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All comments by Mike Ladd
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I am tempted to do a poll on the “other” options as that is becoming a big winner. What beside mini-splinter (need a good definition), invitational w/o a fit, fit jump shifts and what else are the options?

I do appreciate all the comments.
Oct. 7
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for all the mini-splinter people, how do you play the jump to 4 of a minor when 3 of the minor is mini-splinter
Oct. 7
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I could certainly put it thereon the card. It just seems wrong not to “alert” something that is red. Still, the constructive raise is a "say nothing' bid.
Sept. 28
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agree to the mis-use of an alert. Sad to say but the thought is there but never would do it for the obvious reason
Sept. 28
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We play puppet over a 2NT openings so some solutions don't exist. With a weak hand we just transfer to the 5 card major and play there. All other sequence are GF. With 4-5, we transfer the hearts and then bid spades. With a 5-4, we bid 3 spades. With a 5-5, we transfer to spades and then bid 4H.

There are many other uses for the 2NT-3 sequence but we find this is the easiest for us.
Sept. 9
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could very well be the case
Aug. 21
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Whatever the way the policy is eventually implemented (I expect some minor changes to what was stated), there are two very key dates. An obvious date is September 25 when those unsure of attending may very well cancel before penalties occur. The second is the date the Spring Regional in Philadelphia can be booked with guaranteed penalties for canceling.

One thing to watch is attendance as this policy seems to me to generate fewer players. Those in a 50-50 attendance situation, may decide not to go. The top players will not be impacted but those under, say 2500 points, may very well decide that the lure of a National is not worth the cost unless they are 100% planning to attend.

Another interesting point is for me would be the Summer Nationals. I booked rooms in Toronto through the first Sunday in case I qualified for a GNT spot. I highly prefer staying at the tournament site rather than somewhere else. When that dream was misplayed away (in early February), I cancelled immediately (5 months notice). Next year, that will not be an option. It will be another factor in even trying to qualify.
Aug. 21
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I presume this only applies to reservations made thru the ACBL.
Aug. 18
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an “m”
Aug. 11
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Since the directors never brought it to our attention, the thought never crossed my mind. I know that a 2 bracket CKO can be handicapped but (I believe) not a 3-bracket event. I knew we were not in the 1st bracket but had no idea how many brackets there were - and why should I really.

I have played in handicapped CKOs before but we always knew about the handicap prior to the conclusion of the 12-board round. That said, without being told, I did not think about it. It never crossed my mind.
Aug. 11
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It can be unknown when neither team is informed of that fact prior to submitting results. In other handicapped events I have played, during the round, the team captain was informed of the handicap. But not today. I doubt if a handicap that small would have impacted the way you play.
Aug. 11
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I first learned about bridge in high school when my mother (who never played bridge) bought a plastic table cloth with basic bridge bidding rules in front of each player. But I never really played until college. Jump ahead to college in the student union at Illinois. I watched and then participated in the constant pickup game(s) there. Easily the best player was a grad student named Kit Woolsey. The other eventual highly successful ACBL player in those games was Cheri Bjerkan before she married Jim (I don't remember her maiden name).
Aug. 2
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the suit in mention was 8-5-4.

Club games in Northern Virginia are treated a bit more seriously than some places. Not ruthless but very few instances of a pair just having fun.
July 21
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very few 8-5-4 holding have ever been considered lead directing. I had not really thought about the disruptive concept. I understand they even have some systemic bids after 3rd seat openers. I cannot totally confirm that fact nor do I know if they have a means to determine if this type of bids was made. To me, I just seem very wrong in a club game. In the Spingold, when your methods are made available to opponents (I believe that is true), I would be good for anything goes.
July 21
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FWIW. the suit was three very small
July 18
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I presume the 2 voter was thinking Flannery. In the ACBL world, opening a Flannery with fewer than 10 HCP will bring about a rather severe penalty.
July 15
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When you put the cursor over the DBL, what did it say? As I recall, it always says what the Robot means even in the most obvious times. I got to the point I never even made a bid without checking to see what the robot thought it meant.
July 6
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The worst convention is any convention your partner falls in love with and semi-forces you to add to your card. Then they promptly forget it the first AND second time you bid it. At that point in time, it becomes the easiest convention to drop from your card.
June 19
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If you had not previously passed, is the meaning of the XX the same 6+?
May 27
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and I suspect it is in violation of ACBL rules
May 13
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