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IMP pairs are popular with many players who who tend to be relatively younger and more advanced. But it can be a negative for the rank and file. At our regionals , we often run evening horizontal imp pairs which worked well for the working crowd. We tried a day time 2-session Flight A IMP pairs in May. It got mixed reviews with a number of our regular pairs playrts opting for the bracketed Swiss.
Oct. 8
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D24 must be very good at technology. We train at Hogwarts
June 19
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Have any of the districts given thought to how to best determine the second Flight B and C teams?

The ACBL conditions were modified in February:
“ In districts in which there were at least eight teams
competing in a B or C flight in the district final, a second team in that flight will also be considered eligible to compete in the national final of their respective category. That team shall be either the 2nd place finisher in a single-site district
final or both winners from a split-site district final”

Since we didn't have time to modify our format, we did the natural thing and made the losing finalist eligible. This is also the 2nd place team per ACBLScore.

In theory, a USBF like “USA2” format would be fairer, but that would be highly impractical. We could run the whole thing as a Swiss or Round robin, but KO's are preferred. I expect we will leave it as is, unless there is a groundswell for something different.
June 17
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Typical bridge players! What is wrong with a 5-way tie? The total prize pool is $95 in BW book bucks. Give them each $20. One of the people in last place (like me) can contribute the extra $5.
May 18
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moved
May 13
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It is very rare that I feel the need to defend Jeff. Richard is reasonably reacting to a lot of repetitive comments with more than a little hyperbole. Better to look at actions.

The NYC clubs actively encourage players to participate in the regionals. The clubs' walls are currently lined with flyers for the Easterns. Newcomer games are cancelled and players are pushed toward gaining a tournamnet experience. It is true that we went through some debate and compromise to get to this point.

As far as developing competitive tournament players. where else are they coming from? In the last 3 years, our GNT C events have grown from 1 or 2 teams to 7 to 9. These teams are composed largely with new (and often young) players coming out of Honors classes and limited games.

I like the food and I still have a few teeth.
May 13
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The ACBL does not consider “Just Declare” eligible for master points, presumably because it is too far away from “real” bridge. Its something we talked about bringing up with the board as an experiment. Maybe next time.

Special thanks to Uday and the BBO team who made this happen and dealt with last minute issues during the game.
May 5
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See this link for the raw results:

http://webutil.bridgebase.com/v2/tarchive.php?m=h&h=aparrish

We will send out a listing with names later today or tomorrow.
May 5
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Michael, congratulations on winning the “Just Declare” event of the Youth Robot Tournament with a 91.15% game. Alex Perlin is looking over his shoulder.
May 5
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I thought the most common model is that the tournament chair is a board member / officer of the unit or district board. I do not know cases where they had an agenda significantly different than the sponsor. I am curious to hear about other models.
May 2
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A couple of years ago, the NYC unit board gave up on tinkering with our youth discount policy. We didn't see many students anyway, so we decided to just make entries free for undergraduates and younger. Nothing much happened until our regional last Christmas week. An out of town youth team came for the week and a couple of the local college teams attended. We gave out 84 free plays.

This wasn't great for our bottom line, but all agreed having the “kids” at the tournament added to everyone's fun. No one has suggested we change the policy.
April 28
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I voted against, not for any competitive or philosophical reason, but I feel that agreeing on the details of drop ins will prove to be painful. Certainly it will require another 500 comment BW thread to determine qualifying standards and carry over.

In addition thanks to the proliferation of events there are more and more cases where one could argue the merits of drop ins.

A simple “no drop in” policy will at least be clear and we can devote our creative energies to other bridge improvements.
April 25
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Roar Lions Roar
April 8
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To be honest, I haven't really discussed with David how he will run the game and score it. We may do it outside of ACBLscore and export results back to record master points. We do have a unit sanction, but our target players will not be heartbroken if we do not end up recording master points.
Nov. 11, 2018
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David Gurvich has designed a BAM type format that we are trying for a club/unit game on Monday: http://www.gnyba.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Pre-BAM-Flyer-Nov-12.pdf

Should be a lot of fun. Stay tuned to find out how it works out.
Nov. 10, 2018
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That is the basis of the appeal. However as noted up the chain, when robots get together at a bar, they may make decisions that don't seem to follow human rules.
Oct. 24, 2018
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My Bot partner appealed when I claimed a Beer as I won the last trick played with 7♦

Actually it was the human kibitzer, Alex Perlin who pointed this out for me
Oct. 24, 2018
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Thanks. I switched it. I will disregard the answers so far.
Oct. 3, 2018
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Districts may still be finalizing their plans. District 24 finals will occur on weekends in Feb/March. Specific flight dates to be published soon. Club qualification is likely to be required for Flight C.

It looks like District 3 will hold their final as part of the Sunday of the Tarrytown Regional on January 27. No qualification required.
Sept. 28, 2018
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Congratulations to Gawrys for a well deserved win. However the accomplishments of the Rosenthal team including 5 current or recent New Yorkers was thrilling for us.

As a side note, the Columbia bridge team was edged by the champion Berkeley team in the Collegiate Bowl semi-finals.

New York may no longer be the center of the bridge universe, but we are definitely still here.

PS - I forgot to mention the New York team of “unknowns” that made it to the GNT semis
Aug. 5, 2018
David Moss edited this comment Aug. 5, 2018
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