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It's a talent.
Aug. 10
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I'm ready to play this lol. You always have great system innovations Sam. I think it's healthy for the growth of bridge, regardless of what others think.
July 26
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Let's upgrade match awards at Zips to 10 platinum lol.

What's the trophy for first in this NABC+ event? A bottle of wine and a picture with our favorite director Scott Campbell?
July 15
$20
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I tend to like 1 to confirm unbalanced shape (usually 4+ 5s, could be 4-4 if some 4441).
Precision I think it's necessary as a way to rediscover opener's shape regarding length for slam auctions. 2/1 it's less necessary, but still my preference, but often requires more advanced discussion with partners as to how we pick up 4-4 fits after 1m-1-1N (2s needs to be either 4-4 inv or GF, and then you need to discuss where the other 4-4 goes in your XYZ structure).
July 13
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Karen, the 8-12 second threshold is just a measure of transient (short-term) attention, it's basically just a measure of how often someone's eyes move scanning from task to task. There are better measures of sustained/long-term attention (like how long someone can on average focus on a lecture, a bridge hand etc, before their focus starts decrease). Sustained attention has decreased too slowly b/c of the same issues (I hesitate to recall the most current statistics, I think it was like 20-40 minutes from when I once did major research project on this, and it had dropped like 3-5 from the previous average). To claim we all have the attention spans of an Amoeba or a Goldfish is a little extreme, despite how nicely jarring it sounds as an attention getter.
July 11
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Video games wouldn't kill us if we joined them. We need more bridge players on Twitch, on Youtube, etc. And we really need something more modern than bridgebase, an online community that feels like an online game community to younger people. Whether that's bridgebase evolving into that, or something new entirely.

The other main issue is recruitment trends. Bridge is dead among middle school, high school, and college aged players. The college base is arguably the healthiest among those groups, and it's crumbling because high school and middle school bridge doesn't exist, and we show up to a recruitment fair and 9/10 of the people we talk to don't know what bridge is, talk for a few minutes and leave to find the Poker club table, and we are grasping at anyone with experience or has a genuine interest to get into something new at this late stage in the development of their life-long recreational interests. That's issue #1 in my book. Let's get into middle schools and high schools like the rise of chess programs and then check back in on our declining population issue in 20 years.

Everything else isn't important. Yes cheating is bad and it's great we're taking steps to prevent that, yes it would be great if the ACBL was run perfectly but the people on these boards are legitimately trying whatever your views of them. Complaining about sectional/regional tournaments doesn't really matter even though it has its own issues, and complaints about system innovations being the downfall of bridge is a complete joke said by those too sentimental to let the game grow.
July 10
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Of course, the true best answer is to open an EHAA 2 and be done (joke).
July 9
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I think the issue is about getting the view link to appear ingrained in another webpage (like a BW article), instead of as a new pop-up window.
July 8
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Partner 1=4=3=5 or similar with 3 small s might have found a better rebid, so we're not going to worry about it. If we're in the worse fit, so it goes. If partner's 4=5 in the minors, we're happy b/c maybe we can ditch a loser. If not, at least we have reasonable high spots in the trump suit to help keep control. Perhaps the 5-3 fit in clubs in most likely, compared to a 4-4 diamond fit (if you think of it partner almost always has 5s for the T/O double unless 1=4=4=4 or maybe 2(443) with significant extras to risk reopening). But we want to play in the 4-4 diamond over that if it exists, so I think that takes precedence. I also don't see any reason to jump to raise clubs with 10 3rd so I expect more field protection in s, regardless of the better fit on the hand.
June 23
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This “egdirb” sounds very reflexive of another game I know…
June 11
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The YNABC is a good competition. It's the reason I attended by first NABC 4 years ago when the NABC happened to be in Chicago. I feel like access people without ties to the bridge community will be a challenge though. I was lucky to find out about it, only because my teacher at the time was bringing his own kids there while he played for the weekend.

Definitely should be an effort to reach out to who we can though, and promote the event. Extra free lessons floating around geared more towards juniors isn't a bad idea either. I feel it's going to be hard to gather interest though, as much fun as the NABC is, it's a hard sell to get random people there, especially since these things are like always in the downtown area of the city where the summer NABC is. It's not low commitment to drive downtown and find the NABC if you're hoping to appeal to a wider base.
June 6
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If you play kickback, and start finding sequences where you're not sure it's kickback, it's time to kick it back off the card.
June 4
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I think the major issue is looking at the hand unattended by either opponent. If it's IMPs, whose to say the player looking isn't putting the cards back in a manner that gives their teammates at the other table information about the play? It just opens up a can of black worms.
June 4
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In Chicago for Champ GNT flight, they had a 2-day event. 1st day was a swiss down to 4, and the then second day was a 3-session KO, with a 1-session Semi-Final, and a 2-session Final. Requires more strain on the players for the second day, but it allowed quality matches in the KO stage. Think the format is very reasonable, especially if most of the top teams show up with 6.
May 31
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Vugraph is happening, and starting Sunday I believe.
May 30
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Last day of taping for Jeopardy this season was April 17th: https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/17/entertainment/jeopardy-alex-trebek/index.html , so it means nothing.
May 28
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Excited to read it! Thanks for hosting this promotion!
May 23
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It was a stellar match regardless of whatever the final ruling may be– was lucky to vugraph one of the rooms yesterday. Amazing judgments by both teams all around, and was close all the way through.
May 15
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Ah shoot, problem posted wrong. Feel free to ignore, will repost later.
May 10
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That's a good point.
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