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Not sure how accurate that chart is but it is a well known fact (at least to Canadians) that about 90% of the population live within 160 km (100 miles) of the US border.
Nov. 17
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I strongly endorse this proposal and urge my District 2 representative Paul Janicki, who is retiring in 2020, to vote in favour.

It may not be a panacea but the ACBL must move forward.

There are only 13 people who get a vote in San Francisco. Posting here is fine but please lobby your ACBL Board member to do the right thing.

The clock is ticking…
Nov. 13
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Playing in the Blue Ribbon Pairs at a St. Louis NABC last Century I picked up a balanced 20-21 HCP hand and opened 2NT. As the auction progressed I realized I was actually 5-5-0-3 in some pattern!

Later that evening, my roommate, Darren Wolpert, walked in and said “you won't believe what happened to me in the BR today”! He also opened 2NT with the same hand.

This is a TRUE story!
Oct. 19
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It is not just visually impaired or colour blind people who mis sort their cards. Most everyone I know, including myself, who have excellent vision, have discovered that a “heart” spot was a actually a Diamond, or even that the Heart Ace became the Diamond Ace when the dummy was tabled.

Different colours for each suit should minimize the mis sorting errors for everyone.
Oct. 19
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Nickell replacing Meckwell with Greco/Hampson was known quite some time ago but there was/is a LONG period of time before the change would happen. The long lead time certainly hasn't hurt their play as they are doing very well in China this week. A Bermuda Bowl victory would be a great farewell!

I do not believe their new team is a secret (it certainly isn't anymore!). They will be playing on Mike Levine's team with Eddie Wold, Helgemo & Hellness.

There are lots of changes among the big teams starting with the next cycle but that is sort of normal. But Meckwell leaving Nickell was a shocker when the news was first reported.
Sept. 18
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My favourite Regional – more like a vacation if you enjoy the ocean, swimming, hot weather, friendly people, incredibly inexpensive but good food, one of the safest places to be in Mexico (or anywhere in the world). Highly recommended.

Toronto has a non stop flight to Puerto Vallarta :)!
Aug. 23
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Peg, just as “technical issues” led to the wrong LM Pairs winners being listed in the Daily Bulletin (forget the appeals and score corrections, it was “technical issues”), there were also “technical issues” between the 3rd and 4th session of the Roth Open Swiss. The assignments for match 5 were only posted at 7:28-7:30 PM after the “technical issues” were resolved.

Computer programs are great when they work but when they don't…
July 28
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2019 Las Vegas NABC will go down in history as a success. Attendance started a little weak, then had a few very strong days, now winding down. Unofficial qualified prediction: 13,627 tables.

Hard to know what the exact official estimate was (13,000 or 13,500 I think). Tournament Chairs told me anything over 12,000 would make them happy.

I'll be posting photos next week. If there is still anyone who doesn't know how to get to my photo web site, just message me.

Cheers from Sin City :)!
July 27
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Eye Candy!
July 27
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PBR Rock Bar & Grill has the Classic $4.95 breakfast (Bacon, eggs, Toast, homefries) with 99 cent coffee. Just across the bridge, down the escalator at the entrance to PH and Miracle Mile Shops.

I hated the smoke filled casino at the Reno NABC. There was almost no escape from the toxic fumes.

At the Cosmo, smoking is restricted to the Level One casino area. No smoking on Levels, 2, 3, 4 where most restaurants and bridge play is held. A huge improvement!
July 26
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The ACBL signed an amazing two NABC deal with the Cosmopolitan. Sometimes, they do get it right.

In 2024, the FALL NABC will be back here at the Cosmopolitan. It will be 75F outside instead of 105F. Perfect weather.

The room rate ($159 this year) will increase to $175 five years from now. It will INCLUDE the resort fee and free WIFI. It is an exceptional rate for a 5 star luxury property.
July 25
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While overpriced, I found the burgers at Holsteins to be excellent. The Henry has amazing French onion soup, excellent sandwiches and breakfast offerings. The French toast specialty should be shared – large enough for two. Yes, you pay more at the Cosmo but the quality is excellent.

I met a DC area player who told me “everyone” he knew said they would not return to Vegas. Too expensive. That's ridiculous. More like too lazy. Just walk across the bridge, down the escalator and you can have a “classic Breakfast” for $4.95. Coffee is 99 cents (compare with $5 at the Cosmo). Planet Hollywood & Miracle Mile shops has lots of inexpensive options for eating.

Unfortunately, ACBL's average mid 70's bridge player prefers quieter places. Younger folks love the action and excitement. Vegas is an excellent location.
July 25
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No, Randy, just confusion in the wording. There WAS an appeal but the players who appealed LOST in Committee. The appeal was denied just meant to say they lost their appeal. Thus, no scoring changes.

My sources claim a miscommunication (mistake by an ACBL TD) led to incorrect results/game files being sent to the Daily Bulletin which showed the second place pair as the winners.

Today the ACBL Bulletin is saying it all about lat scoring errors that changed the result. Perhaps but…?

Believe whatever you wish. The ACBL is NOT a model of efficiency. The confusion and length of time it took to correct whatever administrative behind he scenes corrections, mis reporting of an Appeal result, Lord knows what else will never be known.
July 23
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Alex is correct. The appeal was denied. There was NEVER any real change between 1st and 2nd.

It was all a TD screw-up which management will have to untangle. But somehow the game files that were sent to Daily Bulletin were incorrect.

Tomorrow's Daily Bulletin will have the amended amended FINAL (we can only hope) complete results.

Congratulations to Brad & Vince who won, lost, and won again!
July 22
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ACBL LIVE is often ACBL Dead. It has the original results posting before the changes. I'm sure it will eventually be updated.
July 22
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This is the THIRD consecutive NABC where a major NABC pairs title has been affected by a ruling! Levin-Grue won the Blue Ribbon, Zia-Cheek won the Platinum Pairs, and NOW Nagy-Soules have won the LM Pairs! THREE CONSECUTIVE pair game changes at THREE CONSECUTIVE NABCs! Not good for the game regardless of the merits or not of any appeal.

I will take a flyer and bet that it will be controversial!

Lord only knows what the general public thinks about all these National Championships being decided by appeals.

Really NOT good for the game.
July 22
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Fred & Sheri, Geoff, Daniel are all Toronto born Canadians. Haig lived in Toronto for decades. Roger Lee quipped: just call me Shan Huang and it would be unanimous!
July 22
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When you stay at a FIVE star hotel, everything within is more expensive than at 3 or 4 star establishments. To be expected. That said, there is a high end food court (Block 16 Urban Food Hall), the “Secret Pizza” place, and if all else fails, just step outside. I've been told “Miracle Mile Shops” across the street near Planet Hollywood has some very good shopping and restaurants to choose from.

We are in the heart of the strip, not on the outskirts. I'm arriving late tonight and looking forward to a fabulous 11 days in Vegas (starting with seeing Cirque Du Soleil's Beatles LOVE tomorrow evening). Lots to do in Vegas!
July 17
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For what it is worth, Reston finished with 1,972 tables, down 225 tables (10.24%) from 2018. Sad omen of our times since Reston Town Center is among the better sites for a tournament.

Many complaints that there were too many Regionals this week and little protection or no guidance from the ACBL. It is not going to be easy to reverse the downward trend.
July 7
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There are multiple issues that Steve has raised. IMHO, the ACBL MUST do a better job in helping Tournament Chairs plan schedules that maximize the chances for success. Input from TDs such as Chris Miller above are very helpful.

1) STOP having new 2 day KOs starting every day. It is ridiculous and only guarantees the kind of problem we had here in Reston for the Wed/Thursday KO. This is not difficult. Day one is a new KO, Day two is Bracketed Swiss (Open Swiss, Compact KO, take your pick but it is a ONE day team event). Day 3 a new two day KO… and so on and so forth. Obviously a site like Gatlinburg is large enough to have new KOs every day,

2) The original rationale for the “Soloway” style RR format to reduce the field to 4 teams to play KO style in Day 2 was specifically designed to solve the problem of not enough teams who want to play in the top bracket. It is not necessary for lower brackets.

Let a KO be a KO. If you fail to advance, you have choices. Play in the “Losers Swiss”, take a session off, go sightseeing, have a nice dinner. Some call the Soloway format a “cash grab”. You are forced to pay and play even when you have no chance to Q and/or no desire play off for 3/4th and a minimal amount of masterpoints.

Far better to have normal two day KOs starting every second day and one day Swiss events in between. The “Soloway” style should be reserved for Bracket One when they do not have 9+ teams who qualify.

3) If you do have a Soloway Style KO, at least the team that wins on Day one should have the choice of who to play among teams 3 & 4 who Q. Here in Reston (District 6), it is RANDOM DRAW among teams 3 & 4 as to who plays teams One and Two. Absolutely NO reward for placing first among the qualifiers.

4) ACBL masterpoint award formulas have been a joke for several years. For a long time I was told that the flawed ACBL Score program was too fragile to make any changes. Every year I am told ACBL Board Committees are working on it!

5) Sadly attendance here in Reston appears to be down 5-15%. Will get more accurate numbers in the next day or so. The biggest drop off is in the KO events. Perhaps players are voting with their feet regarding the Soloway style format and new KOs starting every day.

Happy July 4th to all my American friends. May Kawhi Leonard choose Toronto and the Raptors!
July 4
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