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Hi Dave,

I get your irritation but bridge is an eternally imperfect game. For example, a regular partnership knows some of the ramifications between a 3-second hitch and a 10-second hitch in certain auctions. What to do?

I agree with Ai-Tai that either a warning or a modest procedural penalty should have been assessed. Nothing more.

As for your auction, however you play a 3c bid over 1s (I play fit, most would play a natural force as I assume you and Anne would), it cannot be a terrible follow up.

Tell those Iowa farmers to reduce the level of cow farts! It is compromising all of us. Best, Rick
Aug. 8
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Way to go, guys! Just more evidence that the games in Ann Arbor 50 years ago were tough!
July 29
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Thanks to you (and BBO) for such an exciting match!! Being quarantined with a sick cat in San Diego, this made the weekend (and especially Sunday) go by more pleasantly.

Congrats!
July 22
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Hey, Chris

Thanks for posting. First time I knew that you had standards. “) ”) :)
July 19
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Obviously, Fred's contributions to the game are clearly beyond calculation. Almost as impressive to me is that he combined expertise, class and kindness at the bridge table.
July 18
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Art, I agree with all your points but one.

I like the idea of multiple flights (how many is certainly open to debate). Multiple flights should immediately eliminate any thought of handicapping. No ideal way to handicap in any event.
June 22
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Avon always keeps it real!
June 18
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Hi Ellis,

In a 3-team final, I, too, am opposed to having one team being excused after the results of only 30 boards. That is one reason why I think some percentage of carryover from previous day head-to-head is important. But, as I said before, I was just trying to touch all bases and was not endorsing the idea of a 3-team final.
June 18
Rick Roeder edited this comment June 18
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I want to be clear. I am in NO way an advocate of 3-team final days. However, a District may have some reason, relatively unique to its District, to do so.

One of the prime objectives of any format should be to maximize the incentive for “full effort.” I view the appearance of integrity of an event as almost as important as the actual integrity itself.
June 18
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Not only did Mark not got any comment from a D22 member, explaining the D22 email, none of his teammates did either.

Will not rehash my extreme disappointment in no member of our team getting proactive communication from either the tournament director or tournament organizer after the initial change in the designation of the winning team.
June 14
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Ray's question is a good one: Why a 3-way at all? Of the 1,300 comments, there is one element that I did not bring forward or that nobody else has commented on:

The one word answer to Ray's question: Masterpoints. All 3 teams get overall awards. In a 7-team event, with 4 teams playing on the final day, one team leaves without an overall award. What I heard thru the grapevine is that the format was changed from 2018 because the 4th place team was upset it did not receive an overall award (that part is hearsay since I did not participated in the 2018 GNT)

However, it might be a touch more complex than that. Here is an interesting tidbit: The tournament organizer was not just an organizer. He also had a team in the Open. If one rated the teams based on previous track record, his team likely would have been rated the 3rd or 4th best team in the event. Interesting?
June 14
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Are there any good historians of ACBL tournaments paying attention to this thread? I believe there is truth when I say that this was the first “stealth victory point” event held in ACBL history – but if I am wrong, happy to be corrected.
June 11
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Actually, TWO members of the “second winning team” made posts in my initial thread and were encouraged to do so by yours truly
June 11
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Ira, you have always been a funny man! How did Houston go?
June 10
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Hi everybody,

I have been quite silent on this thread. For good reason: On the previous thread, I said so much I felt like some Senate member conducting a filibuster. Initially, I thought I had said it all – and then some.

Upon reflection, I realize I have not. I am very appreciative of many of the posts – deeply so. When I see these posters at the next tournament I attend, there will be a sense of affection and closeness toward them that I did not previously have. I will greet each of them accordingly.

For me this social element is very, very important. As much as I thrive on the competition, many of my best friends in life are bridge players. I lament that the social element in tournament bridge in the USA has diminished over past decades.

Yesterday, I played in the first day of Open Pairs in the Corsican Bridge Festival. After the game, most stayed and socialized with each other. You had to pay a very modest amount of Euros for food and drink. The post-game scene felt good, even though I was challenged to mingle with my marginal French and heavy “American” accent.

Thanks again, Rick

PS - Do not get me wrong. I am very competitive. Going into the final day of the Open, Liliane and I stand 3rd, 2% behind Michel Bessis and Alain Levy. Would love to win today and get some of the stench of the GNT further behind me!
June 8
Rick Roeder edited this comment June 9
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Finn, I love you but I do not think you should speak for the entire team in that regard. Getting a lawyer would be nobody's first choice.
June 7
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Khokan and Jack, “For What's It's Worth” is really a good one for multiple reasons. In my humble opinion, Buffalo Springfield might be the most underrated group of the past 50 years. Second, since Neil Young was a member of Buffalo Springfield, we can circle back to Bart Bramley characterizing this debacle with Neil's “F***ed Up”
June 7
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To my young teammate, Finn:

You know I love humor: When you said a “2-team format which is just a KO match, hopefully not converted to VPs,” I had a great laugh!!
June 7
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Richard, a negative redouble would need to be alerted. There was no alert.

Personally, Phil, if I had put myself in a box with the initial pass in 2nd seat(he did not fully account for the fact that his LHO is either creative or insane, depending on point of view), I might have angled for No Trump. Hence, I have no sneaking admiration for 2 clubs as it sounds like suits are breaking pretty badly.
June 7
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Corrected, Dale. Thanks
June 7
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