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I would not force upon opener exactly KQJ.
I would suppose that if one of those honors were elsewhere in the hand the percentage of success for NT might increase.

I very much appreciate the sim runs

If you have the hcp strength and not the KQJ what are you ding for a rebid?
March 19
Mike Cassel edited this comment March 19
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The quality of the doubletons is a ‘mission critical’ factor.
As well, holding 5=4=2=2 with a reasonable heart holding makes a Kokish sequence to 2N problematic unless you have a bid to show your major shape after puppet stayman.
March 18
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This problem is ripe for a simulation, no?
I don't know who does them but I've seen many on bw.
March 18
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seeing myself in the distinct minority I ask:

why do people think that 10 tricks will be easier than 9 when almost all of my trick taking power are ‘slow tricks’?
Partner has 6hcp at most in his suit and will therefore have lots of complimentary honors to bolster my holdings.

As well, the opening lead is going, in many cases, away from the leader's honor(s), through my partner's prime honors and toward my secondary honors.
March 17
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Kit, does your 2N force opener to bid 3?
March 11
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Unlike Korea we have no drive-thru testing.
Given the seriousness of the issue I am struck by the assumption that bridge players are going to be ignorant carriers and transmitters on their return home after the NABC.

As well, the paranoia that has been engendered ought to lead to much higher awareness and vigilance at the tournament.

We can mitigate a lot of risk by being responsible. I made suggestions today to my DD:

“I hope the ACBL is considering some of the following
1. Session length of 24 boards
2. Bathroom breaks after the third, sixth, & ninth rounds. If people are going to follow recommended handwashing guidelines there will not be enough time to adequately get the job done with two breaks.
3. Increase rounds to 16' instead of 15' and encourage players to sanitize when finishing a round early
4. Consider giving EWs their own bidding boxes to reduce that transmission vector
5 Make sure there is widespread availability of alcohol-base hand sanitizers (and wipes?)”




Provide admonitions to attendees that they MAY be unwitting carriers when they return home and that maintaining social distance (stay away from your home club) until you are sure you are healthy as well as other populated venues would be prudent.
Call, don't visit your nursing home contacts.

Anyone who does end up with a confirmed case ought to contact the ACBL and the league should disseminate that information.

We can take due care without destroying life as we know it as we hunker down in our abodes and stop, shopping, eating out, going to movies, etc. I think we can police ourselves without becoming a police state that forcibly flattens the curve.

Maybe the NABC can be a testament to responsible behavior.

I might feel differently if I was flying, not driving, and traveling up&down elevators instead walking from our condo.
March 10
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Do concerned folks who think NABC attendees are not responsible and think we are going to return after the tournament and try to consciously mingle with vulnerable folks back home?

Bridge players skew intelligent. If you don't have symptoms in Columbus and you aren't symptomatic after a week back home, I think you probably are not carrying the virus to others.

Social distance, self awareness, being cautious and respectful of others. We ARE capable of risk management.

That being said NABCs have, historically, been germ factories. I would like to think that attendees this year will be QUITE conscious of their responsibility to absent themselves if they start feeling ill, that they will not cough or sneeze willy-nilly.

I think I will bring my own bidding box (good suggestion upthread) I will bring my mask in case I get a feeling that coughs or sneezes are coming.

If one chooses to attend the NABC I think that prudent self-quarantine (not necessarily 14 days) on the return home is in order to make sure we aren't an unwitting carrier.

Most of us are going to be exposed sooner or later. This isn't ebola. I won't be visiting nursing homes or playing at the local club for a week after I get back.
March 10
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I was offered a 1 year subscription today for the WP for $29.
It popped up on a link to one of their coronavirus articles.

subscribe.washingtonpost
don't know if this will work for everyone
March 10
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I apologize for not wanting to Cherish this discussion
March 10
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Self-quarantine won't stop the viral spread, but will slow the exponential strain on both material and human resources.
Hospital beds, PPE, masks, etc. and health care staffing will come under pressure. Slowing the transmission may prevent these resources from becoming totally overwhelmed.

I'm concerned that expert foreign players coming to the country will have professional arrangements that may conflict with best health protection practices. The lag between the two tournaments is enough time that anyone infected there will know it before they come here.

I checked https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 to see that the site of the recently concluded 3rd European Winter games noted only 1 infection in Monaco.

I hope those contestants coming to Columbus are being safe in their behaviors before coming here.

I fully expect to be exposed at some point. It IS scary that we have ZERO immunity to this novel virus. But I am not willing to totally upend my life to forestall something that is coming down the pike anyway.

The precautions I am taking, beyond the usual recommendations:
1. I have two handkerchiefs, one in my pocket for the usual uses and a second sitting on my thigh to trigger my awarenness before unconscious face touching.
2. I have cut the fingertips off of latex gloves and applied them to my thumb and forefinger in hopes that the unusual feel on my face will curb my face touching habits.

If viral inoculation is most likely through contact with mucus membranes it behooves us to stop the behaviors that put your fingers near or into entry points.
March 10
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Gary,

according to ACBL Live you've been staying home for over 2 1/2 years.
March 10
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In the first hand of the second quarter the defense, to prevent losing a game swing, needed to give declarer a double ruff-sluff to promote a trump trick for the defense.

bd 13 https://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?bbo=y&linurl=https://www.bridgebase.com/tools/vugraph_linfetch.php?id=68654
Feb. 29
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Most frustrating of all is being the EW pair behind slow players who make no effort to catch up and directors who don't warn and penalize chronic offenders.

Directors should pull the second board when less than 3' remain in the round. Give them a late play and clear the blockage.
Feb. 23
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RHO has a preempt and you have 7 hcp.
Cannot imagine this hand getting passed out.
Feb. 20
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There are guidelines for ACBL directors re. how brackets are set for these events.
We had an issue last May that would have severely disadvantaged teams with ~8,000MPs who were slotted into the top bracket of a two session ‘Bracketed Swiss’.
I believe the assigned directors were following a policy of setting brackets from the top down.

There is a world of difference between a regional, i.e. Houston, which has 3,000 tables and bracket sizes in the teens and our regional which tried the 2-session bracketed team event for the first time and had barely three brackets.

We want to give our players experiences that will keep them coming back. One size fits all “top bracket down” bracket setting doesn't cut it.
Limiting the top bracket to exactly 9 times doesn't either.

After wrangling we had a top bracket of the top teams in a RR.
7 in the top and a pair of 9s in the second and third brackets worked well where it counted. If we had had to go with 9, 9, & 7 we would have lost a couple of teams, maybe forever, who would have had to ‘play up’ against their desire.

On the second day of this event format (Saturday) the field was smaller allowing for only two brackets. The DIC was willing to run the event, in effect, as an A/X Swiss so that the lower echelon teams also had a chance to be in the overalls.

Had they been in a “bracket” only the top 4 or 5 teams could have earned mps. Tournament sponsors and their DIC and assigned directors should strive to have a rewarding experience for folks who travel long distances expecting to play in competitive fields.

I feel fairly certain that D17 will fix this and allow those qualified and interested in playing up (not as a lark) to do so next year.

Oh for the pleasure of having more teams in the top bracket than we originally planned for. The issue for us is dealing with variant bracket sizes that might lead to differing numbers of boards/match and times/round.
Feb. 13
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A bracketed Swiss doesn't have to be a complete RR. Instead of sets of three ways, troikas, or RRs whatever the directors could accommodate a team wanting to play up. It takes a little extra work.

otoh, the ecology of the game being what it is, don't we want advancing players to get a taste of competition at the top and encourage them to play in tough competition?

make lemonade, eh?
Feb. 9
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Pass and await developments. If I bid now and later partner doubles I will be worried that I won't be providing more than 1 defensive trick. If it is partner that reopens with a double I can offer up 5.
Feb. 8
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the ACBL convention card has a checkbox for very light openings and lots of space below ‘General Approach’
If your approach to opening is more focused on losers than ‘average high card strength’ (11 or more hcp as your cc evidently describes)
I believe that deserves a pre-alert a la
“Trick-based openings may be very light: rule of 17 or 18 or 19 ”

I rarely disagree with Sir Shuster but LIGHT refers to hcp not tricktaking in the parlance of the vast majority of players.

As Marty noted, the new charts give wide latitude to more experienced players.

I voted maybe because you and your partner have an advantage if you frequently open highly distributional hands without average hcp strength. I think your opponents deserve that knowledge.
Feb. 6
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We have run Club Appreciation Team Games in two sections where B&C pairs sit in the same seats at the same number table as their A teammates.

The scores are entered with bridgemates, but there has not been an automatic way to combine the net imps (or in your OP) matchpoints for a team overall award.

IIRC we had to manually create a gamefile for upload.

Our local sectionals run lots of pair/team games which offer two bites at the apple. The movement, as mentioned above, is BAM and the team portion is scored using BAM scoring. The results for the team portion get posted very quickly so it must be automated.

One thing that is quite annoying, however, is that ACBL Live does not know how to cast out the lower overall awards so that masterpoint winners for the tournament double count these pair/team games. It takes a couple of days after the tournament ends for the ACBL to subtract the lower one.
Feb. 3
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I took a couple of each sized BWs to Office Max (now Office Depot) in our area and found the best fit among their mailing boxes. You bend & fold them and they close without having to tape them.

A magic marker on the edge facing out from your bookcase with the date range and you are set.

The price point for BW binders was not in my budget.
Feb. 3
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