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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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@Nic, I don't have a lot of questions for you, just two of them that other people have asked for?

1. How did your role change from ACBL's program manager for ACBLscore+ to a for-profit company owner who got the project? I've search all your posts on Bridgewinners, but could not find a clear answer. I doubt there are anything in NDA that forbids you to say about this matter.

2. Do/did you have any business relationship with anyone/organization working for or affiliated with ACBL? I doubt this has anything to do with NDA because it is not about your relationship with ACBL. However you may have other reasons not to want to answer it. Since you did you give a straight answer as I did, I would guess the answer would be YES.
March 17, 2018
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@Nic I've come back home last Tuesday and back to my work now. I have not said you were an ACBL employee. It is just in the BOD minute I found you were “hired” as the program manager for ACBLscore+. No matter you are an employee or contractor you were suppose to act with ACBL's interest if you took that position. People here are asking for answers. Did you explain how and when you changed the role and got the project for yourself and eventually cost us 2M?

You just could not change your habit of criticizing other people. I've said I won't gone in details about Charlotte but you keep bring it up. Let me give you a quick answer here.

My program was used to run 3 KO start. In my previous work with D7 directors we used a wired projector without any problem. So this time I had the director installed my program on his laptop previous day and ready to go. Mitch Hodus came in and brought a wireless projector he wanted to use in San Diego. The director tried to install the software on his laptop to connect to projector but it did not work. It took more than 40 minutes before we finally gave up. We switch back to TD's laptop and tried to start the program because it is time to start selling entries. We could start Bridgemate and realized it would not start because TD had on older version. At that point I could have decided to call a quit. But Mitch and I were only going to be there for couple days and we don't want to miss any opportunities. Mitch said his laptop had latest version of Bridgemate. So we installed my program on his computer and started Bridgemate and taking entries. Everything worked well until we tried to bracket when program did not respond. Later on I found it was caused by a manual file copy during installation, instead of copy file from flash drive to pc, it only created a symbolic link. Later on the flash drive was removed so the program stopped to be responsive when it could not find the file. I realized the problem right way and advised TDs to fall back to old process. The delay caused a slow start, but the time from entry close to TD posted pairing is more like in 15-20 minutes.

The second KO was a simple 64 team event. TD just decided to make 4 brackets and with a couple click pairing was created and published on projector. The whole process from decision (about bracket) made to pairing up on screen was just about 20 second. Non-eventful. In 3rd KO start, we experienced wireless connection problem with projector. But the delay was minimum (1-2 min) and director just used my bracket and paired randomly as they usually do.

If you think you have grievance with ACBL, I have mine as well. Before San Diego I wrote to them and concerned about wireless connection with projector and hope they could do something to make it reliable but nothing was done. Initially I was told I could run my program for the whole tournament and I had made my plan to I could be available the entire tournament. When I got there I learnt you and another vendor will give demo. Each one of us will only run one KO and one Swiss. After my first KO ran into problem after projector unplugged, I asked for another chance to run KO again. ACBL said no. However I would not opening criticize ACBL on this forum. This is where we differ.

As of how to compare our programs, I'll leave that to users to decide.
March 15, 2018
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