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It seems like people are mentioning potential complications after 1 2, but what about complications after 1 1M 2? XYZ is great IF partner bids Z :P

I'll usually start with 2, but don't have a strong opinion.
Feb. 26
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That's sarcasm right Bernard? :)
Feb. 26
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It was crazy that the markets took so long to adjust. Even if it ends up getting contained, the disruption is huge.
Feb. 26
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Omg, nowhere in my idea did I ever say that weaker events shouldn't count for GLM qualification! :)
Feb. 25
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I certainly don't plan to skip Columbus. However, I wouldn't be surprised if some travel bans are still in effect then which would obviously impact attendance. The Vandy already struggles to get over 64 teams, so removing travel to/from China seems like it would likely drop that below 64 teams. Overall attendance will likely be lower than normal, but no clue how much.
Feb. 25
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Yeah, what David plays is similar to what we do when playing meck lite and we're considering adopting his approach completely. Right now, 1-1 shows 5+ spades, any range. 1NT asks, and 2 shows 8-11 while other bids show 12+.

My preference is to play more of a full relay system. In those systems, the first step when responding to the first relay is always “I have extras”, after which opener can relay again. In general this means that we get the full relay system while conserving space in most auctions and losing 2 steps (not a huge deal) in auctions where responder has a really good (typically 13+ hand) where space is less of a premium because we can afford to go higher and will be at least thinking about slam. I find this to be a lot more efficient space wise than meck lite which wastes space just to tell you that they have a min which is the vast majority of hands.
Feb. 21
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@Ellis, Let's not forget the National 49er pairs! While it has also been discontinued, the winners can still claim to be national champions :)
Feb. 20
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Why would this take away from breakfast table deliberations? She would still be a GLM, and presumably vote on the HOF.

Not going to continue to argue for the idea given the reaction (not all ideas are good ones), but this approach seemed better than what others have advocated elsewhere which is to either eliminate the restricted events or make them not count towards GLM at all.
Feb. 20
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Minor nit: Imp Pairs moved from a Friday start opposite the Plats to Sunday opposite nothing (but with Vandy on Monday). Attendance in the event also jumped up significantly with the move.

I don't think there are many people who would skip the imps due to the Vandy but would have picked it over the platinum pairs. This also fixed a GIANT hole in the schedule for those who aren't seniors since Sun/Mon didn't used to have anything starting. If day 1 of the plats went poorly, that could easily mean 2-3 days of no event to play in. This was especially bad (imo) on the weekend since the under 60 crowd was more likely to be vacation day constrained.

I realize the particulars don't matter as much to you as they do to me, but the change was something I tried to encourage/beg/plead/etc to make happen for years and didn't get any traction until Bahar became CEO who then worked hard to make it happen once I convinced him.
Feb. 20
Eric Sieg edited this comment Feb. 20
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Given the nearly unanimous support for the idea, I guess it's time to start bringing this up to our BoD members! :-)
Feb. 19
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I think with most of my partners we've discussed when not able to beat dummy's card switches to SP. I prefer not being able to beat the 10, but some prefer not being able to beat the J. I would always assume attitude would still be on if the Q is going to hold.
Feb. 18
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One recent example that prompted this idea was the long thread where someone was upset that their team with more masterpoints and a GLM was put in bracket 2 while a team with fewer masterpoints and GLMs that had won multiple open events but fewer masterpoints was put in bracket 1. If the ranks weren't called the same thing, then there is an objective metric that can be used instead of TDs making a judgment call to override the CoC.

It also gives those who have achieved GLM something to still shoot for.

Finally, it just seems more accurate. You say that it's incredibly hard, but there are multiple examples of GLMs or GLM eligible people that are not great bridge players. They would never in a million years win an open event, but then they win an event like the senior mixed pairs or similar and voila, now they hold the highest rank in the ACBL.
Feb. 18
Eric Sieg edited this comment Feb. 18
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Greg never told me he was benched for preempting on 9xxxx! :-)
Feb. 14
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This seems like a problem that everyone will get right if they realize its a problem, but might carelessly play wrong at the table.
Feb. 14
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I play 3 as non serious with all my regular partners and have found it to be a clear winner over always bidding 3NT for non serious. 3 is almost never doubled for the lead, usually that person is on lead anyway. In comparison, leaking info about spade controls on hands we don't have real slam interest seems like a serious downside that happens frequently. After trying both, I think 3 for non serious is clearly better and don't even think it's close.
Feb. 13
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Why wouldn't non serious be helpful playing precision? I make serious cues all the time playing precision, it's all about strength in context. The ranges are tighter which lets me serious with some hands that I would be forced to non serious with playing wider range openings.
Feb. 13
Eric Sieg edited this comment Feb. 13
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3 seems like a huge underbid. 2NT to then splinter (showing 16+) seems like an overbid with no aces. 2NT to ask partner about shortness doesn't seem terribly helpful when I don't need partner to ruff losers and mostly just care about how well we are fitting. If I start with 2 it might be at 4 before I've shown my FIVE CARD support for partner, putting things on a total guess for X vs 5 vs 6.

It seems like we have a bid that shows we have a good hand, spade shortness, and 4+ trumps, and want to see how well we are fitting. It's weird to me that, at least at the moment, 3NT is sitting 4th :P
Feb. 11
Eric Sieg edited this comment Feb. 11
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While I think 4 right away gets your hand off your chest better, I think partner has expressed his opinion twice so we should respect it. Maybe we get 300 instead of 450, but +300 vs -50 is a bigger swing our direction and there's always a chance we get 500 against spades.

At MPs I think it would be hard not to bid 5.
Feb. 11
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Don't love X, but have sympathy. 3NT normal. 4 pull was good. 5 is mind boggling to me. Not getting to the heart slam is whatever, but not getting to slam at all after S pulled to 4 is wild.
Feb. 10
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I think this is the best description I've seen for how I feel about the 3 possibilities. I might steal your words in the future :)
Feb. 10
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