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Marty Harris
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Nov. 3, 2010
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What is the purpose of attitude signaling?
Unfortunately, neither is necessarily "easier" for partner and there is no "standard" agreement on this. Each partnership has to decide for itself whether a positive signal merely shows values in that suit (leaving partner to figure out whether playing that suit is right) or whether it asks partner to lead ...
A Third Option for Regional KOs - Stratified Swiss KOs
Ray, Non-pro teams can qualify for the Super A KO stage. Anyone can qualify "up," it's just that higher flighted teams cannot qualify for the KO of a lower flight. Therefore, the second day of the Super A flight would be a normal 4-team KO (semis + finals), not another ...
A Third Option for Regional KOs - Stratified Swiss KOs
Jeff, there are simple ways to avoid that type of dumping incentive. For example, in Swiss-KO formats I've played in, the team that finishes #1 in the Swiss gets to choose its semifinal opponent from the 3rd and 4th place finishers, while the #2 finisher is guaranteed to avoid ...
A Third Option for Regional KOs - Stratified Swiss KOs
Mike, the way this format works, regular flight A teams would play against the pros in the qualifying Swiss. Further, if there are only 3 pro teams, at least one regular flight A team will make the Super-A KO round, and more regular flight A teams could qualify if they ...
A Third Option for Regional KOs - Stratified Swiss KOs
Doug, if you look at flight A vs. B or C MP awards, 3rd place in A is often higher than 1st in B, and always higher than 1st in C. It's very unlikely that dumping would improve a team's MP expectation. IMO, this is a theoretical concern ...
A Third Option for Regional KOs - Stratified Swiss KOs
One benefit of this proposal is eliminating all the complaining we hear from many players about having to compete against pro teams. With this proposal, augmented by the Super-A flight, having pro teams in the field can only increase the MP awards other teams earn or be completely neutral; it ...
A Third Option for Regional KOs - Stratified Swiss KOs
Flight size? I recommend a presumption that each flight will have exactly 9 teams, unless large MP breaks dictate a different number. Based on MP breaks, though, I'm willing to live with flights of anywhere from 6 to 12 teams. One exception: the "Super A flight," for pro teams ...
Someone has blundered
IMO, both players are equally at fault for failing to "protect" their hands, and what happened was an accident, so I would assign both pairs an average-minus.
A Third Option for Regional KOs - Stratified Swiss KOs
p.s.: In deciding where to set the dividing line for which teams play together in the same Swiss field, I wouldn't have a pre-determined number. Rather, all teams that average X MPs or more (perhaps 3,000 MPs) go into the top Swiss field, while all teams that ...
A Third Option for Regional KOs - Stratified Swiss KOs
Steve, Your "Stratified Swiss KO" mirrors what I've been advocating for a long time, both when I presented it to ACBL two years ago and when I explained it in responding to several other people's posts on BW over the past year. The one thing I dislike in ...
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