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If we have 23 hcp and 5 trumps and no fit, should we always penalize at 3 level?
July 15
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Which hand pattern would bid 3c with 4? 3334? Not possible in this auction.
June 14
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I am surprised, no one has picked 4c.

3d voters…please explain your logic and feel free to change vote in case of change of heart.

to me pass, 3s, 4c and 5c are all reasonable choices, depending on the field, state of the match etc.
June 14
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What would you bid?
June 14
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Doesn't 3c show 5? Else partner can pass.

If 3c shows 5, what's the point of bidding 3d? Is it forcing?
June 14
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anyone wants a conversation, send me a message outside this forum.
June 3
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We had 25IMPs lead going into last quarter, we could have played it safe to win the match but we kept pressing to maximize VPs. Unfortunately, lie of the cards didn't favor us and we lost that match by 3. In Finn's own words they were pretty lucky to win the Match. Our goal was to maximize VPs and we won maximum VPs what the director thought the most relevant chart so why should we concede? Anyway it is Tournament Officials' job to figure the winner. We will accept whatever decision they make. Conceding would be highly disrespectful.
June 3
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It is my understanding that as per ACBL rules no team is obligated to revisit the scores agreed and reported on the day of the event (Someone please correct me if I am wrong). However, we are all friends here at D22. We want to extend all possible courtesies to our friends not just to correct all errors in reported scores, but also to give everyone the satisfaction that all possible scoring errors have been addressed. I believe this has been done for this event. If someone has any unresolved issue left, send me a personal message and I will address after collecting the relevant evidence. No need to attempt to gather sympathy by showing an outrage in a public forum.

It is also my understanding that directors and organizers not only have right but an obligation to change their calculations and assessment of result after the event it they find they they have made in error. Again, someone please let me know if the rule books says otherwise. In our case initially they assessed Finn's team to winner, realized error in their calculation, fixed it and assessed my team as winner. Now with adjusted score they can again revise their assessment if need be.

Side note: Our directors don't get paid enough for the work they do and the stuff they have to deal with. We would like to pay them more and should pay them more for the customer satisfaction that we desire, however, that would mean higher entry fee, which will be not be advisable in view of declining attendance in tournaments. Given this situation it is the obligation of all players to provide extra co-operation to the directors, pay attention to announcements and ask for clarification, POLITELY.
June 3
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just to be clear….Walt has been a friend for years along with everyone on the third team.
May 31
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I didn't hear the 1c Alert and I forgot that you were playing strong club system, hence took partner's 2s bid as natural. It happens I guess, specially in a short match.

You got the director ruling in your favor on both tables, hence I don't understand what are you complaining about?

Frankly, I am tired of this campaign and offer to buy you a drink at the next National. You can moan and bitch all night long and I will keep buying you drinks. If nothing else I will make another friend (you) in addition to dear Finn.
May 31
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@Peg Kaplan : Houston! We have serious problem

Finn : “To be fair, I didn’t asked for it 5 times. It might’ve been given to me.”

However, I don’t think Finn was being dishonest earlier, but possibly only exaggerating. This seems to be result of the conduct of someone who is trying to use this strategy to garner public opinion to influence the decision of the officials involved.

This is what I have serious issue with. I love everyone in our bridge playing community for their love for this game. I can take the liberty to assume that each one of us would like to see this game flourish. I am glad that at least something good came out of this event as I get to make a new friend, Finn Kolesnik. I admire his passion for the game and hope that he follows up on his promise to help my son start a bridge club in his high school. However, what I am witnessing is that highly experienced players are trying to do what they can to influence the decision of the director and GNT coordinator. This is a slippery slope, where lack of respect for directors and their decisions would lead to nothing but chaos. Imagine the chaos in a society where judges and law enforcement have no respect. Can we really expect turnouts in ACBL sponsored events to increase in a chaotic environment. Personally, I don’t have much experience playing in ACBL events and if there is chaos I would certainly not like show up for many events. Additionally, I would be skeptical to expose my kids to an environment where officials could be manipulated. That is an immediate loss of some high school students learning the game that I can see and likely more.

Experienced members of our bridge playing community have a responsibility to set an example for new generation. I am sad to notice that it is currently not happening in our community.
May 31
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My team played it as swiss. With a big win and a tiny loss we expected to win the swiss and we won. In swiss many a time the winner has a small loss.
May 30
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We agree it was innovative. Step towards progress typically faces resistance from experienced folks like you. In my opinion this is progress and in your opinion it is not. However, our opinion does not matter since it affects our result.
May 30
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Coz 30 board match should be scored on 30 board scale and not 9 board scale.
May 30
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Well put Mike.

Sabrina, it depends on what the co-ordinators goal is. Is it to run a contest where 1 imp gives the win or identify the team which has performed the best. John choose the later. It is certainly a matter of opinion which method is better, however, John is well withing his rights to pick.
May 30
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I believe you. I also believe my team mates. If you gone over the hand on the day of the match they could have helped you resolve the discrepancy. If you didn't think important then, why should it be our fault.
May 30
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very interesting to hear from the legends of the game. In our case, we have saved our score sheets but our opponents have not. One score sheet that they produced was in error. In other case they don't remember the hand. Should we consider changing the reported score which is correct as per our score sheets?
May 30
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Its John's job to reconcile. If he thinks he made a mistake then he can change his decision.

However, a change in decision will be very unfair to my team. The director announced beforehand that the scoring will be like swiss and my team mates went and got this confirmed to make sure. My team played the matches like swiss and if scoring is later changed to KO, it will be unfair to my team.
May 30
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We can’t thank John Kissinger enough for time and effort he has put in for our GNTs in D22. This also earns him the right to choose an innovative but legal format, which he thinks is best for the district. He decided to use method used for Swiss rather than KO and based on it my team won. It should be our responsibility to accept his decision and hence, there should be no question whether our team should withdraw.

Regarding scoring discrepancies: Kolesnik team has confirmed that my team has extended every possible courtesy to them, well beyond the rules of ACBL, to resolve scoring discrepancies and they agree that in one case their score sheet was wrong and in the other case they don’t remember the hand. In the case where they don’t remember the hand I have no reason to believe that score sheets of my teammates are wrong. These are the team mates whose score sheets has been correct every single time there has been a discrepancy.

ACBL rules state that “each ACBL district will name a district champion in each category by means of a fair competition that is not necessarily the same from district to district” and “The District Director has final authority on any item not specified in the conditions of contest”. District Director chose to use swiss style VP scale for a 3 team event, which is an innovative idea worth a debate. In his opinion that is a better method than the traditional one. We all should debate whether ACBL should change the rules and prohibit the use of VP scale for a 3 team event. Till that rule come into place District Directors should continue to have the prerogative to use it.
May 30
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I am available for Silodor. 2000 MP, 62 Power rating.

I can play Bridge World Standard version of 2/1 with extras.

BBO : Shail
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