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Anybody know why the Open event is played over two years but the Women's event is played in a single year? Or am I mistaken about the format?
May 22
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When playing with screens, how long does it usually take for the tray to come back?
May 21
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Thanks for the clarification. You might add a mention in your notes. The simple method seems reasonable, but as you say, it should be possible to relay out exact shape if anyone wants to. If you do that, you might want to put the 5M-5M or better shapes all into 2NT and the shapes with a 4cM and longer OM into 2. I think I see why you didn't do that, and one would have to work out all the sequences to check the merits of one over the other.
May 21
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Does anyone think it's OK to use tempo to tell partner “I have a difficult bid,” and partner can take advantage of that?
May 20
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Interesting system. I don't see 6+-5+ MM mentioned. Is that in 2NT or elsewhere?
May 20
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The article Richard linked is interesting, but the author gives a bizarre definition of ‘entropy’.

I don't see why existing hardware RNGs don't generate truly random numbers.
May 16
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Interesting that the original attempt seems to have been unsuccessful:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Merrimac_(1894)

I'm afraid that sometimes happens at the bridge table, too.
May 14
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ACBL switched from their flawed deal generator to Big Deal not long ago. If Richard says two years, I believe him. WBF has used Big Deal far longer; I'm sure at least a decade and probably longer than that. The audit capability is relatively recent, though.

If anyone wants a hardware RNG, they are easily available and inexpensive. Search any of the usual computer supply sources.
May 14
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“Could South have been aware that this would well cause damage? Yes.”

Sorry, but along with Paul Barden below, I'm not following that. In some general sense, any irregularity could cause an opponent to go wrong, but “could well damage” needs more than that: a plausible line of reasoning connecting the irregularity to expectation of gain. At a minimum, it seems to me, South would have to have some inkling of the heart position.

If anyone can clear up the reasoning, I'd appreciate it.
May 6
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Disclosure is of partnership understandings. Even if East makes a habit of treating strong 5-c suits as six, in an infrequent partnership, West may be unaware of the tendency.
May 6
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Ray's third point is incorrect as a matter of Law. Even in case of “extremely serious error,” the OS score is adjusted when the relevant conditions exist. Tne NOS score may or may not be adjusted, depending on exact circumstances.

Failing to continue diamonds is an ordinary bridge mistake and not an “extremely serious error” in any jurisdiction I know of.
May 6
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Thanks, Adam. I was planning to comment on the other post but didn't find time. Below are some general thoughts.

It seems to me the duties of a board are to oversee 1) personnel, 2) finances, and 3) major policy decisions. My own view is that if personnel are aligned with mission, good results will follow. Therefore the board's first duty is to make sure the top-level personnel are performing their duties. Getting details such as CoC right is something the organization needs to do, but the board's primary role is to ensure that employees are taking care of core functions such as that. That doesn't mean board members can't help out, but it shouldn't be the board's job to do routine tasks.

Transparency is a great aid to evaluating performance, and lack of transparency suggests there's something to be hidden.
May 6
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I don't think the drug testing needs to stop completely, but it should be limited to drugs that plausibly might affect bridge performance.
May 5
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I was able to see the article (dated Apr 29) via a library. The basic thrust is that players are getting older, and games are getting smaller. For example, the “average” (probably really median) ACBL age has risen from 58 to 71 in the last ~20 years, and there's a photo of Chicago 1965 with 4000 “contestants” playing at once. All in all, nothing we don't already know. The news is that this is being seen by the WSJ audience.
May 3
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Another advantage to Nigel's way is that responder is likely to have at least 3 HCP. Over the strong bid, responder can usually just bid game without caring about opener's exact point count. As others have mentioned, if responder has slam interest, there's room to invite.
May 1
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Doesn't 75% mean at least one pair on each team won't be eligible to drop in? Was that your intention?
April 28
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And to that, at most 12 pairs will be added and probably half that in practice (though no one can know until it's tried). It's not exactly polluting the event as long as the carryover is fair.
April 28
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I don't see any reason you couldn't be face-to-face with one other opponent. As far as I can tell, Richard is proposing only that partners should be separated. That's not too far from what screens already do.
April 28
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It's a question for the Director to rule on. Like any ruling, it's based on bridge judgment and is appealable.
April 28
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“A reason” is that L70A includes “as equitably as possible” subject to “any doubtful point as to a claim shall be resolved against the claimer.” A line no one would ever take doesn't seem to me to constitute a doubtful point.
April 26
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