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The fourth quarter of the Spingold Match between Lavazza and Spector was a classic.
Spector began down 12 imps.
Kranyak and Demuy & co. rattled off 45 imps in the first 5 boards. Then bid a slam that needed 2-2 clubs that would have put the match away. But the clubs were 3-1.

This led to 24 unanswered imps for Lavazza.

Then Joel W. brought home a beautiful 3N that failed in the other ‘room’

Then Sementa found a wonderful endplay to bring home a heart game that failed at the other table.

Head for the BBO Vugraph archives.

Congrats to Spector.
July 27
Mike Cassel edited this comment July 27
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There are regionals that hold 4-session team events. Not sure about 4-session pair events. I don't know what the multiplication factor for MP awards might be. Would it be worth it to ‘upgrade’ the Monday Tuesday pair games. It could be held as a upgraded Daylight event? A smaller tougher field for the second day.
July 27
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I greatly enjoy watching the best players in the world compete in our premier team events on vugraph. BBO is such an asset. What irks me however, is that even when the field is reduced to eight teams the ACBL will not have the same boards played in all matches. Surely the logistics of security issues can be handled with only eight tables in play, no?

Comparing approaches and innovations in bidding and card play across eight tables playing the same deals is more rewarding than at just two tables.

Why can't this be accomplished?
July 26
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I think anyone who plays Namyats and hasn't fully discussed parameters e.g. no suit with three losers… well what about Qxx, and the followups when partner wants to explore for slam should not be playing Namyats.

Having never been presented with a good, comprehensive set of responses e.g.
suit control ask?
shortness/void ask
outside K ask

I prefer not to play the convention. Sitting down with someone who says Namyats? I say no thanks.

hands with exactly 8 tricks? no thanks in any case.

In a forcing club system I have many friends who like 4m as a major suit transfer preempt. Partner can bid the step suit to have opener declare, or with tenaces to protect bid 4M themself.
July 25
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Does that make you Grand, Steve?
congrats
July 24
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Come to think of it… we were on the same team in Vegas. I sat myself and Andy down for the 4th quarter in the quarterfinal and we nipped the Karl Hicks team by 3 imps.
July 24
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the bracket i am looking at as of 1am is only for the first two quarters.
but you're there and i'm not.

it's a sad fact of life that strong rubber bridge players who rarely play acbl events will have a seed far below their actual ability.
July 24
Mike Cassel edited this comment July 24
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Our GNT champs Fred & Sheri head a Spingold Team named NUKKAI

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bridge-and-artificial-intelligence-in-orlando/

http://www.nukk.ai/

Color me curious
Unfortunately, team Nukkai isn't going to be making R64.
July 23
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a better poll might have been what to do over 5.
I would have bid 5N. Might partner qbid his heart void or make another forward going bid?
If East has a void and a heart trick and 6N would be a make your boat has sailed.

6N, on this auction, would be a complete and possibly disastrous guess. Goading your opponents into choosing a losing call when they were in a making contract is a coup of the highest order.

I think you have to lie in the bed you made with your previous bid.

If you need imps or are unsure of your prospects a XX might goad the opps into bidding more guaranteeing a plus score.
July 22
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Congrats to those responsible for setting the schedule
Having the mini-Spingolds start on Tuesday has helped bump the Spingold field from 78 to 98 teams.

Give the advancing players a chance to compete against better teams maybe for more than one day.

Now if they'd only start a 10K on day 2 of the Platinum in the spring.
July 22
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There aren't enough spades left in the deck for 4N to be an offer to play.
July 21
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Two of the four districts in Flight C that sent two teams to Las Vegas (13 & 21) found both teams surviving to the quarterfinals.
July 20
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I'm a 4N bidder on the assumption that this shows two places to play, but the bid is not without risk.
Where are the diamonds on this hand? No lead directing advance?
Partner could have a big diamond hand with a spade stopper and less than adequate support to make slam in one of my suits.

When I bid 5 over 5 he should assume I am willing to play slam in clubs, but we might not have a making slam.
July 19
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i have no idea how many sites there are. I've played in those three venues in the past.
If by sites you mean metro areas around the country I don't know that either
July 19
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What matters is a flight B player knowing which area clubs will have the smallest turnout and a history of the weakest games and arranging to play with my best B partner so I can take advantage of more boards played against less experienced opponents.

I'm not going to play at Faulkstone? or Raffles. I'll go to Center City. Do they still have a game?

Am curious if Jay contacted clubs in e.g. Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, L.A., or other metro areas to solicit their opinions on this idea.
July 18
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Can you guess how much pushback we received when we floated the idea of eliminating the Open Flight? That would allow districts to boost their support for the other flights by 33%.

How much more participation would there be if district Flight C GNT Champions received $2,000 from the ACBL on top of the travel subsidy from their home district?

That would eat up only $50K of the $200K+ profit from NAP club qualifying events.

That only 2% of the membership competes in the GNTs speaks more to the failure in marketing the event than anything else. What diverted financial resources Rich? The ACBL's only costs for the GNTs are the expenses of holding the event a day before the start of the NABC. The director expense for the GNT KO phase might be partially expended elsewhere in larger table counts the first weekend. The free entries for the lower flights the first two days comes out of each district's Grass Roots Fund raise: no cost to the ACBL.

Now if you want to talk about diverted financial resources we can discuss the International Fund which supports an even smaller cohort at the top of the MP pyramid.
July 18
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Walter,
my clicking on your links only show the eighth round pairings, not the results.
Nor does my browser for acbl live show the final VP results of the Swiss
July 18
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One of biggest regrets from the days of the GNT/NAP Coordinator forum was our inability to convince the league that supporting a position to centralize and disseminate Best Practices being employed around the country would pay dividends.

Offering the GNT Flight A second place squad a subsidy to play in the mini-Spingold is a CAPITAL IDEA. How many districts have even considered such an idea?

Why is it that the income from NAP club qualifying is more then $200,000 above the expenses of giving free entries at the spring NABC and the award for an NAP district champion ($700) might barely cover the typical airfare and two hotel nights?

We have two Grass Roots events that COULD mobilize interest from our grass roots club players through “Win A Trip to the NABC” promotions, but we haven't.
July 18
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Y, could not believe that a VP score in low 60s could Q for the final 16
July 18
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