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@ Steve it actually proved nothing. We lost to Roeder on an a board which effectively was one declarer trying to work out how to go down least and the other taking a 50% line to make.
At the table they played for down 1 and it just so happens that a very lucky lie of the cards and a misdefence allowed the contract to make, at the other table with same misdefence the declarer taking the 50% line went down.
The other match is probably not worth discussing, but we basically lost because I pulled a wrong card out of my hand.
So after 60 boards the outcome of the event was a misplayed card.
9 hours ago
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I am not particularly enamored of 3 ways, but I can live with it for an all day match that is strictly win loss. I understand the Districts view point, which might be solved by going to Area Semi Finals down to a 4 team finals in a central location.
That would solve the masterpoint problem as 4 teams in final would all receive some master points. It would also give the 3/4 place teams something to play for on second day.
12 hours ago
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I am pleased you have no problem with this Art, but I do. When you are playing an all day 60 board match but you are eliminated at the half in a 3 way you have effectively only played 15 boards against each of the other teams which is not enough to determine a winner. its akin to playing a compact, not my ideal choice for anything.
In the Spingold they use the 4 way format,so you are playing heads up against a team and if you lose one you still play a second match.
18 hours ago
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I have a few red sets, that I use for lessons. I don't like using them in the club and I try to avoid using them for local sectionals and regionals. No one who has been playing for a while likes them because of the cited issues. One can still purchase vulnerability inserts but they just look messy.
June 17
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That's an obvious piece of brilliance. -1 -1 +1-25 +25 +1, the team that is -2 imps goes home the team that is minus 24 stays.
June 17
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Interestingly enough the team that came last in d22 was ahead in both at the half.
June 17
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Rick,
Many things would make running GNT easier on the players and the staff.
Duplicated boards and hand records for the final.
If a 3 team final is a must then either no comparison at the half or the elimination of the third placed team if they are behind a specified number of imps in both. I dislike a blanket behind in both but a total of 24 or 30 in either match sounds about right. would hate to see a team eliminated down 2 and 3 or even 10 and 12.
An appeal process which is not dependent on polling B flight at the sight or A flight for B flight. These are not the players peers and are unlikely to asses in the same manner. It wouldn't be hard for the director to have a list of players on call , I do it at the club.
Having the Director as the final arbiter of rulings which are occasionally beyond his or her bridge ability or thought process for a championship flight event is patently wrong.
The effect of UI and MI on any given hand is often subjective and would be viewed differently by top level players, however at the very least a poll of said players would create a fairer ability to asses the situation and rule accordingly.
June 17
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Nothing is going on in D22, we had a bad week. Our tournaments run great. Lamya Agelidis does a wonderful job together with Ron Lien managing them , Nancy Erickson does a wonderful job in the desert David Lodge is a relatively new District rep but he isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. Bill Grant is a good VP and does a pretty good job as District Recorder. Unfortunately Arlene is kind of semi retired as part of the Directing staff, and unfortunately Tom just passed away.
Like every where else we have a few that maybe are not up to the job, or just once in a while have a week where everything goes wrong.
When that happens everyone looks bad, but I promise its not as terrible as Jonathan might make it sound.
June 15
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Assuming I am not special.( Mourinho anyone) I picked up the phone to David Lodge and was in pretty much daily contact for over a week.
I think it will be very hard or the Director to be in contact, I went to play in his team game on Wednesday and he did not say a word to me from the time I walked in till the time I left, for the first ten minutes I was the only other person in the room.
I have been in contact with other persons in the League both by phone and email, maybe its just the squeaky wheel getting the most oil.
June 14
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As I have said you can carry on arguing debating and doing what rocks your boat. In the meantime unless you are going to binding arbitration Gupta won the GNT,and many of us concerned on the day are working hard to make improvements. You are stuck in the past not only can it be, it is.
June 13
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@Randy my club my rules, is my generic for reading the law book in such a way as to basically disallow abuse by A players over those less experienced players.
I might on occasion ask them if they really feel the need to call me for a meaningless revoke or if they seriously felt the need to psyche against C players maybe go play in a different sandbox.
I might allow play to continue if 2 players sit down at wrong table and have a slightly different but meaningless auction.especially if I feel the new A players just threw in a bid to get board thrown out.
But none of this applies at any level over club game. GNT I expect top class directing whether the law works for me or against.
June 13
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@ Jonathan, it May never have been scored in VP but I have no doubt they meant to score it in VP. Because the 4th placed team receive 0 master points in 7 team down to 4 format. You guys can carry on arguing all you like about whether this is legitimate or not or sensible or even if it created an unfair contest. But I have no doubt as to the intent.
June 13
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right answer to that misleading question would be
eventually
June 12
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Last time I saw a similar situation was at a regional, the initial Director ruling was. Declarer must play top cards, so in this situation he was allowed to take the 4 tricks in dummy before playing spades.
The ruling didn't hold up on appeal.
I think as a director I would go with one down, but you could still convince me that 2 down is right.
June 11
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@Peg ,
Outrage is one thing and you are entitled to be outraged, I am none too happy myself. I just find that half of what was written in that email should not be for public consumption.
With all the latin floating around here deus ex machina is still a possibility in this particular farce.
June 11
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Happens every time they hold a committee to hear a case from first session till after second. Every time a Swiss ruling is delayed and every time they post erroneous on ACBL live and find out next day someone else actually won. Hawaii anyone. Now that was a horrible Bulletin article.
June 11
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No one said to keep it under wraps, they probably should.
I had a better version Jonathan in his rush to press prempted that.
It’s not personal aesthetics, at least to my mind.
June 10
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But you did have a dog in the fight Jonathan, the same Dog I have, its called Bridge. The person that gave you this obviously had a different dog in the fight, and you chose to publish and be damned so you chose a different dog.
Sorry but really not the way to go if you want to help.
Maybe you can send me a copy of the 7 pages of new CoC and general guidelines you have been working on to help D22 I would be happy to read them.
June 10
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This was an email sent privately to individuals, the mailing was around 20 strong.
This email to the best of my knowledge has not been posted on any official website, and much of the reason it was sent out at all, possibly in haste,was because I begged the District Director to get something out because it simply wasn't fair on the participants.
I think the phrase I used was
“ You guys are going to break the kids heart, best to get it out officially before some idiot leaks it”
There are parts of this email that should not have been reprinted and if this is not obvious to the our purveyors of the yellow press , so be it.
June 10
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Jonathan, because you posted an email addressed to me might be the reason you asked me, I object to my emails sent or received being made public.
You published more than the decision, you posted parts of an email that have nothing to do with the decision to uphold the directors decision.
June 10
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