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S8. I think Mike is hinting that the Japanese woman who made 6NT was Makiko Sato, not Qi Shen, who is Chinese. There were not 24 declarers in 6NT on S10 lead - there were more like 19 of 32 tables in 6NT where S10 was led. About 16 of about 19 declarers went down in 6NT on S10 lead, not 21 out of 24. I enjoyed reading Jeppe's bridge book.
Oct. 8
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The Doctors played some bridge in Australia in 2006.

To answer David Corn's question, we need to find an event where one of them played with a partner who is beyond suspicion, IMO that circumstance arose at our 2006 Nationals where Michael Elinescu competed reasonably well against Australia's top players, almost making the semifinals, ref http://www.bridgeunlimited.com/bridge/DisplayResultsT?club_event_id=6108&header=abf&fdc=MGWNHGENH.

He had similar results at our 2006 Gold Coast Congress e.g. http://www.bridgeunlimited.com/bridge/DisplayFinal?club_event_id=6297&header=abf&fdc=TTHXIGENH so there is no doubt that at worst he is a pretty good player.

A 2006 interview with him on page two of a Gold Coast daily bulletin http://www.abfevents.com.au/events/gcc/2006/bulletins/2mon20.pdf doesn't tell you much.
Sept. 3
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That man who is on a winning roll this year -Alex Hydes - won. Results are at:
http://www.bridgeextra.com/jhmi-results/.

The soubriquet for dinner with Jason Hackett is a mutton tour - hence the name.
Aug. 28
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2D on the 5332 shape (shapeless?) runs into a six card diamond suit on your right and is likely to go down. Dbl and 1NT lead to plus scores in spades or NT,
Aug. 20
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Double was a big winner, partner having six spades to KQJ10 and a good hand. 3NT is a lucky make your way.
Aug. 20
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Over a decade ago, it wasn't just Jeff who found the bureaucracy of the SBL hard to deal with. At the time I followed some online discussions in other parts of America with similar issues. That collapse of the American Gates-funded idea where funds were meant to be available but in reality the bureaucracy made access to funding too difficult was mirrored in Australia at the time by a bridge idea called OzOne. OzOne had a million dollars provided by a sponsor named Alan Woods but the way it was managed apparently led to several hundred thousand dollars being returned to the sponsor when the concept was abandoned. A pity.

Bridge administration generally has major failings for a variety of very interesting reasons. A chap named Dilip Gidwani in 1993 identified for me these reasons, which alas doom most bridge promotion to failure.
Aug. 20
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I think we can expect an announcement about the venue in Wuhan in September.
Aug. 18
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Nicholas Hammond's posts in https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/buffets-gates-world-view/ tell some of the story. I live in Australia. From afar, I followed the School Bridge League's mild successes and ultimate failure between 2005 and 2010 as closely as I could. I do not agree with Nicholas about lack of support from school systems being the major cause of the demise of the project.
Aug. 18
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When the hand occurred at the table, 1NT would be 12-15. I should have included that in the original post.
Aug. 2
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Andy - you are right - this one is a soluble issue with a simple solution of modifying who follows whom from session to session. For example, Michael Gromoller had to follow the slowest pair in the field for every session of the World Pairs Final in Wroclaw in 2016. It's a serious disadvantage to spend over 40 minutes of each session waiting for the pair in front of you to finish.

But that's just a minor irritant compared to the major destructive force which this thread should be about - that Directors need to change their behaviour or be demoted if they are treating newcomers without respect. And how that issue should be solved, not just in one individual case, but in general.
July 31
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This is really sad. It's also sad that this very important post might not attract many constructive comments, though it should. Allowing behaviour by officials that scares away I/N's from Nationals - this is about as bad as it gets. Newcomers are the people you want to treat best - they are often the long term future of the game. Hopefully the ACBL will not condone bad behaviour by officials at this level.

In the Open events, we used to encounter a few Directors with similar, but not quite such inappropriate and condescending, attitudes. A few days ago I was chatting to one of the Directors in Las Vegas and asked him if he thought the standard of directing at Nationals had improved in the last ten years. He agreed with me that it has. Directors like Matt Smith, Kevin Perkins, Jeanne van den Meiracker, Matt Konow, Rui Marques - to name just a few ….. using them as an example, it is clear that to get to the top at US Nationals as a Tournanent Director, treating the players with courtesy and respect is an absolute prerequisite (i.e. is absolutely essential).

Although Matt Smith is about to retire, I think it would be sensible to do something like the following, The ACBL asks Matt Smith to conduct an online written “lesson” in which he asks all Directors who direct at Nationals a series of questions about how the Director would handle various situations. The situations would include the scenario in this post. Advantages of doing something like this include:
- it is not costly
- there would be a record of their answers if they transgressed at the table later on
- it would emphasise to Directors that theirs is a customer service role
- the answers would clarify to those who don't get it that good customer service is essential.
- it might reduce incidents like the one in this post.

For example, when a pair has to wait a lot, shouldn't the Director be present to let them know in advance that if they have to miss a board, they will be given at least 60% as their score on that board, I.e. they won't be disadvantaged in the scoring. Ditto for EWs who have to miss a board against the slow pair. Such preemptive actions by the Director would help keep the game on track.

Another idea is to put some of the cameras that are at US Nationals on the I/N sections so that Director behaviour such as in this post can be monitored and confirmed more easily. Could be useful for legal reasons after demotions.

In the five session semi final stage of the World Pairs in Verona in 2006, Val Gardiner and I had to follow the slowest EW pair in the field for all five sessions. For four sessions our section became a mess. For the fifth session, Matt Smith was in charge of our Section - he noticed the very slow pair early and used a lot of his own time to personally to make our section flow smoothly by taking appropriate action in a calm gentle manner. It can be done well, but that attitude does not seem to have filtered down through the ranks as well as it should.
July 31
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Michael Botwin - Barry Rigal and Brian Platnik are already trying to fix up this problem. I am one of the Australians who was sent their list earlier in 2019 of over 100 Aussies who have played in American Nationals, and asked how to make the rankings more accurate, using the Aussie masterpoint scheme and other data to rectify it. They are trying to fix up other countries too. So the solution is already taking place, thanks to the efforts of a couple of motivated individuals.
July 30
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We didn't qualify in the Life Master Pairs. Without our fully deserved slow play penalty, we would have qualified. Just saying that enforcement does happen.

I thought the standard of tournament directing at the Las Vegas Nationals was very good.
July 29
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Partner was close to a neg double of 2C with six hearts to the ace and nothing in the minors. We make 4H and they can save in 5C or 5D down one. I doubled. Rodwell bid 2D on his strong 2146, 3H, 4D, 4H, 5D…. I doubt if there is much to learn from this poll.
July 27
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Tomorrow's Daily Bulletin has a photo of the actual winners, but no info about the appeal. Ref https://cdn.acbl.org/nabc/2019/02/bulletins/db4.pdf.
July 22
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If you're sitting under an air-conditioning vent, it can be rather cold.
July 20
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Dave - to get to the Miracle Mile shops. Take the walkway from the Level 3 playing area to the escalator down to level 2, exit Cosmopolitan to cross footbridge over main road, turn left down outdoor escalator, at bottom go through clear glass doors on right into Miracle Mile which is a huge circuit of cool indoor shops and restaurants, including cheap places such as Subway (open 24 hours), a burger place next door to Subway, Panda Express Chinese, Sbarro pizza, Lobster Co and Earls Sandwich.
July 18
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I'm asked how would I rule after my wife has done this then arrived home. My ruling would be that my wife is barred by her husband from filling in a personal scorecard for her next three bridge games. She can look up the scores later online.
July 15
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Paul - yes it is. Chess has similar issues to bridge in this area. At the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, I attended the chess activities - chess was a demonstration sport there.
July 13
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