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I can't think of one that does not involve re sequencing the boards but in the future if you put the bye stand between tables 7 and 1 with 4 EW moving to 4 NS you can morph the game into a three quarter Howell. You can still leave table 7 vacant and boards 19-21 and 22-24 remain unplayed in round 1 (your last round arrow switch would be at tables 1-3 and 5-7).
July 25
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Maybe “Uncle Drew” isn't just a basketball movie:

“After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend UNCLE DREW (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew's old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one”.

Apologies, the above is “plagiarized”/copied and pasted from the movie's official website.
Aug. 1, 2018
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Maybe they'll find a new niche in Honors' canasta games.
July 3, 2018
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I believe, although I am not 100% certain, that the director can set up the Bridgemates to only start showing scores and results from other tables after a certain round, thus eliminating what are usually “meaningless” 100%s and 0%s in a large-tabled section.
June 26, 2018
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Now I know why David Yates tells me I'm the only person who flunked career day worse than him.
June 26, 2018
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I prefer 40/40, NS entered the wrong board number and EW okayed the wrong board number which, in my mind, puts both members directly at fault. I find it also helps to not allow automatic entry of board number - make sure North enters it each time in case the table plays the boards out of sequence.
June 26, 2018
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My bad. I was thinking about Wooden's last game as coach where UCLA defeated Kentucky.
May 1, 2018
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Walton went 21 for 22 in 1973 vs. Memphis State.
May 1, 2018
Christopher Lubesnik edited this comment May 1, 2018
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I think you tell the players what happened after the hand and then restore equity.
April 14, 2018
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I had to rule on this hand (board 8 from Tuesday afternoon March 6 Common Game) with the same auction. The North player at the table in question chose 3. My inclination was to allow it as I did not think PASS was a logical alternative and that the BIT did not suggest bidding rather than doubling would be more successful (the fact that it went PASS PASS 4 PASS PASS 4 after that was probably not relevant). None of the players I polled considered PASS. One even went so far as to say it was obvious to either double or bid 3 and as he admitted to not trusting his partner said he would choose 3.
March 7, 2018
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I still have Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success taped to our office wall and one of his books on our shelf. If only Bill Walton hadn't driven him to an early grave…(kidding, he died at age 99).
Feb. 19, 2018
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One thing you might consider is running 3 team matches with 2 6-person teams. Nobody has to sit out as all 3 tables play simultaneously with team 1 sitting one pair NS at an “anchor table” and the other 2 pairs sitting EW at 2 other tables. Team 2 sits one pair EW at the anchor table and the other 2 pairs NS at the other 2 tables. The anchor table compares twice, once with each set of teammates and the match score can be cumulative. Every pair gets to sit at the anchor table once and have its scores compared twice and every pair can play against a different pair from the other team in the match. The drawback is that a pair only plays against 3 other pairs.

I did not come up with this format but I did get to play it once when my 6-person junior team played a practice match against another 6-person junior team many years ago. I think this format was introduced to them in a junior competition held in The Netherlands (trying to give credit where credit is due). Good luck!
Dec. 28, 2017
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While I share the sentiment that it would be nice to have more people commenting and generating more discussion I think it would be a mistake to remove this post from featured articles. Promoting Bridge seems hard enough as it is and I think if this article were to “disappear” over time it would make promoting the game even harder. I think Jackie through the use of mass media really wants to not only see the game survive but thrive as well. I can't wait to see this film!
Sept. 14, 2017
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The regulation David cites or paraphrases “Following the Skip Bid, LHO is obligated to wait approximately 10 seconds (while giving the appearance of studying his hand and not in excess time to determine a choice of bids) before making a call” is designed to protect both sides - at least I think it is. I recall a hand where RHO jumped to 4S and I followed the quoted regulation and passed. Dummy hit with K109 of spades opposite declarer's AQxxx and declarer after the hand was over said he almost finessed me out of my Jxxx because (luckily he did not) I “paused over the 4S bid so I must have trump length.” He probably would have asked me what in the world was I thinking about if I had the singleton even though in that case he can pick up partner's Jxxx. This is another reason I prefer a mandatory pause and educating players as to why - the non pausing side has less of a chance of being victimized by insta-actions and the pausing side doesn't “give away” the location of the potentially missing high cards and/or trump length should they become defenders.
July 30, 2017
Christopher Lubesnik edited this comment July 30, 2017
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Agree with all the accolades for 3rd hand's tempo and would like to add one for opening leader for refusing to “know” that partner must have another club since it took him 7-8 seconds to “figure out which one to play.” Based on what I see and hear about almost every day, this ethical approach is sadly far from a given.
July 25, 2017
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Echoing the first one, although not direct advice but from Bob Hamman's book: “GO ON TO THE NEXT HAND!” (I think I need to read it again)
June 11, 2017
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I thought that was Mastercard. AmEx would say “Don't leave home without it.”
Jan. 29, 2017
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Based on the round 5 match assignments, it appears, although I am merely speculating, that a 10-10 VP score went through and was later adjusted. The draw for round 5 would likely have been different had each of these teams had 39 VPs rather than the 49 VPs they represented - these actions affect the entire field and the event. Did they not know this, or did they just not care?
Aug. 1, 2016
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Maybe ACBL should relocate the scorecard from the back of the convention card to a separate sheet of paper and make the back of the card a space designed for more detail about one's system/treatments. They could even make the separate scorecards double-sided so people would not have to take so many.
March 20, 2016
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