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Seems like directors are having problems getting stuff into Live again. This is the 4th NABC of the last 5 where I've been trying to find stuff on Live and there are problems. In this case, the A/X/Y pairs from Monday still hasn't posted the evening session.
Nov. 27, 2018
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Any word on what the BOD motions and vote results were?
Nov. 26, 2018
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2 quick comments:

1) One of our main competitors (in the younger set) is Magic the Gathering. An entry fee for the main event is $75, which covers both days of competition (not everyone makes day 2). In addition, a large amount of cash is paid out to participants. My only GP I played in during my brief MTG spell was a $60 entry and then I won $300 (decent but not great finish) which covered flight/hotel/entry fee.

2) When discussing barriers to entry for bridge with people who played MTG and bridge, the cost of bridge tournaments was one of the biggest things mentioned. Higher entry fees, no making it back in winnings, expensive venues, etc all were significant demotivators that kept the younger people who played both out of ACBL tournaments and playing MTG tournaments instead.
Nov. 25, 2018
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Hi John,

A bit off subject but I am having trouble finding info. What's going on with Double Dummy? Have been looking forward to seeing it for a while now (a couple years I think?) and still not sure how to watch it. Might be fun to have a movie night with friends and watch it or something. Happy to pay if that's the business model.

Just curious, I thought it was going to be available in early 2018.

I signed up for the newsletter a while back, but hadn't seen anything.

Thanks!
Nov. 19, 2018
Eric Sieg edited this comment Nov. 19, 2018
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Time to cancel my planned bank robberies and hit up ACBL regionals instead!

Jokes aside, seems pretty awful for the employees that had stuff stolen under their watch. Easy to cast blame now, but humans aren't perfect. Finding ways to have a whole let less cash involved would seem like a good thing for a variety of reasons.

D19 offers credit card sales which is nice. I just buy the necessary entries at the start and then hand over an entry card each time for my part of the entry.
Nov. 7, 2018
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We've had Canadians let us know that they won't be coming down for sectionals/regionals because of political/hostility reasons as well.
Nov. 5, 2018
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Why isn't just 4+ hearts an option for the first part? Why isn't 4-4 one of the options for the 2nd part?
Oct. 22, 2018
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I XX for business often at imps, rarely at MPs and never if I am worried about them running. In Philadelphia, I XX'd 3NT twice in the same week and was making jokes about getting a 3NT XX'd t-shirt after that.
Oct. 14, 2018
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Primary reason for me: No regular partner was interested.

The reasons for that vary, but essentially come down to:

1) Location. Nobody is ever excited about Orlando. It also seems pretty expensive. Why isn't this in Vegas?
2) Schedule. The team events are the main attraction with pair events being fillers and the big team events are pretty unpopular nowadays. If not for steadily increasing foreign participation in the Vanderbilt/Spingold, attendance in those would have fallen off a cliff.
3) Nationals are more appealing, especially this year.
4) Entry fees seem through the roof
5) there are other fun tournaments closer to home. Example: Seaside, OR.
6) General dissatisfaction with the WBF

There are something like 40+ local players going to the Hawaii NABC in a few months. In comparison, only 3 people (that I'm aware of) are going to this.
Sept. 23, 2018
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An alternative view is that this moves the imp pairs away from a conflict with a premier event (the plat pairs) AND gives people something to play on Sunday/Monday even if they aren't silver eliglble. The Vanderbilt is fun, but it is hardly popular, especially for normal ACBL members.

Previously, my experience with Spring is that many people hated the schedule and figuring out partnerships was a pain because many people didn't want to come the whole time. The plats and imps overlapped, then nothing on Sunday then there's either the Vandy which many people don't care about or a day later the Mixed which has serious supply/demand issues. As a result, many people preferred to skip the Spring or just come out for the last 4 days. In some cases (when closer), people were willing to fly out for both weekends and just skip the black hole that was Sunday/Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday.

Now there's cool events for the first 4 days, only a 2 day gap, then back to appealing events. While I personally think having the IMPs end and no unrestricted event for 2 days after that is a bummer, its been clear that there is a lack of willingness on the C&C committee/BoD to do anything about the Mixed Pairs issue, but at least this helped with the middle of the schedule black hole.
Sept. 13, 2018
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Never would have occurred to me to take this as anything but penalty and as a result never bothered discussing it.
Sept. 7, 2018
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For the simulation, here are some constraints:

11-13 HCP 2+ Ds and less than 5 cards in a major and less than 6 clubs
OR
11-15 HCP, unbalanced, with 2+ diamonds and less than 5 cards in a major and less than 6 clubs
OR
11-15 HCP, with a 5 card major and 6+ diamonds
OR
11-15 HCP, with 6+ Ds and 6 clubs

basically a weak (11-13) NT, or an unbalanced hand with diamonds

I don't feel qualified to answer the last paragraph as we might have different styles
Sept. 3, 2018
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Wonder how many people voting are going to read the note about transfer responses..
Aug. 29, 2018
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Also curious what people think 5 is here, is it an offer or a cue?
Aug. 27, 2018
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Hi David,

I really appreciate the Precision Today book as it was my primary resource for learning precision when I was a new player. A lot of people play precision, but it seems like many experts (including Meckstroth) seem reluctant to share their system and related knowledge lest they lose one of their competitive advantages.

Are there any new treatments/changes that you've seen in expert level precision that haven't yet worked their way down to the rank and file?

Do you have any cool treatments/things you like when playing precision that you think others should consider but don't know about?

Thanks for being in the well!
Aug. 27, 2018
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Are there tricks to getting there more affordably? When I looked up tickets, they were roughly twice the cost of the Croatia location and involved several more hours of flying.

I was really looking forward to giving the Euro Open Championships a try after positive comments by a friend last year, but between the extreme costs of getting there, the significant time to get there, and the warnings about the state of Turkey right now it seems like I might have to wait until 2021 which is a huge bummer.
Aug. 23, 2018
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Edit> Deleting since Off Topic
Aug. 20, 2018
Eric Sieg edited this comment Aug. 20, 2018
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Does this agreement make sense in a precision context though? Opener could have 5 clubs and 2 diamonds, so its not clear why we would care about showing a club stopper vs a diamond stopper. Also, why wouldn't 3C just be natural showing both minors?
Aug. 14, 2018
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Most meck lite systems play this. Dan Neill's modern precision book is a good starting point for that and meck lite in general.
Aug. 8, 2018
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A daytime schedule seems fine on the west coast, but 10 AM start times on Eastern is a big middle finger to everyone flying in from the west coast.
Aug. 6, 2018
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