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Two guys tried this one twice in a 7 board on my new to tournaments partner. However the second time that it happened we called the Director and he had to show his remaining cards. Both opponents knew exactly what they were doing but their bluster got them a warning only. They needed those gold points and had figured out a short cut.
Aug. 4, 2015
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This is really hard but really worth it. I am waiting for it to get easier. I have tried to find shortcuts but like with anything worth learning there really are none.
May 26, 2015
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Pre-sales of tickets for novices to be exchanged for entries has shown a substantial increase in I/N attendance at local tournaments. It would not be a big step to pre-sell the actual entries at bridge clubs and bridge lessons ahead of time. This might increase the need for stand-byes in case someone who bought a ticket dies. Is that why we don't sell ahead of time?
April 6, 2015
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It is more fun than you think it will be. The kids who want to get into bridge are much like us - serious people who do unusual nerdy things and call it fun.
Jan. 30, 2015
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My first response was, “Will you be my partner in a year or so?” The tone of his comment was just that anyone would know that. My intent is to start a little club as we get more kids. We are trying to take some of them to a student tournament in Toronto in March which is a big move as we are two hours out and taking little kids there may prove too ambitious.
Jan. 30, 2015
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Looks wonderful Debbie. What a great, pro-active way to get youth enjoying duplicate!
Jan. 2, 2015
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JoAnn you have said it! More people than anyone knows are staying away due to cost. NABC's are a rich person's sport.
Dec. 14, 2014
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The price of on-site accommodation is a major big deal in my consideration of going to a National. I can use that money for a lot of Regionals and, since, for me, the fun factor is more important than the gold points and hype, I can have a lot more fun. And I do not want to go traipsing too far out at night in a strange city to stay in cheaper digs. Also when a little dog like me gets to Silver, ACBL really has no more goals for us unless we put all our resources and energy into getting points. Another reason for a goal between 1000 and 2500 points.
Dec. 10, 2014
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I agree! Small individual efforts may feel like spitting in the wind but at least they are more than what has sometimes gone on in the past.
Dec. 10, 2014
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Where I play bridge this or something similar happens at least two or three times a session and the rules are rarely enforced. In fact, I think many feel that this action and many similar to it are just good ‘reading’ of the table. Not to introduce too contentious a new idea here, but some even see the ‘stop’ card as a clever way to give partner information. UI is not even a term that many know exists.

That being said, it is a shock for many to go to tournaments and find that things they considered perfectly normal are worthy of a director call.

Bridge teachers, club directors and those who know what is ethical and what is not can help here by consistently pointing out infractions and eventually penalizing this behaviour.
Nov. 18, 2014
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Thanks Gary - the stats for our little sectional showed a 30% increase in attendance over last year for the Friday and a whopping 56% increase for the Saturday at the 299er level. At least some of the increase is directly related to pre-selling tickets for the sectional at the clubs that are then exchanged for entries at the tournament. Those beginners like to have an entry in hand. They do not realize that this is not ‘done’ and seem to like being ‘sure’ they are playing and welcome. It is very simple but we are experiencing great success doing it.

BTW - we always refund an entry that cannot be used due to unforeseen circumstances. So the comfort level in pre-purchasing is high.

This time we offered a 3 day 299er pass for $50 (regular entry fee $11 cdn per game) so that if you only did 5 of the 6 games you were still ahead. The 19ers (our home grown term) were able to play all 3 days for $25. We also offered the 19ers a $5 pass to any game. The 299er passes sold the best.

I think just the pushing of these at the clubs helps with the marketing of the tournament at all levels.
Nov. 17, 2014
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Pre-selling admissions for 99er events to bridge tournaments seems to be working around here. We did it for the London Regional and again at a smaller sectional in Stratford, Ontario. If you print tickets and 3 day reduced passes (ie if you play 3 days, it is cheaper)and get them out to the clubs a couple of weeks ahead, we seem to have increased tournament attendance. Marketing admissions ahead of time seems to work.
Nov. 16, 2014
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Just plain old better minor with not many slam agreements. Newish partnership.
Aug. 19, 2014
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This boy may make a good bridge player but where is he going to find his partners? Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, even if Sheldon Cooper played bridge, which he says he will never do, he would have to have partners to do so. And no one, even semi-regular partners, likes to be treated shabbily!
March 12, 2014
Hazel Hewitt edited this comment March 12, 2014
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Phil, I like this discussion that you started. Thanks. Some of the best bridge players in my world do not buy into the ‘attendance’ contest because they cannot afford it, and/or they work full time and/or because they have and enjoy many other interests.

One can always get lots of master points if one attends a lot and can afford the expensive tournaments. One of my current pet peeves is the idea that newer players ‘should only’ play in the limited games. I like to encourage novices to play at all the levels and take what they can from it. So you are last, so what? Like you said, it's not about that.

Feb. 28, 2014
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The 3NT bid to me indicates that South is playing by him/her self without a partner. This doesn't work in bridge sometimes.
Dec. 30, 2013
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Overcalling 2H better describes the hand you hold. I hate it when I lay down dummy and partner asks where is the hand you bid.
Dec. 20, 2013
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While I dislike late players, I do know that ‘things happen’ and would let them into the game. Our games are small enough in clubs now without imposing rules to make them smaller. That said, if it is habitual without reasonable reasons (like they work until game time at a real job)then imposing penalties may be the only solution. But really, keeping anyone out of a game for debatable reasons just weakens the game in the long run. It is kind of no win if next time they are later.
Nov. 7, 2013
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Thanks so much for the input. This is why I love this website. Expert advice for partnership discussions. This gives us lots to discuss and figure out.
Oct. 6, 2013
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Just a question Steve on this thread. Playing precision and having opened 1C (17 plus) with a response of 1D (7 or less) would you respond 2D or 1NT holding Qxxx,KQx,AKxxx,A. My partner and I have differing opinions and I am interested in yours.
Oct. 5, 2013
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