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Further, have you heard of someone playing in three independent Unit Sectionals in an ‘ACBL week’ in the same District?

I just thought it was cute and unique.
Nov. 3, 2019
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Why can't both reasons be true?

1. I played in four sectionals in seven days, because I try to play in all sectionals, grassroot games, and regionals in D11. This is verifiable on the ACBL website.

2. D11 scheduled two sectionals on top of an existing Sectional.

3. I was perplexed, because I could not do #1 because of #2.

This posting is a follow-up to a post I made about five months ago, where I asked for help in planning how I should accommodate playing in the three overlapping Sectionals.
Nov. 3, 2019
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Mike, I am not trying to find a loophole or cheat. I am trying to understand the rules. Currently, the argument has been based on an example of a psych–rather then on the definition of a psych.

The example–in the charts–clearly states that there are more types of psychs then the examples contained therein.

As I reread your post, I have one question:

Did you intend to state that I do not practice Active Ethics? If so, please do not think this.

I am more like Dr. Faustus in my search for knowledge.
Nov. 3, 2019
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Yes, I was misleading in my Header. It would have been better to say four sectionals in seven days in D11.

I apologize.

In passing, I would like to mention…

D11 has rules for Sectionals, and AJ Stephani created these rules.

Included in these rules are facts:

Fact: Each Unit may hold four Sectionals

Fact: Progressive Sectionals are a ‘Real Sectional’ and count at a one-to-one ratio against the number of Sectionals a Unit may hold.

As to the 200 mile rule mentioned earlier, a sectional is a sectional is a sectional. D11 allowed two Units to hold Progressive Sectionals on top of U117's Open Sectional. The finals of these two Sectionals were scheduled to overlap both days of our two-day open Sectional. This was done with no notification to U117.

When U117 discovered this, D11 Leadership said that no one goes to Progressive Sectionals form outside the home Unit. I do, and I did. Both Cincinnati and Indianapolis are 90 minutes away. There are Clubs in U117 that are over 120 minutes away from Louisville.

I think D11 Leadership suspended the rules they created in order to do what they wanted. At the time U117 stated, if you had asked us, we would have said yes. D11 Leadership then said–then what is the big deal?

The big deal is that, U117 deserved respect.
Nov. 3, 2019
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Thank you. I accept that opening 1NT is illegal with a small singleton.
Nov. 1, 2019
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Please see my question above.
Nov. 1, 2019
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Thank you, Marty. I will research your first point. Your second point is patently wrong. I pulled up the charts on the ACBL website:

http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/about/181AttachmentD.pdf

The definition of a psych in the charts is: …A call that intentionally and grossly misstates the strength and/or suit length of one’s hand. An example of a psych, found in the examples section at the end of the document is: …enerally, 2 cards fewer or an Ace weaker than the minimum expected for a bid would meet the definition of a Psych, as would an Ace stronger than the maximum expected.

Even the example states that there is not one conclusive definition to what constitutes a Psych. This is my frustration. The Charts on the ACBL website seem to support all Psychs that do not cause undo harm to one's opponents are legal. In a 3000+ ave field, does opening 1NT cause undo harm?
Nov. 1, 2019
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In the October 2016 Bridge Bulletin (Page 62), Matt Smith explained that opening 1NT with a small singleton is a legal psych.

As to the notion of one or two cards–that is an example of the rule–yet it is not the rule itself. As a way to explain my question–all eagles are birds, not all birds are eagles. A deviation of two cards is a psych, yet not all psychs are deviations of two cards.

Did the new charts alter the Laws of Contract Bridge that Matt cited earlier?
Nov. 1, 2019
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In the October 2016 Bridge Bulletin (Page 62), Matt Smith explained that opening 1NT with a small singleton is a legal psych.

As to the notion of one or two cards–that is an example of the rule–yet it is not the rule itself. As a way to explain my question–all eagles are birds, not all birds are eagles. A deviation of two cards is a psych, yet not all psychs are deviations of two cards.

Did the new charts alter the Laws of Contract Bridge that Matt cited earlier?
Nov. 1, 2019
Kit Overpeck edited this comment Nov. 1, 2019
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My personal preference in bidding over a weak NT is Capeletti (sp?). It is common, translatable among partnerships, and it handles both 5-card one suit hands and two suiters. It is not as elegant as some of the solutions presented here–and I am more of a brick to the head kind of player.
June 17, 2019
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John, I looked at the Unit map of D11 (on the D11 website); and my statements were 100% accurate. Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Louisville all share borders. In fact, we are a great big blob that encapsulates the heart of D11.
June 14, 2019
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David, I understand, and it was merely a hypothetical.
June 14, 2019
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I am not sure. I will talk to our tournament coordinator.

Thank you for the information on the Final. You will see that I put that in option two. Further, it only serves to modify things to playing in a qualifier on Saturday and the Final on Sunday.
June 14, 2019
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John, I am not sure all of this post is true.

The next Unit North of Louisville on I65 is Indianapolis. Isn't the next Unit East of Indianapolis on I74 Cincinnati? The Next Unit East and North of Louisville on I71 is Cincinnati. All three cities are interconnected by a single road and there are no Units in between us. I would think this means that we are adjacent, touching Units.

I do acknowledge that very few D11 members travel to D11 sectionals. I happen to be one of about ten from U117. In the last year, I have traveled to at least one sectional in every D11 Unit.

I also acknowledge that U130 and U124 are holding progressive sectionals. These events do not tend to draw outside their home Unit due to the two part process. However, I do not find the need to qualify to be that burdensome. I–egotistically–would be appalled if I could not sit down in a common club game and qualify.

In September of last year, My partner and I had plans to play two qualifiers in U130 and then play in the Finals the next day. My partner's health condition forced us to cancel.

In fact, if you are confident you can qualify–playing in an out-of-town sectional is simple. You travel up on Friday, acquire a Q, spend the night, and play in the final the next day.

I am not sure about point awards, yet the final is part of a two-session event with a qualification requirement. I would think that the payouts for this meek expenditure of time would be sweet.
June 12, 2019
Kit Overpeck edited this comment June 12, 2019
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That is great news. I will look to get a team together. Thank you for reminding me. You are one of my favorite DICs.
June 12, 2019
Kit Overpeck edited this comment June 12, 2019
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Thank you for your voting. I have decided to try to earn points in all three sectionals.

My tentative route is to begin in U130 on Monday. I will stay in U130 until I earn a Q. After I earn a Q in U130, I will travel to U124. I will spend the remainder of the week in U124, attempting to obtain a Q. If I fail to qualify for the U124 final, then I will travel Friday evening to U117 and play in the Swiss Saturday and Sunday. If I qualify for the U124 final, then I will stay in U124 to play in the U124 final. After the final in U124; I will travel to U117 and play in the U117 Swiss on Sunday.


Approximate travel time: 7 hours–three trips.
Approximate travel time to Gatlinburg: 11 hours–two trips.
June 12, 2019
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For transparency sake, Steve is D11 President–and Steve and I have an interesting history.


Everything Steve said is true, except the U130 Progressive Final does indeed occur on Sunday according to the U130 website.

In my posts, I have not commented on nor criticized the decision of D11 to allow the sanctioning of these events. Just the opposite, in these posts–I have said that I am overjoyed that this is occurring. I am excited. I have played ACBL Bridge for over 30 years, and I have never noticed something like this happening. I do not believe that this will ever happen again.

My career path and my avocation is playing ACBL bridge. There is not much out there that I have not already done. I travel to tournaments multiple times a month, and sometimes the monotony of it all is a burden. Now, we have something new–something unique-we have three separate unit sectionals that form a triangle that are all about two hours apart. I am planning on playing in all three sectionals. If my math is correct, I will spend less time traveling between sites then I spend traveling to Gatlinburg. The hotel costs will be concurrent with any other week long tournament.

The bottom line is this–as a loyal member of D11, why would I not do my best to support all D11 tournaments–no matter what.

IMHO, D11 has some of the best people in the ACBL. In 2020, Columbus is hosting the spring nationals. If you want to meet some of the good and gracious people who are charged with assisting Coulmbus and D11 to make the Columbus National the best one ever–if you want to do something that may never occur again in the ACBL–then, I cordially and personally invite you to come to D11 and play in our three sectionals.
June 12, 2019
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I agree, it can be difficult finding times to place everything. In the future, with a declining active membership, I think the ACBL will change how tournaments may be allocated.

Progressive Sectionals are an interesting phenomenon. They comprise of a week of qualifying–and a final that I am not sure has to be scheduled directly in conjunction with that week. Progressive Sectionals are easy to schedule, because a Unit can have qualifying days one week–and then a month later have the progressive final.

One of the interesting ideas concerning tournaments I have encountered recently is how Regional Tournaments are allocated. The current method is to grant Districts a set number of weeks–my District is allocated four weeks. The proposal under review is that instead of the ACBL allocating weeks, they will allocate days. So, instead of the ACBL allotting four weeks to a District (28 days)–they would allocate twenty-four days of tournaments. Then the District can cut those days up and mix and match. A District could have eight three day regionals under this umbrella.

Further, the point of this thread is which of the two choices would be more enjoyable to do. This thread is not intended to offer commentary on District officials
June 12, 2019
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I do not think that the District Tournament Chair envisioned that such a thing as this was possible.
June 12, 2019
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