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PS, Greenville is my hometown and my favorite regional…. maybe we should form a team ? :)
18 hours ago
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I'm right there in the trouble spot. Often my team is the very worst in Bracket 1. 1. Sometimes we win. 2. Of course I take the credit> 3. I'd rather do this than the alternative.
18 hours ago
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Did you notice you had 3 working 8's ? :))
19 hours ago
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Hmmm… whoever is in this top bracket and leads the Ac on that auction, might should try to get into a lower bracket. Diamond lead seems obvious with the double.
Then back to NS…. seriously?? Why are we not in a Diamond contract ?
May 23
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John, I respectfully disagree. I think your methodology is what I dislike most. Your way is the same 90/10 I was referring to. You basically disallow anyone to make a good decision, after a hesitation. You might as well install a time clock and after 15 seconds… all good bids don't count… all bids that happen to work don't count. No further thinking is allowed.

This can have negative effects…
1S - 2H - 4S - Long tank, in order to bar partner from bidding 5H.
May 20
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Yeah, this is part of my point. I don't like it, and I'm sure others feel the same way…. Win/lose decided by committee is far too frequent.
May 19
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Peg, and many others… Well, I'm saying it.. .it was a crappy ruling. Almost stupid. The auction to 7N was not based on a hesitation, it was just simple and good bridge sense. I don't believe any top player would have done differently if you made them make the rkc response in error… correcting the error was not based on any hesitation.
May 17
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My vote was for “suggestion of penalty”… sort of like “it's our hand partner, do something smart.” I think it's important to have discussed this situation, and agreed on methods. 2N for me would be pick a minor.
May 15
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“All under 50 and in good shapes we don't mind walking a little bit” …. I'm not sure you understand what an oven Las Vegas is in July. I made that mistake several years ago at a Vegas national. Had a room only 1/2 to 3/4 mile away. Couldn't walk it without dripping in sweat, and smelling like a pig. Wound up spending too much money on taxis.
May 12
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You simply gotta raise with QTxx of trumps.
May 12
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Early comment on my own poll… but seriously ? The early vote is 4-1 to pass. I welcome all arguments… but I think it's ridiculous to expect partner, who is a passed hand… to have 4 tricks on defense.

Again… I'm often wrong and I try to learn from it. I think the double of 4D is stupid, and I think it's even worse to sit for it. -500 has to be better than -710
May 7
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Ed, of course he is referring to the OP, a redneck who fits in quite well with the Gatlinburg elite.
May 2
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I don't disagree. I'm allowed to be wrong….. It wouldn't be the first time….
April 29
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So in first seat, white vs red, I open 2S with

JTxxx xx Qxx xxx, you bid 3N… go down 8.. .and we win 6 Imps… Aw… the good ole days….
April 29
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Max,
This thread, the comments, have been enlightening to me… in that there are a lot of other competitions that are similar to bridge and the hiring of pros. I never, for example, would have realized that ballroom dancing had pros.
Also, I would state that I posed the original question… in order to get other opinions. I truly don't have a fixed opinion of what is right, ethical, or “good” about our current system.
Just because I have a problem, doesn't mean I have a solution. Bridge is certainly better in many respects due to the money that clients spend. Better competition, more revenue, nicer nationals, full time players, etc.
Here is the problem, or situation I don't like. On a zero to 100 scale… I enter a team event at a regional or above competition. I'm an 80. I find 3 teammates that are also an 80. We draw you (or whoever…the client). You are fairly new, and although show great promise, you still are a 60. You hire not 3, but 5 pros who are all 90 or above. Realistically… my team doesn't have much of a chance if you play half the match. How is this fair… or how is this just like “life”… in that things aren't always fair anyway?
I don't have a solution. If I won a big lottery tomorrow, the day after I would probably be on the phone trying to see who I could hire for the Spingold. I also can't help being irritated when someone who can barely follow suit… is bragging about winning something.
April 29
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So I'll admit to applying what I think are ethics… and that I don't know the ACBL rules as well as most. But look at your “B. Time of Appeal”. What was there to appeal ? There wasn't a Directors ruling. The Director was waived off and the result stood… agreed to by all 4 at the table.

In my opinion, what I guess most likely happened… is that after the game… OP realized they missed first place by just a few matchpoints… Then… and only then… did they look closer and realize 4H makes… and maybe they realized 5Dx should be down 3. Then, and ONLY THEN, did they contact a director.

Even if I'm wrong with the ruling, and wrong with what I suppose happened… This late appeal of a non director ruling… smells fishy and wrong to me.
April 23
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Analogy time… You're the Head Football Coach of team Green. You can call for a review of a play, by throwing in your red flag onto the field. Team Stripes… scores a touchdown, but you think he might have stepped out of bounds. You consult your assistant coaches in the booth… who say it's close, but decide not to challenge the result on the field. So the result of a touchdown stands. Later in the game your kicker misses an easy field goal which would have won the game for you. You lose by 1.

After the game is over, you review film on the touchdown again. The Stripe player was clearly out of bounds. You got a bad call. Now you contact the NFL and try to get the result changed. Not gonna happen. Game is over.

IRL… you called the director about the UI double. After the hand, you claimed you were not harmed. You did not challenge the ruling because you thought 4H wouldn't make… To add insult to injury, you misdefend 5Dx. If you just defend properly, you win the event. Not realizing this until after the game….You don't cry foul until after the game. I think this is just like the football game above. Game over. You have no one else but yourself to blame.
April 23
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West needs to wake up
April 22
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While I bid 4C on the given auction… and we might get to the right spot because of that… I think I solve some problems by opening 1NT. This hand is certainly worth 15 HCP.
April 21
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