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If the link to the COC is what was actually at site (as some above state) and it has the following

The District 22 GNT Finals are knockout team events scored by IMPs (and converted to VP’s when a team plays in a round robin.)

It appears they followed the COC as written.
May 30
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When the first day qualifier was held was it a 20 point or 30 point scale. If 20 point I would expect next day at same site would also be 20. If 1st day was 30 and then changed to 20 I can see an issue.
May 30
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Sabrina, if the final day was run as a knockout you would be correct. However the final day was run as an imp converted to VP format. Although we may disagree that is the way it should be run that was the condition of contest in this district who has the authority to determine the format.

Sometimes as in this district the COC changes from year to year.

I expect they will consider changing again next year.
May 30
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In a district that used to come down to 4 teams and had lots of complaints because it only paid 3 overalls. Some players did not want it to come down to 4 and preferred 3.
May 30
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I believe the ACBL conditions of contest are for when event continues and each district can create their own COC. This district based on last years complaints elected to reduce 7 teams to 3. Although I do not like the format I believe they were within their rights to do that.
I expect people complained that they would have to stay overnight and may only play one session the next day.
May 30
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I was EW at other table and when I returned to compare this was hand being discussed.
Feb. 11
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Sorry I was not cleat that 1NT was 10-12 in this sequence.
Feb. 11
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Sorry I wasn't clear. It was a weak NT situation where I incorrectly opened an explanation was correct.
Feb. 11
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Actually after defending I asked declarer why he didn't correct to preemptive. He stated partner's explanation was correct which is when I asked for notes. I thought that it would either be preemptive or forcing. When notes showed forcing is when discussion started that they should not be penalized for having notes since if there were no notes than we would have to accept the explanation that invitational was correct.
This made me think of all the times that a bid did not match explanation but explanation is always explained as correct and accepted with no proof.
Jan. 29
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Sorry J was led and partner ducked not unreasonably.
Jan. 25
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We don't promise an opening bid on a weak NT. We promise a hand that does not want to defend. When I doubled was not actually sure we were beating but expected hand was ours.
Jan. 25
John Moschella edited this comment Jan. 25
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Ray not that I know off. I let director's/ACBL handle that. I try to work the logistics with the hotel.

I will say that I heard discussions of 2 bracket 2 teams from this event that wished they were in bracket 1. I do not know if they requested that from director or not.
Jan. 15
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Quote from Mark

Logic tells me ADDING a team shouldn't make the bracket easier to win for everyone.

There are 8 teams in the top bracket. I randomly take 4 players from the 0-20 game to fill the bracket. I believe we can all agree there is 0% chance this team makes the final 4.

When I do this the other players in the 0 to 20 game state they would like to play the really good players also so we fill bracket to 16 teams. 8 blockbusters and 8 0-20. My head still hurts from being tournament chair last week in Orlando but I expect that one of the bottom 8 teams coming in top 4 is >10% in a random draw knockout. Maybe someone could do the math.
Jan. 15
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Jeff I believe a player can request an adjustment to his masterpoint total but it is permanent. A player once complained that he did not deserve points for having a below average game as a flight C player. I believe his point total was adjusted to 2500 points(not added just for which flight/bracket he plays in). Not sure if it increase or stays there till his point total passes 2500.
Jan. 15
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When Joe bid 7N he believed his partner held the ace of diamonds, between the time he bid 7N and the time he realized it appears that it may have been directly related to how long the hesitation may have been. Joe was influenced by the UI that it took a long time.
Dec. 6, 2018
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So when you compared with teammates and they told you the defense of the other pair you now realized you could have taken another trick and therefore should not have accepted the claim. Not sure what technical rulings should be but seems like you should not get a trick if this was circumstance.
Nov. 3, 2018
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I always liked it Fri/Sat. Nice continuation if you queued for the NAP. Now I either need to qualify with someone with a Platinum qualifier or less than 10K so that we can play something more than a regional if we qualify.
Sept. 11, 2018
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Why I didn't play in the LM pairs?

Winning the 3 day LM pairs would pay 190 points. $50 per day entry fee +150 per day for hotel. I can play in Regionals $26 per day, $99 for hotel and can win 36 masterpoints per day.

so if LM pairs payed 36 * 3 * 50/26 * 150/100 = 311 points. So if the LM pairs paid 311 points to win I would have went.

How silly of a concept. Although I believe people play in events where they believe they can be competitive I am not convinced that this is as much of an issue as has been discussed.

Although I do believe players choose easier events in some cases to have a better chance of winning points I do not believe number of points come into equation.

I know of several players who do not like bracketed swiss at sectionals. Top bracket although pays significantly more points for winning than an open swiss greatly decreases the probability of an overall for some of the teams. Being the 8th best team in an 8 team bracket for some is a very long day.
July 30, 2018
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Please choose what you prefer to play and have played at some point in time.
How do I choose an option in the 1 when I have played all 3 options at one point in time and I prefer to play my partner's card.
July 16, 2018
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And I am on a finesse for slam. Wait partner opened and cooperated over my spade splinter. How can I not keycard.
June 4, 2018
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