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I was told today by the travel site today that

“We are adding the Providence Marriott; which does have a complimentary shuttle to and from the NABC events.”

and

“the hotels are getting cancellations on a daily basis as players change their plans. I suggest that you check each day for cancellations.”

Too late for me as I got an airbnb. Given what seems to be limited hotel space, it seems maybe they should not let people make reservations without putting down a deposit to prevent people from reserving rooms just in case (maybe this is already the case?)
Oct. 20, 2014
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I'm curious what people's agreements are here, is partner's pass forcing? How about if you bid 2S initially? If not, what are example hands you would pass with?
Aug. 17, 2014
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Thanks for input. I agree that 3s makes sense as rebid (was a little unsure at table how partner would interpret and was trying to not take up too much space) and agree that getting to slam alone scores well (what was bad for us was not missing slam so much as playing in 5c). I would not be confident at table that partner intended 4c as cue without discussion/agreement that 3s sets trump.

Seven nt is reasonable, but needs either spades to come in or diamond finesse (or maybe qx d in W and long spades in E) whereas 7c needs very little, but maybe it is hard to find club fit and show the good spades.
July 30, 2014
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How would you bid this playing a vanilla 2/1 card? We started

1-2-2-3

With 2 not promising six. Then the wheels sort of came off with the auction continuing

3-3nt-4-4-4-5

Should 4 be an offer to play or just a cue? We thought on auction responder should bid six clubs, but that still doesn't get us to the very good grand
July 27, 2014
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I was curious why there were only seven collegiate teams in the tourney. Seemed like an inconvenient number
July 20, 2014
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May be true that meckwell don't give up a lot, but Greco/Hampson (who they just played) don't exactly hemorrhage imps.
May 18, 2014
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No love for diamond? This looks like basically the same team that won a lot of stuff except with Grue instead of gitelman
April 18, 2014
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My memory of playing in this event does not include what you guys describe. I also remember there being tournament directors you could call that would make rulings. I also don't believe there weren't even more hands where the opponents did goofy things and they lost imps as a result.

A lot of players are playing in a tournament for the first time and I agree it is a good opportunity to teach players good ethics. The posts above though seem to insinuate outright cheating (maybe I'm misreading). If this is happening, definitely, let's look into it, but I don't find the tone of the above posts helpful and question the need (and efficacy) to post this in such a widely read forum so shortly after the qualifying event occurred.
Feb. 17, 2014
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I agree, but the evidence seems murky to me. for instance it was hard for me to find anything in study cited below about the actual health effects of inhaling second hand smoke (granted I only gave it cursory read). If there is such evidence, sure lets ban them, but not just because they have the word “cigarette” in them.
Dec. 8, 2013
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You could say that about a lot of things though. Would you support a ban on people driving to acbl tournaments?
http://www.healthline.com/health-news/children-traffic-pollution-as-harmful-as-second-hand-smoke-032213

Dec. 8, 2013
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I don't have much stock in this, but it does seem to me there is a knee jerk reaction among some people that e cigarettes are “bad.” Maybe they are, but if you do a google search it is very easy to find a study that says that second hand vapor from them is not cause for concern.
http://publichealth.drexel.edu/~/media/Files/publichealth/ms08.pdf
Dec. 8, 2013
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What is the health benefit of banning EC?
Dec. 8, 2013
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What was the layout?
Sept. 8, 2013
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Yuan: I think if your methods are option a, this is not a judgment situation for you and you pass. I still think if you got a bad board it is not because of bad methods (this does not include not being 100% clear on methods). To be clear, I think it is possible that methods are,fine and no one made a bad bid, but you still get a bad board
Aug. 19, 2013
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I voted 2nt and found the poll results a little surprising. I learned a lot of the basics of bidding by reading Hardy's books, which define 2nt in this sequence as honor doubleton or three low in support. Obviously there are other ways to bid, but thought these books were reasonably wide read that there would be more in 2nt camp
Aug. 18, 2013
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I don't understand all the hemming and hawing about bad methods. Can you really not imagine a world without support doubles? Doesnt judgment matter?

I may be biased since I saw other hand, but if you guys defended 2Sx making (my guess since both of you asked about this one), I don't think bad methods were the problem (not saying I necessarily would have got this one right either)
Aug. 15, 2013
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Fair point. In any event, I like this better (more facts and less controversial imo):
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/17/arts/music/17arts-DESPITEDEATH_BRF.html?_r=0
July 13, 2013
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Sure, but you posted an article that was at best tangentially related to the matter and doesnt really add anything of substance (and from a not particularly objective source to boot it seems). There is already a thread on this subject and I really don't see the point of not just posting there. Maybe others disagree?

Edit: I understand the point you are making that not everyone loves Israel, but given the tone that other thread quickly took my personal preference would be to see people who want to talk about this to do it there unless there is some sufficiently new/interesting development etc. that others (who grew tired of other thread) might want to read. Not anything particular against you as I don't think you're being trollish (or I wouldn't bother replying)
July 13, 2013
Shawn Drenning edited this comment July 13, 2013
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This has nothing to do with bridge and not really even directly related to the Israel security issue. Did it really need its own thread?

I don't really want to see bride winners devolve to one of those forums where 90% of the threads are off topic arguments about politics, religion etc.
July 13, 2013
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