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If you want to play in an IMP pairs game in a tournament, try the Allendale, New Jersey sectional in unit 106. They have run IMP pairs as won of their Saturday games. It's close to New York City so it can draw a pretty strong field. They also flight the games so A/X is separate from B/C/D which should offer at least some field protection.
Oct. 8
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Based on the way their teams have been performing so far in the Bermuda Bowl (halfway through the Round Robin), this can't be very good for Nickell. That being said, based on the times the event is being played I have watched extremely little of it so I don't know how much of USA2's struggles (currently 12th and over a full match out of 8th) have been due to Hampson/Greco, although I'm sure a fair share of Nickell's success (currently 1st) is due to Meckwell
Sept. 18
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Not sure why an event like this is needed. Shouldn't the strongest B/C players be encouraged to play in stronger events rather than providing them with weaker ones? When I had qualified for the flight B NAP from 2008-2010, my partner and I warmed up by playing in the IMP Pairs. That has now been moved but the Silodor is available on Thursday and Friday (or the women's pairs for those who qualify for that).

Wouldn't it make more sense to encourage the NAP participants to try those rather than a 0-3000 type event where some of the competition will be much weaker than what they will be facing in the NAP?
Aug. 4
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It really depends on the specifics of the auction. Point number 4 in the original post suggest that responder has defined a narrow range. Let's say instead of having opened 1NT, they had opened 2NT (or 2 with a 2NT rebid). In that case, it would be clear to rollback to the 5 level. On the other hand, using Kit's example where 1NT was a rebid showing 12-14, then I would allow the raise regardless of whether it is part of an agreement or not. It's bridge logic, not agreement based.
July 9
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Sounds like you ran into a superior declarer who duped you into an inferior play, Art :-) :-)

I remember about 15 years ago when a player won the NABC+ IMP pairs and then couldn't get a seed in the regional stratified pairs the next day because he was still flight B.
July 9
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Bring them with you and let them run around the playing site, preferably annoying enough ACBL officials that they don't go back on their word again.
July 9
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If the hearts and spades were switched (with a 1 opening) I would overcall 1 but this suit isn't good enough for a 2 level overcall.
June 27
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Why not do something like they do in the Bermuda bowl where if the team who wins the match is also ahead in the qualifying phase, it is a 50% carryover and if the team who wins the match is behind in qualifying, it is a 1/3 carryover (I don't know the formula if they are tied in qualifying). Then put a cap of say 10 IMPs to prevent too much influence (I believe the cap is 16 or 20 IMPs in the BB depending on the length of the KO, but those KO's are much longer than what you're looking at here.)

The advantage here is you are incentivizing teams to play as well as possible in the qualifying phase so they can maximize their carryover.
June 18
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In Toronto in 2001, the first year of the mini Spingolds there were more than 128 teams. I know this because I was on a team seeded outside the top 128. We played a 1 survivor 4-way which meant that when I made the wrong opening lead, we lost a game swing and were eliminated after 1 session. The following year in the Vanderbilt in Houston, there were fewer teams but they decided to drop it down to 32 on the first day which meant we were in a 1 survivor 4-way again…Fortunately, they seem to have eliminated those.
June 17
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3 is Inv+ but if you have the plus then you have a singleton because 4 would show GF with a void.
June 15
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The more I think about it, the less sense it makes that a 3 IMP “win” isn't considered a win. If you're playing a head to head match rather than a 3-way, 3 IMPs is more than enough to get credit for the win. So why shouldn't that be the case here?
June 10
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Let's say you're playing a 3-way match and you have a small lead in both matches but find out that in the third match, one team is up by 100 IMPs. If you are playing the more common way where winning both matches guarantees that you'll be the team that wins the event, then your primary goal is to keep the lead, i.e. play solid bridge and hope that any luck factors are reasonably evenly divided. On the other hand, if you are playing VPs, you now need to find a way to significantly increase at least one of your leads since one of your opponents is getting maximum VPs in the match you are not involved in. That's where strategy can be different in the two methods.
June 10
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I thought it was the Italian Blue Team plays that were weird and surreal. When did the French enter the picture?
June 10
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Alan, this (and the NAP) is an event where it makes sense for there to be significant differences as to how each district runs it. This is primarily based on the differing sizes of districts. For example, in district 24 (NYC and Long Island) it makes sense for all of the teams to be expected to gather in one place and be able to play the tournament. However, other districts are much more widely spaced so it may make sense for those districts to have early rounds held in separate places in the district and only hold the finals in a central location so only a few teams need to travel.
June 1
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Where were the AWMW's on the last 3 cases and the PP against South on board 2 for not correcting the explanation and then having the temerity to appeal?
May 21
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Disa's lead for USA 2 is down to 24 with one set to go.
May 20
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Back in the Treadwell days, Crates was frequently played after the midnight swiss was finished.
April 29
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Running your opps out of pass cards can be hazardous to your game. Years ago, we had a slam auction where our opponent didn't realize she was out of pass cards and made an unintentional Lightner double which, of course, had the effect of causing my partner to misplay the hand and go down in a cold contract.
April 2
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Tracy, I respectfully disagree with your thoughts on the comparable call rule. While, I'll agree that experts developed the rules, the primary beneficiaries are the rank and file players. In my experience, experts are much less likely than ordinary players to make an insufficient bid or bid out of turn.

Under the old rules, once you committed an irregularity, you basically had to guess at the final contract because anything else you did was likely to bar partner from bidding. The comparable calls offers you more chances to recover in these situations and get a normal result while also not gaining an actual advantage from the irregularity.
April 2
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I think removing the stop card has a lot to blame. While some players understand that a pause is still required, many more made the assumption that the removal of the stop card also removed their obligation to pause over a skip bid. Of course, even with the stop card, a large percentage of the population didn't understand this…but removing the stop card increased the problem.
March 27
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