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Sorry - the hand records aren't up because the website has been VERY slow and I was trying to get the scores and tomorrow's Women's bracket up. I'll post them now.

Hand records are now posted.
May 15
Jan Martel edited this comment May 15
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There are two hands on which rulings have been appealed. I think the second one is from an earlier segment but I do not know what segment or what board number. I would be very surprised if the appeals committee reached a ruling quickly. As soon as they have ruled, we'll post the actual score and remove the “A” which does indeed say there is an appeal pending.
May 15
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There is video and there were 2 tempo breaks, one of 34 seconds and one of 85 seconds.
May 15
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“The other default rule is pair your fast pair with their slow pair so you try to avoid the time trouble of two slow pairs at the same table. :)”

As an organizer, I wish that was the case, but the fast pairs don't like to play against slow pairs, so we much more often see fast vs fast and slow vs slow.
May 9
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@David - the problem is that if the Soloway starts any later, it conflicts with the Reisinger and there are enough of us who don't want to see the Reisinger diminished (personally, it's about my favorite event in bridge - making the second day a couple of times ranks ahead of most of my wins), and we were able to persuade the schedulers not to dilute it.

@Oren - I remember back when the Mixed Pairs was moved to opposite the 4th or 5th day of the Reisinger thinking that it had become a non-event. Now … OTOH I wonder why everyone is so down on the NAP? I haven't played in it in years (maybe decades :-)) but when I did it was a tough event and one I was proud of winning.
April 29
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I thought of the horse sports too, since that's my other avocation, but in truth you can't win an international show jumping, dressage or eventing competition, no matter how good your horse is, if you aren't a very good rider. Local shows, yes; international competitions, no.
April 29
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Not true about the Rosenblum. The top 16 teams in the Round of 64 were seeded based on Swiss finish. The next 16 were seeded based on their original seeding points. I don't remember whether the rest were random or something else.
April 28
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Anything we can do to encourage young people to take a year off before or during college is good :-). I say this as someone who took her parents' advice not to do so and then took a year off between college and law school. I got far more out of law school after that year and undoubtedly did better than I would have done had I not taken a break. I suspect that I would have gotten more out of my third and fourth years of college if I'd taken a break after 2 years.
April 27
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The number of USBC Positioning Points earned for the Reisinger is lower than for the Vanderbilt & Spingold (and soon Soloway), so it has a lower weight in determining whether a team gets a bye. But doing well in the Reisinger is a pretty good predictor for doing well in an IMP KO IMHO.
April 27
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@Max - just personal and anecdotal, but still maybe a little relevant. I was proud to win the Mixed BAM when it was held on the final weekend of the Summer Nationals (of course the 4 teams in the Spingold SF were not able to enter, but other than that it was a pretty good field). The last time I played in the event was the last time it was held then - now, even if I were playing much more than I am, I don't think I'd play in it and certainly wouldn't be remotely as proud of winning. Conflicts with the “premier” events make secondary events less meaningful.

@Michael - there's a big difference between 2 events that start on the same day - in that case of course you have to choose - and an event that starts opposite the fifth day of a seven day event.
April 27
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Well, I for one hope Joe is going to be otherwise engaged playing in the Soloway Semifinal on the second day of the Blue Ribbon this fall.
April 26
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I guess I should have posted the identical thing! I'm not going to play in the BRP because I'm going to be doing Vugraph from the Soloway. I'm not going to make the last 8 in the Soloway because I'm not going to enter it. I believe it is good for the BRP to have as many expert players as possible playing in it.
April 25
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BBO spectators like to have comparisons. I discovered that many many years ago when i was told I could cover 2 tables of a Vanderbilt or Spingold Semifinal, but not all 4. I thought it would be more interesting to see one table from each match (I was able to enter scores from the other table, but not bidding and play). The spectators told me they'd rather see both tables of one match.
That's one of the reasons that pair events are not good for Vugraph - unless there's someplace “live” to see scores, people don't in general like it. Add to that the fact that the Buffett scoring is somewhat opaque and the casual viewer isn't going to watch.
April 25
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Even with the non-simultaneous play, the Vugraph from the second set could have had comparisons with very little effort.
April 24
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Sorry - will edit the post - yes, it was the top 16 Swiss finishers who chose their first round opponents, from the bottom half of the qualifiers.

I wasn't surprised at this result but was responding to the question of whether using a Swiss to qualify and seed the Soloway made it more random than using seeding points.
April 22
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I don't know how much was done to decide whether a Swiss or seeding points does a better job of predicting who will do well in a KO, but just for interest, I did look at the results in Orlando, where I had both Swiss finish and seed order for all of the teams. The top 16 seeds out-performed the top 16 Swiss finishers in every round of the KO, even though the top 16 Swiss finishers got to choose their first-round opponents. I recognize that this is only one event and who knows what will happen in the Soloway, but I found it interesting. Two of the top 16 finishers in the Swiss made it to the Quarterfinals and none to the Semifinals.
April 22
Jan Martel edited this comment April 22
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Reading this thread, the thing that has struck me is the many comments against “elitism.” I thought the point of the BRP was to have an elite event. How do you have an elite event without as many “elite” players as possible? And when did “elite” become pejorative? Is it really bad to be a talented player who can make it to the Quarterfinals of one of the major KOs?
We have an event that once upon a time was fairly difficult to qualify for (when I started to play, winning a Regional was a big deal). Then the qualification requirements were substantially diluted. And instead of expiring every 3 years or when you played, qualifications remain forever. I have played under 30 days of bridge in the last 5 years. I have 55 BRP Qs, So I suppose we've already “adulterated” or “diluted” the BRP. But do we really want to make it even less elite? Don't we have enough “easy” events?
April 21
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Yes, this stage will eliminate 1 team.
When you say sessions of 12 or 16 boards, you're leaving out 14 - I think we've settled on this format (since no one can figure out anything better) and 7 board segments, which makes each “session” 14 boards long - 2 matches of 7 boards each, not played simultaneously.
April 17
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This isn't for the Open - we're fine with sitouts there. It's for the Women, who have only 5 teams, so if we use the “stout” method each team play only 80% of the boards in play, which is a significant reduction in the number of boards per match
April 16
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We hold the Women's event concurrently because it is so small that it is not economically feasible to hold it stand-alone. when we did hold it as a separate event, we held it at a Regional and although that solved the “it's too small” issue, it raised others.
April 9
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