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Maybe. There is contact fatigue. As much as I love bridge, getting email from 5 or 6 different units, 3 different districts and horn lake plus the Alzheimer's association is a bit much.

And this is from someone that regularly contributes to bridge spam by promoting my games and emailing results.
Aug. 2
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When it happened to us (using suction in a 0-2500 event) last year in Atlanta, the hands immediately went back in the slots and the OPPs got 60 and we 40.
Aug. 2
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If we cannot afford the floor space to run tournaments (or for that matter club games), raise card fees or shut them down.

By the way, hotels are not the only floor space in town.
Aug. 2
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It is actually battery to strike. Presumably preceded by assault to threaten (by actions or words) to strike (along with a few other elements).
Aug. 2
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I made reasonable and beyond efforts.

My job is to schedule and run the games.
Aug. 2
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Last evening pairs I ran: 6 4 board rounds, by stand and relay. I moved all the boards and started rounds early if all pairs were ready. Announced that I was giving players 26 minutes per round instead of the usual 28.

One round I had to give back 3 minutes. One pair had problems finishing on time in 3 rounds (including the round that prompted me to add time).

Players started at 7 pm and were finished by 9:50. The building people lock us in at 10 so if we don't finish by then we have to unlock ourselves to let the players out.

Last nights evening teams: 3 tables (sad, I know). 2 12 board matches. Start at 7, finished by 9:40. I put 84 minutes on the clock at the start of round 1 and started round 2 with the clock at 4 minutes. The later it gets, the faster this group plays.
Aug. 2
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Speaking of Law 76 and spectators being under the control of the director . . . .

My wife (non-player) was kibbing her friend one day . . . .

I was directing . . . .

I hauled out the laws book . . . .

<howls of laughter>
Aug. 2
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But what about me? I don't really care if dinner is “nice.” I prefer something that will not clog arteries, or increase blood pressure, or launch me into orbit with a sugar rush, or sit heavily in my stomach for the second session and costs less than $15 and preferably less than $10.

Absent that, give me a refrigerator to store my Sprouts purchased raw fruits and vegetables in.

The Standard American Diet is . . . indeed, SAD.
Aug. 2
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There is a simple solution to time issues that works. Every p pair gets a set amount of time (15 min for example) to finish a round. On top of that N they get me a penalty and warning free extra minute. If they go over that minute, warning for first offense. 1/3 board penalty for second and subsequent offenses.

Strict liability. No rights of appeal.

If you are not a chronically slow player, you should not be penalized under this system. Perhaps warned but not penalized.
Aug. 1
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@ RF: I don't understand the relationship between “potential” and “always” in the quoted regulation.
July 31
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I tried to come to the defense of my partner (<30 MasterPoints) who actually had a problem (in her own mind) holding j9xx in front of KTxx.

Her World Champion competition level OPP felt she was coffee housing. No director call was made. I would hope that the director would not award relief when the player is legitimately trying to solve a bridge problem.

Even one that seems trivial to most players beyond a certain level.
July 31
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I had to say “other.” But only because I don't believe in “never.”

If I missort my hand? If the s are 65432 and the s AKQJ?

One thing that I think “teachers” do as a disservice is to advise students that “partner always makes the most uncomfortable response so be prepared for that.” In reality, partners often make quite encouraging responses and we don't want to PASS up 90 good spots to avoid something really uncomfortable in 10 other spots.
July 31
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I read only the OP. This goes in my file labeled, “Why nothing should ever be said at the bridge table. Ever. Regardless. No matter what.”
July 31
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I don't know. Believe it or not, having been on the other side of one of these “Why is he playing in this event?” questions, it did feel like people were trying to cull the field so that they would be the next “Why is she playing in this event?”
July 30
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Five minutes per board is plenty of time for most hands. 10 minutes per board is not enough time to discuss all of partner's errors.
July 30
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Can someone edit him into an ACBL Director's shirt?
July 29
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I offer no opinion . . .

From what I observed . . .

That lasted a long time.

Anyway, I agree with what Caprera observed. And I sort of, more strongly these days, object to identifying individuals by the political jurisdiction in which they happened to have been born.

Bridge is bridge. And not that he is involved in this discussion, but how are people classifying a bridge player like Zia these days?
July 29
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The lighting was not great, but no worse than any Regional anywhere in the country that I have ever been to.
July 29
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If you are at a certain club that I visit but don't frequent, all you have to do is shame your OPP by saying, “I wouldn't do this against about half the room and if you want to be in that half, I'll be glad to include you.”

Implying that only bad, wimpy, whiney players would complain about it.
July 28
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In every survey after every tournament, I complain in ALL CAPS that there should be a choice of sodas. #NOTJUSTPEPSIEVERYDAMNTIME.
July 28
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