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I think you are confusing things by calling a two-stage event with a Swiss/round-robin stage followed by a KO stage a “KO event”. It's a team event with two stages, each stage having a different format.

I have long though that VPs should be used only as a tie-breakers in W-L Swiss events, especially here in ACBL land where the norm is for non-duplication of board.

As far as three-way matches with one survivor, they should just be eliminated by CoC.
June 2
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“Amazingly”? Isn't it only 1 in 3 that two specific teams will meet in round one when there is a random draw from four teams?
June 1
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I don't see why District or Unit CoC can't conflict with ACBL CoC so long as they are published in advance, advertised, and a available at time of entry.

What seems bizarre to me is that it may be the case that ACBL does not have default CoC for all events they sanction and that directors might not follow established CoC.
May 31
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Well Ron, some lack empathy and don't even seem to try. Mediocrity all around!
May 28
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Ron, often the people who are passing on the opportunity to play against the best are the bunnies, not the bashers.

Not all bunnies–I would say very few bunnies–have the potential to hold their own against the best even if they dedicated many hours over many years to attempting to learn the game.

Many players are incapable of learning from their play against the best, the game is different at the highest level.

If you don't get a kick out of bunny bashing, why bash them for choosing not to play against the best? Appreciate that they are not spoiling your games and move on. No need to show off your self-perceived superiority by publicly bashing their choices.
May 27
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Ron, it's not a matter of what your preference is (or what my preference is). I understand your preference. It's your apparent inability to understand why someone else would have a different preference that I find sad.
May 25
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Yes, Ed. I was referring to: “And the problem, if it is one…”
May 25
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“Can't understand”? Really?
May 25
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You said “if there is a problem” but it doesn't seem to me that you have clearly indicated what you think might be the problem. What is the problem to which you are alluding?
May 24
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Jeff Bayone's club policy has likely netted the ACBL thousands of dollars.
April 29
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Let's do means testing for all entry fees (and rooms rates) regardless of age.
April 28
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@Mike Kopera, your comment is spot on, I wonder why it is that no one replied.
April 28
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Calgary Flame would like to be able to drop into the second round of the NHL playoffs.
April 28
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I'm not sure what double is (from either side). I think if both sides are making, responder will find another call. If only one side is making, it doesn't much matter. The big thing is we don't want to turn a plus on defense into a minus in 3.
April 14
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Sorry: 1NT = 15-17
April 13
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Richard, District 25 used to get “free” convention space ar hotels based upon a room block guarantee. 15 years ago or so they didn't fulfill their room block and were hit with a $5000 space fee (per contract). I don't know how the contracts are written now.
April 13
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I think @SteveMcgrahan is onto something! Platinum Rush Regionals. But, I say put the upper masterpoint limit at 7500 or 5000. Would they be popular?
April 10
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Would bridge clubs survive if their games were not ACBL sanctioned and did not qualify for masterpoints awards? I'm not saying there aren't other things for ACBL to do or that they do not overcharge for masterpoints at clubs. But, I imagine clubs would mostly go out of existence if not for masterpoints.
April 10
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XYZ
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I have been wondering about XYZ both after 1x-1y-1M and 1x-1y-1N and wonder if opener's approach to 1m-1y-1M (whether it shows 4M5m or could be 4M333 and whether opener might bypass a 4cM to rebid 1N) matters much deciding whether XYZ is appropriate in either situation.
April 9
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South passed four times and north passed once, but there are only three passes to rate.

Do you have agreements about 2D, 3D, and pass then diamonds over the double?
April 8
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