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Bid 6 & hope we don't have 2 immediate heart losers that get cashed. You also don't specify form of scoring - at mp it's usually not good to stop in 5 making when cue bids have directed the defense & others are in 4 making 6.
Aug. 30, 2017
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I'd tend toward immediate 4H, then RKC over 4S
Aug. 30, 2017
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I would have rebid 2N (J9x is a virtual spade stopper) and never 3C with a bad hand and 4-4 in the minors.
Aug. 29, 2017
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Why? Should 1H 1S generally show 5 or at least 4 and stiff H, or for convenience in rebidding later?
Aug. 29, 2017
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Rodwell is describing a system with Jacoby 2N, but gives this as an example of a hand that would have bid 1H 2C, which struck me as strange.
Aug. 29, 2017
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I'd expect a very basic discussion of 2/1 to include what catch-all bid is after 1M and a 2 level response. Either a) 2H=catchall & 2N=stoppers, extras or b) 2H=6+ hearts & 2N is catchall. Next would be question of fast arrival - a) 3H shows stronger hand than 4H or b) 3H all purpose force & 4H hand with strength in its 2 bid suits. I probably wouldn't have gotten around to discuss whether 3N is a serious or non slam try or just natural, and therefore 4D must show enough stuff that pard with spade & club controls can get us to the 5 level safely.
Aug. 29, 2017
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Approximately 1 year ago (8/9/16) I suggested changing starting times & the thread generated a variety of responses. Probably the closest to consensus answer was to leave East Coast starting times unchanged (else player from West Coast have to get up extremely early in terms of their biological clocks,) but change West Coast starting time to an earlier schedule (like the one suggested above or even 10am & 3pm.)
Aug. 29, 2017
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One step toward resolving the problem is to limit the reservation to 1 or at most 2 rooms per customer for the first month or two. It they must charge for cancellation, charge those who book multiple rooms a much larger penalty.
Aug. 28, 2017
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Why not create an event for players with ages that are even numbers. Then everyone would be eligible in alternate years?
Aug. 25, 2017
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Some other points:
1. What if cancellation fee was only charged to those who book more than 1 room?
2. The fact is that players who stay at the host hotel are to some extent subsiding the ACBL, which receives playing space, director & board rooms, etc at a reduced (or even no cost.) Thus players who stay elsewhere get a free ride on these subsidies. Perhaps it would be fairer to lower the cost at host hotel & raise session fees, so that all attendees are charged an equivalent amount.
Aug. 25, 2017
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Also no waitlist.
Aug. 25, 2017
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If they don't have the same last name, then I'd want DNA matches :)
Aug. 24, 2017
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This situation is symptomatic of the way the ACBL is run. There is a problem with cancellations, so someone decided on a solution. Other room reservation problems were not addressed. The best course of action wasn't opened up to discussion. This thread or a similar one should have occurred before any policy changes were made, and then even if a complete consensus could not be reached, the decision makers would have had a lot of input from a variety of members, including rich, poor, young, old, and even some lawyers and businessmen.
Aug. 24, 2017
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I have learned the hard way that many hotels in many states & countries will rent a room you've already paid for, if you do not check-in by some cut-off time. The easiest way to insure your room is to notify the hotel both in advance & on day 1 that you will be checking in late, and that they should not resell the room.
Aug. 24, 2017
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With Michael, Debbie & Kevin Rosenberg playing in various World Championship events, I think we see the first time that both parents and a child have been in contention simultaneously. Congratulations - what a great family effort.
Aug. 23, 2017
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Why not just institute a policy of 1 or at most two rooms per player. Then no one could block off a big chunk of rooms. Seems weird to me that the ACBL has to guarantee a certain number of rooms, yet players try to reserve early & it's all sold out.
Aug. 22, 2017
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I'd suggest the ACBL have an initial reservation period, when only rooms for the full duration (first Thursday to final Sunday) can be made. There could be a cancellation fee if one of these is cancelled. Then open reservations for odd dates. Why not favor players who plan to stay the whole time.
Aug. 21, 2017
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This is a letter I recently sent to the ACBL Bulletin:
A Fit of Peak at Dealing with OnPeak

I realize that OnPeak Travel must have been named for the fact that whenever I speak to them, I end up suffering a fit of peak. In fact, I usually end up so angry that I wonder how and why the ACBL uses them. I also end up wondering why I want to attend these tournaments. In the first half of July, before the Toronto national, I called to make a reservation for the host hotel for the San Diego national. I wanted to reserve for the entire time. I was informed that I could get a reservation for a few nights, then some nights were sold out, then I could get another night, then some sell outs, and finally I could get a reservation for the final days. Thus their suggestion has me checking in and out of hotels five times. They happily made my reservation for the available dates, but were extremely unhelpful, about what to do for the other nights. They made no offer to accommodate me at a higher rate, or at a different hotel, or to put me on a waiting list in case someone cancelled, or anything else that might provide some customer satisfaction. They made no apology for this. In fact, they were rather brusque and unpleasant.

I called today to cancel, explaining my reasons for canceling, and at least this woman had the grace to apologize. To avoid a similar future disaster, I also tried to make my reservation the next national, in Philadelphia, and was told it was too soon to make it.
Aug. 20, 2017
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Having trouble finding youth (junior) results. Does anyone have the link?
Aug. 17, 2017
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Strangely enough - these two teams (slightly different personnel) met in finals a few years back. At that time Lavazza was 4 handed & Diamond 6. Lavazza fell behind early and everyone commented they were ‘out of gas,’ then they came back to win. This time Diamond was the 4 handed team, fell behind & everyone said ‘exhaustion, out of gas,’ then they won. Not sure what this proves except that strong 4 handed teams of experienced players can produce great results. My guess in that if strong fours constitute 10% of the strong teams, then they win 10% of the matches. (I think Bart Bramley said something similar at the time.)
Aug. 2, 2017
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