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David, if the opposing team is up 40 with 8 to go, they are going to be taking every imaginable safety play possible to avoid a big loss, so taking the safety play will likely result a push.

(But if your only chance is an opponent at the other table who forgot the state of the match ….)
Feb. 25
Bud Hinckley edited this comment Feb. 25
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I should have added “and when it gets out the final was lost because you tried for a 95% overtrick (where state of match wasn’t a factor), after teammates dump you, new teammates may be harder to find - unless they are well versed in the mathematics of your decision.”

If only we weren’t human beings with emotions clouding our decision making …..
Feb. 25
Bud Hinckley edited this comment Feb. 25
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You can’t argue that when the percentages are CLEARLY in favor of trying for the overtrick, in the long run, it theoretically pays off.

Of course, if a knockout final was lost trying for the overtrick, you may find yourself looking for new teammates later.

Anyone considered bringing up this topic to teammates before playing about risking a game or slam for extremely likely overtrick(s)?
Feb. 25
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The last thing we need is more time taken inputting Bridgemate information.

Plus hundreds of opportunities for someone to make an error doing that.
Feb. 24
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2NT and 4NT depending on level are going to be asking for the minor.

Whether 3NT should be natural has been debated in other threads.

One option, if 3NT is to be natural, is for 4 to be pass or correct and to have this be the one auction where 4 is not a natural suit. Otherwise, let 3NT be artificial asking for the minor, just like 2NT and 4NT.
Feb. 23
Bud Hinckley edited this comment Feb. 23
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2) But please get that contract entered in the Bridgemate immediately after you (as North) put down dummy.
Feb. 23
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As someone who passed the Tournament Assistant exam last year and would like to, on a part-time basis, be directing some tournaments in the future, especially after I retire from a full-time job soon, I also realize the need for tournament directors is going to drop, probably significantly, over the next five years.

Presumably, some tournament directors will be retiring over those five years, but the need for tournament directors I see dropping faster than the retirement rate.
Feb. 23
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Did the game director make any attempt to find the answer to this question?

It took me less than 30 seconds to bring up the ACBLscore manual, search for “wrong direction” and find the answer in the middle of Page 59.

http://web2.acbl.org/documentlibrary/acblscore/manual.pdf
Feb. 21
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Please don't be part of the “never claim” crowd. We want to finish the session before dinner time!

Never claim INCORRECTLY - I agree with that!
Feb. 21
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Avoids problems to say “drawing ALL the trump” and possibly “three rounds, if necessary, then …”
Feb. 21
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I frequently advocate raising partner with a strong doubleton when non-vulnerable. Surprising how effective this works out (especially with Kx when partner may hesitate to lead his AQ headed suit) if on defense and your hand is usually fine for partner to score the needed tricks for a good score if he declares.
Feb. 21
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HOW TO CORRECT AN ARROW SWITCH ERROR
(often needed in a Howell where a stationary pair forgot the ¼ turn of the guide card)

● In ACBLscore, F11–> EDMOV –> 2 Display or Change Movement–>9 Edit One Cell.
● Enter table number and press ENTER
● Enter round number and press ENTER
● Leave “partial round adjustment” as N (no) if ALL boards in the round are to be switched.
● Enter pair numbers (likely the default values are what you want)
● OR Change “partial round adjustment” to Y (yes) if SOME boards need correction
● Enter board and pair numbers for how the board was actually played.
● Press ESC
● Be sure to 6 Save and Exit.

If the game director correctly did this during the session, the Bridgemate software would automatically adjust for the modified game movement.
Feb. 21
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So let's take the case of 10 solid spades and three small cards. This time, partner (responder) has a Yarborough. Let's assume the auction was 2-2-4 making 10 tricks.

Did the offending side gain an advantage that might not have been available without the use of the (presumably) illegal 2 bid?

If opener starts with 1, it's plus 170. If opener starts with 4, it's plus 420 or 620. Do we assume a split score with weighted average, or give them the worst result of plus 170, even though every pair in the room will have the same situation?
Feb. 21
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It would be beneficial to clarify “sandwich 1NT”.

1) natural?
2) two-suiter?

You might want to treat double by opener differently for these two possibilities.
Feb. 21
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The problem is there are many auctions when you might bid spades later that shows possibly a 3-card suit or stopper.
Feb. 18
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A 9x3 7-table double hesitation Mitchell with 5 stationary pairs (which in reality is simply one of many 3/4 Howells with 5 stationary pairs) can be used, but curtailed to skip the last round to play only 24 boards.

6 1/2 OR 7 TABLE 9x3 DBL HESITATION MITCHELL (5 STATIONARY) SWAP IMMOBILE 2NS & 7NS WITH MOBILE PAIRS (2NS & 7NS MOVE) BYE STAND 45 HAS 2 BOARD GROUPS; NO BOARD SHARING
NS STATIONARY PAIRS: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
EW PAIRS ADD 7 TO NUMBER
MOVE 5EW > 6EW > 7EW > 2NS > 7NS > 1EW > 2EW > 3EW > 4EW
Feb. 16
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My webpage containing many ACBLscore external movements

http://www.budhinckley.com/Movements/Bud-ACBLscore-Externals.htm

was “broken” for most of the links, but I recently returned all the links to working order.

I also added the 6-table Howell with all three stationary pairs playing North-South cards throughout the session that was recently discussed in a different thread.
Feb. 16
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My webpage containing many ACBLscore external movements

http://www.budhinckley.com/Movements/Bud-ACBLscore-Externals.htm

was “broken” for most of the links, but I recently returned all the links to working order.

I also added the 6-table Howell with all three stationary pairs playing North-South cards throughout the session that was recently discussed in a different thread.
Feb. 16
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My webpage containing many ACBLscore external movements

http://www.budhinckley.com/Movements/Bud-ACBLscore-Externals.htm

was “broken” for most of the links, but I recently returned all the links to working order.

I also added the 6-table Howell with all three stationary pairs playing North-South cards throughout the session that was recently discussed in a different thread.
Feb. 16
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My webpage containing many ACBLscore external movements

http://www.budhinckley.com/Movements/Bud-ACBLscore-Externals.htm

was “broken” for most of the links, but I recently returned all the links to working order.

I also added the 6-table Howell with all three stationary pairs playing North-South cards throughout the session that was recently discussed in a different thread.
Feb. 16
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