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I play half the boards and we are up 50(should be up 100 but the other pair was terrible). I sit out the second half and we give back 40(the same pair was terrible) but since they played the full match the “terrible pair” get more points than the other 2 pairs. Not sure how one would judge this?

I once played on a 5 man team(0-1500 Knockouts before bracketed, I believe 6 matches) We won and one player was negative imps every half he played. However I believe we would not have won without him. We were up big in every match at halftime but one which was a close match up 3 at half where teammates apologized before we compare second half we still won by 1, Only 1 match was close where we had chance to lose and the player who was negative for the complete event actually played the best that round. Believe we would not have won without him. Never would I have considered that he was not an equal member of the winning team and deserved an equal share.

What happens when other team withdraws at halftime?

Charging extra for 5-6 person teams, extra 2-5$ per person may make sense but not full cost since that pays for directors , playing space and such which extra cost is not needed.
July 27, 2015
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If partner frequently makes this call with Jxxxx KQxx Jxxx void then I would pass 2 spades
July 27, 2015
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I have this discussion every year discussing the now 0-6000 GNT. I believe better as a 6 person team. As someone who works full time I know that I do not play as well when playing 2 sessions for 5 days plus. The multi person team wins more often in the 0-5000/0-6000 GNT than not. Yes when you go to a regional for 2 days you want to play all the boards but when you go for a week some break may be needed
July 27, 2015
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At table director ruled that K was a penalty card. Declarer then drew an extra round of trumps so that K would be discarded and made 6 vs 5.
July 20, 2015
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It was teammates at other table so I do not know exactly how play went.
July 18, 2015
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Since you cant revoke at trick 12 you shouldn't be able to lead out of turn at trick 13. I would not even call the director just give the trick to declarer. Disappointed in whoever would want to get a trick this way
July 17, 2015
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If only diamonds left in both hands then I would give both tricks to declarer. If in not trump and west has 1 diamond and something else I would give a trick to K of diamonds.

July 17, 2015
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Been playing a small night game for a lot of years in Orlando. 3-6 tables. Although small matchpoint games seem unfair at times(other tables on a 2 top has a huge impact to game) it would seem even worse at imps.
July 2, 2015
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I asked about 1N and then asked about the 1D.
May 17, 2015
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Since they had(we thought) explained there system there seems to be no reason to ask when you know answer. I didn't ask what 1C was didn't alert my partners bid(since I knew 1D was a transfer) since it showed diamonds. If I had 5 hearts instead of 5 spades I would have just bid 2D. Auction would make sense that opener couldn't support hearts. When they rebid 1N I asked since I was trying to figure out heart situation. Fantunes style bids 1 or 2 hearts with support.
May 14, 2015
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Both opponents correctly answered what there partners bid was not what there own bid meant.
May 14, 2015
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Yes the opponents were at table when we discussed. A lot of pairs starting to play a Fantunes style where 1C is forcing and 1D is a transfer. We stated while sitting with opponents that 1C -1D(transfer to hearts) that X was diamonds and 1 H was takeout. Basically our Fantunes defense. When opponents state they are playing precision and then open 1C I would not think to ask what is that so when opponents stated above partner did not ask since they just told us what it was.

I was planning on bidding 2D and only asked what 1N rebid and 1D response was since I was short in hearts I was surprised opener did not bid 1H or 2H showing some sort of heart raise.
May 11, 2015
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Yes opponents were there when we discussed. We stated after 1C, 1D transfer to hearts that X would be diamonds. They were there when we discussed but did not mention that 1D was not a transfer. After I bid 2S and was passed out I asked didn't you state you play tranfers over 1C and then called the director. I probably should have called before making bid but unclear since I thought I had UI since partner did not ask.
May 10, 2015
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I was at club when this happened but not at table and I think what happened is that East bid it as NMF, Partner West explained that they had no agreement by an unpassed hand and the discussion became what is East suppose to say before the opening lead. I meant it as NMF, or partner is correct we have no agreement.
Jan. 23, 2015
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Although I like the power ratings concept I see some flaws. I play many club games, sectionals and regionals. I expect the Weds. Night game at my local club will be my lowest average % session. Small strong field compare to others. Also tend to play with a lot of different up and coming players.
Once with a strong player in a 5 1/2 table game we had a 33% game. Didn't feel that bad. The 2 opponents we did not play that evening had a 19% and a 22%. Our sitout had those 2 opponents sitting our direction. In a power rating system I would avoid small Weds. Night games since no upswing in ratings. Not sure this Si good for bridge.
Aug. 25, 2014
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Hey why does BBO only show my online points when it displays my masterpoint rating. I don't understand why BBO wants to have different ratings. Does someone at BBO believe ACBL points won online are somehow more valuable than F2F.
Aug. 25, 2014
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I had a hand where partner passed out of turn in 3rd seat. I had a 9m count with 5 clubs and opened 1 club which was passed out and I made. Director ruled that I was not allowed to psych 1 club. I explained I put 8-10 pts. in partners hand and bid what I thought I could make. I agree I would not have opened 1 club if partner did not pass but I believe any bid is legal.
Aug. 24, 2014
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I enjoy playing the robot tournaments online. I play mostly F2F. In the robot tournaments with best hand for human you very rarely have to defend. You rarely have to decide when to sacrifice. You never have to preempt. I'm not sure that this would help playing in a regional knockout. Would help substantially when you declared the hand.
I have always played the robot games bidding “normal” occasionally upgrading a hand to 1NT but never considered some of the bids I have seen in this thread.

Someone should be able to check ACBL knockout results and evaluate the number of online robot points to total points to see if Leos statement is true.
Aug. 23, 2014
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Although the concept is sound I will say playing with it when the hand goes out of the way not to support partner and bid no trump does not always work out well. Example hands that I have been involved in.

You hold at imps.
x AKQx x AKQxxxx

I opened 1C partner bids 1N I bid 4C(Gerber) and hearing 1 ace I bid 6 clubs.
Partner held KJxx Jxxx Axxx x
When clubs didn't break went down with 6H cold.

I held
QJTxx
KJxxx
x
AX

On auction
Me Pard
1D 1S P 1N
2D 2H P 2N

2N down 3 when 4 of either major cold.
Partner held
Kxxx
Qxx
Kxx
Kxx

and since partner had to protect his Kings wouldn't support spades.

Although won K diamonds on opening lead opener had 7 diamonds and both minor suit aces.

Jan. 10, 2014
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