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First, I might check the card to see if they play constructive raises.
22 hours ago
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This seems to be a “what part of the country your are from” problem. I live in Northern Virginia and attend 5-6 Regionals a year. I only play in 4-session KOs and Swiss event. Our team is a bit under 7000 total points. In Gatlinburg (the exception to top all exceptions) we are just above the mid-point bracket out of the 15-19 brackets each day. We also play in Williamsburg, Raleigh/Richmond, Reston, Hunt Valley & Cambridge. All these regionals have 4-session KOs each day with the Fr-Sat generally having enough teams for 4 brackets. The Sunday Swiss is smaller than before but the A/X field is good sized and the 3000+ under has 8-12 brackets. In the KOs, the directors make the top brackets sized based on masterpoint breaks. These tournaments normally draw the top pros due to the number of brackets.

I sympathize with those in area where KO are facing a slow death.
June 5
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but it is such a great song - as were most of their songs
May 27
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One improvement would having pre-registrations for the Saturday & Sunday Bracketed Swiss events. You could use your TID number on the entry saving having to use player labels but you still had to stand in line to enter. Admittedly, I felt the lines moved very fast. You were able to pre-register for the 2nd day of KOs AND for first days of KOs. It was not expended for the weekend Swiss events.

As far as the weekend Swiss events went, I had not played in a 9-team Swiss bracket before. Playing four sets of 3-ways was a bit different.
April 23
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Jethro Gibbs' rule #6: Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness
April 22
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If possible, you could add the final option of 5551. There are some players in the DC area who announce “could be as short as one” when they open a club. All other suit bids promise 5 cards.
Feb. 28
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Rosenkranz doubles when they are played promising the Ace or King. When made, you know that leading from an Ace or King-Jack is perfectly safe. When not made, you know that leading your suit when headed by the A-Q is probably a bad idea even after a raise.
Feb. 21
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every card has at least two votes - impressive
Feb. 12
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you “woke up not dead again today”
Feb. 1
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When I was on my High School debate team in Des Moines many decades back, my side won a debate using lots of statistics. The judge asked if I had ever read the book “How to Lie with Statistics” by Huff. I never had but got it from the library the next day. The quote on the cover page was the quote about “Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics”. It was attributed to Benjamin Disraeli. Twain popularized it in the USA. I have always loved the phrase. Almost as much as “Intuitively obvious to the most casual observer”.
Jan. 22
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Born and raised in Des Moines. Went to college at Illinois in '64 and essentially never returned. Definitely centrally located but probably not a place you would ever visit.
Jan. 15
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The question is one that truly decides if a rebid of your major absolutely guarantees a 6 card suit. Being one of those people, I pretty much must bid 3 with a 13-point, 5-1-3-4 hand. By the vote count, it appears that a number of those guaranteeing a 6-card suit do indeed make some exceptions.
Dec. 26, 2017
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Our partnership agreement is
(a) with weak 5-4, we transfer to 5 card suit
(b) with invitational, we bid our 4 card suit over the 2 response (and yes we may end up at three 3-level in hearts but such is life)
© with GF, we jump to the 3-level in our 4 card suit.

Like Michael said in the first response, it is whatever your partnership has decided.
Nov. 17, 2017
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never discussed this specific auction but, because we play lebensohl, we would play a 2NT bid as lebensohl. I am not sure how we would play a pass but I am 95% sure the final contract would not be 2XX.
Oct. 30, 2017
Mike Ladd edited this comment Oct. 30, 2017
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Easy last minute booking at Regionals is probably caused by last minute cancellations. This is good for you but it can be very costly to the tournament hosts who may be subject to “lack of rooms actually used” penalties.
Oct. 27, 2017
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try this for MABC (D6 & D7) Regionals
http://www.districtsix.org/MABC/RegionalAttendance.htm

It is from 2002 to 2014 but they quit updating it then so it might not be it be for the period you want
Oct. 27, 2017
Mike Ladd edited this comment Oct. 27, 2017
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Based on what I read, this new policy appears to be a success. I wonder how long it will be until it reaches down to some selected regionals.
Oct. 26, 2017
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I thought that starting with Philadelphia there wasn't a date you could still cancel without being subject to a one night charge. Guess I was wrong.
Oct. 25, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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