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This really happened. Yesterday there was one team in bracket 4 that lost all its matches but still advanced.
Aug. 30
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This makes it possible for a team to lose all their matches but still win gold points. We shall see in a couple days.
Aug. 27
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Does anyone see the following regional flyer? This is going to set a record in Masterpoint payout.
Aug. 26
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Kevin,

See my response above and the video about how to run Swiss team with Bridgemate.
Aug. 19
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Try to score the game with handicap and see if you have a winner.
Aug. 19
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This discussion here propmted me to think some other ways to run Dup-Swiss. So far most Dup-Swiss I know is run with barameter style. All tables in round one play the same set of boards. Then round two play the next set. This will need a lot of boards (my estimate is 3x of boards for single session Swiss if boards are shared among three tables).

OP presented a special case from 9 team bracketed Swiss where the same board could be used in two rounds. The special case here is they are all 3 way matches. However if the board could be used twice in 3 way, there is no rules prevent it to be used more than once in head to head matches. So I came up with the following proposal.

Let's take a simple case of one session Swiss with 18 teams, tables A/B 1-9. I'm going to divide tables into 3 zones: 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9. At round 1, Board 1-6 will be put in zone 1, 7-12 in zone 2 and 13-18 in zone 3. So 3 set of boards are used concurrently.

At round two the boards do not change. Teams get assigned to different zone/table by their pairing. For example, if a team fron zone 1(round 1) is paired against a team from zone 2, they would be assigned to a table in zone 3. If both teams were from same zone, they could be assigned to any other zones.

At round three, replace all boards with 17-36 and repeat the above process for round four.

In this way it may need only 2 set of duplicated boards to run a 18 team Swiss. Comparing shuffle and play that needs 6x9 = 54 boards, this is just 18 boards more.

In practice you may need an extra set because sometimes the pairing may force the teams in each zone to be a little different for round two. I hope some club TD could give it a try.
Aug. 17
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You don't need to reset bridgemate one by one. There are two copies of data in Bridgemate. One is stored in your computer. The other is in Bridgemate Server (the box connected to your computer USB port). At the end of game if you just turn off Bridgemate server. The data in it would be gone. The table units are slave and will recync with the Bridgemate server when it is on next time.
Aug. 17
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The short answer to your first question is ACBLscore is a very old program (initially DOS based) and its developer has retired from ACBL a couple years ago. ACBL has decided not to make any changes in ACBLscore a few years back.

However I have a solution if you want to run Swiss team game using ACBLscore and Bridgemates. See my post

I'm not familiar with HomeStyle but it seems this type of game was designed for pair game (although it is scored like a team). I suspect that is why some functions do not work as you expected.
Aug. 16
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This is the BAM movement.
Aug. 13
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@Mike, I just realized you are from D4. I'm aware of your area running Swiss using duplicated boards. Now you could even using Bridgemate for it so players could eventually see their results on each board just like pair game. PM me if you want to learn more.
Aug. 12
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There are other districts and club that play regular Swiss team with pre-duplicated boards in a similar way. For each round every team play the same set of boards (i.e. 1-6), you could play 2 boards per table and just the boards twice in whatever way convenient.
Aug. 12
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Could you clarify your board movement? I think it would make sense for A1-A2-A3 to be a group and rotate boards 1-6 among them for round 1. Similarly B1-B2-B3 for 7-12 and C1-C2-C3 for 13-18. Then you rotate for board sets A<-B<-C<-A for round 2.
Aug. 12
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6K Soloway makes more sense since the seeding for 6K event currently does not reflect team's real strength.
Aug. 11
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Natural response transfer style. For unpassed hand 1 is negative. For passed hand, transfer to majors only, all other hands bid 1.
Aug. 10
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Here is my 4th seat opening and I also use it for 3rd seat opening to save my memory load.

2: Precision 2 open;
2/2/2: 11-13 HCP, 6 card suit;
12-14: open 1NT;
15-17: open 1 then rebid 1NT;
18-19: open 1 then rebid 1NT;
20-21: open 2NT;

One level open 1/1/1 could be up to 19 HCP. All other hands open 1. This leads 1 to have 3 types of hands:
1) strong two;
2) balanced 15-17;
3) a hand with club suit that is better than 2 open;
After 1 open, responder uses transfer responses. Opener has a special bid to indicate if he has a strong two opening.

I don't like to open a sub-minimum hand in 4th seat because it gives opponent a 2nd chance. Most of players don't have an opening in 1st and 2nd seat for two suited hands. If you open they get another chance. If your side has a fit, their side is also likely to have a fit. If you don't have , this is dangerous.
Aug. 5
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I suggest a penalty carryover. They will be applied to both teams when they play the same event next time.
July 31
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July 29
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With only 18 tricks, there are 3 possibilities:
1. NS could make 3 and EW could make 3;
2. NS could make 4 and EW 3 would be -1;
3. EW could make 4 and NS could only make 2.
In case 1, NS bid 4 would get -50 but pass would result in -140.
In case 2, NS bid 4 get 130 but pass only get 50.
Case 3 is a danger because 4 could be doubled or it could push EW to game. However with NS high card holding (AKs) this is unlikely.
If NS judge this correctly bid 4 is always a winner in case 1 and 2.

For EW it would be different. In case 1, bid 4 could result in -50 instead of pass 4 for +50. In case 2, bid 4 would be -2 for -100 instead of pass for -130, but it ran a danger of being doubled. Only case 3 could be winner. So EW does need to judge it correctly and it is a tough decision. If there were 19 total tricks, bid 4 over 4 would always be a winner.
July 23
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There is a food court in Bally's that is not listed in ACBL restaurant guide. It has Sbarro, Subway and 4-5 other stores offered different type of food with reasonable price. It is just of the map from ACBL guide. You could walk through Paris LV to get into Bally's, then turn right and go downstairs. The food court is at the end of it. If you enter Bally's from front door, go straight to pass the whole casino and go downstairs.
July 22
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I agree 4 is correct bid given 3 could make.
July 18
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