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Not opening this 1C is flagrantly against system and partnership agreements. Evaluating this as 11-15 HCP hand would not only break agreements, but would also contradict every online hand evaluator that I'm aware of. K&R puts this as 18.9, DK as 17+.
23 hours ago
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I have always seen Jay's tools/website/etc as focused on helping the bridge world rather than on making profit. He obviously needs to have some sort of business entity and it being “for profit” is a no brainer since making a standard LLC is trivial and making a non profit entity is less so. If he made some profit off the endeavor to help balance the labor involved, that would be fine too.

A whole lot of things I think are disingenuous in the OP:

1) The common game doesn't require any sort of email/photo/etc signup. All you need is to know your ACBL #.

2) He is not “systematically collecting ACBL player numbers”, that information is trivially available already from a variety of sources including ACBL Live.

3) The 400k links thing seems designed to incite a reaction based on a high number rather than any real evaluation of how many links are available where.

4) There is complaining about “no bid” contracts without information on how much money is actually being made. I've never paid money to the common game. I don't believe the clubs that participate pay money. There are no ads being served when I go to the common game. Where exactly is all the $$ coming from?

While I usually enjoy your posts Nic, I think going after someone who has done a great job of providing tools for clubs and tournaments well ahead of the ACBL implementation does not reflect well on you. As he has a track record of success, it makes sense to enlist Jay's help in areas where it would be appropriate and I applaud the ACBL for doing so instead of insisting on developing everything internally.
Jan. 22
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What's wrong with the ACBL benefiting financially?
Jan. 22
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I'm on BBO every week or two and fall into the category of under 30 points. Heck, I think its about 6. Looking at masterpoints as a proxy for how active someone is online seems silly since that's just a tiny factor. I've played in maybe a half dozen tournaments on BBO and am in the 1000+ logins category.
Jan. 20
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I don't believe so, just natural bidding
Jan. 17
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An interesting poll imo would be for those who bid a suit, whether they are bidding diamonds or hearts first
Jan. 14
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Follow-up from previous poll where the vast majority chose to bid a semi forcing 1NT on their first turn: https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bidding-problem-2-n3mpcgdw0l/
Jan. 14
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Sure Don, but “never” is a really long time. If someone is caught blatantly cheating in their youth and then wants to come back 30-40 years later, perhaps to play for fun. Is the answer always going to be no? At what point can sins be forgiven? Fantoni/Nunes should never EVER be allowed back in in my opinion, even 40 years from now. However, I don't think all situations that can and should result in expulsion are as permanently unforgiveable as what they did.
Jan. 14
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expected length for 2 would be 4+ in both minors. Typically 9 cards in the minors, although on this auction partner could be 4144. The only agreed upon scenario where partner would bid 2 without 4+ diamonds would be with 1435 with a non minimum after 1 p 1 p, 2 could now be 1435 and plan to correct 2 back to 2 to show the exact shape and values.
Jan. 14
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Wish there was a poll option for “I was neutral before and am now against it” and also then “I was neutral before and am now for it”
Jan. 12
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Partner has seen me bid 3NT down 4 before and likely will again!
Jan. 11
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I thought about that play as well leonard, but played a diamond since LHO having AQJ of spades is a possibility which makes it hard to guess to duck a spade to get partner in for another trump. I also thought I would feel silly losing to AQ on my left. I've similarly had a lot of luck leading small to the J in these situations where I thought it was likely RHO had the Q and they almost never insert it.
Jan. 11
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This is also something I'm trying to figure out for the Seattle Unit. We will almost certainly be running one as a unit event in 2018 and I'm trying to figure out details like how best to bracket, how to pull in the NLM crowd, how to maximize participation, etc.
Jan. 7
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I think it is certainly possible. Heck, LCS standard exists so use that as a staple and then check on things on the way. It seems like a lot of the debate has been from the view of a 2M generally promising 6 vs being the default rebid with only 5. If you pick one side of that debate and build a coherent system with that as an assumption, then people can certain pick it up and play. If people feel strongly about wanting to land on the other side, then they won't be able to pick up and play BWS without discussion but I wonder how many of those fall into the target audience.
Jan. 7
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Are complaints about Cone of Silence really still valid with the new CEO? Every email I've sent him has been responded to with an impressive amount of content and clarity.
Jan. 5
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Hopefully at some point the ACBL will take a look at creating registration software to improve the whole experience. You pay your entry, check “prefer bracket 1” or don't, then whenever the director hits the “close entries” button then it spits out all the brackets.

As for the “open” bracket idea, Seattle does this at our May KO sectional. There is a 4 session “open” bracket that anyone who wants to can join and then starting at the same time there is a bracketed KO that is 3 sessions. I believe at least part of the motivation was to ensure that people who want to play with the top teams will definitely be allowed the opportunity. This was especially interesting 2 years ago because a team with around 4k masterpoints signed up for the open bracket, the directors wanted to put them in the bracketed KO but they were allowed to stay open, and then they won the Open KO.
Jan. 5
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Derp, yeah forgot how the short spades hand having the long hearts helps 4 make.
Jan. 5
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And by Adobe, I meant Oracle.
Jan. 4
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What does XX in this auction show?
Jan. 4
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Well its unlikely they have KQxx, but if they have AKxx and Qxxx, I'm probably still making 4 hearts, losing 1 hearts and 2 spades which will also matchpoint better than 3NT.
Jan. 4
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