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Use 1 as a transfer to 1NT. Or Redouble, if partner opened 1.
See Denis Lesage article in the Bridge World a couple years ago, “Redouble As Transfer”. It comes up a lot more often than the traditional 10+ no fit. A trap Pass works well with those hands.
July 4
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This perfectly illustrates the problem. Instead of poaching individual players, BAND (and others similar) poach entire clubs because small clubs can't afford salaried staff needed to constantly wrangle with the ACBL anti-poaching process. So much for supporting club bridge at the grassroots level.

Nothing against BAND, their approach makes excellent business sense and I expect that they offer a first-class product. Unfortunately, the club's players lose the experience of playing against other players in their home club. I maintain that was one of the things that virtual club games were supposed to preserve.
June 26
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John's experience is radically different than mine.
June 26
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I can't get the club owner's wife on the include list! After two tries! (She didn't play any bridge in 2019-early2020 due to serious health issues). As the club owner commented, “Will ACBL at least let me have conjugal rights?” No reply from ACBL on that so far.

New ACBL members that I recruited, so far only 75% are allowed to play in my club. I had expected higher, like maybe 100%. I recruited these people, ffs. And I'm doing this as an unpaid volunteer, just trying to keep club bridge going in our community. You might think I should know better.

Yes, I put them on my Friends list. Yes, I “get” the need for the anti-poaching thing. But this process is Absolutely Broken.
June 25
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My understanding is that the tournament must be created with “Allow Robots” enabled. If not, the robot pair will freeze at the round change.
June 19
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We did not adjust robot scores. We might well decide to do so in future games.

Of course, we do not adjust scores for human fill-in pairs, and they often place in the overalls :) So there is a precedent.

To me, the most astonishing thing is that I received a sum total of zero complaints from our players. Zero complaints. From bridge players. How is that possible? :)
June 19
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In one game, the robots were middle of the pack. In the other, the robots placed second.
June 19
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We have been allowing robots as a “partner of last resort” without any particular problems; the player pays the extra $0.25.

We ran two games this week that used robot pairs to fill a half-table for the entire game. It was much much easier than scrambling to find substitutes. No complaints at all from our players; I was expecting at least a little bit of grumbling. We've had a mix of experiences with human subs.
June 19
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And note that the trick-by-trick replay is available on BBO (and The Common Game, if TCG hands were used). I have had occasion to review a pair's play for an entire session or two, concluding (in that particular case) that the bizarre choices that turned out well were balanced out by the bizarre choices that turned out badly.
May 13
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My home club has run 25-30 virtual club games so far, and the longest delay to date was about 3 minutes waiting for players who had fallen offline. Several of us rotate the director duties. We have not had any “restarts”. Maybe just an off night, or maybe pilot error?
May 7
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To follow up on Steve's comment, with some beginner partners “wdp” is sometimes just a compliment for not having revoked. (yes, I know.)
May 2
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Most of the usual names are missing from these regional results.

Hmm, working pro players have bills to pay, too. ACBL ran several regionals most weeks in the past, why not a weekly online regional?

The virtual club that I run is absolutely awash in players, 3-4x more tables/month than in real life. It's great to see such turnout, but I really miss a higher level of competition.

(full disclosure, I'm in Flight C but please do not publish my name unless it's a Flight A result)
May 1
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Three small clubs pooled together here. We pay our virtual directors $4/table, games average 8-9 tables (peak of 12 so far). We may revisit this policy in the near future. In real life the three pooled clubs do things differently, ranging from unpaid volunteer playing director to club owner-manager-director (playing).
April 30
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Thanks, but I've seen that office, those people work way too hard :)
April 14
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I was trying to walk the dog a little, hoping to draw a double.
April 14
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Unsolicited Testimonial. I liked Silvana's comment, but later realized that was an Insufficient Bid. Director, Please! My director ruling is that I may replace it with a Comparable Call without affecting partner's options.

Thus my replacement call: If you will be directing a virtual club game, consider it Absolutely Essential to attend one of her over-the-shoulder directing sessions. Nominal cost, about two hours worth of watching a master at work. Lots of information that is not documented anywhere yet (understandably, ACBL/BBO are laying track just ahead of the locomotive).

Okay, the auction proceeds normally from this point. Play friendly, have fun!
April 14
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Yes, making the iPad screen vertical does work. One of our players figured that out too, and tested with several local users today.

ditto Peter's comment, we've also seen the same issue on a desktop. MacOS High Sierra 10.13.1 using Google Chrome, if it matters.
April 3
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Several of our players are having problems using iPads in BBO tournaments. In particular, game invitations are appearing without Accept buttons. Sounds like the dialog is too large for the screen real estate.

I suspect some client-side setting that player doesn't know about (not tech-savvy users, in these cases).

I'd welcome suggestions from knowledgeable iPad users, I don't know my way around that platform.
April 2
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Do I infer correctly that only ACBL members are allowed in said private club games? That might be an issue for small community clubs, hmmm.

Tech-savvy director, check. (geez, I met barmar back when we were Lisp hackers thirty years ago)… I'll see what I can find out about BBO director training. Trying to make this happen for my local players, at the same time minimizing support demands on BBO staff resources.

I'm definitely willing to be an (early adopter)/(test dummy) representing the small-club tail of the curve.
March 30
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Reserving seats is ESSENTIAL
March 30
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