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I went to D22 website and downloaded the COC. One could argue it should have better written. Although I don't like the format, this COC clearly said in “3 team format” VP will be used to determine the winner, with Win/Loss as first tie-breaker if VP is tied.

This is clearly different from the usual KO format but it is this event's COC even I don't like it.
June 7
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The article said you could upload club game with special code (04 or 22) which would exclude it from NGS and payment.
June 6
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Based on this article it seems EBU charges a fee for NGS rating.
June 6
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That's not bad.
June 5
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How many people from Red Over company are currently ACBL members? Whatever solution they develops, they could try it on themselves and show us if it works.
June 5
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@Steve, I want to follow up with your previous statement that ACBL recruited about 11,000 new players yearly but losing 12,000-13,000. I think we have about 100,000 active members. This means that we are adding about 10% of new members. This is not a bad results. It seems we need to do a better job in retaining existing members.

Is there a study on why players leave ACBL? Mortality is a factor. If you look at US mortality rate it varies from around 2% at age to 70 to 6% at 80. That is only a small part of 12% we are losing.

Instead of new recruitment rate I would like to see retention rate go up? What is our current retention rate by membership length?
June 4
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Yes, I'm surprised both Russ and Jay Whipple will not be on BOD next year.
June 3
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Do you think your playing strength increased as measured by the rating number?
June 3
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I think your experience could only prove a bad rating system was not a solution. It should not rule out “all” rating systems.
June 3
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@Rich,

What is your rating changed over time?
June 3
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Steve, do we have any study on why players drop off? Even if we double our recruitment, if there are more players quit it is still a losing proposition.
June 3
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Ethan,

It is to replaced current 25 member BOD and 125 member BOG with 9 member boards and 50 member “senate”.
April 19
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I would think the correct play is A first if you could afford to lose one in that suit. You pick up any singleton K cases. Playing J first would lose in two singleton K.
April 2
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In current BBO setup, alert needs to be made by the bidder, not his partner.
March 16
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Ray, we are getting into uncharted territory of online bridge. In current BBO setting, it is the player himself who need to alert of bid. He does so by click the Alert button before making the bid.

Yes, we would have a problem of what happened if opponent asked him and he realized his mistake. If UNDO is allowed, he might be able to change his call. That is a separate question.

The problem here is that the failure to alert resulted in MI. The poll tried to determine what would happen without this MI. As I mentioned in Stu's response I think there is a great possibility that the final contract may still be the same.

I don't need another poll to find out what North would do with EW actual agreement because North had shown me he would pass in the real game.
March 16
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James, this is online play. As we discussed later there is no clear law for online player. I have raised this question to Jay Whipple last year when he was “In the Well” that ACBL should establish some rules specific for online bridge.

If you have played on BBO, you would know the requirement is exactly “player alert their own call”.
March 16
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Yes, I believe he continued 2nd later.
March 16
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Yes. I agree. The problem is the rule for online play is not clear. In BBO it is the bidder who is required to alert by pressing Alert button before bidding. I also agree with your analogy that this is like East had both opponents as ‘screenmates’. So if this was a DONT double, East should have alerted. Then NS might ask and he might realized what happened and I don't know what he would explain. Here he did not alert and NS had no reason to ask what X means.

East was very likely to realized his mistake when his partner bid 2 and decided to just play as if it was takeout double. He did not alert NS. So I would think this is a case of MI. My poll was tring to determine given correct information will NS bid differently. The results are all players with South hand passed. With North hand more players bid 3 than pass. Should this be considered as harm? By the way the other table NS played 3 making 5.

If North bid 3, East may stil bid 3 as I know this player is capable to do. It may still end up in 4, but there would also be a possibility NS would bid 5. I'm trying to determine what is the appropriate rule as TD.
March 15
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West led since his partner bid it.
March 15
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Chris,

Isn't X showing single suit hand require an alert? It is a conventional bid. Isn't a failure to alert a MI?

My poll for North with correct information are here:
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-hc2xotuhcj/
March 15
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