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Here's a perspective from a C player.

In a two session regional open pairs, we finished 5th in B (51.67%) and received 3.20 Gold. 15th in A (54.70%) was worth 3.23. The Gold points are nice but most important to me was the chance to play against much more experienced competition and come in above average.

Same tournament with a different partner we were first overall in Gold Rush for 11.37 Gold. Now suppose those events were combined into a A-B-C strat. First in A = 25.84, First in B = 11.94, First in C = 11.37. So that C award for Gold Rush 1st seems ridiculously high.

Fifth in B against good competition felt like much more of an achievement that 1st in a lesser field. So I would not reduce the B strat awards, but if someone said Gold Rush awards are too high, I would agree.
March 8, 2014
Neal Smith edited this comment March 9, 2014
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I hope you're kidding, because “play good” is indisputably bad grammar.
March 4, 2014
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Partner doubled because…..?
Feb. 27, 2014
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Interesting day, Alan! Lots of distributional hands and big decisions.
Feb. 25, 2014
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Asking opener's action after the 3C bid would be a tough bidding problem.
Feb. 17, 2014
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I hadn't even noticed the ads, but now that I've read this thread, my eye will be drawn to them every time, lol.
Feb. 17, 2014
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OK, let's clarify the math.

Chances for finding pard with the J and/or 8 of D. There are 7 unplaced diamonds (AKQT9 and our spot are known). Combinations of 7 cards taken two at a time are 7 * 6 / 2 = 21. J and a spot: 5/21. 8 and a spot: 5/21. J8: 1/21. Two spots: 10/21.

Chance pard has the J and/or 8: 11/21 or 52%.
The J with or without the 8: 6/21 or 28.6%.
The 8 without the J: 5/21 or 23.8%.
Neither J or 8: 10/21 or 47.6%

Chance that pard has the J clubs. There are eight unplaced clubs (AKQ and our two spots are known). 2 / 8 = 25%.

Chance that pard has no help in D but has the J C: 25% * 47.6% = 11.9%
Chance that pard has no help in D or C: 75% * 47.6% = 35.7%

Using Rob's success chances above:

28.6% * 100% + 23.8% * 75% + 11.9% * 65% + 35.7% * 27% =

63.8%

Feb. 14, 2014
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I realize I'm jumping in a bit late here, but the problem intro said neither Vul so it's 920 not 1370.
Feb. 9, 2014
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The problem on that hand is not the support double, but opening a balanced, aceless 12 HCP with only 1 quick trick.
Feb. 8, 2014
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Great discussion. I wish I had the guts to make such a bid!

Question: if Dean now partners with anyone who has read this article, does that in itself create a partnership understanding; e.g. pre-alert “occasionally makes tactical bids that, while not psyches, may be intentionally misleading as to the nature of his hand”?
Feb. 7, 2014
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I'll add one more “something else”. No smoking. Anyone my age probably remembers having to take a shower before bed after every club game. It was that unhealthy!
Feb. 6, 2014
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Something else - hand records. I find them invaluable for reviewing every hand played and finding “what I missed”.
Feb. 6, 2014
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1390? You saying you bid 6D and pard passed?
Feb. 5, 2014
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Another auction that might come up is 3S - Pass - 4NT holding xxxxx None xxx xxxxx. So that's a psych of an instructional 4NT.
Feb. 2, 2014
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Is dummy allowed to make comments during the play?
Jan. 31, 2014
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Nice win in that event, Josh!
Jan. 28, 2014
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As a far-from-expert player, I would be quite offended if my expert partner assumed I didn't know the meaning of XX and tried to mastermind the hand.
Jan. 28, 2014
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Good idea. Could be done during our regional, Aug 4-10. Evenings are typically warm, calm and not humid.
Jan. 13, 2014
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2nd or 3rd round of a regional swiss. On the first board, got doubled in a partial and went for -1100. At which point the director came to our table and said, “you're at the wrong table, these aren't your opponents.”
Jan. 7, 2014
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I'm not sure it affects the bidding much, but certainly would want to know the HCP range for 1NT.
Dec. 18, 2013
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