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looks like the domain registration probably expired.
Jan. 22
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ahh, the joys of one-word agreements! with partners i have actually discussed it with, 2NT is still forwardgoing with whatever convention you play there, and redouble demands the ranking bid, for pass/correct.. allows reaching 2. I got it from one partner, and have relayed it to a couple of others, and maybe it turns out I'm perpetrating a counterfeit convention!

i need to learn to ask myself the “what would i do if that came back under the screen” question more often – it's a good way to get the rest of thought process to a *starting* point. I thought about a lot of stuff in that moment, but not in a coherent framework.

still absorbing, but thanks for all the feedback!
Jan. 13
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funny, both situations came up in last night's (jan 2 eve) common game. I led the king both times. (east on board 4, north on board 19)

i like it from AK because i expect to complete the signal at trick 2, and get a suit preference signal from partner. the KQ lead will take longer to develop, and if anything, the signal feels like it helps declarer more than partner.
Jan. 3
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Ok, that is hilarious. Because 7 points is one fifth of a board. (No impact on the actual result, but I like mocking bad math. :) )
Dec. 29, 2018
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Finn, I'm quite sure you and your partner weren't worried about the difference between 14th and 15th. but when did the directors tell you they had decided on a 7 matchpoint penalty? and did they call it 7 matchpoints, or 20% of a board, or 1/5 of a board?
Dec. 29, 2018
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just checked – an extra 1.75 would not have changed the overalls..
Dec. 28, 2018
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if you already know controls before you get to the mulberry sequence, that would make sense.. our system is all about shape at the lower levels, and uses the mulberry sequence to establish values/controls.
Dec. 28, 2018
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when accepting the slam try sequences, we answer key cards. that seems lost here. after 4 - 4NT, which accepts a slam try in either major, asker now bids 5, confirming that's where the slam try was? no room to discuss keycards now..

the best cure for the forgets is to have one or two of them. :-) i've only had one in live play – partner passed 4, which was keycard in diamonds. +650 was worth just under half the matchpoints – we beat a few 630's and quite a few people going down in 6NT. (7D was in fact cold..)
Dec. 28, 2018
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looks like you got dinged 7 matchpoints on a 35 top? i'd call that nominal. it sounds like an “ick” penalty.. (“we can't find any law to justify an adjusted score, but . . . . . ick!”)

if you feel the assessment of a penalty is reasonable, then it'd be hard to argue with 20% of a board!

it looks like they penalized exactly the number of matchpoints needed to bump you down one place in the overalls. i hope that's a coincidence.
Dec. 28, 2018
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i think it's possible to adjust some of the suggestions to avoid running into situations where you're waiving anything by not calling the director.

an opponent shows out of trumps, then produces one on the next round.. why get that far? if his partner doesn't say “no trumps partner” maybe you could do so? or even a simple “uh oh!!” will often jog a trump loose. and if there's not one there, you're creating a more relaxed environment anyway…

what if you decide it's wrong to draw that next round now? i'd rather give them a little prompt to correct it now, and reach the natural result..

(in general, i'm in favor of finding a way to make the rules less harsh at club games, but not by waiving them altogether..)
Dec. 7, 2018
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i saw the same, and clicked on monday for departure anyway, and it worked. it's a bad interface, but it shows the days where the night is available. if sunday is blue and monday is grey, just click on monday for checkout – the blue means that night is available..
Nov. 25, 2018
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I'm looking at the open pairs at 1 and 730. The 3pm should be compared to the daylight in SD, which is done above.
Nov. 24, 2018
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Leaderboards posts say 162 tables in SD, 101.5 in HNL. Not even so much as a floating pair to fill in?

The really scary one is the regional open pairs along side. 41 tables at SD, 9 at HNL. Ouch.
Nov. 23, 2018
Dan Jablonski edited this comment Nov. 23, 2018
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The scoring correction deserves its own discussion. I wonder how often something like this goes unnoticed and uncorrected. The directors blended the two sessions wrong – they incorrectly factored down the second set. they basically counted each board in the first session for 13 points, and each board in the second session for 12.

The factoring is normal in a 14 table regional pairs movement when you run a 13 round Mitchell followed by a 13 round Howell. But not in a day 2 final, where you might actually run all 14 rounds in the Mitchell, which they did.

(Full disclosure: I'm half of the pair that benefited from the correction. I checked my scores after each round. I understand movements. I didn't catch this. No player is likely to catch this.)
Nov. 17, 2018
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maybe they swapped it with the portland, maine, sectional. same thing – no hands for the second set.. (not that i ever want to see those hands again.. :-) )
Sept. 17, 2018
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when bridge first came under the WADA rules, i was using a banned substance (a beta blocker.) i don't play in WBF events, so i could just laugh at it. they fixed that one pretty quickly – the next version of the list exempted beta blockers for bridge.

therapeutic use exemptions are available, but must be obtained before a failed test happens, and they not only require a finding that the drug is needed, but also that there are no acceptable alternatives that are not on the banned list. the list is extensive, and unfortunately, if you want to play in WBF events, it would be wise to review and understand it.
Sept. 5, 2018
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2 after michaels sounds like a big hand. i'd require west to bid 3. still making 4? OK.
Aug. 11, 2018
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i appreciated your alert of his 1D opening being normal. :-)
July 19, 2018
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i'm all for playing up. i'm also all for playing fun events in my bracket. i do both, and enjoy both.

i understand Sabrina's negative reaction to this news (which i see below has been reversed..) it would be so easily avoidable by simply putting the specific cutoff dates in the CoC..
July 19, 2018
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i would further say NAP and GNT are different because both events “start” (or allow qualifying to start) on the first of a month. so the run on the preceding sixth of the month is the run-of-the-month (thanks Cornelia) preceding the event. NAP qualifying starts June 1, so levels are based on May 6. GNT district qualifiers may be scheduled any time after Sept 1, so levels are based on Aug 6. (i played a GNT C final against a player who had over 1000 masterpoints at the time – that's a *long* event!)

without reading the CoC, i can't imagine why the last official run before the first board of the NABC shouldn't be the one that counts..
July 19, 2018
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