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>I personally choose not to psych at club games
> because I've seen the effect it has on people who
> don't understand psychs and come to the wrong
> conclusions about how to handle them.
>I don't lecture anyone on the topic

Barry, in this very thread you have disparaged both the skills and the ethics of players who chose legal approaches to the game that are different than yours. I believe that the quote went something like

> I take pride in the fact that I don't need to make psychs
> or bids that fool the weaker players to win a club game.
Jan. 20
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Yes

But the issue at hand is that at the point in time when ACBL registrations opened up

1. There were far too few rooms available to meet demand
2. The cost of procuring alternative housing had (most likely) increased

Had the ACBL provided better advanced notice that this would be a problem, members would have been better positioned to protect themselves against a likely shortfall
Jan. 20
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> So what would you have the ACBL do?
> Not go to Montreal?

How about anticipating that there would be a problem and provide the membership with advanced notice so they could protect themselves?
Jan. 20
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Because bridge is a game governed by rules

If you are breaking the rules, you should be corrected, both because you do not deserve to benefit on this occasion and so you will better understand the rules in the future
Jan. 20
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At one point in time, I THOUGHT that BBO had support for minibridge, however, I can't find this in the newer version
Jan. 20
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David,

Earlier in this thread, Barry talked about going and warning players from his club that tournament players might psych. I think that there is something profoundly wrong if novice players are being deliberately shielded from legal parts of the game. I consider it even more problematic if they are being taught that legal strategies are in someway unethical. (And, given the amount of shade that Barry has been throwing, I have little doubt that that his “warnings” to the new players highly biased)

Simply put, I think that it would be a hell of a lot better for all if psychs were treated just the same as any other bidding treatment.

“Some people like five card majors, others like four card majors. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. People decide how they want to play”

“Some people like strong notrumps, others like weak notrumps. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. People decide how they want to play”

“Some people like pscyh, others prefer not to. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. People decide how they want to play”
Jan. 20
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> Richard, you have no right to judge those
> people by your own standards.

When my standards are “the rules of the game” and they claim to be playing “bridge”…
Yes, I very much do have the right to judge.

FWIW, my issue isn't so much with the novices who are being mis taught as with more experienced players who are leading them astray.
Jan. 20
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> But as I've seen here over and over, players who
> psych are violently opposed to having them all
> recorded. I can't imagine why.

Because we're the ones who will bear the costs of defending ourselves against idiots playing with their new toy…

But I'll tell you what… As soon as the ACBL starts handing out penalties for folks who raise stupid complaints, well, I'll probably change my opinion.
Jan. 19
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Do any of the players in this club ever leave Shangri La?

My objection is not necessarily that this is a totalitarian state, but rather, the players are in for a rude awakening if they ever want to actually play bridge…

I personally don't worry much about pairs whose sense of the game is so fragile that a single psych is sufficient to drive them from the game. If they weren't going to quit over this, it would have have something else a couple weeks down the road…
Jan. 19
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> It's difficult for Flight A opponents to keep up with
> all the latest ACBL regulations. Expecting Flight C
> opponents to do so is unreasonable in my view.

I suspect that handing down a score adjustment would be a useful incentive to encourage players to learn the rules of the game.

The players in question are competing in a game of skill.
They broke the rules.
There should be consequences.
Jan. 19
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I'm not sure that there is a “very good” solution to these problems.

There are a whole bunch of different things that different folks are optimizing for. Almost by definition, I think that whatever solution that is arrived at is going to make some people unhappy.

I think that the best thing that can be done is to provide radical transparency regarding the contracts that the ACBL has signed as to provide members with the opportunity to make informed decisions and to optimize their own responses.

For example, the ACBL Fall Nationals will be taking place in Tampa.

The ACBL should (immediately) publish the following pieces of information

1. The number of (non local) attendees that the ACBL projects will be attending
2. The list of host hotels that the ACBL has selected
3. The total number of rooms that are available in these hotels
4. The size of the room blocks that the ACBL had contracted with the various hotels
5. The prices that will be charged for different classes of rooms

In turn, this will allow players to estimate whether there is a real risk that the hotels will immediately run out of space as happened a couple days back and take steps to protect themselves.

In a similar vein, it would be interesting to understand precisely what happened in Montreal. In particular, how many rooms did the ACBL believe would be required and what was the total size of the room blocks that the ACBL contracted for?

In addition, the ACBL membership was told that the ACBL re-negotiated its contracts with host hotels to try to minimize a repeat of the Hawaii debacle a couple years back. Did this result in a decrease in the number of rooms that the ACBL reserved?

As I said originally, I'm not sure whether there is any kind of perfect solution, however, however, I think that the chances of ending up with anything that is even adequate drops dramatically if these types of details are hidden from the membership. Moreover, I would question the management of any organization that was hiding these details from its membership.
Jan. 19
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The ban on opening 1NT with a small singleton is a stupid rule, but its a rule none-the-less.

If you break said rule, you should be prepared to have the book thrown at you.
Jan. 19
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Peg, its possible to use Google to restrict your searches to a specific site or set of web pages

https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-do-a-google-site-search

Note: This presumes that the content is stored as a web page rather than, say, a PDF.

If you're playing around with PDFs or Documents, GREP is your friend
Jan. 19
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> So what do you recommend for those wanting to
> play in the GNT if they in their district, but won't
> know whether or not they qualify until May?

Book an AirB&B today
If you fail to qualify, cancel
Jan. 19
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The event in question is called Worldcon

Individual Worldcons are “branded”. The Worldcon that is scheduled to take place in Washington DC is being called DisCon. The event that is taking place this year in New Zealand is called CoNZealand.

You normally have between 4.K –> 6K people attending an event.

These days, the events run for roughly a week

The current entry fee to attend the entire event in New Zealand is roughly $300 USD. (WorldCon uses a sliding scale. The earlier you purchase a ticket, the cheaper it is). There are options to purchase day passes and the like.

Each WorldCon features a vote to select the location for the WorldCon that will be held two years hence. (Various teams compete for the right to host the future event) So in Dublin, in 2019, folks choose Washington DC as the location for the 2021 event.
Jan. 18
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> What does matter is that a stopperless 1NT overcall
> has the same effect as a psych on an inexperienced
> player who doesn't know such a thing exists.

Learning new things is very much part of playing a game of skill

> I've talked to many such players about how
> they respond to unpleasant surprises

Why do you frame this as “an unpleasant surprise” when, in many cases overcalling 1NT without a stopper is a perfectly valid choice of bids. Please reference the following bidding poll where an overwhelming majority of players are choosing to overcall 1NT without a minor suit stopper.

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-9x13qr32da/

> and at least half jump to the conclusion that they can and
> should do the same thing. If a stronger player does it, it must
> be okay.

Great! Your players are capable of learning.

FWIW, I probably wouldn't choose a 1NT overcall with this particular hand. I think that I prefer 1 and maybe even double. But, this sure as hell isn't something that I am going to get worked up over.
Jan. 18
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FWIW, I posted the following hand as a bidding problem, asking what folks would do following a 1 opening to their right

AT
KQ83
AQJ8
872

With 40 people answering, 22 chose a 1NT overcall.
The next most popular bid (pass) was chosen by 11 people

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-9x13qr32da/

The reason that I bring this up is it would appear that overcalling 1NT without a minor suit stopper isn't necessarily “that player's ‘weird bidding system’ ”, but rather, perfectly normal bidding.
Jan. 18
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> I see worldcon or discon has an event at the sheraton
> wardman park in Washington DC aug 25-29, but I can
> not find a program to give me a room rate for the
> event. https://discon3.org/

Did you check what year Discon is taking place?
Jan. 18
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> You wrote aggressive critical words with no hope of
> improving the situation — outwardly sounding ego
> driven comments — apparently wanting to appear
> knowledgeable — but demonstrating ignorance.

And here, I thought that I was offering a good constructive solution

1. Don't trust the ACBL with respect to room reservations
2. Book your own rooms in advance (potentially with cancellation clauses)
3. Treat the ACBL's room offers as an option

It's the same advice that I have been giving people for years.

> For one thing, many did not know they were
> ”planning to go months ago” … and many players
> want only to stay at a host hotel … what kind
> of a comment is that? A person with children
> (grown children are uncontrollable, have
> you noticed?) is an idiot for not scheduling
> their vacation months in advance —
> before their family makes plans?

Then take advantage of a cancellation clause. You won't get quite as good a deal, but I'm guessing that you'll still be a whole lot better off

But, I can't help but note once again that five minutes search this AM shows a bunch of well reviewed hotels as close as or closer to the convention center at very attractive prices. If you are willing to use Air B&B, you can save an enormous amount.
Jan. 18
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