I believe the screen surcharge went away when they raised the NABC+ entries to $25/session. One argument made in favor of those changes was to spread out the burden of the screen surcharge among all NABC+ players -- not just those that survive until the later stages of events, when ...
Looks to me like a Heart lead defeats 6S, but others lead to the contract making.
On a Diamond lead, play Diamond Ace, Club Ace, Spade Queen (helps in unblocking). Best defense is to duck the first Spade. Then Declarer should ruff two Clubs in dummy, using one Diamond and ...
Congratulations on the nice win! It's great to see Bill Gates enjoying bridge, and doing well. It's always been the hope of many, that Bill's participation will inspire many non-players to try out our fine game.
The proposed wording would seem to allow a player to miss the entire first stage, then play the entire second stage. That goes beyond the stated intention to allow one to miss simply the first day of a 1.5 day stage.
Question: Does the new chart allow Weak-Two Bids on 4-card suits? (Current Mid-Chart allows the bids, but bans any conventional responses, I believe.)
As I decipher things on the new chart, such a weak-2 is not "natural" but it is legal. And, there are no restrictions on responses.