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District 23 (LA County) Had 3 teams in Open, two advancing to tomorrow and 5 in B, 4 advancing (which 1 dropped out at noon today, so all remaining advance).
April 22
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Not as many as there were 10 years ago. (Re: Poker)
April 22
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It was shuffle, deal and play teams so I don't have full hand records but something like: W: AQ93, xx, Kxx, Jxxx. N: KJTxx, Kxx, AJ, KTx.

Partner held 6 points in an A and a Q (separated). East dealt and the auction proceeded:

P (P) 1S (P!)
1NT (x) P (P)
2S (x) P (P)
(P) . . . .

I managed 4 tricks (something of a miracle in itself). Meanwhile, our teammates in 1S (P P 1D 1S All P) at the other table managed to scramble only 8 tricks, instead of 9.
April 21
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@ Mike R. All were true and I still went -800 vs. +110 at the other table (both tables playing in the same suit).

One hand does not prove anything I suppose.
April 21
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The machine will normalize the tempo for all bids and plays. Up to a point. So every bid or play will show up with (precisely) even tempo. Unless it is too long to for in the normalized interval.
April 21
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Peter: Does that include verifying? We have had significant problems with hands repeating, or in one rather amazing instance, cards showing up in the wrong hand (when compared to the hand record).

So we ask those who make our boards to pull one card from one hand (generally N) and check the hand record to verify. Not 100% but exposes some of the issues.
April 21
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Thank you Dan. I was thinking of a maximum of 13 - 18 tables (we rarely get larger games than two sections of 9). For this I believe that we could run 6 4 board matches.

Still making up 7-9 sets of boards for one session seems a bit much. At least for the way board making is run at our club.
April 21
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Dealing machines require humans to operate them. So far. It takes at least 10 and more likely 15-20 minutes to run a set of boards. Assuming minimum real wage is $15 (in LA at least), that's a pretty significant expense to run a bunch of extra sets of boards.

And not get any payoff.

Meanwhile, if you play tablet bridge . . . $0 for anyone to ever make boards again, no matter how many you need. $0 for dealing machines. $0 for bridgemates. No leads out of turn. No plays out of turn. No revokes. No insufficient bids. No close tempo issues as all bids and plays are lagged enough that any tempo issues are obv breaks it tempo.

Once upon a time players whined and moaned about “computer dealt hands.” They will get over it. They whined when the chalk board went the way of the dodo. They will get over it. They resisted the bidding box. They will get over it.
April 21
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It looks like the hardware for such a setup would be about $50 per player, 200 per table or 2600 per section. This is just a bit more than Bridgemate II pricing with much, much, much more functionality. At least if the device were to be priced comparable to Kindle Fire.

Pretty sure the software could be had at almost free pricing – but we have some developers here that might argue.

The interface would not need to be so busy as BBO, and therefore could accommodate larger card and bid touchscreen areas resolving one issue with electronics for the Bridge population.

The touchscreen interface itself should address some other issues. And within 10 years (we might still have bridge in 10 years if we move toward a more electronic format), paper cards will be viewed the way paper travelers are today.

People converted to bidding boxes, almost overnight as it were. No one misses the old days of voice bidding these days. In fact, where visually or motor skill impaired players use voice bidding it positively rattles me.
April 20
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Do I have enough to bid 5NT (or 5???) over 4NT? That will propel my optimistic partner to 7.
April 20
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Thanks for the suggestions. Ruff and draw 2 is cold. Not sure how it fares against 3-3 split however. The high cross-ruff line will work against 6-0's and can be converted to draw 2 if both follow. Of course, high cross ruff also works against 5-1, if we only knew.

My line was horrible and put 2 different kinds of faith in RHO. 1, she would never open 4 in first seat V unless she held 8. 2, she would never overtake her partner's winning J.

Fortunate for me, my people skills that day, exceeded my card skills.

With sick reads like that, maybe I should go back to poker.
April 20
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Chris: Which district? I think we should lobby/rally for a presentation to the BoD from successful districts at Toronto on how to run a great district GNT. 21, 6 and 9 should definitely present.
April 19
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You can try and figure out how MasterPoints are awarded here: http://web2.acbl.org/codification/MPBOOK.pdf

Despite being a lawyer by profession, a Math Geek in high school, and a bridge addict by choice, I have been unable to make any sense of the document despite several tries. It is clear that in Pairs vs. Swiss, the pairs enjoy a 1.25 to 1.00 advantage in a single factor. But really, trying to figure it all out is too much for me.
April 19
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If only we could find a tax lawyer. There is irony here, but I won't spoil it for those that do not know.
April 19
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What happens is that in the pairs game, the open flights get “credit” for the gold rushers (the same thing applies to swiss, but for whatever reasons, the gold rushers are not as drawn to swiss and pairs). After you mentioned this once on here, I did some research into how Master Point awards are calculated. (Talk about laws and sausages . . . . ). As near as I can tell there is a slight advantage to pairs over teams, but not nearly enough to explain the full impact of your complaints. The impact is being made by the choices of players lower down the master point food chain. And that is a function of how the game is taught and promoted among newer players.

Again, as a sometimes (more often than I would like) director, I don't blame directors and clubs for not wanting to run club games. The players complain about everything. And teammates are just two more reasons that a player is not getting the results they desire.
April 19
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Sylvia Shi.
April 19
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As we would say in my youth, right on, Jan. I wanted to post this sentiment for a while, but I figured eventually someone would do it for me.

I am a bit amused that David's post, intended to show what a stupid idea changing the GNT structure would be (at least in the way suggested), has prompted so much discussion of ways to change what is already a great event.

If some districts (mine included) are having a hard time successfully promoting the event, perhaps they should look to the more successful districts (like 21) for ideas. Certainly, D21 has its own geographical challenges, although it enjoys a massive population center in SF/SV as well. At the least it is not like D23 which is something like 60 miles from E to W and about the same NS.

I suspect the real issue here is the failure to support and promote team games in the clubs. Which I can sort of understand since even for pairs games the players take little responsibility for finding their own partners and it seems like everyone is waiting for Jeff/Geoff (an Americanized waiting for Benito).
April 19
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I don't really like the one and done (two and done, three and done, etc.). But then I have a dog in this fight.

Let you know on Monday.
April 19
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They can play at the club, or sectionals. Let's face it, there are plenty of soft games around.
April 18
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I hate the idea of holding the finals at a Regional.

This event, was the first event (other than the Cavendish) that I knew by name. Sontag's Power Precision. I was thrilled to do well in it, even if it was in a flight.
April 17
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