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Chris, I could give you some idea about chess as a former local chess organizer. Most of new chess players in US come from school age children. They usually started in elementary school. If you look at the active chess players by grade, it usually reach the peak at 5th and 6th grade. When they move into middle school and high school, there are often other activities attracted them and they start to drop out.

One thing different from bridge is chess pro make their living mostly by teaching (including GMs). They will come to elementary school to start a chess lesson. This is the way most players started to play chess. There are scholastic chess tournaments just for students. Most states have a couple state wide school championship tournament per year (once in Spring and once in Fall). At super-national (once every four year) the attendance is typically over 5000 (K-12).

Although most of kids eventually stopped to be active in tournament and move on with their life, no one would expect the game of chess will die. For most people, chess is just one game they play.
May 2, 2018
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Gene,

In regional pair event, are all session boards dealt the previous day? Or they deal the afternoon session in the morning. I'm sure in NABC the dealing machines are running during the day and boards are given to TD just before the session. So it seems reasonable to keep only 3-4 rounds of boards available at once.
April 29, 2018
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I want to ask a question for tournament operation. If you play a 6-7 rounds Swiss team using hand records, could you just start with 2-3 rounds of boards made. Once round one is done, you take the boards back and re-deal them for round 3 or 4? This way you don't needs all boards at once.
April 29, 2018
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@Robert, you don't need caddie to move the board. We don't do that for pair game. Player finished their boards just pass them to next table.

Let's say every one play board 1-8 for round 1. You put board 1-2 on table 1, 5, 9 etc. 3-4 on table 2, 6, 10…, 5-6 on table 3, 7, 11…, 7-8 on 4, 8, 12…. Every table just pass the boards to next after they finish first two boards, just like pair game.
April 29, 2018
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@Ellis, see my previous comments. You could reduce the sets of boards by a factor of 3-4 if you share boards among 3-4 tables.
April 28, 2018
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One way to solve this problem is not to do board relay for team event, but set the boards like pairing events. Since every one is playing the same boards per round, you don't have the relay with teammates, just the next table. Let's say you play 8 boards per round, you could set up 2 boards per table like pair game, and pass the boards three times so every one play the same 8 boards.
April 28, 2018
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@Mike, this year's Gofer Regional TD will have my program for team games. If they use it for KO start, you could enter a team name with whatever you choose.
April 23, 2018
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Yes. I completely agree. I had run a youth chess club years ago. Players always start with e4-e5, or d4-d5. Of course this is not the only way to play chess. Once some players learnt about Sicilian e4-c5, they started to use them. This is a much more complicated opening then e4-e5. My observation over time is players learnt about Sicilian often ended up as much better players than those who don't.

The problem with ACBL is that the last twenty years focus has been to get retirees to play the game. In order to appeal to this group of player, rules has been changed to make masterpoints easy to get. Forbidding anything new is just part of it. When I first started to play in ACBL in the 90s, there were still a quite reasonable amount of Precision players in tournament. Now it is less. Maybe someday we'll bar 1 open as well.
April 18, 2018
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@Steve, that could be a good idea. Just change the event name to Gold Rush KO and players will come back.
March 29, 2018
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@Steve, Bracket KO used to be the best way for non-LM to get gold point before Gold-Rush.
March 28, 2018
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In bracketed KO, you could ask TD to put you in a bracket that could use Mid Chart.
March 28, 2018
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@Danny, is 2 open showing a weak hand with 5 + 5m allowed in Open chart?
March 25, 2018
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@Leonard, 5422 is still semibalanced. I open it for 1NT as well. I would also open 6322. But I would stick the definition of balanced hand with “A hand without singleton/void or more than 2 doubletons”.
March 25, 2018
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March 24, 2018
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I think opponents have the right to know what kind of style 1NT open is. It should be part of full disclosure. Once I played in mini-Spingold final, opponent opened 1NT with 54 in the major and ended up bidding a major slam. At one point I was on lead. If I led another major, partner could get a ruff to set it. However I was convinced opener could only be 44 at most and did not lead it, much to my regret.
March 24, 2018
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I did encounter opponent protest when I upgraded my hand with a 5 card minor.
March 24, 2018
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I think the problem is the heavy relying on the definition of HCP. Even in the first bidding book ACBL has for beginners (Bidding in 21st Century) it teaches 5 card suit could add 1 more point. Here in NT open, you could not count that but has to use HCP. On the other hand, a hand with singleton, which by definition is unbalanced would be allowed. I just could not get the rationale.

Which one is more important in regulate 1NT bid, shape or pure HCP count? In all other suit bid, it requires a minimum length (which is shape based). Why not regulate 1NT bid by shape and playing strength (4.5-5.5 tricks)?
March 24, 2018
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Nic, the following document referred you as “project manager for ACBLscore”. I suppose this was before the name ACBLscore+ invented.
http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/about/1103-exhibits/2011_3_Seattle_Technology_Report.pdf
There seems nobody who wants to discuss the early part of this project. Maybe we should talk privately the next time we meet.
March 22, 2018
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Yes, I had the same experience.

Right now I expanded this concept further by playing different system for different seat.
March 21, 2018
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I think the best way to handle these hand is using Gazzilli coupled with Drury. You won't miss game if opener has a good hand.
March 20, 2018
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