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I think a club's willingness to do that is going to vary depending on the strength of the games at the club. At the local club where I play regularly, the open games do not draw a very strong field…there are a few good players but less than at many other games. The reaction I got from the club owner/director when I asked her about Multi 2D was “Why do you want to torture my customers.” And I can sort of sympathize with that. I might not like it, but I can sympathize with it.

Another local club was asked about it and said no to Multi 2D. This surprised me, since they normally run two sections for their daytime games, with one section being MUCH stronger than the other. Oh well–they don't want my business, cool by me.
June 2, 2014
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It's not anger, believe me–more like frustration. I see the game I love stagnating, not progressing. It's not lack of respect for the people's views–it's just frustration with the future that I feel those views hold for bridge. I feel they will be destructive to the game in the long run.
May 28, 2014
Barry Plotkin edited this comment May 28, 2014
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So people playing a small number of boards “shouldn't have to deal with the convention”? Where do you draw the line? Maybe they shouldn't have to deal with Precision? And those damned weak notrump auctions, why should they have to understand them?…

Your feelings on the subject would keep ACBL bridge stuck in the 20th century. It's time for us to join the rest of the world. Bridge survived the legalization of Precision. People would deal with the GCC'ing of Multi 2D.
May 28, 2014
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Your views would keep ACBL stuck in the past and prevent it from progressing with the rest of the world. Sorry, you are dead wrong.
May 28, 2014
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Multi (mini-Multi) is allowed on the Mid-chart.
May 28, 2014
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I don't think that heart suit is quite good enough for 3H even if partner would take it as fit-showing.
May 28, 2014
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Doesn't specifically depend on it, though I do enjoy playing a loaded CC. Particular situation is, I've been playing with a quasi-regular partner recently with an eye towards the Flight A NAOP District Final here in NY, which is Mid-Charted.

Asked partner if she'd like to add Multi. Said sure as long as we could play it at the club for practice (she's hard to pin down for a serious online session). Club owners response is as I said, “it's not on the GCC so I don't want to annoy my customers with something that weird.”

And it SHOULDN'T be up to a vote of the membership. Sometimes things are just right to do. It's time for ACBL-land to catch up to the rest of the bridge world.
May 28, 2014
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The problem I've found, when I've asked local clubs if they'd allow the Multi 2D, is “it's not on the GCC so I don't want to annoy my customers with something that weird.”
May 28, 2014
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If anyone has any insight into why Big Brother…um, I mean ACBL :) hasn't done this, please feel free to contribute :).
May 28, 2014
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