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You have Jim and the OPP confused here. Maybe Steve does too.

But I agree otherwise.
5 hours ago
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Actually, no I don't. But the concern has been raised upthread.
6 hours ago
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“What is your carding?” “Upside down count and attitude.” “Does the six mean she likes the suit or does not like the suit?” “If it's high she does not like. If it's low she likes. If she's telling the truth.” “But does she like it or not?” “If it's high . . . .”
6 hours ago
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@ Oleg. Perhaps “unfair” is not the proper adjective. Maybe “unpopular” or “unsatisfying.”
6 hours ago
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Datline: Las Vegas Regional, Bally's Hotel and Casino.

I mentioned this event to a picked up partner in last night's side game series. He got quite excited. Well, for a bridge player that was not angry, he was excited.

I showed him the OP in this thread and he is going to enter. Whether players will continue to shell out $40 or $50 for no shot at MasterPoint awards is a different question.

The format does seem to lend itself well to online satellites to NABCs, which will undoubtedly improve attendance at NABCs. Say we set up a weekly or nightly satellite to the next NABC where the entry is $20 + some fee for BBO and ACBL and the top 1% get $2,000 in hotel rooms, event entries, travel vouchers or other in kind awards (which, by the way, BBO and ACBL could probably acquire at a discount to face value). We don't have to worry about increased incentive to cheat because of the introduction of financial incentives. There is virtually no chance for illegal sharing of information in this format.

Sure, someone could enter for $20 and then have their favorite pro play their account. But how is that any different than Ira Corn, and hundreds afterwards, paying their favorite pros to play bridge with and/or for them? (Even in poker, we have the phenomenon of backers paying tournament entries for pros with a prize sharing arrangement being common. This is a common and expected feature of the poker tournament world. Leading me to comment that all the top pros in that game are “playing the same bankroll.”) In fact, this form of supposed “cheating” seems to me a bit more pure than the purchase of MasterPoints, titles and other acclaim through the hiring of professionals that is accepted practice in today's bridge world.

Or as recently noted in this thread, memory aids could be used. So what? Online poker survived and thrived despite the development and introduction of powerful database tools tracking player tendencies. It may not be bridge as we know it, but it will be close enough to get more and younger people in the seats at the live events which will be bridge as we know it.

If this game is to survive the passing of my generation (not so very far off – I am a late baby boomer), some combination of online and money prizes will have to be introduced. Complaints of purists be . . . uh, darned.

<edited to replace what BW calls potentially offensive content with a milder form of the same>
6 hours ago
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I am pretty sure that winning this event will carry prestige. A lot of it. Not Platinum pairs prestige. But close to it. I expect LaSota, Dunn, Bathurst, Lall, Shi, Grue and other young professionals to enter. Maybe even some of the older generation of pros. Probably not so many of our super senior members.

Too determine what it means to win this events, I will evaluate it like any other contest. Who entered. And how did the known strongest pairs perform against the mass of humanity.

I mean they call it the Little League World Series. Doesn't mean I believe the winners would need competitive against the Padres. Here, I expect a strong field and I expect the stars to justify their status by their performance.
June 23
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I'm just glad that no one that was so upset about this event had a heart attack or died.

Because it can happen you know.
June 22
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At the table I wondered about a heavy 1 opening. I ended up opening 1 and partner found an elegant solution after the 1 response and 1 rebid: he broke the relay with six s to the K and a stray J. (I am not sure that he remembered his own system here.)

Had I known I would have passed, but 2NT on a lead did better anyway.
June 21
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As I have said elsewhere, there is much merit in Kresh's x/NT inversion. Especially in club MP games.
June 21
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Is double deck pinochle not pinochle? Is Killer Hearts not Hearts?

The rules are different but it is a close enough resemblance to be called robot bridge, at least. As for the ACBL's involvement, no one screamed about their development of “take tricks” or whatever the cell phone app is/was called.

Let the kids have their fun is my motto. If it's not fun who would play?
June 21
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There is little doubt in my mind that non serious 3nt is what I miss most when not paying with my A partner.

Maybe TOX is too familiar and ubiquitous to be missed.
June 21
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I am not to blame for this particular system atrocity.
June 20
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Oh well. I bet they didn't know that.

Never mind, everyone.
June 20
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Laws have been changed.
June 20
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Not even a little, Greg. I know who I am playing against (and with). While my friends were impressed with my (Flight B) GNT title, I was not. It did a little bit for my teaching business. Not much, but a little.
June 19
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“. . . every single player has easy, constant, inexpensive access to. . . . ”

Strike “inexpensive”, insert “free.” (Play 4 is GIB, as is the endless stream of bridge hands)
June 19
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Jeff: Thank you for the input. Yours is exactly the player level (and location) that I am concerned about the fairness of our disclosure.
June 19
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Don't the GIB system notes actually warn about “random errors” or some such? I seem to remember reading that.
June 19
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We (or at least I) play 2-3-4(5). = Vulnerability means partner has 5 tricks when bidding 2 (8 minus 3). I have 4 more, in s, so 9 is the limit.
June 19
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Not that this will hit home with Brits, but color me the last hold out for calling the game played by US Major League Baseball's American League “A game resembling baseball.”

If you don't think the contest measures anything, then to you it doesn't measure anything. If Justin, Jordan, Leo and Greg are excited to compete in this contest amongst themselves and others, why would anyone care that it is styled the NABC of robot bridge?

Seriously.

Eugene: It is getting very difficult to not invoke current political issues in the conversation, but I want to be acknowledged for the effort I am making.

“Live and let live.”
June 19
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