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I'm coming back to online bridge after a long while. In the old days we just hit alert for our partners and let it go unless the opponents asked, then we talked to “opponents.” They were just moving toward self-alert when I lost my online partner. This was before the advent of robot games. Perhaps it was on OKB (I was there from tel-a-bridge beginnings). Somewhere thereafter the ACBL got the announce bug. I think the whole thing is dumb. We should have a card our opponents have had time to look at and question if there's anything they find odd (other than us). Then then let's get on with it. In my rubber bridge games they laughed when I forgot where I was playing and alerted. however, if there was a bid someone found strange it was always possible to ask at the appropriate time, and not as an alarm for partner.
May 9
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Thanks Tom (and Matt?). Since there is no self-announce button I'm reading from the above that announce and alert are synonyms when on BBO. So, Alert (15-17), 1NT, OK or send, I'm don't have it in front of me. Partner sees nothing. Same for 1S - Alert, (Forcing or Semi-forcing), 1NT Send and similarly for transfers and Alert (CBS or Could Be Short), 1C, send. So alert and explain without being asked anything in blue on the card, yes?
May 9
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Then let's go back to alerting. As to notrump ranges, anything other than 15-17 (always actually 14-18) should be alerted (not announced). I never liked announcing 15-17.
May 8
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And since we are now online can the Board Rules Committee just suspend announcements for the duration? I'm just self alerting “Semi-Forcing” and “Transfer” because partner can't see it and it's faster.
May 8
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Take a look at the Foundation for the Preservation and Advancement of Bridge (FPAB)
https://www.fpabridge.org/
It primarily supports library/Hall of Fame functions but can do other things. If you have a pet project that a group might want to fund contact them to see if your charity might seed it via them.
May 5
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Maybe another thing BBO programmers can look at when the ACBL flood subsides.
May 5
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Oh, nice catch Barry.
May 5
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Oh, neat cool feature. I was wondering how the directors typed that fast, lol. I tried it as a regular player, and it seems to work for me too. At least, it allowed me to record a typed chat message. There might be some applications for teaching here, such as something like “Remember that we play New Minor Forcing (NMF).”
May 4
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I heard in passing today that Buffett's company dumped its holdings in four major airlines. He may be optimistic, but he's not stupid about it, lol. (And yes, I know he's probably not making those decisions these days, but maybe his hand is still close to the tiller.)
May 4
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Oh! They sure don't make a fuss about it. I'll look today so I'll know where to find it. Thanks again, good info for everyone!
May 3
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Thanks Kevin! I did pick up a partner for those games and we scratched in the afternoon game yesterday. Today we are trying the 2 session open playthrough.
May 3
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Thank you, but it's still one at a time. What I want is a way to convert all or selected deals (maybe just ones where our results were less than sterling) to a saved deal file I can open at a teaching or other training table in BBO, with just one push of a button (blue would be nice).

Button choice: upload deals to saved file.
Click: Highlight hand(s) you want to save to file.
File Name?
Export (click)
Presto, all highlighted hands show up in the file.
Too much to ask for?
May 2
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Sent this post to our club directors. Can you make a video of it for later viewing on YouTube? Thanks either way.
May 2
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Thanks to all who contributed methods. PLEASE, whoever is programming ACBL Live (and BBO) next gen upgrade just make this happen with a button. It's about having the data in a format that can be used to actually DO something productive QUICKLY and EASILY. We teach the game. We leave it to others to make our tools. I stopped programming about the time punch cards were giving way to other forms of data entry, and I don't want to start over.
May 2
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Folks are voting with their feet – and them feets is runnin' TOWARD the events, which are selling out within 10 minutes of opening for entry purchase.
May 2
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My bridge teacher and BBO Voice coach David sent me this…

*right*-click on that garbage, and you can then open that board in Handviewer

So, when I clicked on Handviewer I put my cursor over that garbage and right clicked. choice of options box popped up. Choosing open link in new window got me there – behold, handviewer mode! OK, now I know what that's all about. Thanks David!
May 2
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@David…
I opened BBO, clicked on history, clicked on recent tournaments, and found event #5865, Social Distancing Pairs, and clicked on it.

Up came a header with the identifying info (date, host, etc.) The results for 18 boards (Board #, Result, We/They score, We/They percentage) Below that green table with blue background grey parallel lines “hamburger” button. No other options except the ability to click on the blue “results” button in the header.

Clicked on blue hamburger button and I can choose either hand diagrams or advance trick by trick. Click on hand diagrams and got board 1 (after clicking on board 1).

Ah, new hamburger button on upper right of table illustration. Clicked on it. One of the choices is “Export” clicking on it…

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Save deal as +++***+++
Handviewer link
Hand editor

Hmm, let's see what handviewer link does…Eww, garbage, close!
How about Hand editor…

+++***+++You can skip all of this by choosing the “Save deal as” option above, not the “Hand editor” option
Ok, that pops up a familiar box
Click on Export
click on Save Deal As…
+++***+++End part you can skip


I now get the save deal as box with My Favorite Hands, etc. I name this file “Board 1” and click on the (my student name or whatever I called the folder for this) which saves it in that folder. I click on the X top right of box and now I have successfully done what I wanted to do – for ONE (1) board.

OK, but again, come on folks, do any of us get paid enough to do this 18 times???

So, in my history of this event I noticed six boards I wanted to go over with my student-partner for this event. Three were in one round (thanks, Compton, lol). I guess I have time to do that before she calls.

BTW, would one of you guys who is good at screencasts make a video of that (or maybe BBO do one of their videos on that)?

Thanks David for pointing me in a workable, albeit cumbersome, direction.
May 2
Chris Hasney edited this comment May 2
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I'll play with that today, thanks. I don't need the how, I need the what (the raw hands). That way I can have the hand appear in the teaching table window (or bidding practice window) and have the way it was played in the event loaded in the history window to the right (or bottom, top, however you set up your windows). So as teacher I can see the way the student bid it under tourney pressure and the way s/he does it when relaxed, and discuss.

Anyway, that's the objective. We shall see…
May 2
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Absolutely not. Come on, between ACBL and BBO techies we don't have the ability to fix this without all that nonsense? Getting this sorted out needs to be a priority. Frankly I don't know why BBO can't solve it in house. They can generate the hands and put them in history files; it seems a logical next step to hit a button to post them to someplace useful.
May 1
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Before you yell at me Ray, I did find the Search box top right corner in very faint grey. Tried the search there but no joy. Will try other search parameters.
May 1
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