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Your teammates were sitting the same direction as you??
Aug. 2
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Congratulations to team Onstott. With Bruce on the team, they were the team Carol and I were rooting for here in Boise. Interestingly, the last time we were at the table with him was at the Sparks (Reno), NV Regional last October when he was playing with John Onstott.

Favorite bridge story playing against him was when he found the lead of x from Ax in a side suit instead of leading his partner's suit against our 4S contract. I put down dummy with the K in the led suit, and Carol had the Jack, but not the Queen. The first two tricks went exactly as Bruce hoped for. Then he led his partner's suit which was headed by Ace only. All this to promote the 10 third of trump in his hand for the setting trick.
Aug. 6, 2018
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Good luck today, Bud. Stick with the Swiss Team Scorer, it does produce nice record of game when uploaded to ACBL Club Results Page. We were lucky to have 10 tables when we tried it, Swiss Teams Scorer with a triple looked daunting. We used same set up that you will - 6 board matches with 4 sets, and 4th 1-36 in case 11th team showed. Used Australian style with NS pairs staying at home table throughout. Feedback was generally positive to very positive. Good feedback at the Richland, WA Sectional Swiss the next weekend, too - they needed 10 board sets of 24 (5 sets per Session, and 2 sets hand records) for 19 teams with 6 8's, but no bridgemates.
June 5, 2018
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How about Day 2
March 7, 2018
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Here in Boise the local clubs have always shut down for sectionals. Last year the Boise club held a Friday game during the Sectional in Ontario, OR - 50 miles away - and only got 6 tables. They had 13 the Friday before, and 16 the Friday after. Scheduling the Reach event during the Boise Sectional dampened enthusiasm for Reach participation, not the other way around. Only 4 individuals signed up for Reach from the 3 Units near Boise, as they knew they would only get 3 chances to play at participating clubs here. We had 2 players from Idaho Falls forgo a chance to improve their Reach score by playing there Friday afternoon - they drove 280 miles to play in the sectional here instead. It will be interesting to see how Reach goes over here the next time, if if does not conflict with a local sectional.
Feb. 14, 2018
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Strongly second Richard's suggestion that BBO enter some bots. Bots 1-10 could play 24 hands a day, differing from each other, and Bot Zero could play all of the other hands that day. So, every hand would have one bot score mixed in with the human scores. After 4 days, Bot Zero should give an indication of just how good the bots are in this field, and Bots 1-10 could show just how random the bots are.
July 17, 2017
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Better than playing the 8 of spades on the first or second round (I can't remember which, I was dummy). Our 490 (in 4NT) was worth 7 of 8 MP's. Two of 9 were in slam, both down. Only table where I know for sure there was a 2NT overcall - the result was 500 in 3CX.
Dec. 20, 2016
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How do you go about loading this movement in to ACBL Score?
Dec. 2, 2016
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Had a false positive at 17 yesterday. 3N= W and 1N+2 N. More disturbing, though, there were 3 scores erased and corrected at the table. When the scores were imported to ACBL Score well later on, the first (and incorrect) scores were recorded. Any one else see this with the new software version?
Nov. 29, 2016
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Remember the old days when boards were dealt by players using hand records? Deals were rotated 180 degrees. Spot cards were swapped between hands. Deal 3 was put in board 4, and Deal 4 ended up in Board 3. The hand records passed out afterwards were wrong, but still usable, as players were quick to spot the errors and figure it out. So, a viable solution would be for tourney organizers to just deliberately alter the boards in these ways. Why send away for new dealer files, new hand records, and then deal the new boards? Just “fix” the old ones. Have the DIC or someone's grandchild swap the 2 and 3 of spades on board 5, the 4 and 6 of diamonds on #27. The DIC can rotate board 17, switch the hands between 21 and 22, or even swap 1 and 26.

Congrats to the ACBL - using a better dealing program is certainly the way to go, but for the next 5 weeks a unit could certainly fix the one sectional that might be scheduled.
Nov. 22, 2016
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Would discarding every other hand defeat this cracking program?
Sept. 14, 2016
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Same thing in Boise. No results from Saturday night, be we got an email.
Aug. 14, 2016
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A long time ago it happened to me too. We get the picture when we tried to exchange hands played in the middle of the round, and with the help of the Director one of the tables played remaining boards the right way.

Paul, why didn't the director let the other table play their remaining boards? The players remain in the wrong seats, and the director does an arrow switch before placing the boards. The boards will then have been played in a manner so that valid comparisons can be made. It may not be the way they were intended to be played at the start, but aren't 7 or 8 comparisons better than 3 or 4?
Aug. 3, 2016
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