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I've been mulling over some possible ways to make the limited NABC championships a little bit more inviting compared to similar Regional-rated events.

1st and 2nd get their pictures in the monthly Bulletin, but what about the rest?

One thought, for games that award gold points anyway, would be to have all section awards be gold, just as all section awards in NABC+ events are platinum. I'm not sure what the equivalent for the NLM events would be.
April 8
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If I was going to do something other than Pass here, I probably should have done that on the last round.
Feb. 7
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The only lead that causes any problems for me is a , so I have to assume that's what W will lead when he finishes spades.

If I throw two from dummy, then E-W can force me to use my A before I have the clubs unblocked – so I won't do that. Similarly, to preserve the dummy entry I need to keep all of S's diamonds.

Other than that, I want to keep all my tricks (I can cash all the rest once I get the lead) and the first option seems the safest to me. If I could persuade W not to lead a diamond, that would be nice, but if E has been signalling for a diamond lead he'll probably get it.
Dec. 20, 2018
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Robert, midweek I see the D21 regionals have “Open Pairs 5000/+”, “Midflight Pairs 1500/3000” and “Gold Rush Pairs 300/750”. I don't know how successful they are, but I like the idea too.
Nov. 6, 2018
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On that one, my LHO opened 7 and partner overcalled 7 – so that's 77 “bits of card” in the first two calls.
Oct. 26, 2018
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Is a C pair scoring 49% in an open game less of an accomplishment than winning the 299er (or Gold Rush, or 99er) game? Why shouldn't the pair in the open game get points?

To my mind, we should be encouraging pairs to get exposure to better (or at least more experienced) opponents, and stratification is one way to do that.

Denying points to pairs that do well within their strat suggests that we should replace stratified games with flighted ones, and I don't think that's desirable or, in most cases, practical.

We can (and often do, here) talk about how many flights and/or strata there should be, and the relative sizes of the awards. But if you're going to have stratified games, I don't think there should be an overall score minimum to earn points.
Oct. 22, 2018
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People who never bother to alert until it's their turn to bid.
Sept. 14, 2018
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I ended up passing, not being sure what XX would show and thinking that since we did not appear to have a fit and the points were evenly split, bidding might help the opponents more than our side.

As it turned out, we can make (DD) only 2 or 2, while the opponents can make 3 or 2. North has six good spades (AKQxxx) and four poor hearts, and an interesting decision of her own.

We were fortunate that our opponents blazed ahead to 4, which we set for a tied-top board. Whether my pass had anything to do with their overbid, I can't say. I didn't feel comfortable passing with that many points and thought I'd see if I'd missed anything.

This was board 13 of the Sat 11 Aug Common Game.
Aug. 20, 2018
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Partner didn't open 1, we did.
Aug. 9, 2018
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I think bidding 3 is questionable, but possibly allowed (if partner had read 2 as a transfer, would passing deny 3-card support?)

Correcting partner's 3 to 3 seems right out to me, though. You have to assume partner already knows you have 5 hearts, and if she chooses to bid diamonds in spite of that (3=2=6=2?), you probably have to respect that choice.

But overall, I think Pass is what you'd probably do if the transfer was announced. The UI makes you want to do something different, so you shouldn't, and other action is likely to dig the hole even deeper.

Also remember, if you're in a similar situation and end up defending, you tell the opponents at the *end* of the hand. If you tell the opponents at the end of the bidding, as you do when declaring, you wake up partner and that might affect her play.
July 17, 2018
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From http://www.acbl.org/tournaments_page/general-information/explanation-of-events/pair-games-explained/

STRATIFLIGHTED PAIRS
The Stratiflighted Pairs is almost identical to a Stratified Pairs with one major difference — the pairs in the top flight compete in a separate event, totally apart from the other strata. The top flight can be divided into two strata if preferred. The remaining pairs play a stratified game handled exactly like a Stratified Pairs. In other words, there are two games, both of which are run along the lines of an open pairs.

(end quote)

This would be, for example, an A/X pairs at the same time as a B/C/D pairs. It could even apply to an Open Pairs along with a Gold Rush Pairs (if the GR event is stratified).
June 29, 2018
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May 25, 2018
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I have also run into this issue with partners, and it's now something I ask about if a partner wants to play Ogust.

That said, I originally learned it (as most here did, apparently) as hearts=good hand, and that's my preferred set of responses.
May 24, 2018
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Should that be “3 was preemptive and natural”? Or did partner bid 3 instead of 2?
May 24, 2018
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Are we South in this sequence? The diagram shows East as having the “?” as the player to call, but your comments about opening read like it's the South hand being asked about (East didn't have a chance to bid earlier).
April 3, 2018
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There is one possible issue that I have noticed with a one-round arrow switch.

Suppose that there is one expert pair in the game that is much better than everyone else.

Pairs that start the same direction as this expert pair will play a large percentage of the hands the same direction as, and thus being compared against, the expert pair. Pairs that start the other direction will play only a few hands (those they arrow-switched, and those the experts arrow-switched) being compared against the experts.

And yet all are being compared in the same overall results. If there were separate results for N/S and E/W, pairs might well feel good about “53% - but only the experts beat us”, but in a single standings that might be much further down.
March 31, 2018
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Yes, I also get an error when I attempt to “Log in with Facebook”.
Feb. 27, 2018
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Michal, you can go to the main menu, Explore, Bridge Problems, and get to either Lead or Bidding problems.
Feb. 23, 2018
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6 would probably be my call without any UI, but I did seriously consider Pass (making it an LA) and 6 is suggested over that by the UI.

So if I bid, I would expect the director to roll back the contract to 6 (unless 6 scores worse, which wasn't the case here).

Someone described a similar situation as the UI turning a 60% bid into a 100% bid, and in that case the bid shouldn't be allowed.
Feb. 15, 2018
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I find that about half the time I put out the third pass card, the next player (who made the last bid) puts out a fourth one. Not a problem (unless it is something other than a pass), but I keep imagining the series of passes going around and around the table.

That may be one reason I tend to scoop up the bidding cards rather than putting out the third pass (but only when mine is the final pass).
Feb. 4, 2018
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