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The only way the rules get changed is when folks are vocal about changing them. Yes, people know the rules…when someone does not like them..and clearly states so …and equally states/implies the reason for their dislike, others (sometimes) take a look at the rule and reevaluate it to determine if the rule still serves the purpose for which it was initially promulgated. Bravo, to the one brave enough to put her name up to challenge the rule!

It has been said that the ACBL loses a disproportionate number of its members shortly after they become life masters. If allowing such folks to remain in the GR events keeps them in the ACBL a bit longer, then the rule may be serving its purpose. But please let us not close off dissent by stating the obvious; people deserve their chance to voice their opinion.
July 17, 2017
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I'd like to know to which forum I am posting. A few times now, I thought I was posting to the Intermediate forum…Id'd signed in there…only to discover that I was posting to the main forum. If there are any indicators which might help me see where I am posting, I'd appreciate it.
July 17, 2017
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And how does one pay for the winning bid(s)? There seems to be no information available.
July 17, 2017
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@john, cause I didn't know any better. I hoped that for the intermediate player (where I thought I posted this article) it would enlighten them to ask more questions than to merely accept “standard”
July 13, 2017
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Not that it matters..this is from the common game, from 7/13,2017 board 13. The lead was was 5 from 532, The query is not the lead, but the explanation. And the point of the matter was not the explanation, but the idea that there is no standard lead!
July 13, 2017
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Nope. I actually had no problem with the description. I had a problem with opponent calling the director and complaining that I had a problem. I merely said, if you lead 3.5th please state so. Some MEN have a problem when women challenge them. I still don't understand why. I do have a problem when an apology is exacted from me for an incident I did not cause. Maybe its an aspergers thing….maybe its my thing…but whatever it is….the whole point of the matter is…when stating your lead, it behoove you to state your lead….standard is not your lead. And that was the point of the article.
July 13, 2017
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The opp was an asshole….regardless of the lead! Questioning does not mean there is a problem….but apparently for some it does. I think it is obvious to anyone, that opp did not lead 4th best, when 3 rounds of has been played and I (declarer) have the 13rh card! Maybe, opp did not expect that I could count to 13? Maybe he thought that standard leads meant “whatever partner decides to lead/” Who knows? What is obvious: standard leads means nothing…and those who receive such explanation should ask for more….the whole point of the article.
July 13, 2017
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Okay….for us lazy souls, what does this mean in US dollars?
July 13, 2017
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I booked a Airbnb in January for the November NABC….great rate…right across from the hotel. I was very happy! A couple days ago, I get a message that the Airbnb is cancelled…my host has been reassigned to the east coast and will not have the condo. Great! The hotel is sold out…the airbnb rates are more than double what I had agreed to pay. Since I had already brought my airfare, I get a condo in the same complex for approximately 100% more. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers. I learned a bit more about Airbnb…and a bit more about reserving the host hotel when it opens. This whole thing is a learning experience for me.

As a relatively new entrant into NABC's, however, I am a bit surprised at the limited number of hotel rooms for the tourneys….even far in advance. I am glad I procured my hotel in Kansas City early…and made my condo reservation early for Orlando. (I have my Airbnb for Philadelphia too…but will be making cancellable hotel reservations when it opens).

I am curious, is this to be expected of NABC tourneys,,,,or is this an aberration? One learns as one gets more experience. Please help me learn
July 13, 2017
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Of course I am hoping for a repeat. And District 25 seems poised to do so!
July 13, 2017
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I shudder to think what some folks might open that hand white vs red – in first seat no less. Or does vulnerability really not matter when you have an eight card suit?
July 6, 2017
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…It doesn't meet the Rule of 20 plus 2, so why open? It is unlikely that this hand will not get a chance to bid later – and if it doesn't, so much the better. What I have noticed more in F2F play is that there are more folks stretching to open the bidding with subpar hands….and subpar declarer play… that we set (doubled) for an otherwise unachievable score.
July 2, 2017
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Ummm….my first obligation is to tell my p my hand….and while 2 is a bit of an underbid, it does take into consideration that my p was a 3rd seat opener…and it takes into consideration that I have support….much more than a X would. In most of my partnerships, a double here would imply no fit.
July 2, 2017
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Thanks Chuck….could you explain this better for me? I understand that you bid 2 to indicate that you have a 3 suit GF….so is 2NT then a GF; 2 transfer to 3? and 3 a gf transfer to 3? I think you are using lots of space when you have the cards….if I understand correctly.
June 30, 2017
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@kieran, thanks! I REALLY like it when it is broken down so a that 6 year old could understand. Now, even I do! But damn, that brings up another query….would you move forward holding these cards (even though in hindsight you see that 6 makes…and gets you a 13 imps swing)?
June 30, 2017
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My thoughts: 1NT - 3NT is easy. Game contract not likely going down. However, it does forego the possibility of the slam (and potential swing in team game).

I acknowledge that the hand is not the best for slam….but I could foresee possibilities ….especially if p held the magic cards (it does happen; obviously only 2 of his HCP is in ). I bid 3NT intending that it be seen as a mild slam try. P saw it as sign off. My query: do folks transfer to the minors and then sign off at game? I had not heard of giving partner a choice of games in the minors. The only possibility that occurred to me is that it was slam orientated and p must decide if he wishes to go forward. I was looking for him to cue over 3NT, to indicate the maximum hand…after his 4 or 4 bid (he held both aces) I could then bid 4NT.

But should I move forward and pass 3NT to indicate that I am looking at slam?
June 30, 2017
Sabrina Miles edited this comment June 30, 2017
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We play weak jump shifts. Either 2 or 3 implies 0-5 MP and (extra) length in . Thus, the jump guarantees that you will miss slam.
June 23, 2017
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@Timo, or you could just keep an accurate count on the suits, without needing to manipulate the claim, and know that you need the finesse to make your contract. That works too.
June 20, 2017
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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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