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Thanks for the insights folks. BTW, I neglected to add that our opponents, both GLM, alerted the 2 and stated that it was frequently made on 5 pieces and often with minimum hcp.

FYI, at the table I bid 4 and p, after tanking for a bit, passed. Not only was 7 cold, 6 was bid and made the other table. P hand was KXXXX, Axxx, Kx, AKx.

At the table, my thinking was: does 4 promise 4? Will I bid over 4 since I have 3 card supportt? Should I give p a choice of majors when I have 6s? No doubt if my majors were 4/4 or 4/5 I would bid 4, but at what point do I show a preference for one major over another? I thought with 3 extra s I should show the suit. P thought 4 was sign off (new partnership).

Ah bridge, live and learn.
Sept. 2
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They are not easy to find, even when opps are NOT preempting!
Aug. 24
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I had a car for 2 days in Vegas, and parked it (for free) in Planet Hollywood (just as the daily bulletin suggested). Yes, it was quite a walk from the parking lot to the playing area (@25 minutes – for me) but parking was convenient and the there was no cost. The free parking afforded me the opportunity to see the Miracle Mile shops and discover that there were inexpensive options for dining in Las Vegas. (too bad I didn't rent a car earlier).

In any event, the parking rate has been disclosed very early for San Fransisco. I doubt that those staying at the host hotel will have need of a car (and if they do have need, I doubt that the cost of parking will preclude them from making the choice to have a car.) For locals, not only is there BART (and/or Uber and Lyft), but also, I am confident that those locals might be able to find more affordable parking rates in the general vicinity of the playing site.

I agree that parking at the host site is prohibitively expensive (for me), but I don't think it will be a factor in overall attendance. I plan on attending…and not bringing a car!

Should the ACBL plan to hold tournaments in only areas that are inexpensive? I hope not. There are too many good places that it would miss out on. Should the ACBL be cognizant of the costs when selecting a location? I think Hawaii proved to all who were listening that costs matter. In the scheme of things, the price obtained for the host hotel in San Fransisco is very reasonable for a major metropolitan area. In my opinion, the ACBL did the right thing in alerting folks to the major costs involved regarding parking. Forewarned is forearmed .
Aug. 23
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Happy birthday Steve!
Aug. 23
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Ironically, if I were playing 2/1, I would have voted for 3 – putting max pressure on opps and ready to beg forgiveness from partner. :)
Aug. 23
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Are you positive, at trick 3, that the contract makes or breaks on a finesse? So many times I have seen someone take an unnecessary finesse when a squeeze or end play would work so much better….and without the downside of the finesse losing.
Aug. 22
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I'm not sure what the X of 3 means. In any event, I've already told my p I have at least 5s. A 3nt bid will tell that we have game values in light of the 2nt opening. 3nt does not promise a stopper. Why not put us in game and let P decide whether 4 or 3nt is better?
Aug. 5
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Interesting idea! I'd suggest 6000 MP as the eligibility cut off only because it coincides with the MP limit in 3 different events already on the calendar (mini-blues, GNT and Bruce LM). I am not sure how the 6000 MP was selected, but since it has been, I see no reason to reduce the eligibility for this proposed event.
Aug. 5
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One problem with designing a tournament for the B/C player for the Spring National is determining who is eligible and for what fight. Currently, eligibility for the NAP is determined by a member's master point holding as of the computer run in May of the previous year. Thus, e.g., although a member may be under 2500 as of May 2019 computer run to participate in the NAP, it is not difficult to imagine that the same person would not be under 2500 as of the March 2020 computer run when the event would likely be scheduled.

If the event is not limited to only those participating in the NAP, it has been the practice to establish eligibility for an event by the MP cycle just before the event. If the goal is to get those participating in the NAP to come early, one must design an event for which they are eligible. Further the event should also encourage those not participating in the NAP who might like a more limited event.
Aug. 4
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@Ray, you are correct in that I was not aware of my eating options because I did not pick up the registration pamphlet until day 10 of my stay. I note that I had checked on the eating options on the NABC website before my arrival … and nothing was available (I had also checked on yelp and trip advisor but did not seriously study the options) Since I have pulmonary hypertension, I do not often look for options that include too much walking. It is interesting to note that the close eating options are not too close. (Indeed, the close options are at the limit of my walking limit – I don't mind walking 30 minutes….but anything outside of the Cosmo was at LEAST a 30m minute walk for me –if I were going and to get back.

I do note that the rooms at the Cosmo were excellent. And had I obtained a roommate to split the expense with, it would have made the best choice. However, the ACBL does not provide an easy mechanism to find a roommate. As someone who has only been going to NABCs since late 2014, I have not found it easy to find someone to share a room with (as ONLY a roommate). Should this change, I am sure my view often cost of host hotels would too :).
July 31
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I agree with Shawn, while Vegas will not be on my avoid list, it will not be a tournament that I will actively seek out, especially if it remains at the Cosmopolitan. How I wish I had allocated only 5 days there and the whole 10+ days at the NABC in Memphis. (note to self: do not make the same mistake twice!) BTW, I did not stay at the Cosmo; I stayed at a casino about 1.8 miles away (@$10 Uber ride, including tip). Much to my regret, I did not eat outside of the Cosmo till day 10 of my stay; I just did not know that there were many options that were within walking distance. While I found the food quality good at the Cosmo, the value was non-existent. Quite frankly, I find it offensive to pay $5.00 for a non-refillable fountain drink. On the flip side, the best meal I had in Vegas was at Jaleo at the Cosmo. Excellent quality tapas, decently priced, but only good if eating with a group of 4+ folks to sample the varying tastes.

With 107 degrees outside, I found myself shivering during most of the play. What's with the 50 degree playing areas? The lighting in the various venues was hit or miss. I am someone who has difficulty seeing in dim lighting; a few sessions I played in were difficult for me to distinguish the cards because of the lighting. I did, however, like the light globes and am planning to suggest them in my district for tournament site with poor lighting.

I am chagrined to report that Las Vegas has excellent emergency care. A hematoma I received on my knee after falling up the escalator was diagnosed quickly and treated with equal dispatch.

In all, it was an okay location, but given that the ACBL holds only 3 NABC's a year, okay is not good enough. I don't mind paying more, if I am given value for my dollars. I don't feel that the Cosmo provided value for $$$ spent.
July 31
Sabrina Miles edited this comment July 31
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Yes to both! It seems intrusive. Hopefully such measures were utilized only to the men’s room. Perhaps there was notice of potential photography?
July 13
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Assuming I had a valid reason to bid 4 the last round, my cards have not changed. I told p I was not interested in slam with a 4 bid. If p wants to explore further, I'd suggest that he take the lead and do so. A bid of 5 is not taking over the captaincy and doing so – it is a weak nilly way of saying I don't know what to do.
July 7
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Isn't this hand made for the textbook definition of a mini-splinter?
July 7
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What is the 5 response? (3014)? I thought that an even number of keycards with an unspecified void would respond 5NT. In any event, if p is asking about keycards, N cannot sign off less than 6.
June 30
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The 8 board robot tourneys on BBO are NOT ACBL sanctioned.
June 17
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My initial thought was that dummy was putting the cards on the table and asked about the contract so as to put the trump suit on the far left. However, the question asked about “during the play of the hand.” Accordingly, dummy has already been placed on the table, trump suit has already been placed on the left, and dummy has no reason to inquire further.
June 8
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@Mike….I know…I know…that the sponsors of the open trials pay more…and money talks louder?
May 30
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@Shailesh really? You lost to the team and now you think you “deserve” to win? Boy, bye.
May 30
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@Mike since team A has already beaten team B, where would you prefer to send my winnings?
May 30
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