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Never with a K, sometimes with an ace.
Aug. 16
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Clearly the double suggests a preference for defending. Would it be reasonable to double with two small diamonds?
Aug. 9
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Yes John - I think it was like saying chill this isn't the Reisinger. I didn't take it as a snipe at the state but the type of tournament.

Either way the director didn't address what appears to be a blatant use of UI. FWIW it could be east podunk and the pair still deserves a PP.
Aug. 9
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Karen I don't get your point. Why does debating a director ruling bash the state in which the tournament is held? I have found that directors do travel so they are not necessarily local.

That said the IMO 4 bid was a blatant attempt to avoid a misunderstanding based upon the UI. The director should have assessed a PP at a minimum. Certainly the way the ruling was issued was unprofessional and tone deaf.
Aug. 9
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Lou - yes the pair was probably foreign OTOH in my experience there seems to be a general lack of diligence in clearing systemic conventions prior to start of play. We have also experienced foreign pairs who refuse to fill out a convention card or just fill in the no-trump range and carding.

A few years ago a pair in the Spingold who had just won the LM pairs came to the table with no convention card. When the director was called they yelled at the director and us stating that the ACBL is trying to control the world with it's rules. They continued to complain while filling out the card with very little information.

IMO any pair playing an illegal (and unfamiliar) convention should be given an average minus and the non offending pair average plus or the average of their game which ever is higher. Forcing the non offending side to play it is unreasonable.

There has to be a level playing field. That said there are far too many restrictions on conventions in the ACBL.
Aug. 2
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Steve were you stationed at a table looking directly at the globe? I was NS facing the globe. The tables a bit farther away were fine. Playing all afternoon with the globe shining on the table and in my face was headache inducing.
July 30
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Gary re “our NABC's are now completely dominated by foreign nationals whose vastly different bidding systems and treatments gives them a huge advantage”

Gary the problem isn't just the different bidding systems I agree with Dave that the foreign pairs generally play very well. Keep in mind that most foreign pairs coming to our NABCs are their best. Imagine we sent our top 40 players to any other tournament. I suspect they would dominate as well.

Regarding systems - look no further than the ACBL parochial approach to approving and allowing systems to be played. For example multi can only be played in high level events of six boards or more. These foreign regularly play multi in clubs. The league just allowed transfers over a club in most events and finally, Kaplan inversion. Considering the sophisticated systems some of the foreign pairs are playing we are way behind the curve are are likely to remain so.

I understand the League's desire to protect our players but we have little opportunity to play against these systems until we get to the major events. It's not their fault it's ours.
July 30
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Steve - the globes were a disaster. If you were seated at a table close to the globe there was a terrible glare. I was wore a hat and considered sunglasses. The tables on the side of the room had very little light.
July 30
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Linda there was a coffee stand right at the bottom of the escalators on the casino floor. I started the week going to the Starbucks until I found that stand. Perhaps not as convenient as a stand on 4 but there was usually no line.
July 30
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Shirley - yes a lot of people are going to rush to their computers, tablets and smart phones. Just like they are doing at regionals. Many read the nabc bulletin online already. Like many things technology improvements result in changes in how things are done/used and cost savings. Not all people like those changes.

The League is not exactly flush with cash and NABCs are not the money makers they used to be. Would you be willing to pay $1 for a paper copy daily? I'm guessing most would be rushing to read it online if a fee were imposed.
July 28
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Good question. Another consideration is do they need to be printed? How much does it cost to print a bulletin for an NABC? Do we need to kill so many trees?

Let's go online like most sectionals and regionals are doing. Then there will be no restriction on the number of photos and articles. Articles can be submitted later because there will be no rush for a print deadline. Late changes to results will be accurately reflected in the bulletin.
July 28
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This was a working group of BOG members appointed by the Chair Richard Popper.
July 26
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Congrats to our good friends, great competitors and, most importantly, very nice people. Well done all.
July 22
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Nittayas is a terrific French Thai - about a 20 minute ride. Only doable if you have the evening or a quarter off. The good news is that the food comes out very quickly. It's possible to do apps and entrees in one hour.
July 22
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Sammys on Sahara. Inexpensive and lots of choices.
July 19
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It's not 100% GF if partner has 0-3. It generally shows one trick short of game.
July 12
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One suggestion we have been given is good bad 2NT in this auction. This seems to me to have a lot of merit. Now 3 is a GF bid as is 3. After opener bids 2NT everything but 3 and 3 of responders original suit is forcing.
In reality how often has anyone stopped in 2NT in this auction.
Thoughts?
July 11
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Exactly Mike there are lot of issues with the follow ups. Also there isn’t always a two level cuebid. For example 1 - 2 - 2 - p
July 10
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Yes typo there were only 6 diamond. Sorry
July 10
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Thanks
July 10
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