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Suggesting an alternative auction (note 2) where E jumps to 2 suggests that W is trying to talk me out of a working finesse. In a team match West probably know knows where the defensive assets lie and doesn't want declarer to take a trump safety play after the diamond finesse wins. This shift forces declarer to commit a line of play early.

You'd certainly angle this way holding the QTxx with partner holding the bare 8.
Nov. 19
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Y, and as in another thread re. insufficent claims, let's make sure to lead the 9 to an honor in dummy first.
Nov. 19
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Prescient thought process.
This is one of those hands where a little thought before doubling…like what am I going to do if it comes back to me at 4 with partner boxed out of the auction, is really time wellspent.

A long huddle followed by 4N would seem to have it's own UI issues as you didn't bid 4N in a more timely fashion. What that UI might be I have no clue.
Nov. 19
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We require a team entry fee for two sessions each day. If teams reach the semifinal round and lose and don't want to play off for third overall they can use the second entry fee for another session that day. In our KO experiment there will be no other gold point event for semifinal losers to play in.

We will be running the small brackets with a BAM movement. After the first session teams will have played only 1/2 of each of their matches. Why would a team want to drop out? And if they did, we could adjust the movement and have a shorter second session.
Nov. 18
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12 tables 36 boards= the worst
and it continues to happen in lesser regional events at NABCs

at a sectional two weeks ago friends of mine compared their hands at lunch after a morning 12 table game with 24 boards played in the set. They shared only 6 boards out of the 36 in play!!

the learning curve for running webs is EASY. you can play 8 rounds with 24 boards or 9 rounds with 27 boards and everyone plays every board. you would need two board sets.

raise an outcry for a 12 table byestand and relay, 24 boards in play and everyone plays 12 2-board rounds.
Nov. 17
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if we miss a game when i pass then maybe partner missed a reopening double showing more hcp power or extra shape
Nov. 17
Mike Cassel edited this comment Nov. 17
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I need 2 cover cards from partner. the Q and a round K? tougher problem vulnerable
Nov. 17
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Game theory considerations
Your opps, sitting in the same seat and knowing they are up a lot, will think you will push.
So maybe you should not push and hope the game fails.

If this is early in the second half there are still a lot of boards to come so partner probably has a sound suit.

It's impossible to KNOW how your opps will act but I would tend to want to do the opposite of what they are likely to do. Up 30 they might just raise to 4. If so, I want to hope the game makes.
Nov. 17
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I do not believe we know what trump is, although it is presumed to be hearts. Maybe an immediate cuebid, confirming spades, is seen as less attractive when knowing the degree of fit in responder's suit will make for an easier auction. Responder is the captain. Opener should cuebid or bid 3N with with slow clubs

e.g. Kxxxx AJx Qx QJx Opener can suggest strain with 3N as here
or 4 with KJxxx AQxx Qx xx denying any minor suit controls.
Nov. 14
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Better to have pitched that offender at trick 5 when dummy is winning the trick, eh?
Nov. 13
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if I want to roll dice I pass
if I want to play down the middle of the fairway I bid 1
Nov. 12
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Only with a MAX and square shape
By bidding 2N. Responder will know I have no ruffing power.
Might be able count to 9.
If my three card support is not headed by a top honor I need compensating intermediates in side suits.
Nov. 11
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“The norm, then, is ”screw the rules“. :-( ”

In higher level competition the norm is to trust your opponents' claims unless something is amiss.
It's a matter of respect, imo, but I do want declarer's hand shown before I accept the claim.
If I'm too dense to see the the winning sequence I will ask. Usually I've missed something that makes the claim pretty obvious.

We recently completed a series of four sessions of team events with Flight B and Flight C players playing in their own section in a BAM movement of 5 tables.

The B flight was routinely five minutes quicker to complete a round. The C flight was consistently bumping up against the end of the round. A large contributing factor: they aren't comfortable claiming when the hand is over. A B player has learned to claim when the final trick differential is known. The C player doesn't trust themself to terminate play until the last trick even when they are good for the balance any number of tricks earlier.

I think part of this claim reluctance is due to the perceived litigious nature of director calls on insufficient claims. They've heard and experienced the tension at other tables. They know the art of claiming can be akin to navigating rocky shoals. We should be encouraging claims and helping less experienced players learn how to conduct a claim in a fashion that doesn't imply they've committed a 15 yard personal foul or that they don't know how to run a suit.

Ed you stated
“I've given procedural penalties. That may be why club owners don't ask me to direct any more. :-)”
Maybe because you drive people away from the game and don't add to their enjoyment of it?
Mollo's Secretary Bird, who knows the laws of the game perfectly and insists that they are applied to the letter, always to his own downfall.
It's not your downfall but the negative consequences of your literal concordance to the Laws that turn people off. It turns me off even if I know you probably mean well and want people to be law abiding.

You've chimed in over 40 times on this thread. Knowing the Laws to the letter without administering them with warmth is a recipe that leaves a sour taste.
Nov. 9
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it was a KO match
I chose not to show a sound raise with 2 as i had Kx and Axxxx and ‘went low’ based on so many prior pickups.
Both pairs missed game.
Had my partner made a different game try we would have reached game.
I'm going to keep his actual rebid a secret.
We did not discuss if his new calls were SSGTs or HSGTs.
It's worth discussing whether our game try systems should be on after a double and a sound (one under) raise.

Seems like maybe they should except that 2N after 1 (X) 2(constructive or better) (P) 2N ought to be natural instead of asking where partner would accept a HSGT. Partner can still show any concentration, pass with scattered values and no ruffing value, or retreat to 3.

edited to add last paragraph
Nov. 9
Mike Cassel edited this comment Nov. 9
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The card winning the fifth trick is in declarer's hand, no?
Declarer isn't going to cash the K while in dummy at T5.

Although I understand that this declarer was a dolt for not considering that the diamonds might go off 4-0 I am not going to assume, given his claim, that he also doesn't know how to cash his five tricks without blocking the suit.

Players tend to get befuddled and may be tongue tied when the director is called and arrives. They know how to cash their five tricks but don't get the statement out that assures the opponents and director.

So you are going to teach them a lesson they won't soon forget. I'm not going to do that. I don't want to win that way and I would ask them why they failed to mention the need to unblock. I would admonish them to be more precise in their claiming and wait to make the claim until they KNEW there was no possibility of losing a diamond.

Maybe they will see the light and apologize on some really cold day in a hot hot place.
Nov. 8
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Easier to take 4 or 5 than 10 with my dreck
Nov. 7
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So, the miscreant had a moose and was in 3N opposite a 3hcp hand?
Nov. 7
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Item 173-28: NAP & GNT Qualifying Using RAC Format
Moved that:

Qualification for the NAP and the GNT be conducted using the Regional at Clubs (RAC) format
Effective January 1, 2020

is this to supercede existing policy & procedure re. holding online district finals?
Nov. 3
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Item 173-10: Online Individual Tournament
Chapter VIII – North American Bridge Championships, Section 2 be amended as follows:
2.7 1(1) An NABC Online individual tournament (format to be determined) be added to the
schedule for each.7.1 of the three North American Bridge Championships;
2 .7.1 Contract with Bridge Base Online to host the event.

Other threads have discussed robot individuals. format to be determined hopefully means soliciting feedback from past and potential attendees
Have to stratify to give less experienced declarers a shot at overalls
Have to change the ‘best hand’ at the table feature
Have to address the ‘gaming the bots’ issues.
Have to consider scoring via IMPs which diminishes tactical ‘notrumpitis’ gambits
then there's them ‘bots’
Nov. 3
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Any benefits for attendance that you attribute to random seeding have been washed away by double and triple counting pair event tables and matchpoint pair MP awards that have been bumped 25%.
Item 173-09: Masterpoint Structure
Moved that:
The ACBL Board of Directors address the masterpoint structure for points with teams and pairs
prior to two years from today.


Randomize at will but a single bracket handicapped KO is the final stop on a lonely KO train that used to run on three or four tracks and is about to run no more.

I look forward to battling all day against the tournament's best teams hoping to end up as one of the three or four survivors to the KO phase.

Much better than dispatching an overmatched upset squad of Flight B players who never wanted to be in the top/only bracket at all and having to wait maybe until the money SF round to have a long match against a quality team.
Nov. 3
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