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In an attempt to not be too PC, I find the connotation of your post incredibly insensitive at least, and highly insulting at worse.
Sept. 24, 2018
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In for a penny, in for a pound. Albeit, I would never open the hand 1NT…if i did, I would not hesitate to bid 3nt after subsequent developments.
Sept. 17, 2018
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My number 1 pet peeve – although it only happens with one partner – is when she calls for a card from dummy before I have even put the entire dummy down! How can you plan the play when you have not even seen the entire dummy? I have now taken to putting the lead suit down last to try to break her of the habit. No matter how many times I say please plan the play, within 5 seconds a card is called for.
Sept. 15, 2018
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@Mathew, in the same vein, putting the double cards jumbled in with the pass cards so that one comes up unexpectedly.
Sept. 15, 2018
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Unfortunately, most players will notice if we bid 2 over 3…….and say it is insufficient.
Sept. 9, 2018
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Follow up: of course I bid 4NT….and p bid 5 which was down one (best possible results). At the other table our p's opened 2…which was doubled…and opp bid 3 and my hand bid 3NT making 4. What I am curious of: is it acceptable to bid 3NT with a void? I didn't double because I did not want to hear 4. But, of course, I was the infant in the arena of giants…and I want to learn…..what does 3NT say here?

PS, I did let our teammates know that 3 bid makes it much more difficult, albeit he had only 6….(not including the AK or Q)

Of course,3NT is the best possible result. -11 IMPS. Bridge is so much fun.
Aug. 20, 2018
Sabrina Miles edited this comment Aug. 20, 2018
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Actually, Airbnb and Uber both let users split the costs with another – using a different credit card. I don't know of the particulars, or the costs involved, but it does seem to be a feature worth examining.
Aug. 13, 2018
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@David….small potatoes matter! I agree that small potatoes do not change/challenge the big picture…but like a stone thrown a river, the resultant wave structure tends to have an impact. I would suggest that what we (ACBL members wanting greater things from our organization) do not want to do is suggest that the little things are immaterial. They matter! As a lone voice I cannot change the structure of the organization, but I might be able to effect a change in one thing that really matters to me. Imagine if everyone was able to change one thing that really mattered to them? The structure of the organization might change – or perhaps the need for structural change might disappear.
Aug. 8, 2018
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@Randy, “everyday” players are coming; but I, too, noticed a real decline (from Toronto) in the mini events. I had not known about mini events or participated in them before Toronto (perhaps marketing could be improved for these types of events since they include the bulk of the ACBL membership?) I was surprised and disappointed ..but perhaps more disappointed in my play?

Too expensive? Of course that is relative; but comparatively, Atlanta was a bargain! I stayed in an AirBnb that was 1 block away from the tourney site…and across the street from the Hyatt. I supported the ACBL by participating in 24 sessions. I choose to stay off-site because it afforded me cooking facilities, laundry facilities, and was 40% less expensive for more room and greater amenities. (I also stayed in AirBnb in Toronto…and have one reserved for Hawaii). For folks for whom expenses matter – and who are able and willing to plan in advance – AirBnb type lodgings provide a superb means to enjoy the NABCs at greatly reduced total expense outlay. Perhaps ACBL might benefit if their travel agent of choice also provided alternatives to the host hotels for folks wanting to save on expenses?
Aug. 8, 2018
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In all honesty, I did not have a question in my mind as to the meaning of the COC. I take my share of blame for not seeing the ambiguity in the language – I thought that my way of viewing the COC was the only way of viewing it. I am so grateful to my teammates, who questioned my viewpoint, and got the ball rolling to resolving this issue – at least temporarily.
July 24, 2018
Sabrina Miles edited this comment July 24, 2018
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@Keith – well I've played another sectional and my MP has gone up :). I know that I “skipped” 1 regional that had been on my schedule (and ate the airfare costs to boot – decided in December of 2017) because I did not want to go over 2500 MP before what I thought was the June 7th MP cut off date for the Atlanta NABC's. There can be no doubt that I had less than 2500 MP on the June ACBL computer run – 2465, if I remember correctly. Once the date had passed for reporting for the June 2018 cycle, I participated in an additional 5 regionals and 2 sectionals. Surely, the ACBL does not want to curtail participation in regionals and sectional events. But that might be the deleterious effect of having a cut off date so close to the actual national tournament could cause.
July 24, 2018
Sabrina Miles edited this comment July 24, 2018
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@Art, of course my post should say 2014 (late November as matter of fact). I think even I would have gotten it if I started playing F2F in 2004.
July 24, 2018
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Actually, just this past month I drove 442 miles (according to Google) from my home in Massachusetts to Reston, VA to participate in a regional. I did stop in Valley Forge, PA on the way down and Fairfield, NJ on the way home to participate in regionals in those respective places too. I'd say that driving was the ideal way to participate in all 3 regionals. I'd also add that I met up with other pairs who were doing the same cycle of events – so it is not so far fetched an idea.
July 24, 2018
Sabrina Miles edited this comment July 24, 2018
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I'd like to see more of Kit's Korner type articles by more expert level players. I really enjoy that Kit takes us through the thought process for selecting a particular action – or avoiding that action. I also like that he starts with the bidding and proceeds all the way through the play. A thorough bidding analysis, and play of the hand in one article.
July 21, 2018
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I also find joy in what others might consider mundane. Isn't it great the we are all individuals with our own idiosyncrasies?
July 19, 2018
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@Randy, candidly I didn’t ask. I assumed it was an across the board policy decision.
July 19, 2018
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Follow-up. I've just been notified that I am eligible to participate in the under 2500 events! Yeah. I anticipate that the wording will become much clearer in subsequent years. (I really dont care much about it then….LOL )
July 18, 2018
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I hope this doesn't sound condescending Debbie….but you sound just like my Mom, making excuses for why I should be the bigger/better player. I so often wanted to say: darn it mom, cant we just have justice…why must I be bigger or better? In the long run, however, I admit that her admonishments have served me more than my feelings. Thank you Debbie!
July 18, 2018
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And that date is the month preceding the start date of the qualification for the separate qualifications. Applied here, the date would be the June 7th cut off.
July 18, 2018
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that is exactly what the COC says! And thus my confusion. I expect an organization this large to at least know common contract construction!
July 18, 2018
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