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Bottom line, more members, more regionals, fewer total tables. Sounds like a job for our new jefe.

Addendum after reading all the new analysis posted today.
1. Walking distance to a regional (Santa Clara – My alma mater, by the way, 1976)! Wow. My nearest regional/sectional two hour drive.
2. Sending a link to this thread to El Jefe Nuevo (Joe Jones).
3. This really looks like the kind of job for which we have a Board of Governors. Perhaps they'll look into it.
Dec. 10
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…and enjoy the venue! By the way, I changed laterally to vertically. I really need to proofread better.
Dec. 8
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p.s. HBD Steve!
Dec. 8
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If you are going to do that, then get rid of NLM regionals and Gold Rush events. I'm betting that would cause an uproar. I'm more in Jan M's camp. I'd also like to see one annual special Bridge Vacation (a la the one described occurring in South Africa). Three stratified open pair events per day, and you can play horizontally, vertically, or diagonally so that the rest of the time you can enjoy the venue (beaches, night life, whatever you prefer) to get your two sessions box checked. Have one big stratified open (unflighted) Swiss on Sunday. Give out double (or triple!) Golds to make up for the fewer events and promote the bridge fiesta. Do it when there is nothing else good going on, maybe early January.
Dec. 8
Chris Hasney edited this comment Dec. 8
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Yep, that is a danger. Easier to avoid if we only open 4cm with KQTx or better or a “Boris” (of Boris and Terence) hand 1-4-4-4 or 4-4-4-1. 5 card majorities would most likely open both of these 1D. I would open the first 1H and the 2nd 1S even if playing 5 card majors, but that's how I was trained back in the day. And yes, I take a little heat some times. BTW I had one now deceased pard who made a case for opening hand #2 1H to ensure the partnership never missed the heart suit. (The auction could go 1S-2C-2D swish or 2S with a 2 card preference and not enough strength to rebid 2H. Non-forcing 1NT responses become quite useful sometimes!)
Dec. 8
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There is a cost differential, and that is the bang for buck for the players. It costs me pretty much the same to go to our local (2 hour drive each way) sectional and our regionals in the same place. Having all my silvers (and not needing any red/golds, just 60 platinums so I can play in the platinum pairs), I don't pay to go to a sectional, while I might to go to a regional if I think it will have lots of pros I can play against in Flight A. Unfortunately most stick to the KOs, and I can NEVER play them (except in one BAM once, and then my partner opted out so I was still screwed :-).* Any non-local regional (Arizona or El Paso when they used to have them) costs me about the same as an NABC, so I'd rather just do that and have the NABC+ events available to go for the Platinum.

*Addendum. What really frosted me was coming home to the local club and listening to the bitching about “Having” (not “Getting”) to play against Wold, Passell, Miller, et.al. Really makes me hate that I can no longer play golf.
Dec. 7
Chris Hasney edited this comment Dec. 7
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One of the bright spots in bridge for me was playing in the Reno Open Swiss (and Winning!) with you and Ken and your pard. (Sorry, didn't really know him, but he sure played well!)

I'm a just over 500 points LM, unlikely to ever get to 1,000 due to living in SE AZ (I can see Mexico from my porch), and having lost my stamina and my money over the years. But even if I regained those, you wouldn't catch me going to an under 1,000 (or <10,000) tournament. The whole point of bridge is that you can play vs. the very best in the event, AND THEY CAN'T STOP YOU!!! It's why I DETEST KOs – they flight the damn things.

I realize I'm in the minority. Pity.
Dec. 7
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Those of us who don't have a team willing to travel to an event prefer pairs.
Dec. 7
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“Not Invented Here” so I fear you are right.
Dec. 7
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Any chance we can have regionals or NABCs where we can play in the championship events ONE session (afternoon, preferably) per day? I'm past my 2 a days prime.
Dec. 6
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If 4 card majors then 2H in this auction could land one in a 4-2 fit. Out of curiosity do you allow 1M, P, 2 raise with only 3 pieces in opener's possible four card major? If flat 4-3-3-3 with 3 in pard's major and the 4 not being spades if pard started with 1H, we tend to bid a non-forcing 1NT or just pass if there's been interference. (Assumes responder minimum <16 and no weak 12-14ish 1NT available to opener)
Dec. 6
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Concur. One thing no one mentioned is that any non-forcing bid other than spades denies four spade cards. One would then think that since 2NT wasn't bid there is no diamond suit stopper either, and no tolerance for a 5-2 heart bailout. This all suggests a minimum and most likely 5 clubs, but could be 3-2-4-4 or something similar with no desire to try notrump. We can solve some problems for poor pard if we make our neg X guarantee 4 pieces in spades in this instance. Now pard can try to get out in 2S on the 4-3 fit.
Dec. 5
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Not withstanding KL's comments (tx, btw), lovely EJ and jim's stuff. Can we please do an April MABC in Vegas every year?
Dec. 2
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concur. Long Beach NABC sucked. Loved Palm Springs regionals before they ruined them by moving from Windam local. Bridge Week at the Ambassador was a wonderful idea, but then they shot Bobby there and that was that. Too old, I guess.
Dec. 1
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stay tuned. I've written a bunch on endplays for folks like us.
Dec. 1
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rofl, and I started in my 30s (except for brief forays earlier)
Dec. 1
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Dec. 1
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Love your photo and your attitude, and glad you had fun. My problem is that I detest the very notion of 0-10,000 or whatever mini events. They do NOT produce national champs, (think Grand Life Master). They produce phony champions, under out current silly system. Moreover, they pull the fish (like me) from the big pond, so I end up being nothing more than chum. I'm ok with that, but it really sucks. I refuse to go to an NABC and play in anything other than an NABC+ event. Period.
Dec. 1
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You silly bridge players will argue about anything, just to argue. Finish the game, then finish a beer.
Dec. 1
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Touchdown 'Bama! Sometimes booth replay is useful.
Dec. 1
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