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I play a lot of poker and a lot of bridge. In poker when I fold I spend time watching for signals(partnerships if they exist) or how a player plays a hand so I can use information later. In bridge I am playing every card during the hand. I should not be watching how someone pulls a card out of their hand. Yes players will play an ace differently when the hold ace versus ace/king. When I learned game this was not the way the game should be played so I tend not to look for this information when playing.
Sept. 14, 2015
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I actually had a hand with a decision to make white on red. QJTxx x x AKxxxx. I ended up bidding 5C mostly since I was no longer on lead and managed to go for 500 against cold heart game
Aug. 27, 2015
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This was a Sunday Open Swiss at the Nationals after getting knocked out of GNT. Director ruled against and I accepted. Today would probably appeal but did not know this path several years ago.
Aug. 25, 2015
John Moschella edited this comment Aug. 25, 2015
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Need to really evaluate before you assume a wire. I sat in a sectional once and on first board against unknown opponents auction was 2S- 6S. 6S caller had KQxx xx xx AKQJx. 2S opener had AJTxxx x Axxx xx. I called director and said seemed like North, South had wire. Director said he would look at board. We played 2 more boards and after seeing bidding and play went back to director and stated I don't think there is a wire(not sure they would have been able to use information if they heard it.) We had 2 tops and a bottom, they had a 30% game. Now if top players bid like this I may have issue but bad players make bad bids and plays that work sometimes.
Aug. 24, 2015
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Whoever brought complaint up in the first place should not have names like “Mr//Mrs. nosy-nose that bitched about it to the director” tossed about. They thought there was an issue and brought it up. They should not be condemned for that.
Aug. 23, 2015
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Please don't condemn me for writing this(post sat for a few minutes before clicking add comment). I first read some of the threads and thought something wasn't right. Seemed punishment did not meet the crime. I then discussed with another player over the phone and something I thought of is someone on the other team needed to realize the board was fouled. They would need to review play of hand and look at the board to determine. Sometimes I see players pull boards to look at what happened but not often when they went +2 on a board when playing a part score. I don't see players in top bracket going over card by card by both sides to determine a board is fouled.
Aug. 18, 2015
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I had similar situation once going out for GNT. After getting knocked out partner asked plans( I stated assumed we were playing for the 5 days). On way back to my room A Top player from our area(Grand Life Master) told me he was free for next couple of days but I declined since I was already booked. Partner decided to play with someone else the next morning. I still occasionally play with this person but will not commit to traveling to tournament with them.
Aug. 18, 2015
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What if my screen mate is my left hand opponent. Wouldn't I write everything after my bid and before theirs.
Aug. 17, 2015
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1994 I moved to Florida was going to go to Atlanta to play in a Regional. My wife noticed there was a Regional in Florida at same time and asked why I wasn't playing locally. I explained it was Senior only tournament and I was not eligible to play. Didn't make sense then still does not make sense now. Separate events seems Ok but separate tournaments(unless playing space is the issue) doesn't make sense.
Aug. 13, 2015
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And yep, we do lead A from AK. So what's the correct, right, and proper way to answer this question? “A from AK” is accurate but totally misleading.

The same answer should be given every time. Sounds like you may have told partner who had the K while trying not to mislead declarer.


Aug. 11, 2015
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4 teams call them 1234. 4 beats 1, 2 beats 3 4 and 2 get night off. Maybe 2/4 play at night for top 2 seed positions and 1/3 play for remaining seed.
Aug. 11, 2015
John Moschella edited this comment Aug. 11, 2015
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Playing with my 15 year old son after I led K clubs and another club with two in dummy my son grabbed jack of clubs noticed dummy was void(declarer was also) but declarer quoted rulebook that card was such that I might have seen it. My son passed passed my negative double of 1S - 2D x which was cold and they made overtrick after ruff sluff. I let go even though I did not believe card was actually played in position that required it to be led. Next hand auction with us not bidding 1H - 2N - 3N - 4N with no alerts. After my son led I asked about auction and they play Jacoby and I called director stating North(who bid 2N and could quote rulebook on previous board) could quebid since partner showed extras or with Kx QJxx Axx Kxxx could consider passing 3N but was told no logical alternative to 3N and heard the North who quoted rulebook on previous board stating he had no option but to bid 4 Spades since he knew they had 9 card heart fit. Didn't feel right but I would not consider cheating. Would consider somewhat unethical but not cheating.
Aug. 4, 2015
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Is Robot Bridge on BBO cheating. You always get dealt the best hand.
Aug. 4, 2015
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Many players only go to a tournament because it is close to where they live. They drive to tournament and are able to pay entry fee and play and go home at end of day. Some players go to lots of tournaments. Although I agree that there are a lot of tournaments I do know that a lot of players will not pay for a hotel room to play therefore will not travel that far.
Aug. 4, 2015
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At one time swiss events were 2 sessions 5 and 3 matches and if you played the last 3(a full session) you were eligible for full award. I played in 2nd half once(not planning on playing when player went home sick) 58 (on 20 point scale) in first 5 59 in last 3. Then full award, today match awards only. Not sure what is correct but seems like I should be considered full member of team.
Aug. 4, 2015
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If you put together a 6 person team to play 2 sessions a day for 7 days in long NABC+ events no reduction should occur but if you put together a 6 person team to play multiple events 3 sessions a day during a regional you should be penalized. Not sure of logic here.
Aug. 4, 2015
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Sorry on your softball team they don't count you as lesser part of full win if you only played two innings.
Aug. 4, 2015
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I hope that if this passes that those for it are correct that it will not hurt attendance or the number of hotel rooms booked at our tournaments.
July 30, 2015
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I am a player with 4000+ points(starting in 1989). When I first started playing I remember getting to LM but do not really remember any other categories. However I have a 15 and 25 year who just started playing and getting their next card is important to them. They haven't thought about getting to 500 LM or such as of yet but getting to the next level is important. I used to believe that the ACBL had way to many categories but not so sure anymore.
July 30, 2015
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When I play on 6 person teams our teams play 3 sessions a day. When we have a 4 person team we play 2 sessions a day. Believe entry fees end up being the same.
July 28, 2015
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