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If the comment would have been made respectfully, I might agree, but the way it was phrased was insulting to Fu/Li
22 hours ago
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All good points, Richard. I was trying to get an idea if the objection was ACBL specific or just resistance to doing things in a new way. I know it took a lot to convince my mother to stop sending checks in the mail (which at least to me seems like one of the least secure ways of sending money to someone) . . .

Without knowing many details, this “Live for Clubs” initiative seems like a good one, so I'm hoping any concerns are assuaged (and if people view this project negatively, I'd be curious to hear why).
Dec. 3
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Would you using something like Venmo/Paypal etc. each month to pay the ACBL? How is payment currently being done that is more secure? Is the issue that you specifically do not trust the ACBL with your information or do you not leave your credit card on file with anyone (for instance, I have payment information of some form on file with probably 25-50 or more merchants/service providers, so likely would not be bothered to give mine to the ACBL)?
Dec. 3
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“I should perhaps have bid 6♣ but 6NT worked out well.”

You missed a really good 7 so worked out well seems like an overbid (not saying I would get to 7C at table).

Is natural the best use of 4NT after partner cooperates with a slam try (even with your methods, is it a wise bid?)?
Dec. 1
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The randomness is part of what makes it fun!
Nov. 27
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I really enjoyed listening to this.

I was curious about the Mars Rover promotion and found this about it on snopes (I didn't doubt the story, that's just what came up): https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/shrimp-ahoy/

I had seen the famous Helgemo hand where he plays AK64 opposite 972 for three tricks and get why the play is necessary, but how did he figure out to play for this rather than 33 spades? Was there information from the bidding? Did the defender cover the spade 9 on the second round?
Nov. 24
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Sure, I can play in open pairs and go to NABCs. A/X Swiss is relatively uncommon though (but I can ask players with more points to play).

So yes, overall I can play enough “good” bridge to keep me coming back, but why should it be so difficult? The ACBL purports to want to attract younger players to the game. Even if it is successful though, if some people's attitude (not to pick too much on Sabrina) is that even if they get good, until they've spent enough time and money to “earn” it, the ACBL will make it hard for them to play against their peers, how many players will be lost because of this?

I prefer playing teams to pairs. Why should the status quo be that I either crush a low bracket or beg to be in a high bracket (and depending on teammates/the field etc. be overmatched)? Why not try to make it easier for players to play against other players of approximately the same skill? I think if a rating system could achieve this it would make everyone happier.

Fortunately for me I'm starting to accumulate enough points where this is becoming less of a problem, but I think it is essential that the ACBL solve this problem if it is serious about attracting younger players (and I imagine this could be an issue for newer, but talented/serious older players too)
Nov. 18
Shawn Drenning edited this comment Nov. 18
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“but are unable or unwilling to put their butts in the seat to earn the MP necessary to guarantee a top bracket position.”

It's expensive and time-consuming to grind out this many master points. I play what I would consider a lot of bridge (for someone who works full-time) and I have only accumulated (not counting online points) roughly 300 points this year. At that rate, I would have to play for 15-20 years (or longer) to be eligible for one of the higher brackets at most regionals (assuming I found teammates with the same number of masterpoints). Why should I have to wait that long?

I play a fair amount of “bad” club bridge because I enjoy the game (and the social aspect), but even that I'm starting to get frustrated with and considering scaling back. I'm definitely not interested in spending my time and money to travel to tournaments to play low-level bridge and that has nothing to do with my ego. There are other hobbies I enjoy and if the ACBL does not want to try accommodate me I'll do something else with my time.
Nov. 17
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That makes sense. My point was that it seems common to go through a forcing NT to make a three card limit raise and it has never made sense to me how a hand with shortness (and here a decent five card side suit!) can make the same raise as a balance hand with the same (or slightly more) HCP. Maybe I should have asked how you would bid with A107 J873 AJ62 Q6 (to take you out of your simple raise range)?
Nov. 14
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What would you bid with (say) AT7 J873 A652 Qx (playing light openers) out of curiosity?
Nov. 13
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The demographics for regionals are probably a little different than for NABCs, but my experience has been that when regionals have pairs events where there are three sessions and you can pick which two to play in that the night attendance is a fraction of the attendance for the other sessions. If there is a strong demand for all the start times, the ACBL could try running some NABC events like this (and if some sessions had higher attendance than others that would be better evidence of what people actually prefer than then anecdotal evidence in threads like this)
Nov. 12
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This is why I've become such good friends with GIB. I wish my local live club would let me partner with him.
Nov. 11
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“People who work also find 10 and 3 more costly (many manage 1/2 day vacations for 1 and 7:30)”

Personally I would find working a half day and then playing bridge until 11:00 or later to be really grueling, but I suppose this works for some.

As someone who works (and is usually in the office by 7:30 or so) I already find a 10:00am start to be plenty late and I've never understood objections that this is too early (but I know others disagree)

While I would prefer a earlier start anyway, another factor for me is that a 7:30 PM start time is incompatible with getting a nice dinner with my non-bridge playing wife, which means she (and a result me since I have limited vacation) is much less likely to attend a tournament with a 1/7:30 start.
Nov. 11
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I would prefer partner not pass it, but 2 still seems reasonable (if not perfect) even if it's not a fit jump
Nov. 11
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In general, if double shows two cards in their suit, how do you reopen with shortness and the values to compete (but not force)? More specifically, what are your rules for when a new suit in a situation like this is forcing versus just competitive?
Nov. 3
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“I try never to lie to partner about my suit length in a preempt”

My partners would not expect me to have a seven card suit here
Nov. 1
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You aren't playing 3NT is natural though. If my partner bid 4H and my agreement were natural I would have no idea what was going on, but if my partner bid 4H and I had forgotten my agreement that 3NT shows some hearts then I think there is a very good chance I would work out what is going on even behind screens.
Oct. 28
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Fair enough, I guess at this vulnerability your holding will usually actually be a stopper (assuming RHO has no entry) at least.
Oct. 28
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3D is gf
Oct. 27
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“I don't know the OP, but he seems to be young and eager to learn, and is asking a serious question about an auction that clearly went off the rails”

He also is a player who offers his services as a bridge professional, so I think he is experienced enough to handle a *little* snark.

I try not to post hands like this because I do not think they are particularly instructive, but when I misjudge I would not be (am not) offended by a little good-natured teasing.
Oct. 27
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