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I'm in the process of setting up a Discord Server for our Unit so our members can stay in touch (Brenda and I have already exchanged server invites). We've already held a Unit BoD meeting on it. I think I've nailed a validation process down such that we can advertise its presence without it being spammed by who-knows-whom (The ACBL is fortunate as an organization in that each member has a number we can use to check to see if someone is for real)

Discord is so much “lighter weight” than Zoom, and the price is right. I think an ACBL BoD or BoG meeting over it would be asking for chaos, but if you just want something fast, quick, and simple, it really serves the need nicely.

My wife and I have a household Discord Server that has become our defacto intercom as my office is in the basement and hers is on the top floor. If friends want to call us, most will usually find us on it, rather than using a phone.
March 28
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True. I did say it wasn't optimal. Just that it was simpler and required less discussion.
March 26
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Have you established if opener denies 3 spades with the following sequence?

“1-1-1nt-2*-2

If opener could have 4 hearts and 3 spades, then I wouldn't necessarily assume the 2 bid shows extra length.

If you bid 2N here, you might find out he was inviting with 5 and had rebid the spades because you hadn't denied 3 yourself. You might get passed there. I generally play “support partner's suit first”, so I don't need to worry about this case. It's not necessarily optimal, but requires less discussion – this being a case of why it needs to have said discussion.

Otherwise, if he had 5 spades and less than 4 hearts with an invite, once you've denied 3 spades, he bids 2NT.

And if he had 6 spades and an invite, you have him bidding spade and then rebidding them at the 3 level.

So this would necessarily be a game-forcer.

For your sequence, I could imagine he's just trying to keep the auction alive at a low level if he's sure a slam is there but not sure where. So it's possible he only has 5 spades, but if he does, he has real a monster. For now, you're good assuming he has 6.

So in the denying 3 spades case, for starters, you are entirely within your rights to assume he has a game forcing hand. Likely looking for a slam. Whether he must have 6 spades or probably has 6 spades turns on the answer to the previous question, and in the not-denied-3 case, it might not be game-forcing.
March 26
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FWIW, one year on my GNT Squad, I know I was handed cash, received no 1099 form (the amount was less than the threshold for one).

It's possible a check was made out to our captain and we split the proceeds (I did not ask), but one of our teammates (the wife of the captain) was a CPA.

My guess is that intent to make a profit is what makes a net-loss deductible against other income. If you don't have that, then you have a hobby. I'm sure there are other details that go into determining that.

So, if I'm right, we all get to deduct up to what we have won in the pursuit of more winnings (or performing a task, like entering the NAP/GNT), but only people like Phil Ivey can actually use a net loss in that profession to offset other income.
March 24
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Does intent actually matter?

I mean, you get a 1099 form from a casino for your winnings, and last I checked (admittedly many years ago) losses from such legal gambling is deductible up to the amount of whatever you won, and getting lucky at a slot machine doesn't make you a professional gambler.

How would that be handled? I suspect the answer is the same.
March 23
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It won't be 6 though. It will be 60-600.

This is not the way I wanted to save the social security trust fund.
March 22
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Skype would help, but I can quite quickly come up with a few ways for a ch**ting pair to work around it, even if entire screens had to be shared between screen-mates. I'll refrain from mentioning them for obvious reasons.
March 20
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Can't have both members of a partnership, right?

So lose Fisher and add Andrea Buratti.
March 19
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Probably but that should wait until the end of the auction. You don't do stuff like that. And this pair clearly knew that.
March 17
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+1 for adding, “Not a precision 1 opener” either to the beginning or end.
March 15
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Northern Virginia Bridge Association Unit Game closed.

Washington Bridge League Unit Game closed.
March 15
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I think he was trying to use an “a” tag, as is used in html, rather than the BBCode directive, which usually is the same as html, but not always.
March 15
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I thought BBCode used “link” in the closing and ending tags. but the docs say to use “url”. Anyway that's what you use instead of the <a href …> html tag in the square brackets.

EDIT: Both Work!

Examples:

using “link”

http://bridgewinners.com">http://bridgewinners.com

using “url”

http://bridgewinners.com">http://bridgewinners.com
March 15
Joe Hertz edited this comment March 15
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Seems to me that knowingly and intentionally getting yourself DQ'd in that fashion would constitute either leaving early without the permission of the director (CDR 3.3) or a pointed refusal to follow the director's instructions (CDR 3.7 among others)
March 14
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Exactly. If they were specific two suiters, then we could talk.
March 13
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It's going to need to be alerted simply because these bids are of “Unusual strength, shape, etc.” mentioned on line 1, but also you have the inference from the “No alert needed” side of the chart that says, “Natural opening preempts of 2, 2 and 2”. You can infer that these bids need an alert because intermediate implies “stronger than a preempt but not necessarily an opener”.

I hope you are using Open/Open+ because my read of Basic/Basic+ says this agreement crosses over the “average” strength line and there are some restrictions on 2 level bids with those hands that this wouldn't appear to follow.
March 13
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It's moot now. Everyone's getting their money back compliments of the Governor of Ohio.
March 13
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Ray nails it. If they say they canceled for a reason OTHER than what the contract lets them out, then they are still going to be held to the terms of the contract. This is a waypoint that had to be hit.

I don't care how it sounds. They did the right thing.

This is why people try to ignore the comments section. As much grief as the ACBL deservedly gets, give them credit when it is due. This is not one of the times to call them out.
March 13
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It's the ACBL that would owe you the money, right?

Not for nothing, but Uber is hating life right now with ton of their drivers invoking their rights separately under the binding arbitration dispute resolution clause that they had to accept to get the work. Uber is trying to claim that it's unreasonable to expect them to resolve who-knows-how-many separate arbitration claims and got smacked down.

Not that I'm suggesting it, but imagine if everyone with a dispute against the ACBL over the room-night-charge in the face of a CDC advisory against going (or possibly the governor ordering it not to happen) were to do such a thing…
March 11
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As mentioned, it's the the ACBL enforcing the one day forfeiture, so that would be the appropriate place to direct the ire, no?

The only question is “Why does the ACBL have to enforce the one night charge”?

And yes, I'm assuming the one day forfeiture is required as “liquidated damages” and for those to apply, you still have to be damaged. You're just agreeing on the value of what the damages would be in advance if that situation happens.

Look at it this way.

If you have a lease for an apartment and leave 4 months early, you still owe for the 4 months left. No argument, right?

But what if someone later walks into the rental office and rents your old apartment for the last 3 months of that period? Do you still owe the last three months? Nope. You damaged them to the tune of one month. The last 3 they got back. And the landlord (or any damaged party) has an obligation to mitigate his damages, so if that apartment stayed vacant and someone tried to rent it and was told there were none available, then it's no longer your fault he was damaged.

Or the other way around: say you have to give 60 days notice but leave during the first month of it? Can the landlord re-rent your apartment for the last 30 days and collect two sets of rent that month? Not if you find out he did it. That place was yours, and you chose to keep it vacant, as was your right.

So yes, if you agree to forfeit money as damages, the aggrieved party has to actually be damaged to collect on it.
March 11
Joe Hertz edited this comment March 11
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