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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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When the Soloway was first proposed, my suggestion was:

- BRP first weekend

- Soloway starting on Monday with 2 days of Swiss, 32 teams qualify, then half day Matches on Wednesday (rounds of 32 & 16). Full day matches Thur/fri/sat. The 2 losing teams on Friday can drop into Reisinger.

- Reisinger last weekend

Everyone else hated the idea of half-day matches, but my thought was as long as the event is somewhat randomized by the 2-days of Swiss, wtf.
April 21, 2019
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Tom,

Is this the poll to which you refer?

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-n8xs7nva4y/

If so, I know what you are missing.
April 5, 2019
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Dale,

When I told a few people in Memphis about the second hand, I said, “dummy has AJ64 of hearts. Remember the spots, they are important.” Presumably one pays more attention in a Vanderbilt match than when given a problem, but I was still surprised that over 2/3 didn't think it strange when partner played the 4 of hearts 3 tricks later.

On the first hand, if I said, “RHO opens multi …” no one realized that my hand was on lead. If I said, “RHO opens 2D multi …” more than half were aware. So I suggested to Eugene that we not include a hand diagram for the first hand, even though that seems to annoy a lot of BW readers.
April 5, 2019
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Hi Peg and Amy,

I underrated Mike Kamil … once. And learned never to do it again.
April 2, 2019
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2S = I psyched the 1NT overcall

Redouble = instead of -500 for all the match points (or a few Imps), lets get zero match points (or lose 10 Imps)
March 29, 2019
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Barry,

Congrats on a great showing and especially for your ability to be objective about the appeal hand.

When I was asked about the trick 1 hesitation, I wasn’t informed that Kevin detached a card then placed it back in his hand. For me, this makes the decision correct. However a harder question is how long can 3rd hand hesitate at trick 1? If not for the detaching of a card, I would have ruled against declarer.

Congratulations to Zia and Curtis, they both seem to win lots of NABC events with many different partners.
March 25, 2019
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Barry,

I think you are cold for 11 tricks on a spade lead if you guess the position correctly.
March 25, 2019
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David,

Would you expect 3NT to promise 4S? If not, why double 3C instead of bidding 3NT? If so, then 3S should be artificial.
March 24, 2019
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Yes, it is forcing. 4M/longer m is one of the possible hands.
March 16, 2019
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Richard,

I confess to mild surprise that you wrote, “… unable to agree between themselves whether the East hand is best opened 1 or 1NT” instead of “better opened 1 or 1NT.”

We play 14-16 NT, but in 4th seat we play 15-17. If 1NT showed 14-16, I assume John would open 1. My judgment is 1 is also better than 1NT in 4th seat for 2 reasons.
(Note: I’d be more than mildly surprised if you would write “… 1 is best than 1NT ,,,”

(1) this hand Is worth more than 17 HCP. Similarly, in a weak NT context I would bid 4 instead of 3 in your auction even if 3H showed 15-17 or even 16-18
(2) if partner responds 1, I think a rebid of 1 is better than 1NT in our system.

John might agree with me, but that is secondary. As you pointed out, the primary goal was wittiness.
March 16, 2019
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I wouldn't be in this position (having opened a precision 1♣).
March 15, 2019
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Hi Richard,

Thanks for the explanation, much more helpful than “I wouldn’t be in this situation…”

If my clubs included the ten, I would bid 3.
If my clubs were something like AJxxxx, I would pass only if 2 promised 4.
If my spades were a bit stronger, I would bid 2.

This is a difficult problem with no clear solution, but I think 3 is probably the best choice.
March 15, 2019
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Richard,

Is 2 forcing? If so, what would you now bid over partner's 2 rebid?

Adding a comment which basically says, “I don't play these methods so would not have this problem” isn't very helpful unless you are suggesting better methods. Not sure responding 2 qualifies as a better method. But even with your possibly better bidding system, you will face a similar problem when partner rebids 2.
March 14, 2019
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When I saw the title of this thread, my first thought was …

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L8oAQOvOEXY
March 6, 2019
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Is Alan related to the famous French chef?
March 3, 2019
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Diego,

One of the 3 primary purposes of the internet is speculation (frequently disguised as expertise).
March 1, 2019
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