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I note that four of your remaining matches are vs. teams ahead of you. It's just about the toughest competition any contender has. The good news - win those and a Q is the likely result. Good luck!
16 hours ago
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Page 4. If Merck bid 3NT, then Rodwell was declarer.
Aug. 14
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I have no idea how they capture plays, and enter them into computer, without missing the next play. Props to all the VG operators!
Aug. 14
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Maybe a 'roo hopping up with an Ace for the setting trick;)
Aug. 13
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With all the hoopla about the ACBL robot individual, I finally decided to give the robots a spin. After one flat board, it went 1 on my right, 2 by me, 3 on my left, and 3 by my robot partner. In a close decision, I decided to pass. My robot had AKQxxx, nothing else, certainly not the 22 playing points in the bid explanation.

The play was accurate all around, the contract was off 1. Glad I didn't bid 4, I might win a few IMPs! No. Lose 6.8. Why? About half the tables were in 4, making. Apparently the robots misdefended by 2 tricks, but only when game was bid.

Good grief!
Aug. 12
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One push is enough. In other words, if partner balances with 2 over their 2, and they bid on to 3, STOP. Do not trade +100 for -100. For exceptions, see LOTT.
Aug. 10
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You can find the formula here: https://www.bridgehands.com/Laws/ACBL/Duplicate/Tech_Files/Tech_File_KO_Participation_Guide.htm

If your team total was 4275 and opponents 5655 then 1.01 would be correct.

By the way if the directors did not have access to correct MP totals, they probably downloaded acbl score and current master point totals to a replacement laptop. Takes some time but could be done during your match. So is likely they started the event based on claimed totals but calculated correct handicaps during your match. Not too different from the way the run any handicapped KO, right?
Aug. 10
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Just having the difference between the team totals is not sufficient. To calculate handicap you need the total for each team.
Aug. 10
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James, you didn't ask for advice, but here goes anyway. Forget BBO. For 4 days, you can pretend to be enthralled by the cruise. Challenge your fiend to a game of backgammon, and let him win. If you're there with your life partner, let him/her think this is the most romantic place you've ever been. Rinse & repeat.
Aug. 8
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4NT? What was South smoking?
Aug. 4
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Very unfortunate if true, but I'm with the director on this one.
Aug. 4
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My favorite triathalon is the 3-Bs: Birdwatching, bicycling and bridge.
Aug. 4
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Agree and congratulations!
Aug. 1
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Was 2NT forcing? I thought not, and blamed East for raising to 3 on a minimum. However, from the comments it sounds like most are treating 2NT as forcing.
Aug. 1
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Sounds like fun, Adrian. Welcome to BW.
Aug. 1
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The question I have is this: given that I have often played in GCC level events such as Regional stratified open pairs, and those events are now going to be red chart:

What commonly used conventions do I need to learn defenses to, in case opponents are playing them? Multi, for sure, but what else? How is one to avoid being blindsided at the next tournament?
July 31
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So if you know West is potentially unethical, you should finesse; if not you still have a guess.
July 31
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Congratulations boye and team!
July 30
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I think I'll finally ask the question I've been wondering about for the last couple years…how does one pronounce Boye?
July 30
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“At least one” = “any”
July 30
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