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Yeah, but there is intermixing. The amount may be fairly low, but, here is in the UK, I quite definitely saw several EBU premier league players at my local club this year - and for quite a number of sessions. I don't know, but I dare say in the US, several of the players who managed go quite deep in to the Spingold actually played at similar venues.
Aug. 18, 2014
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“Some people in the first category might just be very good players. Some in the second might only play in very strong events. We're only talking expectations from limited information”

This sums it up.
Aug. 11, 2014
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No, clearly not. My point is that, rightly or wrongly, special events for this, that and the other category of player is in the culture of the game.

If bridge had its roots in, say, the 60s and 70s - well - we probably would have events for younger, less experienced players as we do now. We might have events for seniors - though we might not - and in any case the age limit would probably be higher. And women's events, in this era of equality - maybe not.
July 30, 2014
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I am guessing it will survive for as long as the WBF continues to have such events. And I am guessing there are sufficient - er - conservative - countries for the WBF to continue to want such events at least in the short to medium term.
July 29, 2014
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If there is no agreement about the ‘transfer cue’, then I think it is reasonable bridge for East to work out that there can't be that many hearts in the deck - and therefore passing 2 is reasonable with or without UI.

Just my 2 cents.
July 25, 2014
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I think you should have found out what (if anything) transferring to opps suit (i.e. effectively a cue) and then bidding another suit means in their system. If there is an agreement about that, then East is told to carry on as if that were really the case and ignore the “UhOh”. Table result stands unless the other side still feels that they have been further damaged.

If they have no agreement, then I suggest it is reasonable for East to smell a rat about partner's transfer to opps suit and pass the 2. If E/W were advanced players or even intermediate+, I'd tend not to buy that argument. If they are intermediate-, then maybe I would, but I wouldn't be buying it from the same pair again.
July 23, 2014
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What has Acol got to do with it? The OP said “standard”. Or am I missing the joke?
July 21, 2014
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Look up rooting in an Ozzie slang dictionary.
July 21, 2014
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I can't resist the temptation to continue the thread diversion… The 11 count “KJTx QJTx KJT xx” is arguably better, to the tune of about half a point, than this similar 12 count: KJxx QJxx KQx xx that many players wouldn't think twice about opening.
July 18, 2014
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I corresponded quite a lot with Zar Petkov when he was working on his stuff. The primary issue with Zar points is not the accuracy of it's estimation of the offensive value of a hands (which it is basically very good at), but in designing a system that can accommodate the natural conclusions of that evaluation.

Which is why I like systems that can accommodate “light” two suiters. But make no mistake - it has to be designed in to the system - not just bolted on without much thought beyond “Zar points says x, so it must be right to open”
July 15, 2014
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Personally I like systems that can accommodate something like polish twos so that these two suiters (that are close to an opening in terms of offence, but are significantly short of defensive values) can be opened safely without compromising the normal openings.

If such two bids are not available with a particular partner I might open the best of them constructively. How many depends on the rest of the system. Acol (and Acol players), for example, are relatively tolerant of light openings. 2/1 is not.
July 15, 2014
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FWIW, I too thought that 3x16 boards per day when most teams are playing 6 handed with a coach and/or npc in support, devalued the game quite considerably. Especially when us mere mortals have to play 6x8 or 7x7 boards 4 handed without support in a typical Swiss.

Frankly I was more annoyed, though, when I can't watch on BBO during the day at work and the matches were pretty much over by the time I got home.
July 11, 2014
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In an ideal world, we would all (well probably all!) like our NBOs to be absolutely swimming in money and that the NBO itself could pay loads of money to the teams it selected (whether by trials or otherwise) for major international events. This argument about sponsors would then go away - at least at that level.

But we don't live in that world, like it or not.
July 3, 2014
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I too am not American - and I too am not uncomfortable with the present arrangements.

Yes, one can argue the US should have 1 team. And you can argue about whether they should have more - or that maybe Europe should send x number of zonally picked teams - or whatever. Overall I think, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
July 2, 2014
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