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Go Tech!
April 8
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Upgrades very rare in this partnership
April 8
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Interesting steve can you unpack this plan? You're gunning for cases where he has a stiff heart for example?
March 29
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Interesting I felt I might have overbid with 3 at the table, I'll take the vindication.
March 29
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Honestly I experience very strong ethics at the table these days. Don't remember the last time I was coffee housed. Maybe I'm just lucky.
March 16
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Re-read your original post, I see you also did some of these numbers. Just not sure I follow the argument: if big clubs are growing but we're losing tables already, then we're losing players. Credit to Honors for running well and attracting players but the numbers seem clear.
March 14
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Thought provoking post but I think we're just losing tables. Ran some quick numbers from club table counts https://web3.acbl.org/club-table-count/, someone could certainly do more systematically.

From 2016-2018 we have lost 125/2,930 (4%) of clubs and 92,316/2.3 million (4%) of tables. Saw a decrease both years.

Interesting that Honors is doing well but I think the numbers say pretty clearly we're losing players.
March 14
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Dying, not changing. Tournament attendance dropping every year in district 7 (I see the numbers) and I think it is the same around the country. Interesting point that large clubs are doing well, but clearly we see a drop in tournament attendance
March 14
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Spoiler , hand below ….


Spoiler, hand below …..



I appreciate all the other doublers, wasn't sure how many I would get. I doubled which was not a success on the actual layout: board #2 here. http://www.atlantaduplicatebridgeclub.com/scorepost/2019/02/20190227ena.htm

If the link doesn't work:
South — 942 KJ6 AKQJT85
North JT975 JT863 Q98 —
March 2
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Ah cool that makes sense Ben, stiff gives you a better chance to get back in later
March 1
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Abstainers you are passing 1?
Feb. 28
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Cool, and I'll post the hand in a few days (I doubled). Ben I'm curious what makes 1 more attractive to you on 4225 than 4135?
Feb. 28
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3 but I'm not happy at all
Feb. 9
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Abstain because I open 1
Jan. 30
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** Spoiler below ***


** spoiler (hand below ) **

Partner did indeed have the dregs of the earth. KTXXX XX JXX KJX I believe. I bid 4 because (like Eric/Jack) I was worried too many hands making game pass 3. Did strongly consider 3.

Minor point, I changed the auction slightly to protect what I think was an error from partner. Over 2, LHO actually bids 2 and partner passes (rather than bid 2). Pass should show a slightly better hand then 2, right?
Jan. 18
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Yeah I was surprised how unanimous double turns out. Certainly see the flaws for 2 but auction can be hard to handle after double
Dec. 28, 2018
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Yeah fair enough Bobby, we've discussed auctions like (1D) p (1s) 2S but here you can just X to show spades. OK removing that comment.
Dec. 19, 2018
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Looks perfectly reasonable to me 3NT is a very normal action
Dec. 8, 2018
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Would give this West a procedural penalty if I can and at least a talking to. He made a ruling at the table against less experienced players (should know better) and then called for the director to clean up the mess.

No idea if I have to make south pass but I'm for bringing the book down on West
Dec. 4, 2018
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What was the EW agreement? E.g. was it a bad alert or west just forgot?
Dec. 4, 2018
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