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Steve Willner
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Member Since
June 14, 2013
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Dec. 6
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Live and play in Boston area.

United States of America

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A "strong" 2C ruling in SB's favour
I thought opening 2 was legal on almost anything. What's the rule on that? Disclosure is a different matter. If "strong" isn't the agreement, why not alert and explain if asked?
Why use Neuberg?
"A real investigation on the methods has never been done by anyone." Good grief. Dr. Buchen's analysis linked in the OP reproduces some of the analysis Henry Bethe did years ago, and there have been numerous other contributions analyzing different methods in detail. I don't think anyone has ...
Rating Study from ACBL Tournaments
Thanks, Michael. That's fantastic. I could quibble with some tiny details and ask for some refinements, but if the ACBL wants a rating system, duplicating the NGS would be terrific. Jeff: allowing players to request higher brackets has been discussed before. (I think you participated but may be remembering ...
Why use Neuberg?
As others have written, this is a minor issue. It has been widely discussed before. The Buchen paper is a nice one, and the example at the end is useful. Consider a board that's played 8 times but is fouled halfway through. You score each group 3, 2, 1 ...
Free Mac-software for organizing tournaments
If you have only 5 tables, it's not that hard to score by hand. Even cross-IMPs. A computer is faster, of course.
Strong clubs and unnecessary information, Part One: Improving Meck-Lite
Nice idea! It looks as though a few of the sequences (e.g., 1-1-1NT-2-) make responder declarer with a fair bit of shape known. Maybe that can't be helped. There was a thread here a few months ago about rearranged responses to 1 that more ...
Rating Study from ACBL Tournaments
Thanks, Michael. Looks as though something other than simple average is at most a small refinement. Is the NGS algorithm public? If so, the ACBL might simply adopt it or at least use it as a starting point. One refinement to consider is whether to adjust for casual versus established ...
Director Ruling, Good, Bad or Ugly
Hi, John. I doubt there was any point in an appeal. A committee almost certainly would have decided you did your job correctly and kept the deposit. As noted above, I think you did your job almost correctly. My suggestion is that you should have asked North for his reasoning ...
Rating Study from ACBL Tournaments
Hi, Jeff. Now I think I understand your proposal, and I agree it's better than what we have. It lets good players with few MP play in higher brackets. However, it doesn't solve the problem of players with MP totals too high for their current skills being forced ...
Rating Study from ACBL Tournaments
"I don't understand how this is necessary. ... For each round, a player would have a matchpoint expectation based on his opponent's ratings and his partner's." The second sentence quoted answers the question raised by the first. In order to calculate a matchpoint expectation, you have to combine ...

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