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Who among us? (Is not old enough for senior events, LOL)
5 hours ago
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I agree, but I don't feel the need to abstain. I just call 1 now. And I don't think it's close.
23 hours ago
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It is the rule at one club I direct at that you don't need to announce. Now I heard a rumor one day that someone was told by an authority figure at that club that you may not announce 15-17.
23 hours ago
Jim Perkins edited this comment 23 hours ago
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Sigh. The infraction is having a system to diagnose the opening of 1NT with a singleton. Which I am sure Ed knew but lacked the patience to use up bandwith repeating for the __th time.
Aug. 21
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Nonrefundable but transferrable and I might speculate in the host hotel room market.
Aug. 20
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Perhaps Richard is something like a Priest of Bridge and this was in confession.

Although he would then be bound to not disclose.
Aug. 19
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Like so many things in life, all one needs do is ask. (See, “Ask Outrageously” by some hack business author; among other exercises that the author prescribes is one where the reader is assigned the task of asking to cut in line, and simply give the reason, “because I am in a rush” LOL. Must be my upbringing, but I could never do it.)

Most people are happy to be helpful and only slightly less willing to just say no if it is in any way a bother.

Ride sharing to bridge events is great for refining and refreshing command of the bidding system and carding agreements.
Aug. 19
Jim Perkins edited this comment Aug. 19
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<<one could actually get the host hotel for LESS online than what the ACBL rate was>>

This is an ongoing problem for the Las Vegas Regional, to cite one example.

It is an issue that needs to be addressed in all future tournament contracts. And perhaps the ACBL should issue guidance to the organizers of Regionals as well as addressing it for their own, NABC, tournaments. IMO.
Aug. 19
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Not at IMPs. And, in honesty, probably not at MPs either.

Yu accuses me of being a LTC theist and here I have 8 losers opposite a partner that volunteered for the 3 level V.
Aug. 19
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But I think I now have the same problem here as I have using standard methods with the original hand. I am way too good to settle for +100 or even +150 in an undoubled 5, but I don't have a hand that is appropriate for any call other than PASS in our system,
Aug. 18
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So we do not differentiate between Kx, Txx, KQx, xxxxx and xxxx, xx, xx, xxxxx?
Aug. 18
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So now the PASS is forcing?
Aug. 18
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I rarely get outraged over what the rule ought to be, but in the case of multi- I did feel . . . oppressed or worse . . . by opponents that insisted we had to use defenses with which they were familiar but we were not. As Yu notes, the director backed them up.

And note that we were not discussing any kind of exotic defense here. Simply that an immediate x show an appropriate NT range, that bidding an immediate MAJ was natural and that bidding NT immediately or after more bidding shows minors, and that doubles after seeing which suit is held (or over P/C call) were TO.

As I do feel that I, at least, am drifting OT I yield.
Aug. 18
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<<Double saying “I have a forcing pass” is also a pretty good approach here. >>

I like it, but I don't see how it works here.

What would we do in this system with s and s switched?
Aug. 18
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“Or better yet start a new, different federation . . . .”

I will take a reasonable amount of action giving odds that this never happens. Except that I have to put some end date on it or I will never get paid.
Aug. 18
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So if the good players are no longer playing at the clubs, then to have an organization that caters to the good players won't hurt the clubs. Or apparently even Regional ACBL tournaments.

However, I don't believe that this is entirely and wholly true.

I was talking with a promising and dedicated young(er) pair that I was surprised to see in my 199er game this week. “Why don't you play out in the open game.” “The players that play there make the experience . . . not fun.” Acting impatient, unsolicited comments on bidding or play were among the complaints.
Aug. 18
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I am late to this party, but as I was at the table, I believe that Danny Sprung did inform me that we could play our own defense. Perhaps that is conditioned on having a writing for OPPs. IDK.
Aug. 18
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I hate to x with a void. But I can't see anything any better.
Aug. 16
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Amy: It would probably be OK to good for you to have an approach in general to bids at the 2 level that do not show the suit named (Flannery, Mini-Roman, Multi) or even more generally.

For example, x=NT hand with appropriate strength; implied Q bid (2Hs over 2D Flannery is an example) = takeout of that suit; 2NT = length in 2 lower unbid; bidding a suit known to be exactly 4 cards in length (2S over 2D Flannery) = natural, etc.

There may be more exotic or better approaches, but it can't hurt to have a meta-rule until such systems can be firmed up.
Aug. 16
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Captive audience for my theories on bidding.
Aug. 16
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