponent lineup. You can never be sure who is going to be in the top, middle, or bottom third.

I have no clue how the schedule is set, nor have I looked at how ‘equitable’ each day's lineups were. In the end you have to play better than 14 of your opponents to reach the QF KOs.

Who do you have to ‘blame’ if you weren't ‘making hay’ on those days when you faced less stellar opponents.

A complete RR also means more entry fee $ and, if that means, getting to see each hand played 33x, with copious hours spent in board duplication, I think that's good. You can, hopefully, find the play records of other matches where your score was bested.

Just my view from the peanut & popcorn gallery
Aug. 19
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sry too late to change OP
balance of your comment escapes me
Aug. 19
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Contract  BB  VC  d'O
6 9 11 7 27
6 2 2 0 4
6 2 3 4 9
6N 2 1 1 4
7 2 0 3 5
7 1 1 1 3
7 2 1 4 7
7N 1 0 0 1
miss slam 1 3 2


anyone know the bracket code for inserting a table like is bold, is underline, is italic?"
thx dale much better
Aug. 19
Mike Cassel edited this comment Aug. 19
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Crunch time in the d'Orsi with 2 matches to go:
1 USA2 260.59
2 FRANCE 245.24
3 ITALY 239.00
4 AUSTRALI230.22
5 SWEDEN 225.66
6 USA1 225.19
7 JAPAN 211.52
8 ISRAEL 208.96
9 AUSTRIA 205.68
10 TURKEY 205.40
11 CHINA 203.40
12 CHINA HK202.77
13 INDIA 202.11

less than 7VPs separating the final qualifying spot from 13th
Israel v China HK and Austria v USA1 in R20
Aug. 19
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