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@Ian. Yes, as I acknowledged elsewhere in the thread, over one or two sessions, IMP pairs (whether X-imp or Butler) is higher variance than matchpoints. I personally don't think that makes it worse (or even better - just different). Your mileage obviously varies.
Nov. 10, 2016
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“I can sympathise with anyone who has their evening destroyed by getting a couple of vulnerable slams bid against them or a vulnerable game or two that no one else finds”

It is true that such events are just one bad board at matchpoints and worth, equivalently speaking, about 3 bad boards at imps. Thus imp scoring can lead to higher variance in the scores over a limited number of boards (and 24/27 board movements are limited). This is a good reason why matchpoints should be norm for most typical pairs sessions.

However, I don't find the above a compelling reason why all sessions should be matchpoints. Quite a lot of clubs run a teams night once a month or whatever to give those that like teams events a chance to practice or for just plain variety. And what should such clubs do if they suddenly find an odd number of pairs have shown up. Clearly they can't do teams anymore unless a pair goes home - but they can do imp scored pairs - which has similar tactics, albeit you're now depending on the anonymous field rather than dependable team mates.
Nov. 9, 2016
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You clearly don't like IMP pairs. Care to actually say what you don't like about it as opposed to making silly comparisons…
Nov. 9, 2016
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It sounds like you've probably been using the windows version. You won't have seen any change because that version hasn't changed. But you will - it will stop working in the near future.
Nov. 8, 2016
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I tried the web version once. I didn't go back.
Nov. 7, 2016
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All the old integer scales were flawed in the sense that often an odd IMP or two made no difference at all. That was what the transition to fractional VPs was supposed to address.
Nov. 2, 2016
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“The EBU at one time had a 20 VP scale which was 0, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 etc up to 19+ (20-0).”

Well
1) the 0 band is one score wide, with all the intermediate ones being two
2) The final band is infinitely wide

So it is, strictly speaking, not a linear scale and therefore not completely pointless. Could have been better designed though.
Nov. 2, 2016
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Richard,

It isn't just some VP scales, it is all of them that I've seen. Further it is the objective of the scale to have that effect (if it were a linear scale it would be pointless and if it were skewed in the other direction it would encourage wild, gambling play)

Whether it is or should be the objective of the organisers is, well, more subjective (pun intended). I suggest it is a good objective - very much so in fact.
Nov. 1, 2016
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“what is your evidence for the assertion that the point of VPs is to reward the consistent team?”

Example: 2 good teams play in a league of 6 where the remaining 4 are making up the numbers. Team A plays a steady style and wins its 4 matches against the fish by 16 imps each time. If that is, for the sake of argument, over 16 boards, they get 4 times 14.18VPs = 56.72. Team B plays a swingy style and wins 2 matches by 32imps and draws two. That is 2*17.03 plus 2*10 = 54.06VPs. So, going into their final head to head match, team A is 2, nearly 3 VPs to the good. QED.
Nov. 1, 2016
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If you think it is moot, I don't think you're arguing with any sort of rationality whatsoever. Sorry if that sounds personal, but I find your position untenable.
Nov. 1, 2016
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“Why should two +15s be worth more than one +45 and one -15?”

Because it rewards the consistent team. That's the whole point of VPs.

Also, possibly, the team that had the +45 win is good at beating up fish, but plays a poor or swingy style against class and usually comes out badly in those cases.

Which of the two would you rather represent you in the national team, Richard? I very definitely know which I'd rather be playing bridge internationally in my country's name.
Nov. 1, 2016
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“Auction starts with 1 by S Dbl XX to South.”

The article starts as above. I am confused. If the auction started with South, how can the action be back at South if there have only been 3 calls.

The rest of the article only serves to further muddy the waters in this respect.
Oct. 27, 2016
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The only time it has happened to me was with a natural bidding hand hog who held something like Jxxxxxx - xxx xxx. I'd opened 1 and rebid 2 over the 1NT response. Then he came out with 2. I agonised for quite a while before figuring that he wasn't artful enough to mean it as anything other than natural. So “unlikely to be natural” depends on who you're playing with. Why he didn't pass my opening or choose the 1/2 route is beyond me - I've learnt that asking doesn't improve matters with some folks.
Oct. 26, 2016
Nick Warren edited this comment Oct. 26, 2016
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I have a couple of partners that like 5cM, weak NT, 1 = 2+ clubs. The 1 opener is not forcing (responder can pass with club tolerance and a v weak hand), but 1 is natural or rubbish without club tolerance. I have another partner who likes 5cM and 5 card diamonds with 14-16NT, so 1 can (rarely) be 1+ cards. He doesn't use a 1 negative.

The latter can, once in a blue moon, lead you into playing a ridiculous 1 contract in a 2=3 fit (which is probably bad for you, though not necessarily, depending on how the field has behaved), but the former leads to some woolly auctions. Overall I'm happier with running the risk of a ridiculous 1 contract personally.
Oct. 24, 2016
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You'd have been better off asking what is your preferred forcing opening (in 1st & 2nd seat):

Pass
1
1
1
1
1NT
2C or higher
1x (all or most 1x openers forcing e.g. Fantunes)
Other
Oct. 21, 2016
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grate Hulme ore
Oct. 13, 2016
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I understand David plays bridge for money quite a lot. At £££s per hundred, -1100 is awfully painful.
Oct. 6, 2016
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Having given this some thought, it is similar to one pair conversing in Swahili and the other in Mandarin, neither of which is intelligible to the other. No doubt it would be an interesting exercise, but I am not sure I'd want to give it too much of my time.
Oct. 4, 2016
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That's not entirely fair. Non disclosure per se, would not be cheating under the new rules.

There remains, in my mind, the subject of such things as encrypted signals. Sticking to an undisclosed bidding system is, in principle, decryptable, given some time anyway. Actively encrypted methods are not (again in principle).
Oct. 4, 2016
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IMO, I think that works for high class team games. Would you be happy not being made aware of it (either by alert or pre-alert) in a local duplicate with 2 or 3 board rounds? What about a Swiss pairs with 6 or 7 boards per round?
Oct. 3, 2016
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