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I would prefer to have ACBL spend its energy on bridge-related activities and not on deciding which charities its members should be supporting.
March 19
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What I don't understand about this thread is why everyone seems to think that the defense allowed the contract to make. The OP doesn't say what the opening lead was, but I'm going to assume it was a diamond (I don't think it matters). Now I think declarer played the J of hearts, which was covered. Above, MG says the contract was now cold by playing 3 more rounds of trumps and another diamond to an honor it dummy.*
If E ruffs and leads a low spade, how do you get rid of your third club loser? If you overtake the spade Q to cash the remaining high diamond, pitching a club, dummy is left with losing diamonds & spades (exactly which ones depends on discards on the hearts) and Jx of clubs. Declarer is left with 2 hearts and Qxx of clubs. East still has the spade K to go with his Ax of clubs. West has KT9 of clubs and a high diamond. How does declarer take more than his remaining hearts?
If you win the spade Q and lead a low club and duck it (best I think), E wins the A, leads a club to the K and West leads the club 10. Declarer is left with a losing club and no entry to dummy to pitch it.

*double dummy, declarer an prevail here if they played the 10 on the first diamond and now finesse the 9, but I don't see that being suggested.
March 16
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Although I also love screens, I think 98% is an overbid. When we can add tablets for bidding, instead of bidding boxes and the tray, we’ll be closer though.
March 13
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@ Ed: I’ve been told 200 sq. ft. per screen table as a ballpark.

@ David: in recent years, ACBL has provided duplicated boards for early rounds of the Vanderbilt & Spingold, which is a significant improvement over shuffle and play, and fairly expensive, more in terms of labor than the extra boards and printing the hand records.
March 13
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Also, the ACBL screens do not weigh anything like a ton. I am 5 feet tall, and although I’m in decent shape I’m no weightlifter, but I can set up and move ACBL screens by myself. It’s easier if I have help, but it’s not impossible for me to change the orientation of the north and south players without help.
March 13
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I think Rosalind is talking about the screen, not the screen plus table. I don't know the cost for the screens ACBL uses (or the WBF ones for that matter), but they include the table and one important feature is that they fold up into a reasonable size for shipment and storage.

You also need to consider the cost of the extra space required - screen tables need at least twice as much space as do regular tables. When you're talking about one day with a very large number of tables and then the next day with half as many, the logistics are difficult, unless you are able to “waste” a lot of space leaving all the unused screen tables set up. The “cost” isn't just in dollars, it's also in reducing the choices for NABC sites because of the need for more playing space and increasing the need for staff to set up and take down and move the screens.
March 13
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Have you actually used a lighter weight screen? The current ACBL screens are lighter than the old ones and some of us think that they are also worse in use (they're noisy when you open and close the aperture and have a tendency to lean over). I tried out a very light weight screen a year or so ago and it was not acceptable for serious play. Light weight means less stable and more breakable.
March 13
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My interpretation of Randy's comment was:
“Really, ‘hire another person’ is the solution?”
March 6
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Maybe not $700 coffee pots, but my 2019 USBC contract has coffee at a “special rate” of $70 per gallon! That's why we don't buy coffee from the hotel. Instead we make coffee in the hospitality suite and in the players' lounge. But of course we can do that because the tournaments are small.
March 6
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That's a good question - I'm not sure who would know the answer. It doesn't apply for us because our selection events are limited to players who are eligible to represent the US in WBF events. It feels as if a non-contender is not “representing” Australia, but I don't really know.
March 5
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Thanks, Tom.
I didn't know when it had been changed, but saw that the 10 year provision was no longer there.
March 5
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You are a US citizen and thus are eligible for USBF events wherever you live, so long as you will be eligible to compete in the WBF event for which the USBF event selects teams.
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If you play in a WBF event representing a country other than the US, you are not eligible to represent the US in a WBF event until “two subsequent calendar years” have passed - that's a WBF eligibility rule, to quote the relevant paragraph:

“No player may represent another country in a WBF championship, any regional or national championship recognized by the WBF, as such by the awarding of WBF Master Points, until at least two subsequent calendar years have passed since he/she has represented a different country in such events, without the specific permission of the WBF Credential Committee based on an extraordinary situation.”

You can find the full WBF Eligibility Criteria at http://www.worldbridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/WBFEligibilityCode.pdf
March 5
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And the Bermuda Bowl is in September, more than 4 months from now but before the November end of the WBF suspension.
March 4
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But only at levels that are extremely high. I've forgotten how many cups of coffee it would take but it was more than I could imagine drinking!
March 3
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@Randy - Do you mean from a governmental entity? That's easy - zero. We wasted some effort about 12-15 years ago trying to get recognition from the USOC, but failed and haven't tried again.
The USBF is supported by the dues of its members and donations from generous bridge players. Our expenses are fairly low because all of the Board members and officers are volunteers.
We receive support to pass on to players in World Championships from the ACBL International Fund, which comes from IF games run by ACBL. Player support is the largest item in our budget in the three years out of four that we send teams to World Championships.
The ACBL contributes a reducing amount toward WBF dues, and last year ran a nationwide IREACH game to raise additional funds for the 3 Zone 2 NBOs to use to pay WBF dues, which I suppose will now be our second largest expense item each year, or perhaps largest, depending on where the World Championships are being held and how many teams we are sending.
Donations from generous individuals cover the cost of the Junior USBCs, which we hold every 2 years and for which we charge no entry fee and pay the players' travel and hotel expenses, making those events fairly expensive (for comparison, each Junior USBC costs about $75,000 and we lose about $10,000 on each Open USBC).
You can see actual numbers (audited financial statements) on the USBF website at http://www.usbf.org/about-usbf/about-usbf/index.php, but our annual expenses other than support for International Teams and costs of Junior USBCs in the years we run them are under $100,000 a year.
March 3
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Seconding Don, many of the Board members do not stay for the NABCs (whether that is positive or negative I do not know).
March 3
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I'll also second Max's comment. The first time Chip got a TUE for a blood pressure medication (not sure what), it took several submissions from his doctor to persuade the WBF drug supervisor that it was really necessary and that they had tried all reasonable alternatives. I have seen similar instances for other US bridge players.
As to who can be tested, I believe they randomly draw some number of names at the beginning of an event and then again randomly select some number from the Semi-finalists or Finalists. So everyone who competes is “possibly subject to drug testing” but those who do well are more likely to be tested.
March 3
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Very slight correction - players in Senior events are not subject to drug testing. Seniors (whatever your definition) playing in Open and Women's events (I think also Mixed) are subject to drug testing.
March 3
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But getting a good night's sleep definitely improves ones performance at the bridge table the next day! :-)
March 2
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No, the ACBL is not a member of the WBF. The USBF, CBF & FMB are members of the WBF. ACBL members who are US, Canadian or Mexican citizens are members of USBF, CBF & FMB.
March 2
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