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I just applied and hope it isn’t too late. If I had been a club manager, my application would have been sent yesterday about one minute after receiving that email!
5 hours ago
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Since I've been asking for a long time, how does one get their local ACBL club associated with the ACBL Virtual Clubs to be able to play there? Is it completely ready for that?
6 hours ago
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I was wondering what A.F.D. topic would be chosen - good one! But doubt you’ll ever rip me away from my English Premiere League soccer (football) matches. But it might be June, July or August before we see those again.
April 1
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I just set up and played my first team match yesterday. I gave other players the option of yes or no to barometer scoring. Of course, not choosing barometer scoring makes it like a “real” knockout match.

A question I asked on BBO forums but have not yet seen an answer is whether I can set up a 24 board match without barometer scoring but turn on barometer scoring only at halftime (after 12 boards completed), then turn barometer scoring back off.

(Since you can't even change the number of boards after you start, I have a feeling once you choose “no barometer”, you are stuck with it for good.)
March 31
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On this particular board, the chance of a trump void with LHO was MUCH higher than anyone ruffing when going to dummy for the Jack lead or RHO ruffing something when the Jack lost to a Queen or King. No opposing bidding in this case with them non-vulnerable.
March 31
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Many years ago, I was playing a 6 slam with a trump suit (9-1 fit) of

J
A1098xxxxx

where entries were not a problem and you simply needed to avoid two trump losers. I led the J from dummy and ducked - and LHO showed out. Making 6. At the other table, a player with probably 5,000 to 10,000 masterpoints played - the ace! That board primarily affected the winner of that knockout match.
March 31
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Good players who are bridge pessimists rarely get this one wrong.

Bridge optimists, who usually play at a faster pace than the pessimists, don't think about possible trump splits like this and go down - although they'll finish before the pessimists.
March 31
Bud Hinckley edited this comment March 31
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Ray, I think those of us with realistic views never thought this situation would be improving much until at least late May, and I won't be surprised if at least some moderate restrictions will be in place even in July and August, plus some restrictions at college and NFL football games at the start of their seasons.

As a big soccer fan, I'm finding it interesting seeing how the many soccer leagues in Europe will deal with their seasons ending with about 1/4 of the season remaining, especially when promotion and relegation are at stake and any club that would be relegated with the present standings would sue if they tried to use the present standings and cut the season short now.
March 30
Bud Hinckley edited this comment March 30
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“Thanks to the Governor of Ohio, disaster averted.”

Yes, for the residents of Ohio, medically.

And additionally, for the ACBL, financially!
March 30
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Ben, if using DDS for this purpose, it prompts to save or open a BBO.ddb file but gives an error message “Unable to download leads for this player” which seems strange since opening BBO.ddb in a browser shows all the deals. And presumably nothing is being “saved” in the DDS program. Any idea why?
March 28
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1. Spade ace, three diamonds, spade
2. Low diamond to jack, spade 10

Considering opponents should always find the heart ruff if not AK doubleton on the first option if LHO ruffs the third diamond, I think option 2 is marginally better.
March 23
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“If you have director privileges,…”

Ergo, the problem - I asked BBO for director privileges over a week ago, but something got messed up with the request and now they are not granting anyone else that privilege.

So what I had planned to do is now out the window.
March 20
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Jim, if there is a way to do that, without needing a special permission from BBO, I'd love to know how. The masterpoints are not important at all to me to be able to set up this type of game involving only players in your local club(s).
March 20
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Ray, yes, that appears true. Over a week ago, in accordance with those instructions, I emailed support@bridgebase.com to request permission to direct a private tournament. Something got “lost” and they never responded back to my request. Four days later I requested again - and was told THAT request was rejected because they had given that permission to so many that they were no longer going to grant any more of those permissions.

So that permission, which I believe I should have been granted a week ago, was not given to me. If it had, I'd be running games with my local club members already.
March 20
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But Ray, does this San Jose person running this free tournament have the privilege granted by BBO to run a “private tournament”? Which because of some screw up with my request from last week I was not granted that permission/power?

If I had been granted that permission to direct “private tournaments” from my request from over a week ago, I would already be running games involving only my local club members.
March 20
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I hope they don't too quickly try to move it to 6 minutes a board. You speed demons will need to have some patience. It's going to be awhile before there is less than 10 to 20% of players with lack of familiarity with BBO not finishing rounds in time (frequently!).
March 20
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“Each club owner can set up a club game on BBO for their club members only, So i could not play in a game set up for Honors as l have never played there.”

Does this require BBO to grant you permission to be a Director for a “private tournament”? I applied for that a week ago, somehow my request was “misplaced”, and when I applied again the response was effectively “sorry, too may have applied before you, no dice”

My local club members don't want to play against strangers, although I am enouraging them for the sake of the club financially, to try the $5 BBO/ACBL/Common Game at 10am and 5pm EDT.

But I really would like to set up a game for my local club (actually two nearby clubs together, perhaps).

If I have a list of all the BBO usernames of interested club members (which I have been collecting for the last week), are there instructions on how to set up a game involving them and only them?
March 20
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Dave, could you give us a rough idea of your age and if you are about average health? Asking only to have an idea of your experience compared to someone in a different age group.
March 18
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May 1-3 South Bend sectional (District 12, Unit 154, Northern Indiana) just cancelled as of this morning.

Bud Hinckley, Unit 154 representative
March 17
Bud Hinckley edited this comment March 17
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But also note the following recommendation in the same webpage:

“… it is recommended to cancel gatherings of more than 10 people for organizations that serve higher-risk populations.”
March 15
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