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The notion that N/S are entitled to assume that ANY double is takeout seems likely to be an incorrect reading of the EBU laws. A double of a natural bid? Sure. A double of an artificial bid? Normally penalty.
Sept. 15
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I don't think it was rude, merely naive about the ways of people.
Sept. 7
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If fourth seat is opening 1S on 15 Pearson points, e.g. QJxxx Kxx Axx xx, Drury is still useful. Whatever limit raise partner has, I would rather play 2S than 3.
Sept. 7
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It wasn't so terrible. Michael naturally believed that everyone playing bridge feels the same and would welcome any chance to improve. But there are many players who are proud of their 6000 masterpoints. They accept that they aren't in the first rank but view those players as aliens, in another league entirely. A year or two of good results and they'll realize that Michael is also in that group.
Sept. 7
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It's best to NEVER comment about the result on a finished board. You need all your stamina to play the boards to come. If you had a bidding misunderstanding with your partner then clear it up at the earliest. Beyond that save it for the post-morten.
Sept. 7
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People don't like unpleasant surprises. The current practice of charging people once when the entry is sold and then later telling then they owe more money is the worst possible experience for a newcomer. People reasonably expect that when they have purchased an entry that they are paid in full. OTOH people are used to the idea that in many cases paying in advance for a membership activates discounts. I don't think the problem is the surcharge, it's the messaging.

“How much is the entry?” “It's $18 or $14 for ACBL members. If you are not a member you can join fur a year for $50 or a month for $8.”
Aug. 27
Kevin Cline edited this comment Aug. 27
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They should have made it mandatory - ACBL members must be given a $4/session discount from your advertised session fees.
Aug. 26
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There's a really simple solution to this problem. Say that entry fees are $18/session with a $4/session discount fur ACBL members.
Aug. 26
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Friday I went to a track day run by the BMW car club. I had to join the BMWCCA to attend. Lots of guys weren't dining BMWs but they all had to join the BMWCCA. In five years of attending these events I have heard no complaints. Like attracts like. Instead of worrying about Doug and Wendy Whiner, maybe we should focus our recruiting efforts on more robust people.
Aug. 26
Kevin Cline edited this comment Aug. 26
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Good point Jeff. With another queen this is a PH limit raise. 3H could be quite weak so 3 is probably the best description.
Aug. 20
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If you can't afford outings, you can't afford outings. That's unfortunate, but it doesn't change the cost of running a bridge tournament, or running the ACBL. Bridge is pretty inexpensive – about the cost of three beers (or two here in Seattle).
Aug. 20
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Apples to Oranges comparison. The activities you listed don't require indoor space or staffing.
Aug. 17
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What else can you do for $5.50/hour?
Aug. 13
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Why are bridge players so $#@%#$@%! cheap? Sectional or regional bridge tournament play is inexpensive compared to any other form of entertainment. Bowling? Mini-golf? Shooting pool? Seeing a movie? Poker tournament? All cost more per hour than a session of bridge.The days of $100 hotel rooms and $5 entry fees and $10 entrees are long gone.
Aug. 13
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Thank you for providing many happy hours!
July 14
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The number of tricks needed for game in contract bridge was not a singular design of Vanderbilt's. It's just a simplification of auction bridge scoring, where clubs scored 6, diamonds 7, hearts 8, spades 9, no trump 10, and thirty points were required for game.
June 15
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I thought it was Marty Bergen.
June 15
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Meh. I see no reason why duplicate scoring should reward the same actions that are best at rubber bridge.

No matter what the form of scoring, it is up to the players to maximize their expectation with each action. It's of no importance that different actions may be required to maximize one's results at matchpoints, IMPs, or rubber bridge. For duplicate pairs, it is important that each board has the same weight, although of course some boards will be nearly flat. IMP pairs is a poor event when the field is of widely varying strength. When the field includes players from near-novices to experts, and some boards swing 3 IMPs while others swing 12, it makes a big difference which pairs you meet for the big boards.

For a short team-of-four match it seems that board-a-match is less likely to result in random upsets. We've all seen markedly stronger teams defeated in a seven or eight board IMP match because an 80% slam went down and the other seven boards only swing a few IMPs.

Playing duplicate, I want every trick to count. Making a slam or making an extra overtrick are equally enjoyable.
June 13
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I count this hand as about 2-1/2 cover cards: SA, HQ about 1/2, plus possible spade ruff, but only one trick on defense. The HJ would be more valuable in any other suit, so this hand has only 6 working HCP. Not enough defense for a mixed raise IMO. I would want another outside Q for that call, e.g. Ax QJxx Qxxx xxx It's not clear what a “max passed hand raise” means. Does that cover a 10HCP 3334? 3433? or more like a 9HCP 3451?
June 3
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Harald, yes, I am calling. “Law 21g.1: A player may not ask a question if his sole purpose is to benefit partner.”

If the defender in the pass-out seat is not considering a call other than pass, it is improper for them to ask before their partner makes a lead. They can easily wait until their partner has led. Players in open events should know this. If they don't and do it against me, they soon will.

After the final pass but before the opening lead the declaring side should give an explanation of the auction.
June 3
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