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Oh, and we used to have a Bridge forum on CompuServe. I think I was one of the moderators but my memory is fuzzy. I know Anna Gudge was involved.
Sept. 23, 2014
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I played bridge online pre-internet on something called “Q-Link” circa 1986. Q-Link (a Commodore only site) closed when the owner decided there was a future in PC's and shifted his modems and equipment to his new startup, America On Line. I remember Steve Rose from Chicago being one of the players. Don't really remember the others. It took about 15 minutes to play an ordinary hand at 300 baud if it didn't crash.
Sept. 23, 2014
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I vary depending on opponents skillset. Bad players are very suspicious of claims. Conveniently they are the most likely to pitch a trick. Against weaker players I never claim with trumps out even if I have an obvious high crossruff.
Sept. 19, 2014
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Having some experience with project management I can say that Barry's post is comprehensive and accurate. The process of RFP to contract to build isn't itself rocket science (even if the project is), but the bases have to be covered at the outset. Accountability is key.
Sept. 15, 2014
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Doesn't 6 go down pretty much any time spades are 4-1 with a club tap>
Sept. 12, 2014
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This is a very interesting discussion but I find this - “Al Roth. (Insult? Yes, but I said so to his face and I don’t really think anyone should say anything good about him just because he finally did us a favor and left us).”

to be gratuitous and offensive (and totally irrelevant).

Sept. 11, 2014
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At some point (and I think the 4 level is a good one) doubles become penalty. The only thing East has that he didn't already promise is a 9+ card diamond fit - that doesn't suggest defending.
Sept. 1, 2014
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Actually if you want to go back far enough the “Summer Nationals” began with the Mixed Masters (BAM) Teams. This lent a social aspect to the tournament in those days. It was followed by the LM Pairs (Sun - Tue) and then the Spingold started on Wednesday. The big downside to this was that the Spingold continued beyond the final Sunday so that some of the best bridge was played with few witnesses (Obviously there was no BBO).
Aug. 31, 2014
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Isn't the Statue of Liberty in Las Vegas as well?
Aug. 26, 2014
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10% if I am reading it right. Although much of the description doesn't fit me at all. I certainly don't get stressed easily!

“Your personality type: ENFP (assertive variant) Strength of individual traits: Extraverted: 10%, Intuitive: 11%, Feeling: 16%, Prospecting: 13%, Assertive: 67%.”
Aug. 11, 2014
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ENFP who woulda thunk?
Aug. 11, 2014
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I tried to explain that my peers at the time and I enjoyed the challenge of playing with the big boys and girls, but noted that this is not what most lower-ranked players seem to want these days.

So the most popular events are designed to segregate by masterpoints. If one enters the event they should be willing to live with the conditions of contest. I think moving teams around will create suspicion and dissatisfaction.

I would like to see occasional “open” KO events at regionals.
Aug. 11, 2014
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There used to be a method used (may still be used) called “New England Seeding” where all of the entries were gathered and the team captains ranked all the teams except their own. This wouldn't work well with 10 brackets but if it was saved for the top two it might help. Unfortunately it is time consuming. You have to wait till the entries are in and print out press sheets for all the captains, receive and tabulate the results.
Aug. 10, 2014
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When I started to play tournament bridge one would go to a tournament where there was one (besides side games and novice events) event per day. We loved to play in KOs (they weren't that frequent) and have our asses kicked because we would always learn something.

At some point in time playing against the best (which was one of the unique joys of tournament bridge as opposed to other games and sports) stopped being the point for new players. The Sunday event was Board-a-Match and most people would go home since they had no chance and then they introduced Swiss Teams and Sunday became the big attendance day.

Then people got tired of not doing well in pair events so they invented Flights and Stratification.

But basically there is a large group of players who don't even want to play against people of significantly higher caliber so along came bracketed k/o's which are a smashing success.

We might not like it or understand it but these are the people who pay the bills for these tournaments. To me it is like the “every child gets a trophy” syndrome, but what is bridge for people if they are not entertained?

As an aside, in our District (17) if the top bracket includes teams with an average of less than 3000MPs those teams receive a handicap when playing against the regular bracket 1 teams. It is an ACBL formula, and it can run up to 1 IMP per board.

Given the attitude I have described this is what keeps these teams entered instead of walking away because they have “no chance”. At least this way they have a small chance.
Aug. 10, 2014
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Like almost everybody, I feel that masterpoints are a poor way to seed. However given the conditions, is it fair to bump a team up on request - knowing that another team that rightfully should be in that bracket is being demoted to another? That doesn't seem right.

JoAnna brings up a good point about foreign players. Now that we virtually force foreign players into ACBL membership let me suggest that members of another NBO when applying for ACBL membership should submit a CV showing their MPs from their original NBO as well as national and international championships. The league should use a formula to assign a number of masterpoints to those accomplishments. The player wouldn't actually receive the points but they would be used for calculation purposes such as this.
Aug. 10, 2014
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Not at all Nick. I think it is ingenious. You have wallets instead of boards and pads instead of bidding boxes. Think about shipping all this stuff. You have about 1/8 as much to ship given the same # of tables as an ACBL tournament. The price we pay (other than increased shipping cost) is fewer boards available to pre-duplicate. The benefit is the “comfort” of boards and bid boxes. As I said I am sure this isn't the whole difference, but it must be a factor.
Aug. 9, 2014
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“I cannot recall any event of a reasonable size in Australia doing without duplicated boards in the last 20 years. ”

This may be a logistical issue more than a tech issue. In North America we use boards, in Australia they use wallets which are much more portable. Assuming you are preduping for the entire (say) 8 matches, you would need a LOT of boards. Boards take up a lot of space.

I might be wrong about this but I do think it is a factor.
Aug. 8, 2014
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It was. I think it was well received.
Aug. 8, 2014
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Well we beat the system. I have a wireless “hotspot” on my phone and we bought some Starbucks K-Cups at Von's. The hotel staff (what few they were) were all polite and helpful. We had a good time, although I would not go back to a “Westgate” facility on principle.
Aug. 6, 2014
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The LVH or whatever it's called this week had a $18 resort fee that was cleverly negotiated away. It included internet. Since we weren't paying the fee the hotel decided to charge $13.99 for internet connections. But wait, there's more. Usually when a hotel provides internet for a fee, paying the fee allows you to use several devices registered to your room (ie: a laptop and a tablet). This was different. This charge was per device. This wasn't even the worst thing they did. Don't get me started on the in-room coffee…
Aug. 6, 2014
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