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Wish they had these opportunities during my 7 years (BA & JD) as a Golden Gopher.
April 20
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It would be nice if we could pre-register our team online from home before we leave. We are bringing the same team as last year (just with a few more MPs). Is there a link to do this?
April 18
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As an attorney it is absolutely shocking that presumably some attorney approved trying to terminate for cause, WHEN EITHER PARTY COULD TERMINATE WITHOUT CAUSE ON 30 DAYS NOTICE. If you want to get rid of him (for whatever lousy reason), just give him 30 days notice and he will be out tomorrow. Why breach the contract? Negotiate a buy-out. Who approved and drafted a contract giving him his 3 year salary if you want to terminate without cause (surely that can't be the industry standard)?
March 27
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I have found that the “new” round robin swiss/KO team structure has actually made it easier to get (more) points (especially gold) in the KO (Swiss) team events. Previously, we were typically in a 16 team bracket, with 8 teams (50%) losing their first match and getting nothing and only 4 teams (25%) advancing to day 2 for gold. Under the new system we have usually been put in an 8 or 9 team Swiss/KO bracket, and most everyone gets some points (100%) with 4 teams (50% or 44%) getting gold for advancing. So you only need to be slightly above average to get a significant gold award now in the KO events.
Sept. 5, 2018
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I started on board 1 with the “dubious” match point play, where there was a 1% chance the LM on lead would underlead the K diamonds against 6S, so I took the Ace and dropped the singleton K offside for 100%. We finished with a 70.42% game so I'm interested when the national results come out.
Aug. 21, 2018
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1. Balancing. If they are stopping at 2 of a minor or 2 hearts (especially if you're black), you probably are missing something.

2. Underleading or not taking Aces in suit contracts (and finding out they have a singleton).

3. Not taking the bidding into consideration in the line of declarer play and defense. Shortness, strength are often clear based on the bids.
June 15, 2018
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We have Very Light 3rd hand openings checked on our convention cards. Certainly, any hand I'd overcall 1 with is worth opening in the 3rd seat (for me). We use (reverse) drury and my regular partners know not to get excited if the 4th seat doubles or overcalls unless I bid again.
April 27, 2018
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Fabulous tournament. We had a great time. I was 1 of those 19 new life masters. One schedule recommendation would be to have a single session team event on Saturday morning. For teams addicted to playing 3 times per day, we don't want miss out on the Saturday bracketed Swiss because we are in the compact KO semis.
April 25, 2018
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The Thursday night unit game in Alexandria is a big game with lots of options (A, B & 499 sections) and guaranteed partners. Plus it's close. I live further out so I normally only venture into the “big city” for special occasions.
March 18, 2018
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http://www.nvba.org/html/clubs.html

Northern VA game schedule. Most games are probably at most 30 minutes from DC in normal traffic.
March 16, 2018
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Wins is 1st decider. If all 3 teams go 1-1, then it is net (combined) IMPs in each team's 2 matches.
Jan. 18, 2018
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The 300 (nv) and 500 (v) point games swings are huge at IMPs – either 10 (nv) or 12 (v) IMP swing usually. We basically don't invite at IMPs (no 2NT or 3M bids without competition), just bid games and try to make it. My understanding is if you bid 3 vulnerable games that the other side doesn't bid, you only need to make 1 to break even.
Sept. 20, 2017
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I agree 100% with Gatlinburg. It proves that the “right” small city can pull off a large bridge event. An abundance of “reasonably” price hotel and restaurant options with an excellent playing facility, but lacking in the high end. 1000s of bridge players get to Gatlinburg even if it is not that convenient. My understanding is that they have asked Gatlinburg to host nationals, but they have declined because, in part, they make too much money hosting their regional and would have to share a getter percentage with a national.
Aug. 4, 2017
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Every hotel that I walked past all week had “vacancy” signs, so I doubt it was lack of available rooms close to the convention center.
April 25, 2017
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