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May 23
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I don't think Bridge Winners can do a Fantasy Bracket that includes a USA2 segment, so I didn't ask them to do one for the Mixed.
May 22
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The decision to hold an Open USBC in the “off” year was made quite a few years ago. USBF polled all of the players from a few years of Open USBCs (I don't remember either exactly when we did it or how many years of USBC players were poled,, but there were a lot of players) and asked whether they would prefer a year off or a USBC in the off year. I was surprised at the very large response we got (something like 65% if I remember correctly). The vote was overwhelmingly to hold the USBC in that year. I also tried my best to classify players as Pro, Amateur and Sponsor and each group was in favor of holding the event. We have continued to do so since then and most of the people who comment on it say what Al did “It's a great event, we shouldn't skip it.”
Although player preference is the main reason we hold the Open USBC in the off year, there is also the fact that the Open USBC to choose 2 teams is really long - I have 2021 scheduled for 14 days - and we'd rather have two shorter events than one very long one.
May 22
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Although I completely agree with you about there being nothing wrong with a 5-way tie, the prize for this Fantasy Bracket is offered by USBF to the highest scoring USBF dues paying Member. It is either an online match against the winner of the USBC or a dinner with the USBC winner at an NABC. Julie Arbit and Cornelius Duffie are both USBF members. Julie is a USBF employee, so if they end up tied, Cornelius wins.
May 18
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I think we copied the Bridge World way of doing hand diagrams, but I'll try it the other way for today's appeal.
May 16
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I have now posted the Appeals Committee report on the USBF website at https://www.usbf.org/appeals/2019-usbc-appeal-1
May 16
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Very difficult to put a committee together at midnight. We are grateful to those who are willing to serve.
May 16
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I am told that the first appeal was decided in favor of Fleisher and the second appeal was withdrawn, so the score for a very close, well-played match is 226 Fleisher, 216 Donn and tomorrow's matches will be Rosenthal vs Wolfson and Fleisher vs Kriegel
May 15
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I have been told that the appeal on this hand has been decided in favor of Fleisher and that they are moving on to the second ruling.
May 15
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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
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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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