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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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I'm not sure the quality of our video would be good enough for that - I often have difficulty figuring what cards are being played from the video, telling which thing(s) are being pointed to would be difficult. But it would help over just relying on people's memory. Still doesn't answer what to do if a pair's agreements are more complicated than “12-18 with 5 spades” though.
Aug. 20
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I have asked several people about what the WBF does and so far the answer is nothing. Sorry!
Aug. 20
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Touching a button on a touch screen is soundless. “Typing” just involves touching several buttons. The program for the bidding tablets has some protection against entering the wrong bid. Explanations might have errors in “typing” but they will probably still be clearer than the current scribbles and whispers.
Aug. 19
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Tablets won't do away with screens, just add to what screens do best - eliminating UI problems from tempo, and also providing a record of the bidding. The UI that will go away is the information that comes from noise on the other side of the screen. With a few notable exceptions, and especially in a quiet room, the players on the other side of the screen can hear when a bid is made. Oh, and we did try a white noise machine once - the players hated it.
Aug. 19
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I don't see anyone addressing what I see as the serious issue we're going to have next year (I hope) when we start using tablets for bidding. We've managed to work around the disclosure issues so far, but what should we do when someone says “I can't bid because I can't use the device the organizers have chosen for doing so.”

Do we have to revert to bidding boxes and trays for those tables? Or do we say, as I did when someone said they were not willing to be on Vugraph because that would be “using” the Vugraph operator's computer “the Conditions of Contest require you to be on Vugraph; if you don't want to do that this segment, you can't play this segment.”
Aug. 18
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Many people play (after a transfer response to 1, but I think that's sufficiently similar to be helpful) that DBL shows the suit bid, the cue-bid shows a takeout DBL and 2 of the suit shown is 2-suited. Others play that DBL is takeout of the suit shown, the simple cue & jump cue are both 2-suited, usually with the simple cue showing a 4-6 type hand.
Aug. 18
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Isn't that for 2021? At least it's what Rona announced as the most likely site for 2021 in Orlando.
Aug. 15
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Let me know if you learn anything! I've scheduled the USBF qualifying events on the assumption that the World Championships will be in September, but I keep looking for an official announcement from the WBF. I also heard the China rumor. But just an uninformed rumor as far as I know.
Aug. 15
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For anyone like me who's interested in the rosters and has some trouble navigating the WBF site (Google is my friend), here's the list of participants: http://youth.worldbridge.org/2nd-wbf-youth-teams-online-championships-team-rosters/
Aug. 11
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I happen to have spent a fair amount of time reviewing convention cards for the Bermuda Bowl and there are lots of pairs that play 1m-(1h)-X as 4+ spades. Many of them may have special bids for 6 spades and for game forcing hands with 5 spades, to deal with the problems, but I'd suggest that until you have qualified for a World Championship “Yuck” might be a little strong.
Aug. 9
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Can't you celebrate Thanksgiving the week before or a couple of weeks after? What is “sacred” about the third (or is it fourth) Thursday in November? I love Thanksgiving dinner and always make it for my family, just not on the day that is designated “Thanksgiving.” Actually, can't we give thanks on many other days? There are so many things to be thankful for, one of which is that hotels are so happy to be full on holidays like Thanksgiving and Mothers' Day and between Christmas and New Years, that we can get inexpensive space for tournaments at those times.
Aug. 7
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The Soloway will be used for purposes of seeding and byes in the USBCs, but that was not in any way a reason for holding it, just a reaction by USBF to the fact that it had been scheduled.
Aug. 6
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That's true, but there's no rule that you have to stay at one table unless you're in the playing room :-).
Aug. 1
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My husband pointed out that if different matches are playing different sets of boards and one match has fairly boring hands, you can go to a different match where the hands are more interesting. Certainly in the case of the Las Vegas Spingold, the table were MUCH too close together for anyone to have been happy to have the same boards at all tables.
July 31
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The egregious slow play was in the third quarter. The director informed the players that they were playing into the time for the fourth quarter and if they went over that time boards would be removed. The team with seating rights lined up so the two slow pairs didn't play each other int he fourth quarter and they finished on time, despite starting late.

It was amusing to watch the pairs from the other match (at one table) leave the room, having completed the fourth quarter, as the pairs for this match were coming into the room for the quarter.
July 30
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