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That's exactly my agreement now. In a strong club context, it shows a MIN w/ 6 good spades and 4D
Dec. 22, 2019
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Amen to that Joann! But I don't mind the occasional Thanksgiving at home, which seems to be the norm.
Dec. 22, 2019
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I thought he was missing a pass in the first auction
Dec. 16, 2019
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Steve, I think it is a fair compromise and makes more likely that those who drop in are enriching the field. I like the idea because to me the Solway KO is an important addition for those players who don't have SP, to be well placed in the KO, and have a better chance to get more SP. Especially important for young players and people coming back to bridge. So I figure by making only those who play a total of something between 62.5 and 75% eligible to drop in, somebody (like myself) who normally plays 50% of the time wants to be eligible, she has to play her share. To me it potentially levels the playing field a bit in the Soloway, and guarantees that those who drop in unquestionably earned their spot.
April 28, 2019
Constance Goldberg edited this comment April 28, 2019
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That's what I play with Billy E. too, Danny. 1M 1N 4m shoed a 7321 with AJ10 or better in the fragment. Something like AKJ10xxx, Ax, AQx, x. It makes it easy to get to slam when partner has the perfect minimum.
April 28, 2019
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I am totally in favor of increasing discounts for juniors. I hope it's not limited to the 18-25 year olds though, what about those under 18 yrs. old?
I'd also like to say thank you to both Debbie and Michael Rosenberg, Joe Stokes, and all those who mentor and support the Junior Program.
When I began playing in tournaments in 1971 at the age of 15, there was no junior program. My parents were not bridge players and I earned about $1 an hour babysitting. It would have made an enormous difference to me to have the structure and guidance a healthy junior program offers. As it was, I had to struggle and play pro when I could, which I didn't like at all. and I ended up quitting for almost 20 years. At a time when the ACBL is struggling with it's own survival, IMO we should all do what we can to support USBF Junior Program, it is the future of bridge in the US.
April 28, 2019
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I took your word for it Frances (that 2H is an invite). Was also wondering if 4=2=5=2 with concentration was a possible hand?
April 27, 2019
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If I got eliminated in time to start the BRP on day 1 I would play. And although the drop ins would make it more difficult to win, I still support it. As others have noted, it wouldn't feel nearly as good to win in a weaker field. And I just think it's the right thing to do. As I recall the Soloway was supposed to be a way for younger or newer players without SP to have a fighting chance of being well seeded in the KO phase. So if some team gets on a hot streak and does well in Swiss, and then loses a heart breaker in QF of the KO, I think they should get to drop in to the BRP.
I think it would perhaps seem more fair to the nay-sayers if only pairs who played 75% of the boards in the KO were eligible.
April 27, 2019
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I voted that I thought I had a 5% or better chance etc. and was in favor of drop ins and could live with the parameters, but I'd like to qualify that. What I really mean is that intend to enter the Soloway, and pray that I get to the quarterfinals. But if I got there and then lost, I'd probably opt to rest for a couple days before the Reisinger.
April 26, 2019
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Well said Brian.
April 26, 2019
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Mike (and David), you assert that by allowing drop ins, we are putting the needs of the few ahead of the those of the many. The way I see it is that the only people who are truly inconvenienced are those who would have qualified had there been no drop ins. So it's really the needs of the few vs. the needs of the few. But I can see this is a potential source complaints.
A couple of things could be done to mitigate this, like limiting the number of drop ins to 2 pairs per team, or by saying you had to have played at least 60% of the boards in the Soloway. Also if pairs must state in advance that they intend to drop in from the the KO, then the directors know how many pairs will Q from the field, and how many will be dropping in, and no one will think the qualified, only to find out they got bumped because of late drop in.
April 26, 2019
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Hi David, I see your point. But I think if you make to the quarter finals of the Soloway, you probably have at least one BR qualification. And if you don't, you deserve one for getting that far in the Soloway IMO.
April 25, 2019
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I think it makes sense to allow drop-ins from the KO stage of the Soloway to the second day of the BRP should be allowed. But if this isn't possible, then I'd go along with the schedule changes suggested by Brian Platnick, or Brad Moss that allow people to play in both events. The ACBL wants to provide everyone with a fun and exciting time at NABC, and it will be a total drag for those who make to KO stage and then are eliminated just in time to have missed the first day of BRP. I think it's a bit mean spirited to oppose this
April 25, 2019
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Semi-balanced refers to hand with two or more doubletons. But I have noticed, when sharing notes with some non-americans, that to them only 4333 and 4432 are called balanced.
April 23, 2019
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Thanks for posting this Marion, I couldn't agree more. #saynotocheats
Sept. 23, 2018
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Very well done everyone! Best of luck in China to the the winners.
Dec. 31, 2017
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Assume he plays the king, or ask him to play on (which is now allowed).
Aug. 2, 2017
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Congratulations you guys, you had a long road after losing early, but you made it! Well done.
May 11, 2017
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Thanks for posting this great story Greg. I have my 9 year niece this weekend and now I know what we are going to do!
March 31, 2017
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Congratulations to the winners, and also to the Tulin team, who had a win in the first BAM as well!
Dec. 6, 2016
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