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I agree overall, except that the upstairs rooms where the Senior KO's were played were too cold. at least for me :-).

The mall right next door was great, both for a day off shopping and for a plethora of decent and reasonably fast restaurants in addition to the food court. There were also some outstanding restaurants within easy walking distance.

I don't think we can blame the hotel reservation problems on the Omni and once we actually had a room there, the staff were great - the maids managed to clean our room after we left at 1:00 or 1:30 and never knocked on the door earlier, which often happens at hotels, do not disturb sign or no do not disturb sign.

I suppose that the low attendance was a combination of the fact that Providence isn't easy to get to and that New Orleans is probably a more attractive destination, so if you were deciding which of the two to attend, you might opt for New Orleans?
Dec. 9, 2014
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I think that ACBL Live is a work in progress. I hope that in New Orleans we'll see results posted more promptly and with leaderboards.
Dec. 7, 2014
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See http://www.acbl.org/nabc/2014/03/bulletins/db11.pdf for all of Sunday's results
Dec. 7, 2014
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The Final Daily Bulletin is now on the ACBL site at http://www.acbl.org/nabc/2014/03/bulletins/db11.pdf
It has Reisinger, NA Swiss, 10K Swiss and Regional game results from Sunday
Dec. 7, 2014
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I was told that Lynch won. I don't know anything else.
Dec. 7, 2014
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I believe the full Reisinger results are now up on ACBL Live, but I'll leave the final scores on USBF until tomorrow, when that site will go back to things like USBC's.
Dec. 7, 2014
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I'm sorry! It didn't occur to me they wouldn't be available - I was just over there and could easily have taken a picture of the Reisinger printout and posted it. I'm going back soon and will do that. Of course if I'd paid enough attention I'd be able to report on who did what, but I didn't :-).

On the good news front, though, we'll be showing the Reisinger on Vugraph tomorrow.
Dec. 5, 2014
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Sorry, I missed that comment. It seemed as if most of the comments assumed that the hesitation suggested bidding 6.
Dec. 4, 2014
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One issue no one has raised is whether the slow 5 “demonstrably suggests” bidding 6. We can all see from South's hand that he was thinking about whether to bid 5 or 6 (and his opposite number at the other table did, in fact, bid 6 on the same auction), but might he not have been thinking instead about whether to pass 4NT or bid 5? Perhaps he had some relatively balanced hand with 3 spades or a doubleton honor and was trying to figure out which contract would be safer. Then the hesitation would in fact suggest that passing was better than bidding on.
Dec. 4, 2014
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It may seem like a lot, but when we plan events with screens, we try for 250 sq. ft. per table and insist on at least 200.
Dec. 4, 2014
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One thing that I think went into the decision to impose this extra charge is that the sessions where there are screens tend to be more expensive than earlier sessions, and not just because of the costs of manufacturing, storing, transporting and setting up the screens. The late rounds of Knockouts have fewer tables per director than earlier rounds. I suspect that's true of the finals of the Platinum Pairs and Reisinger as well. Screen tables take about 4 times as much floor space as regular tables. That may or may not translate into additional dollars, depending on the site.

I don't know whether this charge makes sense, but I certainly don't know for sure that it doesn't.
Dec. 3, 2014
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you needed to recruit a few more votes :-)
Nov. 30, 2014
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Gary is right that I don't need to know very far in advance. Tomorrow morning is definitely fine.
Nov. 29, 2014
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And the best-ever after game snack: s'mores!
Nov. 29, 2014
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Saturday's bulletin has leader lists, and the same section information as on the website, but of course wasn't available until the wee hours of the night.
Nov. 29, 2014
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ACBL's website now has both a “bracket” and a “leaderboard” link for the Senior KO.At first I thought that both links went the same place, but now I see that the “bracket” list goes to pairings in bracket order (1 vs 16, 9 vs 8, 5 vs 12, 13 vs. 4, 2 vs 15, 10 vs 7, 6 vs 11, 14 vs 3) and the “leaderboard” list goes to the list as I did it above (but with the correct numbers for the 4-way survivors). So the bracket list lets you figure out easily who's playing whom tomorrow.
Nov. 29, 2014
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I'm sorry! I got to the first page by going to the Providence NABC page and then to the Daily Bulletins page and then clicking on a link saying “rosters” next to “Senior Knockouts.” I copied and pasted the URL that appeared in my browser, but when I click on it I also get a “page not found” - I don't know why. I hope that you can follow my path and get to that page.

I expected a bracket for the Seniors to appear this evening, but it doesn't seem to be there yet. I didn't stay down in the playing area long enough to find out all of the teams in the Round of 16, but here's what I know:

1- Gupta vs 16 - (Gerstman or Jacobs, who were still playing their “second chance” 4-way match)
2 - Lynch vs 15 - Tromsø (at least I think that is how the numbers are assigned from the 4-way; Tromsø was originally 16 and beat 15 Jacobs in their afternoon match)
3 - Meltzer vs 14 Markeiwicz (beat Gerstman in the afternoon 4-way match)
4 - Morse vs 13 (Kaminski or Silver; Silver was leading 111-87 after 3/4)
5 - Levine vs 12 (Rigal or Gross; Gross was leading 95-76 after 3/4)
6 - Lall vs 11 (Barrett or Moll; Barrett was leading 71-52 after 3/4)
7 - Zaleski vs 10 (Beatty or Cimon; Cimon was leading 100-79 after 3/4)
8 - Kasle vs 9 DeMartino (who beat McIntyre 126-121, I was told on a cell phone penalty)

Senior KO Vugraph will start on Sunday with 2 matches from the Round of 8
Nov. 28, 2014
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The top 2 teams have byes, there is one 4-way. The rosters are posted at <https://web3.acbl.org/acbl-results/game-results/events/tournaments/NABC143/BAZE/0/team-roster>;. I don't know what “team number” means, although I'd guess it's when they bought the entry. I'm pretty sure that “rank” is the seeding rank, but I don't know if it's before or after shuffling. I think the middle 4 teams played the 4-way, but am not sure - I didn't really look closely at the list of pairings, but my recollection is that 3 was playing 28, 4-27, etc. “ACBL Live” at <http://live.acbl.org/#home> has other afternoon results, but not the half time scores in the Baze.
Nov. 28, 2014
Jan Martel edited this comment Nov. 28, 2014
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The Cavendish pairs plays 3 board rounds.
Nov. 28, 2014
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Having the same boards played in all matches will always cause security issues. Those issues may be more or less a problem depending on the physical space being used. For example, I have been told that the Senior KO Quarterfinal Sunday will be played in two separate rooms - 4 tables in each room. We will be showing 2 of the matches on Vugraph. With that sort of arrangement, it would be very bad from a security perspective to have the same boards played in all matches.

A few years ago I did a poll on the BBO forum to ask about how the Vugraph audience felt about having all matches play the same boards. The responses were mixed - some pointed out that if each match plays a different set of boards there is more chance for interesting hands; others preferred being able to see what is done at more than 2 tables on a specific board. My conclusion was that although it's probably somewhat better for Vugraph to have all of the matches play the same boards, that should certainly not be done when there are any security concerns. Similarly, it is more interesting to go to dinner with players in other matches when everyone played the same hands, but security is more important.

Of course, if all of the matches are playing the same boards and any match is on Vugraph, whatever rules you apply to spectators should apply to all of the tables, whether that table is on Vugraph or not. My preference for those rules is that a spectator is allowed at the table if s/he arrives before the segment starts, but is not allowed to come in during the segment, when s/he might have seen earlier hands on Vugraph. And of course spectators are not allowed to look at the Vugraph operator's screen.
Nov. 28, 2014
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