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Although that's usually true, when I asked Yelp for “Vegetarian friendly” restaurants in Memphis, I got virtually nothing.
March 26
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Sometimes you don't know what signal you want to send at trick 1 until you've thought about how the rest of the defense is going to go. Should you encourage because you don't want partner to make a dangerous shift? Discourage because this suit is under control and you do want partner to shirt. I don't think it's so easy to separate out whether you're thinking about “this trick” which includes what signal to send or about the whole hand.
March 25
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Well, I was pretty close :-)
March 24
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Maybe it depends where in the convention center you’re playing. It was pretty cold inside at our end; I was glad I had my Bridge Winners hoodie, an dhavent unpacked my sandals.
March 24
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@ Steve: They did give us 2 towels for 2 people. On.y one tiny towel bar though!
@Leo: I was wondering that too!
March 24
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The hotel room here has twice as many drawers as the one in Atlanta (that means 2, and really small ones). I think that the interior designers who plan hotel rooms should have to live in one for a week!
March 23
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That's right. And as always, I'm looking for Vugraph operators. If you'll be in Memphis and have a planned day off from playing or find yourself with a surprise day off, please email (marteljan at gmail) or text me! I'm hoping we can cover at least 8 tables from the Round of 16 and all of the tables from then on, so Thursday and Friday are the days I most need operators.
If you haven't been a Vugraph operators before, and are familiar with playing on BBO, I will be able to train you in about half an hour, and we can schedule that at your convenience. ACBL pays operators $100 a day ($50 a session), but the real payments are getting the best kibitzing seat at the table and the appreciation of thousands of spectators.
March 21
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Wow! Winning this once is impressive; twice is supercallifragalisticexpialadocious (sp?)! Congratulations, Alex.
March 20
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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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