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basically a venetian blind where you see e.g LHO through the ‘blades’ while your RHO is on the same side of the contraption.
Constructing this at low cost would certainly be a factor in deployment.
Oct. 11
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each player can see both opponents but not partner?
how is that possible?
or you meant to say a player can see “an opponent”
Oct. 11
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the link to the IBPA handbook should be in everyone's bookmark folder
“I've Got a Secret” is on pg 142

Mike Lawrence's “Ecstacy” is on pg.205
a personal favorite that NEVER gets routine
Oct. 4
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1♣ x P 1♦
P P x P
promises 10+ without 2 four card suits besides clubs


1♠ x P 2♥
P P x P
no spade support, no 2N scramble, therefore penalty
Oct. 4
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Does a high finish in the Swiss portion of the Mixed Teams confer any advantage during the KO phase?
Does your previous encounter from the Swiss with a team you might meet in the KO phase include consideration from the Swiss?

never mind…
http://www.worldbridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Orlando2018_SupplementalConditionsofContest-1.pdf

top 16 pick from bottom 32
no carryover
Oct. 2
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Strong only in so far that we don't play penalty doubles if the top of the range is 15 or higher
We play double are penalty if the top is 14 or lower.
I consider 13-15 to be intermediate, but our defense for this range is the same as if the range is 14-16 15-17 or 16-18
Oct. 1
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If your RHO couldn't/didn't act over 2 how likely is it that they will when your P/C 2 is passed? Your RHO can't have much in hcp and will need long diamonds or diamonds and spades to act.

Would your 2N promise support for both majors? Can/do you distinguish between obstruction vs. constructive responses?
Sept. 30
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had the opening NT been weak I would have announced that range in the OP.
Sept. 30
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12-14 or weaker is weak
13-15 or stronger is strong.
Clubs have to be 5 card length or longer.
Sept. 30
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but wouldn't 2 also show interest in a possible heart game?
or is 2 an offer to play and 2 pick can be followed with 2N or a raise?
Sept. 30
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Did anyone read the first comment? When you have just a few minutes to hammer out a card it's not so unusual to miss a followup.
e.g. we agree on four suit xfrs. did agree that intermediate step promised support.
we did agree on range stayman after 1M P P 1N.
we did agree on game tries after major suit simple raise.
in a few minutes you can't get everything discussed.

i was asking about defaults for those situations when you haven't had a chance.
Sept. 30
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2 would have been a weak 2.
Sept. 30
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are you going to feel better about bidding 3 after your LHO makes a simple raise? or preemptive heart raise. ‘get in early and get out quick’ seems more and more the modus as time goes on.
Sept. 30
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That's what I thought, but the poll indicates pretty clearly that it is a partnership decision.
Sept. 29
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Pair/team events are very popular in the upper midwest. Two bites at the masterpoint apple. The key to success, imo, is allowing C teams to play and enter as a team and to randomly match A and B pairs.

Allowing folks to form their own teams, as your tournament allowed, is very unfair to pairs who do not line up teammates ahead of time. We've also, in the past, matched top MP holders with bottom. You want to be a a B player matched with another competent B pair in this nutty matching. If A pairs can solicit B pairs to form a team you end up with an “Oklahoma land rush” to snag the best B pairs.

Oddly enough, our 17K MPs were matched with another A pair at a sectional a week ago and we finished nowhere in the team portion.

Another issue is maintaining a fair matchpoint contest. you do not want a 12 table section with 36 boards in play when you are playing 24. e.g. in your Sat morning pair/team game the event would have been more fair, imo, if you had 2 8-table sections that were well seeded. EWs could cross to the other section and everyone would play all 24 boards. Downside: getting the BAM movement organized, 3 board round instead of 2 means fewer opponents played. Upside top is 15 instead of 11 and you miss no boards that others might play.
Sept. 29
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In a first time partnership is there any “meta” rule that helps you solve the problem because you cannot answer “whatever your agreement is”?

If I bid 2 can partner really think I want to play there? In the absence of agreement isn't this the best way to get to 2M?
If I bid 2 partner will realize that I can play in 3, therefore if 2 is P/C then probably he will realize that 2 is also P/C
But the value of going plus is such that you want to be able to play 2 with a long suit and no black suit fit…therefore 2 should be natural


In DONT 2 is & a higher
Why in Meckwell is 2 and a major?
Wouldn't it be easier if 2 was clubs & a higher? Then when I bid 2 we will find our best major?
Sept. 29
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I could see this as quite entertaining as a regionally rated event.
Not at all sure as one that is nationally rated. In fact, the ill will it could generate when one pair is accused of “operating”.

I was looking at ways to reduce variance not magnify it!
That being said I am the scheduling secretary for a club that meets weekly and am on our regional's scheduling committee and am going to advocate to try this version somewhere.
Sept. 28
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Greg,

IIRC they stripped Lebioda of his MPs for the mini-spingold win.

It was my team they beat in the semi-finals that year in Las Vegas. I had a lot of communication with the ACBL after the event including with a pro who helped put that team together for the sponsor.

The existence of this thread and the efforts of Brian & Barry to maintain create/maintain an effective database is the first I've heard of any efforts in this regard.

NABC Bulletins have boilerplate:
Notice to players who live outside North America

Participation in the Nail Life Master Pairs is
restricted to ACBL members who have achieved the
rank of Life Master. Foreign players who do not meet
this criterion but feel they are otherwise eligible must
receive a waiver prior to the commencement of these
contests.
Previously granted waivers will be honored.
For waiver information, please arrive early and
see the Director in Charge at the selling site.


Maybe it should also include language that players who have accomplishments from non-ACBL events who wish to enter restricted masterpoint events should have their eligibility affirmed.
Sept. 28
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If the IMP Pairs was turned into an IMP Team of Two Pairs event where we had teammates sitting the other direction
and the event totaled both your net imp score vs pairs sitting your direction AND the net imp score of your teammates
and you weren't at the mercy of odd results or cards running the other direction where you couldn't control the outcome

then you'd have a contest worth competing in.
Sept. 28
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Balancing the interests of varying constituencies is evidently too tough.
10K scheduling
seniors, mixed, and then the PREMIER unrestricted track
On another thread Juniors were complaining about the schedule in the summer. IIRC the lower GNT finals were in conflict with Collegiate competitions?
Sept. 27
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