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ACBL seeding points are based on performance over the last 10 years and decay at a rate of 10% per year. For instance, a player who won the Vanderbilt in 2019 will have 10 seeding points added to his or her seeding point total for 2020; a player who won the Vanderbilt in 2018, will have 9 seeding points included in the total.
For the Open USBC, we add something called Individual Performance Points (IPPs) to ACBL seeding points - those are based on performance in the most recent USBC, Spingold, Soloway, Reisinger & Vanderbilt; that means we weight the most recent performance even more heavily than it is already weighted in calculating ACBL seeding points, and we include the USBC.
If we choose to use ACBL VSR seeding points for the Seniors, we can also add points for the most recent Senior USBC performance, as we have been doing when using ACBL Senior seeding points. We aren't going to reinvent any wheels involved in calculating ACBL seeding points - it's hard enough making certain that the seeding points are accurate is is.
Oct. 10, 2019
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The current method also includes some seeding points for performance in the most recent Senior USBC - 20 seeding points for each player on the team that finished 1st, 14 for each player on the team that finished second. I didn't include that “tweak” in the statement of the current method, because I think it's one of the issues that should wait until we make an overall decision.
We don't use performance in WC events because only the teams that qualify in the various USBCs get a chance to play in the WC, so I think our concept is that to count WC performance would give a double reward to doing well in the USBCs. Obviously, that doesn't apply to the Rosenblum year, but there's still the issue of people who choose to play in the Open, Mixed or Women's but are eligible for the Seniors, as well as the issue of people who are just becoming eligible for Seniors.
Oct. 9, 2019
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Funny - I saw the China Eastern through Wuhan from SFO, but didn't find any non-stops (I looked at the October dates this year - maybe those flights were all sold out. I guess we'll all have to wait to find out where and when the tournament really is before figuring things like this out. I still have my fingers crossed for Turkey instead of China.
Oct. 1, 2019
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I couldn't find any direct flights from San Francisco. I didn't look at the other cities you mention.
Oct. 1, 2019
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Another thing that would be nice in the lobby would be what board each table is on.
Sept. 30, 2019
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I had also heard “maybe Cracow” but nothing had been settled. Anyplace in Poland will be better than anyplace in China.
Sept. 30, 2019
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Every time I think I know all of the possible auctions the Ghestem players can come up with, something else appears, someone comes up with something new. The “only one cue-bid below 3NT” rule would also apply to 1-(3) showing diamonds and a specific major and maybe other auctions I haven't thought of.

The regular 1M-(2M) Michaels auctions are different because there is only one cue available, so we have completely different rules there.
Sept. 29, 2019
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I like Andy's way of stating the general rule (I had been using “the cheaper cue bid shows the 4th suit, with an exception that if the cheaper cue is the only one below 3 of our suit, it shows our suit, your way eliminates the exception. But I would add 2 other exceptions:
1. when we have opened 1 of a minor, if there is only one cue bid below 3NT, it shows the raise and the cue bid above 3NT shows the 4th suit. For example 1-(3) showing spades and clubs - there we think it's more important to show the raise below 3NT.
2: if 2NT is available after a 1M opening, it is a limit raise and the cue that shows our suit is a mixed raise. I think this only happens with 1M-(2M) Ghestem-ish. If 2NT is available after a 1m opening, it is natural, invitational.
There is one other question to resolve on these auctions - what is DBL? Our rule is that if they have bid one of ”their“ suits, DBL is negative; if they have bid one of ”our" suits or we have an unbid Major, defensively oriented otherwise.
Sept. 29, 2019
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It's important not to phrase this rule the way you and the earlier person espousing it did. I'm sure you know what you mean, but sometimes a new partner might misinterpret. What you mean (I think) is the cheaper cue bid shows the lower suit and the more expensive cue shows the higher suit. So, for example, 1-(3) showing hearts and clubs, 3, the higher ranking cue bid is cheaper than 4, the lower-ranking, and would show diamonds for you.

That auction (which is common among people who play Ghestem) is also a good example of how Andy's rule works; the more expensive cue is 4 but 3 is below 3 of our suit & 4 is not, so 3 would be a raise.
Sept. 29, 2019
Jan Martel edited this comment Sept. 29, 2019
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Thanks, David. Any specific dates announced?
Sept. 27, 2019
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I know I’ve told this story before, but once upon a time I was hypnotized in a Reno show. The hypnotist at some point said “all the girls stand up.“ I remained seated. She then tried “all the ladies stand up.“ I remained seated. Finally she said “all the women stand up“ and I stood up. I haven’t changed my opinion since then, and refer to what the WBF calls “girls” as the Rona.

Edited to fix my silly typo/thinko.
Sept. 21, 2019
Jan Martel edited this comment Sept. 21, 2019
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The Chinese restaurant in the New World Hotel is excellent, although the same dishes were quite different the 2 times we ate there :-). Now that the playing day will end an hour earlier, it will be much less challenge to get dinner - most of the restaurants really don't let you in after 9, although some of the mall ones stay open until 10.
Sept. 16, 2019
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As one of those vegetarians (but not completely strict) here in Wuhan, it is a little challenging but definitely possible to get vegetarian dishes. I thank Google for translate every time I do anything!! Type “no meat” into it and show it to a waiter and most of the time they take the meat out of the dish. No guarantees about broth, sauces etc of course.

There's a very large grocery store in the basement of the huge mall and again, with google translate I was able to find everything (almost) I wanted. there are many many assistants and if I put something (oatmeal is an example) into Google translate, they happily led me to the right place.
Sept. 16, 2019
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We saw people playing at the screen tables a couple of hours ago.
Sept. 13, 2019
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@Michael - my bet is that one team not In the top 10 will make it, so 3 top 10 teams won’t. Who those teams will be will depend n who’s “hot” next week.
This is an incredibly strong field, and the Round Robin will be tough!
Sept. 5, 2019
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Where would you want to stay near the Cow Palace (I don't say “walking distance” because I don't think there is anything within walking distance)?
Seriously, it is very hard to find space in attractive locations like San Francisco that is suitable of an NABC and has all the other things we all want - a nice hotel, good restaurants within walking distance (I guess I should have asked where to eat near the Cow Palace also).
Aug. 23, 2019
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Sorry - it was constant - the hope was that it would cover the noises of taking bidding cards out and putting them on the tray, but it was just irritating. I don't have any more recollection of why or when or who I'm afraid, just that we gave up on the idea very quickly.
Aug. 22, 2019
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@Debbie: Thanks for reminding me of that. I agree with your suggestion and will try to include it in whatever section we end up deciding on writing for “accommodation.”
Aug. 21, 2019
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MR asked: “I’m curious as to how a comment by Ilan “has been made by a user that has not yet been verified” yet, later in the thread, there is a comment by Ilan.”

I know the answer to that one (wish I knew the answers to all of the other questions people have been raising here): when I added Ilan to this Forum so he could join this discussion, there were two Bridge Winners members called Ilan Wolff - usually that happens when someone has joined BW from 2 different email addresses. I added the one that appeared first, then saw the disallowed post and tried adding the one that appeared second, after which Ilan was able to post here.
Aug. 21, 2019
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Of course we make reasonable accommodations for players who can't, for whatever reason, do certain things. The reason for this discussion is to see whether we can figure out in advance what accommodations are reasonable, and whether we should distinguish between players who can't do something & players who won't do something.
Aug. 21, 2019
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