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Peg,

I looked at the 6 Regional tournaments over the Memorial Day Weekend.

Raleigh, NC the top 15 master point winners for the week mostly played teams.
Denver the top 11 were teams. Next 2 were a combo.
Illinois the top 5 were teams then started pairs players.
New York was mostly pairs near the top. No KO just bracketed swiss.
Gopher top 2 were pairs (they did win 3 events) and then your team was next 4.
Saguenay top players were teams but very small tournament.

Seems like team players win the most points at tournaments. The larger the tournament the more this is true.

How many times did you play in a swiss teams event and not win any masterpoints for the day. I expect close to 0 if not 0. I actually don't think I ever lost all matches. THis is not tru in pairs.
May 31, 2018
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David, my understanding in junior players can play up when space is available as in the top bracket of a knockout that does not have 16 teams. This event however was a bracketed swiss limited to 9 teams. Which of the 9 teams do you think should have been removed from the event so that your team could play in it. I know that a few years back we used to add extra teams to the top bracket and it has gravitated to adding to the bottom since their were many complaints when added to the top. I expect if top bracket was increased to 15 teams your team would have been happy and 5 others would be complaining that they were forced to play in the top bracket.
May 31, 2018
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Peg, I know that the pairs games pay more to first place. I looked at the Gopher Regional. Open pairs on Saturday and Open Swiss on Sunday and found the following. Assuming each Swiss team award was paid to 4 players. I know some had 5 and 6 but they split the total as if they had 4.

The 2 games were similar in size.

Pair games 25 1/2 tables.
Swiss 23 Tables.

1st in pairs 31.42
1st in teams 21.7

Take the top 12 winners. 1-6 in pairs and 1-3 in teams and average
Pairs 17.56 average per top 12
Teams 16.73

Take all players and average points given out in event per player.
Pairs 4.019
Teams 4.799

More points were given out in a 23 table team game than in a 25 1/2 table pair game.

22 of 23 teams won masterpoints 95.65%
36 of 51 pairs won masterpoints 70.5%

Not sure why you think teams are “unfair” in their masterpoint awards when they give out more points per entry than a comparable pair game.
May 29, 2018
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I would not dream of bidding 3H with East hand with several partners when KQxxx KQxx xx xx could potentially bid here.
May 14, 2018
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I have 2 boys 28 and 19 who I introduced to bridge. My older one tried when he was teenager did not work. When my youngest was about 15 sent the 2 of them to lessons at club. They played a little together a little with me. My youngest went to summer Youth Nationals in Washington a couple of years ago. He know when and where the summer Nationals are before I do and is playing with Georgie Tech as a freshman planning on going to Atlanta this summer for collegiate. I think seeing players of same age has a huge impact though small sample size.
May 7, 2018
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Sounds like we should just make the GNT open event “open” to everyone who was not won an open national event. I expect attendance would increase since all players trying to get 1st national win would probably play.
May 7, 2018
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KILL THE OPEN FLIGHT OF THE GNTS. District travel awards jump 33%. District champs then may WIN A TRIP instead of often winning the right to pay for one.

I'm confused if we pay 3 teams instead of 4 we would have more money available so make trip affordable but above suggestion is to increase the amount of teams that may qualify.
May 7, 2018
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KILL THE OPEN FLIGHT OF THE GNTS. District travel awards jump 33%. District champs then may WIN A TRIP instead of often winning the right to pay for one. Keep the flights equivalent in the NAPs and GNTs.

Why do you believe this. I believe District 9 stopped funding the top flight many years ago (heard this from a player who was over 10K when I asked why they didn't play in GNT. Low chance to win and no “prize”. Believe District did this since they did not want to fund “pro” teams.)

I have seen constant decrease in the flight A, B and C flights since approx. 20001. I won the flight A back in 2002 at the national level and represented District probably 10 of last 17 years, My only issue is I can't play in both open and flight A although next year will cross 6K so won't have choice. Most top players I know do not play in event because typically 2 blockbuster teams difficult to beat both in long match with no "reward.
May 7, 2018
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I think the question is you are playing with an expert partner and did not discuss this specific sequence which would default to “standard”. What would you think that is?
April 20, 2018
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I actually do not know the rule here but it would never occur to me not to tell declarer what the contract was.
April 20, 2018
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so when it goes 4H on my right I bid 4S and my left hand opponent who never doubles now doubles me since partner has not bid and I am marginal I get to say oops I meant to Pass. Would I be allowed. Obviously answer should be no but why the way rules are written.

Almost anytime I jump and get doubled before my partner has bid I can claim I accidently pulled the wrong card and wanted to bid 1 level lower.
April 20, 2018
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The world series of poker has cameras that are used to see the cards. Most players did not want this and is only used on a televised main table. They had to change entrance wording where players are required to show their cards to camera if at televised table. Most would prefer not to alter the way they may look at the cards and allow others to see how they may play in certain situations.
April 17, 2018
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I would think that as a kibitzer I should not impact the result at the table. The fact that I helped by turning dummy should not now allow me to do this.
April 17, 2018
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I answered other even though I would expect Law 27 to apply depending on when and how bid was determined not acceptable. I typically think longer when someone makes an insufficient bid determining the extra calls I may now be allowed to make. 2H should be a limit in spades keeping a level lower or I can bid 1N or even 1 spade if I choose.

If opponent “immediately” noticed then I would expect law 25 really would depend on table presence.

I would expect most insufficient bids would be unintended or if not then obvious UI exists since plan was not to bid 2H in this situation.
April 17, 2018
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So I would assume you would want to open the 2nd hand 1 als and when partner makes limit raise with you example hand
Axxxx
x
xx
JTxxx

I would think that I may have been entitled to some additional information at table.

I think the big thing with all this is you are allowed to do it is just what/how you tell opponents. Over Berger limit we play double as lead directing and over the constructive raise we play double for takeout. We do not expect to make game when 1 opponent opens and the other makes a limit raise. However if I was to play a long knockout against you I might choose to play double is takeout against both of your Bergen raises giving up the lead directing for the times we may have game.
April 1, 2018
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If partner had stiff spade how could they be thinking about what signal to give when they have no choice???
March 11, 2018
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Yu if player had stiff spade and 4 hearts then when they win ace of clubs they would return a heart which it sounds like everyone would now assume is a singleton but also could have been 4 card holding. Although I believe when Q is played or returned clear it is singleton.
March 11, 2018
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Are some if not all the links you are talking about the links to see the daily bulletins at tournaments. Something that has saved the regional I chair significant money over the last few years.
March 11, 2018
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Sure my first regional pairs win with I believe approx. 250 pairs back when 1 event a day paid about 25 gold and now can win 30 in a 15 table game with a side gold rush. Not sure how this relates to actual achievements. Yes players will average more points this year than in the past. Used to win top 500 with about 500 points now 3000.

Seems like concern is that players now may be perceived to be equal to a player from the past with the same number of points.
March 5, 2018
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“Yet, I think most would claim that the accuracy between masterpoints & accomplishment were far more closely aligned decades ago than in today's era.”

Why would one think this?? When I first started circa 89 I thought more masterpoints meant better player but eventually realized this wasn't true then as it is not true now.
March 5, 2018
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