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229 per night in KC seems insane. There were hotels within walking distance a few weeks before for like 70 and plenty airbnb options for 50/person. While the trials seem interesting, it seems like a lot of what you (Tom) are posting is slanted heavily towards assuming you are right to play them and people are wrong to skip them. Maybe in a few years I'll care, but right now I have no interest in trials when money and free time are finite. Also, tournaments (for me) are a lot about what friends want to do and right now that's NABCs.
April 5, 2017
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Not good enough.. so I hit “Not Qualified”. Also, when prioritizing things - with an NABC I can count on playing national events for much of the 10 days and will always have something to play, the trials would probably remain a low priority even once I did feel I was ‘good enough’.
April 4, 2017
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diamond to the stiff ace, spade return ruff (5-0), diamond return spade return diamond return. 6H down 4! :)
March 23, 2017
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slam down four
March 23, 2017
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Suggests defending, both tend to double aggressively. Not sure we've hammered it out further than that yet.
March 8, 2017
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2S was LR+
March 8, 2017
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When I moved to Seattle, I dropped bridge for a while and got into Magic. It was a lot of fun and I won various money pots and also made a decent amount speculating on the market of cards as things shifted. I've since switched back to bridge and sold all my Magic cards and don't anticipate going back.

Bridge has a lot of strengths compared to Magic. First: its a LOT more social. Sure you have friends playing magic but everyone has a different experience so there's a lot of each person waiting to tell the story about the exciting thing that happened to them that no one else experienced. Any interest in what happened is (most commonly) being polite to a friend rather than true curiosity about how they handled XYZ situation because no one else was confronted with XYZ situation. I had a lot of magic friends but TBH, at tournaments I might as well have been solo for how relevant it was other than when waiting for the next matchup to be announced.

The financial aspects also get very wearing after time. Sure, a deck costs $400 for a tournament but its a for profit enterprise and they are very careful to rotate what's “good” every 3 months so that you constantly need to buy new cards. X card was great and worth $30 until the next set hits and now its suddenly worth $5. Then, after a bit longer - the card is no longer legal at all. The $70 EV is also very misleading because the transaction cost: you have to find someone willing to pay for the card you want to sell. This frequently involves a lot of time, effort, and sometimes (if you have to mail it) money. Anyone with a real job would probably be better off just working at that job rather than trying to sell all those cards for the supposed $70 EV. The rotation and price spikes are predictable (imo) and you can make money off of them, but that makes it harder to just play the game since if X card is about to drop in price 75% you'll want to sell it now and then just do without until that price drop happens.

Commentary is definitely a lot better. Randomization sucks. If you are unlucky drawing, you just straight up lose. There are ways to work around the variance for sure, but its still way more frustrating than Bridge.

Have to go so stopping now, but while I definitely enjoyed my years playing MTG: it has nothing on Bridge. Wizards of the Coast is definitely WAAAAAAAAY better at marketing than the ACBL though.
March 7, 2017
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Random knowledge question: is P forcing in this auction? I was tempted to P and pull but feel just a tad light with 2 jacks in partners suits. Hopefully they can bump 5 to 6 if its right.
March 4, 2017
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I always get annoyed at partner when they skip non serious when I have a monster and then they always prove me wrong by having a complete dog of a hand. I would expect to be off a heart honor and both kings.
March 3, 2017
Eric Sieg edited this comment March 3, 2017
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This was a really interesting read, thanks!
Feb. 23, 2017
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thx for pointing me at that forum! I didn't notice it previously for some reason.
Feb. 2, 2017
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and as soon as I finally asked about it, I found it again: http://www.ebedcio.org.uk/junior-award-scheme
Jan. 31, 2017
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I can't even come close to that story, thanks for sharing!
Jan. 21, 2017
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While I'm not sure I agree with everything you said, I 100% agree with “IMHO, the deep and abiding love of bridge is the primary quantifier for the next CEO.”
Jan. 21, 2017
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Is the CEO allowed to participate in national events? Or would that get into conflict of interest territory with a judge ruling?
Jan. 20, 2017
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No comment about all the other failure points, but if there was more than 1 section involved - one swing could have been due to directors messing up initially and not combining the sections. I had that happen in DC - Red Ribbon pairs I believe. First email said we had a 49% and took 27th and 2nd email later said we had a 54.25% and took 17th without any score changes. The first email was our score just in our section.
Sept. 26, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment Sept. 26, 2016
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2 is precision 2, so 4415 minus a card. The only shape that might rebid 1NT w/ a singleton is 1435 since opening 2 promises 6.
Sept. 15, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment Sept. 15, 2016
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Another way to avoid playing a 43 fit at the 3 level and 4324 shape is just not raising the major on 3 cards with 4324 shape. I used to occasionally raise with a small doubleton but these days almost always have a singleton. Knowing that partner has shortness somewhere makes followups easier imo and then you can intentionally play a 43 fit in 4M when its right which has happened twice in the past week (once after 1m 1M 2M and once after 1NT 2 2 3).
Sept. 1, 2016
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3 described your hand perfectly: a minimum with 3 card support and a likely side singleton. Partner placed the contract, that should end the auction. Partner did not promise 5 spades and certainly didn't invite you to bid again with nothing extra.
Aug. 31, 2016
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when speaking of frequency tho, the methods you describe seem very rare compared to the precision 1 opener
Aug. 30, 2016
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