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Or play on a 6-person team and sit out most or all of the matches on Friday, playing all day Saturday.
Aug. 6, 2019
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The schedule I like for the Fall is:

Blue Ribbon Pairs first 3 days

Soloway for 5 days:
- Mon/Tue = swiss to qualify top 32
- Wed/Thur = half day matches to reduce to 2 teams
- Friday = full day final

Reisinger for last 3 days, Soloway finalist can drop into Semis


Most people hate half day matches, so this didn't get very far.

The previous Fall schedule was nice because the main events didn't overlap. Now there is no pairs event that doesn't compete with a prestigious team event.
Aug. 5, 2019
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Barry,

It’s hard to take someone seriously who conflates Scooby-Doo and the Teletubbies.
Aug. 3, 2019
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Hi Miriam,

My thought process would be completely different:

- Partner’s bidding is inconsistent, there is no way to guess what he is up to.
- I passed 3S, so partner is not expecting me to bid 5S
- Since we aren’t in a force, I can make a penalty double if they bid again. Other than that, partner has staged a mutiny and is now captain.

There is no point in trying to guess what partner is up to. If he forgot system and my alert/explanation woke him up, then this discussion will go in a different direction.
July 29, 2019
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Howard,

Agree 100%. Matt is not only knowledgeable and hard working, but amazingly adept at diffusing confrontational situations at the table with his calm demeanor.
July 27, 2019
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I don't have a strong opinion, but it would go a lot way to eliminating this issue if:

(1) pairs did a better job of completing their USBF convention cards and summary pages

(2) people bothered to read through opponents CCs before sitting down at the table
July 8, 2019
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Not sure about current procedures, but until recently the ACBL process after the filing of a player memo:


- The player might receive a demerit
- 3 demerits = a citation
- 5 citations, and you're looking at a violation.
- 4 of those, and you'll receive a verbal warning.
- Keep it up, and you're looking at a written warning.
- Two of those, that will land you in a world of hurt, in the form of a disciplinary review, written up by the recorder and placed on the desk of his/her immediate superior.


This process is explained in the ACBL informational video below:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ClY_XjoiYXc
June 4, 2019
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“George makes an excellent point that, in this current system, women make up 75% of the players who have to take a back seat and wait. So, effectively, women are being dumped on (I am not saying that anyone intended this consequence).”

Melanie,

Without getting into arguments about gender equality or lack thereof, the only reason for this is that women can play in 4 events, men can only play in 3.

Additionally, no one has to take a back seat. Everyone has the option of only playing with teammates who have committed to their team to continue if they win.
May 31, 2019
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Michael,

Do you think Meckwell should have been allowed to play in the Open trials this year even though they have already qualified as USA 1?

If so, do they have to declare before the 2018 trials what they plan to do for the 2019 trials and for which team they will play if they win again or win the 2019 seniors or mixed? What if they play on a team that involves 3 of the 2018 winners and 3 of the 2nd place team?

I agree that the various USBF events should be considered more than just a means of selecting teams for the World Championship, but how many teams would show up otherwise? If the USBF events were only stand-alone and not World Championship qualifiers, fewer teams would show up and they would not be great events.

For these reasons, when this topic was discussed, I voted:

- Winners cannot play in subsequent events, but if majority voted otherwise, then …
– Open winners cannot play in subsequent events
– If you qualify for 2 events, can't play in the first one. Either play in 2nd or drop off for valid reason.
May 30, 2019
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Hi Barry,

As I was reading this story, I couldn’t believe the amazing coincidence. Many years ago, several people including myself and John Diamond hired Zia to play with our friend, who is also named David, for a birthday present. David goes by “notzia” on BBO. Zia also bought dinner for all of us kibitzers. Then after my morning coffee, I realized we were obviously talking about the same David.
May 21, 2019
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Hi Jim,

It’s been a while, how is everything?

You obviously meant 6, and yes that was a great hand. Another of my favorites was board 7 from the first quarter of the semis. JD found the killing shift to beat 3NT - a great play that was missed by 3 other world class players.

Hopefully no one will post any of my least favorite hands.
May 21, 2019
Brian Platnick edited this comment May 21, 2019
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Thanks Oren, you and Ron are the best. In a few years when you were winning Bermuda bowls left and right, don’t forget me, JD, and Ron.
May 18, 2019
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The Open final should be a great match. Whichever team wins, the US will have a worthy representative in the Bermuda Bowl. For me, watching a bridge match on BBO is like watching a football game. Sometimes I’m cheering for a particular team or player, other times I’m rooting against a team or player. And some games I don’t care who wins, but as the game progresses I find myself pulling for one team or the other. In today’s match, here are my considerstions:

- Greco, Hampson & Moss are former teammates and still good friends of mine.
- Chip was the coach of my junior team in 1991 & I still consider him to be my coach. He is one of the most generous bridge experts. Even when we are playing against his team, he will give me advice during the break.
- Rosenberg is one of the few people who rivals Chip in both bridge knowledge and generosity plus all the work he does for the juniors.
- It is difficult to root against Zia.
- Wolfson is the Chip of options trading. He will answer questions and offer me advice even if we are competing in the same arenas.
- Joel, Joe, and Johnny - the 3 J’s. All great players and nice guys.

We will have to wait until tomorrow to see whether Fleisher or Wolfson sits on the Iron Throne.

A few final observations:

People often comment that Marty Fleisher and John Diamond are expert players even though they are or have been sponsors. But I don’t think people realize how great they actually play. If you look through the hand records from our match, they were each the best player on their team (maybe 2nd best - just after their respective partners :-)

The USBF is a great tournament. Thanks to the organizers, directors and or course Jan. But most of all, a huge thank you to Lisa Berkowitz, Martha Katz & mom, and the rest of the hospitality staff.
May 18, 2019
Brian Platnick edited this comment May 18, 2019
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Michael,

“Adam is intellectual and fundamentally honest.”

I generally agree but one exception. I don't find Adam to be objective when it comes to Objectivism.
May 1, 2019
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David,

I was all set to email an apology to you for my obnoxious comment on the BRP drop-in thread, but then I read this.
April 28, 2019
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David,

A better rebuttal to my insult would be to cite the number of times you qualified for day 3.
April 28, 2019
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David,

It would be interesting to look at the top 10 of the Nail LM Pairs over the last few years compared to the top 10 in 2-day pair events that are held opposite a more prestigious event.
April 27, 2019
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Oren,

Chris said “might qualify for the third day of the BRP”, not “might qualify for the first day”.


Note: I’m just teasing David, who if you know him, deserves it. He is a good friend of mine, at least he was before I posted this.
April 27, 2019
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Steve, you wrote: “Please note that the predominant argument in favor of allowing drop-ins is that the skill of the drop in pair matters more than the accomplishment of the 130 or so pairs that qualified need a different scoring process for day 2.

To favor drop ins one must believe that skill gives special privilege beyond just seeding.”


While it may be true that the discussion on this thread has been dominated by debates about the skill level of the drop-ins vs the day one participants, this should be irrelevant. The predominant argument in favor of drop-ins should be something like:


- The Soloway is open to everyone, so the opportunity to drop-in to the BRP is open to everyone.
- Each NABC has many events which bestow the title of North American Bridge Champion on the winners.
- Some NABC events are considered “premiere” events, others are not.
- Most players (I think) consider premiere events to have the following 2 characteristics:
(1) Open to everyone or everyone has the right to attempt to qualify (platinum pairs, for example)
(2) Their is no other premiere event running simultaneously.
Possibly a 3rd criteria that the event more than 2 days.

Having the BRP start during the round of 8 of the Soloway diminishes the prestige of the BRP hugely. Allowing the 4 teams that lose to drop-in to the 2nd day helps move the BRP close to the prestige it originally had.

It is frustrating to lose to Meckwell, Joe Grue, etc. It would be even more frustrating to lose to Meckwell or Joe Grue in the ronud of 32 or 16 of the Soloway, then see them drop into the BRP and beat me again. But I would prefer that possibility than to play in a watered-down BRP and pretend it was a premier event.

I think the ACBL sends press releases to the local papers of those who win NABCs. Here is an excerpt from the Boca Raton Tribune when JD and I won the 2017 Spingold:

“The Spingold Trophy Replica event is one of the 20 championship-level events held in Toronto, Canada, from July 20 to 30 for the summer championship.”
April 26, 2019
ATB
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Agree with Nigel K. about 1H: Opening light in 3rd seat red is especially risky when you can’t pass partner’s most likely bid.

Agree with Mark R. about the double of 1NT, which seems normal.

2S was not a good bid for the reasons others stated.

I’m not sure if East should pass 2Cx or bid 2H.

I am sure that I appreciate Michael Shuster’s tactful comments more than some of the churlish comments.
April 23, 2019
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