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Yeah, I had thought that doubling would emphasize diamonds too and was surprised that many seemed to disagree with me.
Aug. 13
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How would you play a double of 2 here versus passing and then doubling 2?

I think people are more likely to abstain when they hate their choice in problem. Here most have no problem with pass, so they vote for it even if they do not like passing 2?
Aug. 13
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Typically undiscussed, I would assume it is “standard” for 2S - 3C; 3M to show shortness, so absent an explicit agreement, I would be worried partner and I are not on the same page if I bid 3D intending it as showing 65.
Aug. 11
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Sarah: I'm curious what your response would be if the director were a highly desirable (whatever that means to you) man in his early 20s? That is, is your primary objection that a bridge director is (possibly) hitting on your daughter or that an older man is (possibly) hitting on your daughter?
Aug. 10
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I agree that from afar this behavior looks creepy and I believe that women (especially younger women) put up with way more unsolicited (and often inappropriate) internet attention than men, so I understand why it is a sensitive subject. However, I do think a facebook friend request is fairly innocuous and regardless of how inappropriate it is or is not, maybe if he backed off after she denied the request, this is a matter that could be handled privately?
Aug. 10
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I agree that respect needs to be earned, but personally I try (not always successfully) to be civil even to those I do not respect. I can imagine myself making a similar comment, but it would not be something I would be particularly proud of . . .
Aug. 8
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Sure, I guess in part the point was to see what people play after this continuation.

At the table the agreements were to bid naturally after 2, but we had not specifically discussed whether bidding over 3 should create a force and whether bidding 3/3 show real suits.

I admit to being a little surprised at the 3 bidders. At the table I also wanted to get to 3NT opposite x Qxx xx AKJxxx, but I thought the bid to do that was 3 not 3.
Aug. 8
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What would you bid if you had (say) AKJ107 KJx x Q10xx? I had thought that bidding 3 would be naturalish with uncertainty about diamonds and that bidding 3 would be naturalish with uncertainty about hearts.
Aug. 8
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“My teammate is 15 years old.”

I do not really think that's a very good excuse.
Aug. 8
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If W actually had clubs and had never been discussed the meaning of 2 with this partner should she still explain before the opening lead that she might have majors?

An similar example that has come up a few times for me is playing 14+ - 17 1NT openings my partner announces 15 - 17. I never feel great about correcting the explanation when I hold 17.
Aug. 7
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Maybe you consider this auction different (and this is ACBL not EBU), but recently we had the auction 1m - 2m - 2H with 2m showing the majors and 2H showing clubs with good values. The opponents called the director after the auction because 2H was not alerted and argued they might have bid differently had they known it was not natural. The ruling we received in ACBL land was that cuebids are not alertable and that this applied here.
Aug. 7
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Another consideration in support of the 10:30/3:30 schedule is that at least for me it is much more conducive to bringing a non-bridge playing spouse. My wife will come to an interesting NABC location if we can get a nice dinner each night with no rush to get back and play bridge. With the 1:00/7:30 schedule she is much less likely to want to come (which having limited vacation means I'm much less likely to attend).

I get that some people like to sleep in, but as someone who gets up for work at 6:30 every morning a 10:30 start DOES feel like sleeping in (but I know this topic has been beaten to death).
Aug. 2
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I'll believe you if you tell me this is against the rules. I contend it is in the spirit of full disclosure though. From the ACBL website (https://www.acbl.org/conduct-and-ethics/active-ethics/#Disclosure)

“The philosophy of active ethics tells us that winners should be determined solely by skill, flair and normal playing luck. Actively ethical partnerships take pains to ensure that their opponents are fully informed.

A major tenet of active ethics is the principle of full disclosure. This means that all information available to your partnership must be made available to your opponents.”
Aug. 1
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“they were wrong about the original 2♦ that wasn't alerted and doesn't require one”

Even if there were not a failure to alert later, I would not feel great about gaining because a bid I made has an unexpected meaning that causes opponents to go wrong even if it is their fault for not asking (I'm not sure what rules state, but I would be inclined to alert and accept consequences if partner forgot agreement) . Given there WAS a failure to alert later and it made it more difficult for opponents to know what was going on, I definitely would not want to gain. Even if you think they are making excuses, your side prevented them from having the opportunity to make the right decision with complete information by not following proper procedure, so I do not really see what basis you have for being upset.
Aug. 1
Shawn Drenning edited this comment Aug. 1
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Overall, my interactions with the directing staff are positive. Maybe yours are not, but even if you cannot think of anything positive to say about them (which may say more about you than them), there are more constructive ways to offer criticism.
July 30
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Sure, but they're also human beings doing a frequently thankless job for probably not a huge salary (I have no idea what they make). Maybe there is a more constructive way to complain about their (perceived) shortcomings than statements like “I can not
believe how bad the Directors are” etc.?
July 30
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I do not really like the ragging on the directors. I suspect a lot of the issues are to some degree beyond their control and it's not like the extra money from the card fees is going into their pockets.
July 30
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Of the four teams in the semi-finals, which pairs were playing “vastly different bidding systems” that gave them a huge advantage? I felt like I mostly could follow what was happening on the hands I watched.

Personally, I think having more top foreign players makes the events better and more interesting (but I'm unlikely to be in the running to win an NABC+ event regardless of the number of foreign players entered)
July 29
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When partner passed, I do not think reasonably he can expect you to balance with the weak NT hand with three in their suit
July 28
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I'm not sure I qualify as “younger” folk (I'm young by ACBL standards), but I find Vegas gross and overpriced and would definitely not actively seek out a tournament here in the future. I do not speak for others of course, but I'm not sure the type of people attracted to a game like bridge necessarily like the kind of action and excitement Vegas offers. If there are other reasons to hold tournaments here, fine, but I do not think attracting younger folks is necessarily one of them.
July 25
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