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What we need to do to make bridge an Olympic sport is to make the playing cards out of lead so that they weigh five pounds each. Now make the bridge tables twenty feet square and require played cards to be placed (flung?) into the centre, home rubber-bridge style. The winner of the trick must then climb up onto the table, which should be eight feet high, gather up the trick, and then return to his/her seat.
Aug. 29, 2016
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One possibly insurmountable problem is that the fastest players to finish a session will frequently already be at the bar before the slowest players finish. You just cannot please all the people all of the time, I guess.
Aug. 15, 2016
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I had the same issue at my last sectional with the masterpoints not looking right. The problem is that the overalls page only shows the points earned in whatever strat the pair was assigned to - if a higher award was earned in a different strat, you have to look at the recaps to see that. I agree that it's confusing. I reported it to Mitch Hodus - I'm not sure whether anything can be done about it, though.
Aug. 15, 2016
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In my district, not all playing sites have internet access, so in those cases I have to wait until I get back to my hotel, or home, to post results. Otherwise I always do it right after the game ends and I'm reasonably sure no one is going to come back with a score correction. When there is a correction, I repost to ACBLLive immediately. Since ACBLLive 2.6 was released I have encountered no problems at all in uploading results, for pairs, Swiss, or KO's, although it normally takes about six or seven minutes, sometimes ten, for the process to complete.

I have heard no feedback, good or bad, from players about how long it takes them to see their results by email, so I have no idea whether or not this is an issue.
Aug. 15, 2016
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Was it Mark Twain or Will Rogers who said “Don't vote, it only encourages the scoundrels”?
Aug. 13, 2016
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MI has nothing to do with LA. One's up by the Great Lakes, the other's in California.
Aug. 13, 2016
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Only our very largest sectional (500 tables, 3 days) has replaced 299er pairs with 499er (NLM) pairs. The stratification is typically 500-300-100 or 500-300-150.

We have tried bracketed Swiss instead of stratified or strati-flighted Swiss a couple of times and they seem to be popular.

I have heard rumours of an NLM regional in my area but so far no such tournament has been sanctioned. We do have two or three 299er sectionals every year.

Our local publication has always listed tournament winners but no pictures. It has recently gone from quarterly to three a year, and from now on will be on-line only - no print edition.
Aug. 13, 2016
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Funny, I've never heard any negative feedback in my district about compacts versus regular KO's. However - for most of our sectionals - even a couple that are as big as some smaller regionals - we no longer run any KO's at all. They tend to cannibalize the pairs games with the result that neither are large enough to keep players happy. Another thing we have been successful with at large sectionals is no 299er pairs - we have 499ers instead, with a newcomer (0-20, 49er, and/or 99er) game for the real rookies.
Aug. 13, 2016
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Was LHO planning to do anything other than pass? If he was always passing, then IMHO he caused the problem in the first place by asking a question that did not have to be asked, at an inopportune time.

Now I'm no expert player, but once partner opens 1s I will re-evaluate my hand to a near-opener and I want to be in game. So I have no trouble bidding 4s regardless of partner's explanation.

I think Kit Woolsey's analysis is 110% correct.
Aug. 11, 2016
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TD here - I would certainly have allowed the card change because it was incontrovertible what she really wanted to do.

In my area we also have a few players with vision difficulty who ask for cards and bids to be stated aloud. This problem never comes up because we also ask the player with the poor vision to state his/her own plays aloud. Then, if (say) the jack of clubs is called and the five played, we know which was meant and a change is automatically allowed without calling me! (Law 45C4(a) - the card ‘named’ is the one to be played.)
Aug. 11, 2016
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My two cents' worth (one and a half cents in US funds) as a TD - Get rid of the Choice Pairs. There was a thread not too long ago here about them, and I think the consensus was that players who played in it once (myself included) hated it and would never do it again. You already have side games, so a regular stratified or strati-flighted pair game at 9:30 and 2 will do fine. Consider also some compact KO's as well as full ones.

You might want to check out the schedule for the regional which starts next week (Aug 16) in North Bay ON (that's in District 2) for a good example. Since it was published they have added horizontal side game series for Tues-Sat evenings and Wed-Sat afternoons - no mornings.

Steve's comment above about AXY events is also a good suggestion.
Aug. 11, 2016
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As a director, I don't believe I have ever been ferschluginer. Fermisched, ferblundjet and fertummelt, probably.
Aug. 9, 2016
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If it's the very first round, have the two EW pairs swap teammates.
Aug. 8, 2016
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Reading all the above is probably the most fun I've ever had on Bridgewinners. ☺ I did it! ☻ Is that the one ABA members use? ♥ ♦ ♣ ♠ Alt 3, 4, 5, 6!!! Suits me fine!
Aug. 8, 2016
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Once I told everyone to rotate their tables CLOCKWISE. Problem was that too many players (especially the slow ones) can't tell time.
Aug. 6, 2016
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ACBLScore works fine with laser printers. Trouble is, a laser printer that can take wide continuous-feed paper is at least $10,000.

I just spent $800 (Cdn) on a brand new wide-carriage dot matrix printer to replace my old one that died, and I expect to be able to use the new one for at least another ten to fifteen years, provided the Air Canada baggage handlers don't bash it around like they did the old one.
Aug. 6, 2016
Joel Shapiro edited this comment Aug. 6, 2016
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Can Canadians join the ABA? I don't think the ABA ever has any tournaments up here.
Aug. 6, 2016
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Certainly a valid point, Tim, but I believe that ACBLScore does at present elevate pairs up to spots vacated by ineligible pairs, simply by ignoring the ineligible pairs in the rankings. Whether this ought to be changed is a good question for another thread.
Aug. 6, 2016
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I always thought sesquipedalian meant six people on one bicycle.
Aug. 6, 2016
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I remember playing in that tournament myself a couple of times, and enjoying it immensely. Pittsburghers are known for their outstanding hospitality and friendliness in any case.
Aug. 4, 2016
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