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@Bruce – How many of those pairs in 4S opened 1S? If W does not bid 2H over 1NT how can your side reach 4S? If you were correctly informed that 2H is natural, and partner bid a non-forcing 3C, how will you reach 4S?
Nov. 30
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What is your agreement about 3? Most pairs play that is forcing.
Nov. 30
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@AlanFrank – that's what I meant.
Nov. 29
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Jason if you are free on Sunday we could play the Fast Pairs.
Nov. 29
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1. Why did N bid 3C with a penalty double of one of West's suits? What would a double have shown?

2. Why did South pass 3C? That is game-forcing in most partnerships. It seems that most of the damage to North-South was self-inflicted.

3. West has UI. The 3H bid is suspect. Was there no logical alternative to bidding 3H? How many hearts did West have?

4. East does not have UI unless West gave a sign of surprise after East alerted. Still I wonder if East was as sure of their agreement after West's rebid as they were in the first round.

As director, if West has the same six hearts they promised the first time, I would bar the 3H call, rolling the auction back to 3C. Then I will talk to West after the game about their obligation when in possession of UI.

Not sure about the lack of a CC. I might ask them to fill one out after the round and remind them of their obligation to have one.
Nov. 29
Kevin Cline edited this comment Nov. 30
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@Peter – IMO the “new players” stopped coming because the ACBL made it clear they weren't welcome. Sometime around 1990 I took time off work to travel from Dallas to a regional in Hot Springs Arkansas. They had scheduled a Senior Pairs (55+) opposite an Open pairs. Guess which event didn't make? Could they be combined? No. That was a pretty clear message that younger players weren't welcome. The older players didn't want to compete with up-and-coming players and their new-fangled bidding, not to mention their superior play and defense.
Nov. 29
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The problem is not and never was entitled young people. It's always been entitled old people. The proliferation of 55+ senior events in the 1990's that excluded only the 30% of the members was the beginning of the end.
Nov. 26
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The standard isn't all that high. Plenty of players with 500MPs are competitive in the GNTs up to flight A. All it takes is enough interest in the game to do some homework. Some new players learn a pretty complete bidding system in a weekend, while some players with 3000MPs “don't play reverses”. The players with 500+ MPs who aren't competitive in flight B still won't be competitive when they have 2000MPs.
Nov. 26
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Could play 12/8, fast pairs or we could find a team. I can play whatever, 2/1 or “Simplified Modern Precision” (Meckwell lite)
Nov. 25
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@DannySprung Right. I misread “larger luck factor THAN BAM” as “in”.
Nov. 24
Kevin Cline edited this comment Nov. 25
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“A larger luck element in a BAM?” Absolutely not. When every board has the same value variance is reduced and weaker teams have little chance. In a short team match at IMPs a single board can swing 12 IMPs or more while other boards are played for overtricks. Perhaps the strong team bids a vulnerable grand slam which goes down on a 4-0 break while the weaker team stops in 6. That's a 16 IMP swing. There may not be 16 IMPs available in the remaining 6 boards of a 7 board match.

Why bid a grand against a weak team? In an event scored by VPs every IMP counts.
Nov. 24
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Sabrina, we don't have to tell anyone which event to enter. We need to give people the option. Some players don't enjoy defending against strong club systems or 10-12 HCP 1NT openings or the rest of the Open convention chart. We could also increase the expectations of open players to play on time and in tempo and to be ethical when in possession of UI.
Nov. 19
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Some points are more equal than others. Fotty Gold points won from multiple entries is not the same as forty gold points collected by winning the open Swiss or a top bracket KO at a large regional. For KO bracketing we need to supplement MP flighting with seeding points from high finishes in open events.
Nov. 19
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I never considered that cards could be shuffled, dealt, played, and recorded. Duh.
Nov. 17
Kevin Cline edited this comment Nov. 17
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The ACBL – frustrating in some ways. Most of my frustration stems from the 90s when there was a proliferation of senior events, making the under-55's feel unwelcome. Now the average ACBL member is over 65 and bridge is collapsing to a small cadre of enthusiasts.
Nov. 17
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I feel the same but it does put people in chairs. OTOH it's not attracting people who will be playing in 2040.
Nov. 17
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That's unfortunate, and it's rarely the top players. Still I have seen a failure of bridge teachers to clarify the obligations of players in possession of UI. This should be taught the first time new players are taught any systemic call requiring an announcement, for example Jacoby transfers. “What should you do if partner fails to announce the transfer?”
Nov. 17
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@Sabrina – why not? Flighting by accumulated masterpoints is particularly frustrating for experienced players who are no longer advancing. They are forced into the top flight of open events where they are not competitive. I recently faced a declarer in an open pairs who inquired about my partner's discard. I explained that we were playing “upside-down count and attitude”. No clue. Rick, that was an “unprepared player”.
Nov. 17
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There are a good number of players with 1500MPs or 300MPs or 100MPs who are competitive in open events. I met one at the Pasco regional a few weeks ago – a young man, not yet a teen, who never missed a card.
Nov. 17
Kevin Cline edited this comment Nov. 17
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Does EVERY sanctioned club now have a duplicating machine?
Nov. 17
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