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I actually like 1N-2♣;2♦-2♠ as 5-4 in majors to play. Not invitational. Although I play in invitational with 1 partner and just transfer to spades but I find it comes up far more often 5-4 weak to play than 5-4 invitational.
21 hours ago
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James. Well if opponent intended to bid 2 and bid 1 I'm not sure how to determine if it is mechanical or insufficient bid. Since I would expect if 1 was opened than a bid of 1 would be expected. I always considered mechanical a call that may have been pulled in error. If opponent was thinking of opening 1 when 2 was called in front of him and then bid 1 I am not sure this is truly mechanical.
21 hours ago
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I guess it depends on auction. If partner opened 2 and opponents bid 1 claiming a mechanical error I believe that I should be able to accept this call even if opponent intended to bid 2. If opponent bid 2 director would need to evaluate hand on what the mechanical error was. Did they intend 2 or 3.
Nov. 17
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At 2 tables 1 pair is in 3N and the other is in 6 clubs. I expect there to be a large imp swing unless both go down. 1 pair in 3 Spades the other in 4 spades. Again large imp swing unless they both go down 1. Great declarer play that makes 4 instead of 3 is attributed to bidding. Both pairs in 4 and 1 makes 5 on great declarer play. Win 1 imp.
Nov. 8
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My hand was 2 void 74 and I bid 3 diamonds expecting hearts to be breaking badly (they were 52 behind) clubs makes 2 on ace and a club lead or 3 without.
Nov. 6
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Michael gives a good point. Once in a tournament after opening lead opponents claimed biffing an making 7N. Our teammate at the other table (who I would have thought a better declarer than one who claimed at our table) ended up blocking a suit and going down 1.
Nov. 5
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One of the things not shown was there no other entry to the hand with the K7xxx of diamonds other than trick they are now winning. If there is an entry than I would always allow claim. If this was last entry to dummy I see the logic in not allowing or claiming declarer would block the suit.
Nov. 4
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The dealer and the casino employees are not my opponent when I am playing at a casino. The casino is. The employees still get paid. May lose their job if they are making these kind of mistakes. Maybe casino needed to make sure their employees were better trained.
Oct. 31
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Growing up I dealt a lot of “casino” nights and played at them also. You would find volunteer dealer's where they would pay blackjack odds when splitting aces which they weren't suppose to. They would flip both cards up and then turn the second one down. Obviously I would not expect anything this bad in a casino since dealer's go thru training and are reviewed but I expect that you can find some edges here.
Oct. 31
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Reading above. At a tournament I ask caddies to help shuffle and deal since my opponents are not at table and my partner has difficulty. I ask caddy to show me top and bottom card after shuffling and before dealing and then tell him to put cards in slots so I know one card in each of my opponents hands. I expect everyone here would believe I am cheating. However the caddies are hired by the tournament and I did not manipulate the cards myself I manipulated the employees of the tournament.
Oct. 31
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I answered loss of concentration. Anytime I have ever done this (I have a few times similar situation) where I believe in this situation declarer was planning on winning Q and then playing small to Ace but got a trick ahead of themselves. Yes we all know what they intended to do but I would not attempt to correct as declarer. I have played Kx opposite Axx K to A on first trick when everyone would know plan was K then small to ace then ruff. Call of ace in this situation I do not believe was “slip of tongue” intending to say small. I believe intended to say ace thinking they either did not play queen or were at the next trick.
Oct. 31
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My two favorite overcall situations.
Especially P 1 2
Oct. 24
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So what is the goal. If your goal is to take players that have lots of experience and masterpoints and may have played top bracket bridge for a long time (but not enough skill to play in top bracket) out of the top bracket and replace them with players that have less experience and masterpoints that did not choose to play in the top bracket not sure what the accomplishment will be. I am the tournament chair for a relatively large regional. I very really hear complaints that I have too many points but not enough skill and shouldn't be in top bracket but hear lots of complaints that I don't have enough points and shouldn't be forced to play the top bracket.
Oct. 2
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Although I agree with Dave comment of more points at nationals than regionals, sectionals and club games. I think some of this is that the size of the events gets bigger. I average significantly more points during daytime club games as opposed to night games. In fact I typically will bring down my club points per game when I win the night game since it so much smaller.
Oct. 1
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You say this but I play enough bridge and look at the Colorado bridge ratings site. Playing daytime bridge 10-15 table games will average significantly higher than the 3 or 4 table night time game. So if my goal was to improve my rating as opposed to just playing bridge I would stop playing the night time game. Yes it is a stronger filed but sometimes with a 2 or 3 top result at other tables have significant impact.
Oct. 1
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Jeff, Presently Bracketed knockouts does have a “strength of field” in the award component. Based on average masterpoints in the field. It seems to be the type of event that is losing popularity at ACBL events. The bottom of the top bracket moves out of the event and new teams move into the top bracket with less chance of success. Eventually this event is down to a single session in some areas. If goal is getting more players in open event this may work but not sure it will increase attendance for the tournament.
Sept. 22
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The only days I played in Toronto 3 sessions a day was specifically the days I played 10, 3 and 7:30.

Typically either 10/3 or 1/7:30 will be main event you are playing that day. I am more inclined to add a side game 3rd session after completing main event of the day.
Sept. 18
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I answered would bid 3S with both hands.

Real question is what partnership should you play in when hand is over.

You should have raised to 3S, no you should have jumped to 3S.

or

Sorry I should have raised to 3, I could have jumped to 3 instead of bidding only 2.

I much prefer and play better in the 2nd.
Sept. 10
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Maybe 6 regionals going on in 2017 and only 5 in 2016 and 5 in 2015 may have contributed. Although Fargo was only 273 tables. Could also be the decline of knockouts where teams often played 3 sessions a day.

Playing at 9, 1 and 7:30 gives time for dinner.
Playing at 10, 3 and 7:30 does not.
Sept. 5
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I believe it does get corrected when they send out a final result for the series. Each event is crossed out as next one shows up. Will correct at the end but I believe there were a lot of comments. I actually am a tournament chair and would get questions months after tournament when results sent home did not match ACBL live. Since I believe each continuous pairs if a separate session event till combined at the end they still have this bug.
Aug. 31
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