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@Michal….short sightedness has its advantages :)
June 17, 2017
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Telephone operators went out of service, much like travel agents, when the times changed. Here, the times are not changing, the game is. Far be it from me to stand in the way of progress. In the same vein, far be it from me to not stand on the mountain and shout at my loudest, please don't do it….PLEASE, save the semblance of the game and the camaraderie that comes from getting large groups of folks together to enjoy a pastime that we love.
June 17, 2017
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Betty, I agree that those who would not attend the Nationals should be encouraged to participate (even if it is a side event–on line.) By all means, let's support the ACBL as much as possible. On the flip side of the coin, if folks living within driving distance of the Nationals are also encouraged not to attend, that does not, in my opinion bode well for the NABC, and in turn, the ACBL.

I was disappointed in the attendance in the NABC in Orlando (though understandable, given the parking situation and parking rates). In a few events in which I participated, there were no more entries than I might have encountered had I competed in a regional/sectional near my home. This was not something that I had anticipated. I came to the Nationals to compete in a larger event!

Needless to say, the attendance rate in Kansas City was not much better. Albeit, I must admit that I had tons of fun…great food..and enjoyed meeting many new folks (its great to be a newbie at National events). At least in KC the ACBL, with low attendance, was not competing against itself.

Now, however, the ACBL is competing against itself, sort of. The announcement of the game came late enough, I think, that most folks had made the decision to attend or not attend the Toronto NABC. Now, however, the seed is planted in folks minds, that they do not have to spend the time or expense to go to the Nationals; there will be an event at home in which they might participate. I HATE that idea! In my opinion, such a statement does detract from those who might attend the NABC. Lower attendance begets lower attendance. And soon enough we won't have NABCs, we will have games on-line. Not that I mind, since I love on-line games, but I will miss the opportunity that I never really had a chance to enjoy: the experience of large NABCs with many participants and the chance to meet people and have fun!

I don't lament the old days, I lament the days I will not get the chance to experience, because the joy has been taken out of encouraging many to come to the NABCs.
June 17, 2017
Sabrina Miles edited this comment June 17, 2017
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Interesting…results. The entire hand can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/ycexpm3j

My thoughts were this: this p does not open light in first or second seat. Can he really have 4 card support when I have 7? Okay, I am going with he has 4 card support; our cc says he does. If he has 4 card support and does not open light, (and I anticipate a lead based on the double) can I come up with a hand where slam is not making? I couldn't. So I bid 6 straight away. Of course, 7 was making. But where is my thinking missing something critical? Does 4nt asking for KC get me further than 6 would straight away?
June 17, 2017
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@Jim, really? Do you think players spending the time and expense to come to the nationals should use their off time to play on the computer? Do you think this will encourage them to continue to come to the various cities?
June 17, 2017
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@Jim, I want my laptop, not tablet. My Ipad, in particular, is too easy to misclick. It doesn't allow me to see the bidding continuously (of course, I can look it up..by its time delaying), I can't see other tables and the chat simultaneously. Lots of stuff can be done on my iMac that can't be done on my iPad. I want optimum conditions…and if I can choose, I choose that maximum benefit for me.
June 17, 2017
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Me too! I hope it expands to team events, pairs events, and special events (i.e., Women's events, under 2500MP events, and the like. Why have a NABC at all? Let's all enjoy and play at home.
June 15, 2017
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One of my biggest complaints about boards played is where the field does not play the same boards! Recently we had the “good fortune” of playing 24 board..(there was a E-W sitout) out of 30 boards. Of the 6 boards we did not play, E-W potentially had 4 slams (1 grand slam). Geez! We bid and make slams much better than we do part-scores…but that was not reflected in the scores.
June 15, 2017
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Dear Bridgewinner, I'd like to charge my cc $500.00 US (or if you give me the choice, any denomination for my entries into the Toronto NABC's in US dollars. I do not wish to be charged a service fee for my credit card, nor do I wish to be be charged an additional amount for services rendered. If you can't tell me, in advance, the charge to my credit card, please don't charge me, I can just as easily (and cheaper) get extra monies before I leave the states.

P.S. I hope this message convinces ACBL to sell entries, at least to you, in american dollars, early.
June 15, 2017
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On second thought…with the $$$ I will be saving by not attending the nationals, I will be able to purchase those 2nd/3rd rate pros (really great players) who don't get invited to the nationals for play. My gosh, I could have a GREAT team….not to mention great pair event (damn, I want this for the woman's pairs)…let's not wait…lets expand this right now! Okay, I have already got my housing and players for San Diego, but not yet for Philadelphia, let's announce now and boy am I on board!
June 15, 2017
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I don't think GIB robots are so bad. What is poor, however, is my tendency to not slide my cursor over the robots bid, when I think the bid is obvious. In the post mortem (the next hand) when I do side my cursor over the bots bid, I see that I was not thinking the same as the bot, and thus did not make the ultimatum bid. I've learned a few things this way: 1) ALWAYS checks what is the robots bid – even when I think I know what it is; and 2) give my bid a bit more than the robot thinks…..he does not overbid.
June 15, 2017
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The ACBL regionals that have had concurrent on-line events have had such events monitored (i.e., played at a participating club). I'd hope that ACBL would continue this trend, if only: 1) to encourage club participation; and 2) to monitor for cheating. If folks are monitored, why not give the choice of a robot or human partner? In several tourneys, BBO gives such choice.
June 14, 2017
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I like the idea that ACBL is looking to expand and is doing so via pilot programs. Do you not think that such pilot programs might fair better if they got some input from the membership? In this particular pilot program, I would have clearly suggested, by my BOG member, that the proposed program be limited to those 200/300 miles away, so as to discourage those who could drive to the tournament from participating on-line. It is oft said that local participation can make or break a NABC….let's not give them a reason to stay away.

I also do not like the last minute announcement. If ACBL knew it was going to do, let us (the membership) know in advance. Why fool those who choose to make arrangement and pay in advance. To me, those are the customers that you least want to piss off.

I think go for it….just not at the same time you are running an NABC.
June 14, 2017
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Geez, I hope my cc will only be charged in US$…..or that I will be advised that it would be charged in CAN $ BEFORE I signed up for an event on Bridgewinners. I would have to pay the conversion rate, and would be sorely disappointed and upset at the uncharge. In any event, this is a great item to bring to the forefront. I hope this is specifically spelled out before Bridgewinners begins taking in entries for ANY events.
June 14, 2017
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It's not a good thing. It encourages those on the fence about attending the NABC not to go. Compete cheaper at home cannot be good for the NABC.
June 14, 2017
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I am glad you were not embarrassed. I do not think the TD meant to embarrass me either; indeed, but for my p's comments, I would have laughed at the TD's queries. The fact of the matter is, however, that some folks have thicker skin than others. As someone with only 2 years of F2F play under my belt (and very few “friends” that I play with, I know that I would not have returned to F2F play had this happened in my first 6 months of play (been there, done that). People are different. There is sometimes a reason why folks choose to play on-line rather than F2F. For the newer players among us (who often do not include all friends) a kinder, gentler manner might prove more fruitful and encouraging for the newer F2F player.

edit: to include clarifying information
June 14, 2017
Sabrina Miles edited this comment June 14, 2017
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As a staunch proponent of on-line bridge, I must admit that I do not fancy this idea.

To me, one of the fundamental draws of the NABC’s is the opportunity to play in larger events (whether such events are against one’s peers or against the best in the game). The opportunity to win gold/red points at home in an NABC event SIMULTANEOUSLY with an on-going NABC does not promote the goal of having a larger field at the NABC, but may detract from it. Candidly, I think in the long run, folks may just stay home. And thus, the slippery slope begins. Those who do spend the time and money to attend a NABC may become disappointed by low attendance turnout and in turn decide to just play at home.

The ACBL should not compete against itself; a house divided against itself will not stand. Yes, please have an on-line event for the purposes of promoting bridge and bringing red/gold points to those at home….but PLEASE refrain from doing it simultaneously with the NABC. If it must be tried, I would propose having those within 200/300 miles of the event be prohibited from participating on-line.

Full disclosure: I have already paid for 12 nights in Toronto (must get there early so as not to be tired) and I really don’t like the idea of not being able to participate in a NABC event on-line. However, please let me know if this will be the ACBL’s position going forward. I’d like to save the expense of a trip to Hawaii in the fall of 2018.
June 14, 2017
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One that made me think and changed my perspective on bidding (for the better, I might add) was from Steve Bloom, he said: 1) Game tries are not without cost; (2) Selling out to the opponents at the two-level, when they have found a fit, is losing bridge.
June 11, 2017
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I generally play 3 here as puppet stayman. So with no 4 or 5cM, p will bid 3NT and I will pass. If p bids 3, I will bid 3 to show 4….and then p will either bid 3NT or 4.
June 6, 2017
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This takes stretching to game at IMPs to a new level.
June 6, 2017
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