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nice link Corey, but “480 active ACBL Grand Life Masters” is an overbid.

the page defaults to include deceased players (I approve!!!)

if you uncheck the box “Show Deceased Members”, the list is shortened, but the far left column, Overall Rank, does not change the counter associated with the player. HOWEVER, the next column, Filtered Rank, does adjust to show that the counter for “active” (actually, just ‘still living’ since not all are still playing) is 357
14 hours ago
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from the convention card they used in the 2018 USBC

1N-3 = Majors GF
March 17
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forgot to address the 2nd part of the question

i know of a few approaches, but cannot cite a source

A) 1N-2 = or FG & (grue-moss do this)

then

1N-2-2-?
-2 = cancel transfer showing FG &
-2N/3 = 2nd transfer

I think 3 is also a 2nd transfer but i'm not sure
presumably it just shows more , but maybe it just gives two ways to invite i.e. 2-2-3 and 2-2-3


B) differentiate invitational and game forcing hands

1N-2-2-2 = some invite
1N-2-2-2N+ = 2nd transfer, FG


As Dale mentioned above, these require a lot of partnership discussion for what may be a very small gain for anyone who does not play full time.
March 9
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(apologies - i just could not resist)

reverse attitude means smile is discouraging
usually applies to carding/signals, but can also apply to bidding and leads.

old days: loud (bid or slap of played card) = uncertain
March 3
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Historical Note:

I first saw reference to the Rule of 15 in Kim Carpenter's 1969 book, How to Become a Professional Money Bridge Player "The Stat System
Feb. 13
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DIGRESSION

we had a group of geeks that took bridge lessons and developed an addiction for the game in high skool. in 1973 or 1974 one was attending Carleton, the other St Olaf. I visited them during a break and discovered that one of the universities had a library with a collection of Bridge World magazines. (so time spent with the friends was limited)

Sure hope the library has expanded that collection - and that your gang avails themselves of access to that treasure trove
Feb. 3
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C. Knockout Round Tie Breaking.
Ties in knockout matches will be broken as follows:
General Conditions of Contest

2 Otherwise:
For the USA1 or USA2 Final or if the tied teams did not meet in the Round Robin, the tie will be broken by one (or more, if necessary) additional segments of 8 boards if a match of 120 boards or more or 6 boards if less than a 120-board match. There will be no seating rights in tie-break matches; teams will submit lineups in advance.


pre-alert - I can't find the thread that discussed non-final KO matches, only the one for USA1 & USA2 finals.

I thought the decision was that the only time extra boards would be played was USA1 and USA2 finals. And that the non-Finals tied matches that did not involve teams that met in RR would either be determined by SPs or pre-match coin toss.

I do recall part of the discussion possibly differentiating matches that ended midday vs matches where next stage begins the following day. That might have been a non-issue since we only seem to see 2 stages in one day in events that begin with full round robins.

wish i could have found the original discussion/conclusion
and/or had more reliable recall
Feb. 1
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i wish i could tell you the history of Zerth, but i don't have that information.

i first heard the name from Dave Caprera.
i think he played the system in the early 2010s

Mark Horton's, “A New Bridge Magazine”, May 2018 issue mentions Zerth in his description of the 2018 Vanderbilt Fleisher v Nickell match
Jan. 30
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Moss-Grue play a version of Zerth.

their responses to strong 1 don't match any version of any systems that use the names of meckstroth &/o rodwell, so they can't be used in support of your decision

in fact, you could say they are 180 degrees different from RSVP (ok, you call in mecklite) with:

1=most 12+
1=most 5+
other non-1 responses = 8-11
Jan. 29
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many systems are easy when auctions are uncontested
and many conventions are easy if you only talk about the meaning of the first round of bidding

curiously the lesson came from learning to play chess
it's easy, each piece moves this way …
wait, you mean there is more??
Jan. 29
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we absolutely chose cheapest reject to minimize chance for opponent to make lead-directing double.

too bad we never extrapolated that thought to what we now see being done when opponent doubles stayman or transfer - i.e. protecting the positional honors
Jan. 28
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re: why the usa experts seem to be adopting versions of what is being called mecklite. When “In The Well”, Eric Rodwell either implied or stated outright that the system really should be called RSVP - Rodwell Soloway Version of Precision. Just guessing but plausible arguments include:

* very easy to quickly bring client/sponsor up to speed
* very easy to swap expert partnerships

neither is true when using relays (other than Stayman), whether symmetric or not.
Jan. 28
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long ago i had a partnership that used the Kokish approach where opener was able to avoid giving helpful information to the opponents - most specifically helping to keep opening leader in the dark. it seemed to work very well.

it is possible that instead of teller showing lowest accept we adopted cheapest reject as an analog to denial cuebids and similar situations. ex: 1-2-2N-3 accepts try but rejects try. i'm pretty sure, but not positive, that we used 2-way tries so that one rebid initiated lowest reject of short suit try and the another initiated lowest reject of long/help suit try.

all of this was especially helpful in the context of 1M-2M being a constructive raise that was defined as “accepts at least one game try”. but we also used the treatment when opener raised responder's major

with that said, it does not immediately address the poster's concern which really tries to focus on how partner is supposed to assess the holding for accept/reject. we defined QTx as minimum for accepting a help suit try, Qxx and JTx were waffle holdings and Jxx would reject. Not quite Kit's definition, but close.
Jan. 28
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i told you i always confuse PPs and SPs
sorry about that
Jan. 21
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Presumably still adjusting for having ineligible teammates - because of country of residence rather than lack of age
Jan. 21
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“senior only” team would also need to be better defined.
do the players need to seniors during the event where SPs can be earned or just seniors for the SUSBC?

even those targets are hazy since the WBF is in the midst of slowly changing their definition of minimum age to 65. 2018 changed from 60 to 61 and every 2 years they will add another year until reaching the new goal of 65. I think the ACBL is just about to reach its goal of senior = 60!! The last time I tried to find out if there was a plan for ACBL to move beyond min=60 the delayed responses was “under investigation”. That was in 2017.

Maybe David is onto something

Another issue - Jan will correct me if I'm wrong - the field is never large enough to have byes into the KO phase. That combined with a shuffle to determine final KO bracket makes me wonder if any SP mechanism is even needed.

or do I mean Placement Points for determining byes - i just never seem to grasp which point type applies when. I blame that shortcoming on being born in a year that does make me eligible for WBF Senior events
Jan. 20
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The only thing that comes to mind is recognition of results from the World Bridge Series' Senior event, The Rand Cup. It is unique in that players are not in that world championship because of results in an SUSBC

The events in that quadrennial WBS are Transnational, so the chance of teams having players from foreign countries is high. But the CoC already describes how to deal with that scenario.

There is also the issue of how quickly those SPs should depreciate for SUSBC purposes.
Jan. 20
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my recollection of discussions with bigtrain (Walter) is that he thought interference over strong 1 didn't become effective until at least 2

one qualification i would add - if your opponents use a relay structure, then the interference is probably most effective when it is at a level where they no longer relay. That implies that the 2nd hand bids of DBL and 1 cause zero disruption UNLESS partner can help gum up the works. Even then, 3rd hand has already communicated a lot.

sidebar - I did not remember that Kit gets the credit for CRASH
Jan. 7
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to both references saying Card Play Technique is “much better”

i can only say ‘much better’ = huge underbid

I have worn out multiple copies of Card Play Technique
Never have been able to finish reading Watson - or Culbertson's Red Book on Play. But when has Mollo not been magnitudes more readable than almost anyone else
Jan. 7
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