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Isn't it also to inform then when they are defending? If one expects 12-14 and declarer has 15-17 that might make a difference.

If the solution to not alerting is a requirement that one studies the card on “simple” auctions the game will take a very long time.
Sept. 23
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We announce when 1NT is opened but the range isn't a pre-alert. Also with very weak NT openings some rebids show different ranges depending upon the minor opened. It makes sense to alert the rebid when it is outside the normal (for ACBL) 12-14.
Sept. 23
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David do you announce the 1NT opener when it is made or announce the range at the beginning of the round? If it is only announced at the time it is made there is no way for the opps to know what the 1NT rebid range is. Also if you play 10-12 then there could be different ranges of the 1NT rebid depending upon the minor opened.
Sept. 19
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I believe that only calls not made constitute negative inferences. For example a pass denying three card support as opposed to a double showing three card support. The pass would constitute a negative inference whereas the double would be conventional and alertable.

So the rebid of 1NT showing 15-17 (or in my case 17-19) would be alertable in ACBLland whereas a pass in competition denying that strength would not be.
Sept. 14
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Jeff are you suggesting that the 1NT rebid showing 15-17 is a negative inference?
Sept. 13
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Richard that wasn't my thinking in this particular situation but the “12 point ask” was one of the reasons we stopped playing weak NTs years ago. Happy to see the implementation of the announcement procedure.

We have played a lot internationally and always make it a point to familiarize ourselves with the local alert procedures. It's ridiculous (and a total waste of time) to fret about other organizations rules. For example we had to alert the standard 2D response to stayman in Australia. The WBF requires an alert of stayman over 1NT. Something foreign to us in the ACBL but so what? It's their rules and we complied.

We certainly wouldn't be complaining about an adverse ruling because we didn't make the effort to learn their rules.
Sept. 13
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Anthony of course someone could always ask. With self alerting bids like doubles and cuebids it's a basically a non issue. Are you suggesting that we ask on every bid just to be safe? For example a precision pair bids 1S P 4S do we need to ask whether it can be done on a 12 count or should it be alerted since you might not be aware they are playing precision and understand the inferences. Most players would assume that the 4S bidder had a weak hand. The alert of that bid was implemented because a strong hand was unexpected on the auction.
Sept. 13
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Stuart - not that rare but not basically universal as in the UK. Hence the alert.

It's not the opponents responsibility to extrapolate the inferences from your system. If weak nt were a pre-alert then perhaps you would have a case. Not everyone looks at the card to determine which NT you are playing.
Sept. 12
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Yehudit I agree completely which is why I made the tongue in cheek post re “simply” adjusting your schedule in advance as suggested by others. As a morning person I can attest to the difficulty in starting an evening session at the equivalent of 11 pm eastern time.

Forcing a late schedule on morning people is just as difficult but it has been the norm since I started in the 70's.

I believe that it's just a matter of time before NABCs go to the morning/afternoon schedule. It's been a long wait.
Aug. 31
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For those with time zone adjustment suggestions why can't it cut both ways? To adjust to the 10 and 3 schedule just get up earlier for a week before.
Aug. 31
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Yes I believe that there have been three or four prior NABCs with early hours. NYC was a split schedule and a real disaster. Phila and Atlanta each had one with early hours and perhaps one more. Nothing going forward.

If you want change lobby your BOD representatives. It doesn't seem right to have later starts just because it's easier to hold committee meetings in the mornings. There used to be an issue related to hearing appeals but that is now moot. The League can and should be supporting the needs of the players.
Aug. 30
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Doesn't it seem terribly unfair to start an evening session at 1 am EST? That's what the east coast crowd will have to endure in Hawaii.
Aug. 30
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@ Dale “That is not correct. Starting times are left up to the local organizers. Sometimes they choose earlier start times, as in Atlanta 2013”

Where are you getting your info? In order to get the early hours for Phila we had to submit a proposal to the BOD requesting approval which was granted.

It is my understanding that they have put the kibosh on any future early schedules for NABCs.
Aug. 30
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Roy his misconceptions aren't limited to Europe. Don't you know that the only players who want early starts in the US are rich drunks who can afford long dinners with wine?
Aug. 30
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Split schedules are a disaster from an organizational perspective and have been very unpopular. Say you play in an NABC+ event and don't qualify. The next day you might start in a NABC event starting at 10.
Aug. 28
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Sabine your point is well taken. We used to attend all NABCs. Now we are cutting back to one or two a year. Admittedly part of the reason is the choice of locales. However we are starting to choose attending some regionals (all with early starts) in lieu of that third NABC.
I believe that we would get back to regular NABC attendance if they went to the early start.

Hawaii is going to be a real strain for some.
Aug. 28
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Completely agree with your POV Roy. While the votes might be divided they don't reflect that those of us who strongly prefer early starts have put up with 1 and 7:30 or 8 for 40-50 years. Isn't it about time to cater to the other half?
Aug. 28
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AT I so disagree with your perspective that I don't know where to start.
Aug. 11
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Mike IMO bidding is so crystal clear here that I wouldn't ever assume it was done on anything other than sound bridge judgement. A hesitation doesn't “bar” partner. Even if it conveys UI the bid is allowed if the logical alternative would not be considered and actually chosen by a substantial minority of players.
Aug. 11
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Kathryn, Your assumption of comments people make at the table may be correct I don't know. It's not common in my experience. Sure there are some bores out there that try to dictate at the table but that doesn't make it right or appropriate. Certainly badgering the opps is way out of line.

I had a similar situation in a club against an experienced player last week. I said nothing at the time. The lead was not the suit indicated. Later I spoke privately with the individual only because I knew him.

At a tournament let them ask their questions. If the lead is the suit indicated and you feel that you may have been damaged call the director. Review the bidding and actions.

Fill out a recorder slip.
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