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I am a working person and will not attend an NABC where the national events are 10 and 3. When I take vacation time for an NABC I need to have my mornings available to address work issues that cannot wait until I return to the office. And I know many other players who work who feel the same way.
Nov. 11, 2019
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Nice job!
June 6, 2019
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Congratulations!
March 30, 2019
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FYI Woolsey and multi-Landy are the same thing. In some parts (like the Washington DC area) it is called Robinson, presumably because it was devised by Robinson and Woolsey in the 70s when they were partners.
Nov. 3, 2018
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As another person who was in the infamous A/E section, I dubbed the event the “Groundhog Pairs” after playing 2 boards against the same pair three times to start the event.
July 30, 2016
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It may be a clunky solution, but perhaps before the opening lead in a NT contract you could ask the question of the meaning of 3rd hand signal to trick 1 when 3rd hand can't beat the dummy. Can't be any coffeehousing inference if you ask before the opening lead suit is known.
Nov. 28, 2015
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I pass with 5-3-3-2 distribution and 11-12 HCP, bid with anything else.
Aug. 5, 2015
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2! = weak in a major, 2M = natural (6+) and intermediate (10-13)
March 15, 2014
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Hi Eric,

What do you think of the Fantunes system, compared to two over one or big club systems?
Feb. 26, 2014
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Add me to the list of people who strongly favor 1:00 and 7:00 (or 7:30). I go to most of the nationals, but I did not go to Atlanta because of the schedule. I have a day job and even though I am on vacation while at the nationals, I have to have the mornings free to deal with business. I can be out of touch with the office part of the day, but not the entire day. The last time Atlanta hosted was the first time they did the early schedule, and I hated it. Last year at Philly, I went, but only on the weekends (driving to and from DC), again because of the schedule.

Regarding attendance, I recall that the last time DC hosted, we exceeded expected table count, and did so with the traditional 1PM - 7PM schedule.
Aug. 14, 2013
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I was the North player (dummy). First, 3S is a fairly routine law-of-total-tricks bid in this situation with exactly 3 spades and 4 or more hearts. I would have bid 2 spades with fewer than 3 spades. Second, West is not some inexperienced player with 1,000 points. I know him fairly well, and he is a well-respected player in the Washington area with over 2,700 masterpoints (and plays well above that level, based on his performance in area events). (East is also an excellent player as well who is very competitive in good fields.)

In retrospect, I wish that I had asked, even if the Committee didn't, precisely what South asked, and what East and West said at the table. My own recollection was that South asked EW if they had any agreement about the double. At the table, West was unequivocal–he said “Penalty.” East, to his credit, alerted us to the possible misinformation after the hand was over, when he made some comment about it being takeout. But I don't recall precisely what he said, so to me I am still unclear whether EW had actually discussed this auction beforehand. They are indeed a very experienced partnership and use several mid-chart conventions, in addition to multi. True, that does not mean that they necessarily had discussed defenses to multi, but certainly my partner had a reasonable basis to ask them if they had any specific agreement regarding the double. I also have to say that while I agree with John that you shouldn't interpret partner's bids based on your own holdings, I sure wouldn't make an unequivocal, unhedged response that the double was penalty, looking at the stiff King in my hand, unless I was sure. Perhaps West was sure based on the inference from the 2D-P-3S-X auction listed in the defense as takeout. But he might have been sure based on an agreement they had. It is still unclear to me whether they had discussed this specific auction previously. I do not agree with the comments of the people that everybody who plays multi knows or necessarily should know the defense thoroughly. Meckwell do in part because they have a hand in devising the official defense. The rest of us have to hand out the defenses provided on the ACBL website, not the defense that we think are correct.
July 9, 2013
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