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Kudos to Jonathan for attempting to coalesce some of the widely dispersed points in the thread.

I'd like to comment on them after a couple of (O)bservations and (P)OIs

O1 That no team was willing to make a minimal five team Soloway Brkt 1 even if playing for free? UNBELIEVABLE. What an opportunity that could have been.

O2 Directors should have the flexibility to accommodate this kind of unforeseen event. Offer the four top bracket teams a one-day RR? Don't force players up into the top bracket to meet mini-Soloway guidelines.

P1 Our KO attendance during Memorial Week drops near the weekend and we decided to hold 2 1-day 2-session Bracketed Swisses. On Friday we had enough teams for 3 brackets, but on Saturday only two. I asked the DIC to change the event to a Stratiflighted Swiss for the top bracket of 11 teams so that the “X” teams would not be disenfranchised.

Jonathan's:
1) STOP having new 2 day KOs starting every day. It is ridiculous and only guarantees the kind of problem we had here in Reston for the Wed/Thursday KO. This is not difficult. Day one is a new KO, Day two is Bracketed Swiss (Open Swiss, Compact KO, take your pick but it is a ONE day team event). Day 3 a new two day KO… and so on and so forth. Obviously a site like Gatlinburg is large enough to have new KOs every day One would think that a Regional with 2,000 table could sustain daily KO starts. I've been to regionals with daily KO starts and they can be unbalanced. You enter the KO on the day that the really best teams are in the semifinals of the one that started the day before if you are hunting masterpoints.

2) The original rationale for the “Soloway” style RR format to reduce the field to 4 teams to play KO style in Day 2 was specifically designed to solve the problem of not enough teams who want to play in the top bracket. It is not necessary for lower brackets. VERY TRUE D14 wanted to preserve the 4-session regional KO. So many regionals, even big ones were adopting the bracketed Swiss 2-session event. Our KO field size had been steadily dropping and got really hurt when the T-factor increased 25% for matchpoint events in 2015? We lobbied for RRKO structure after running into the dreaded one-bracket handicapped minefield. THE STRUCTURE NOW COMMONLY REFERRED AS THE MINI-SOLOWAY WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE APPLIED TO REGIONALS THAT COULD START KOS EVERY DAY OR TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BRACKETS. The allure, however, of allowing tighter brackets where you are playing against others with very similar masterpoints seems to have taken root and spread vigorously?

Let a KO be a KO. If you fail to advance, you have choices. Play in the “Losers Swiss”, take a session off, go sightseeing, have a nice dinner. Some call the Soloway format a “cash grab”. You are forced to pay and play even when you have no chance to Q and/or no desire play off for 3/4th and a minimal amount of masterpoints. Guaranteeing two sessions, avoiding the bad draw and you are ko'd, and playing a RR to qualify 4 for the second day is not a bad thing. There's no “loser's Swiss” at smaller regionals when primetime is a.m. and afternoon.


3) If you do have a Soloway Style KO, at least the team that wins on Day one should have the choice of who to play among teams 3 & 4 who Q. Here in Reston (District 6), it is RANDOM DRAW among teams 3 & 4 as to who plays teams One and Two. Absolutely NO reward for placing first among the qualifiers.
P2 Our CoC gives the RR winner their choice of opponent. IIRC you are at risk, even if finishing second, of being the choice for the top seed in the KO SF.

4) ACBL masterpoint award formulas have been a joke for several years. For a long time I was told that the flawed ACBL Score program was too fragile to make any changes. Every year I am told ACBL Board Committees are working on it! Could not agree MORE! We hold the premier team events in high esteem and then effectively incentivize players to win more in pair events.
I cannot speak to ACBLScore, but the Masterpoint Plan is simple arithmetic and taking the T-factor back down to 1.00 from 1.25 might forestall the death of team events.

5) Sadly attendance here in Reston appears to be down 5-15%. Will get more accurate numbers in the next day or so. The biggest drop off is in the KO events. Perhaps players are voting with their feet regarding the Soloway style format and new KOs starting every day. A player survey emailed to participants at the end of the tournament might include a section on the KO format. I've never been a fan of the 3KO which D6 is running on the weekend and would like feedback from players on whether the structure is better than e.g. a bracketed Swiss (RR)

P3 The D4 Summer Regional's table count is increasing. They are running Dupli-Swisses on Thursday and Sunday. It's a lot of board duplication, but if the players like it (I'd like knowing everyone is playing the same hands reducing shuffle deal play variance and offering hand records) why not give them what they enjoy.

Steve's OP is so right. We knew a single bracket handicapped KO would kill our KOs. The ACBL helped us create a viable (mini-Soloway) format because we value the 24-bd match structure (if only on day 2). Give the directors onsite the flexibility to offer players a positive experience in the face of unforeseen circumstances.

AND FIND OUT WHY NO ONE WAS WILLING TO PLAY UP FOR FREE! That was most disheartening. What does that say about our future?

A couple of folks Mike Ma and Marty Harris, in particular, offered new structures. We should be willing to experiment with KO structures that players will enjoy. I'm not in a position to closely analyze them. The ACBL listened to us. Maybe they would entertain alternative KO structures if a coherent proposal was made.
July 5
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Playing EW in the second session often gives you the opportunity to give a heads up to your partner of pairs to be careful with.
If you are the knowledgeable one in the partnership and you are sitting NS you can see who will be coming to your table if you sit South.

If you don't have time to mention anything before worthy opponents arrive you can greet them with some kind of deferential comment.
If your partner is paying attention maybe they'll KEEP paying attention.
July 2
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6=3=3=1 is not a simple adjective
1 semisolid spade works tho



xx Qxxxx Kx AKJx
1 clubbish heart

Jxx AJxxx Ax KQX
1 notrumpy heart
June 28
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Steve,

that doc did not cite the original source
http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/laws/ComparableCallsGuide.pdf

for that matter we do not know who penned the doc for the ACBL
June 28
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Steve
https://www.bridgewebs.com/comoxvalley/ComparableCallsGuidelines-November2017.pdf

E Deals
South opens 1♥ out of turn,
not accepted by West
W N E (Dlr) S
1♥
-------------------------
W N E (Dlr) S
1♠ ?


South opens 1♥ out of turn with East as dealer, not
accepted by West. East opens 1♠. 2♥ would be a
comparable call for South, but double would not.
Double is not a subset of 1♥ openings, and the
distributional differences between the two calls are
too much to deem them “similar”.
June 27
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I really don't know why we are polluting a thread which is focused on persistently confusing reporting in the small bracket regional RRKOs which has been known as ‘mini-Soloway’ KOs

The confusing, as written, CoC in D22 may or may not have been a knockout competition. It was dependent upon the size of the initial field. This year there were 7 teams.

A RR was played, much like the mini-Soloways we are describing in this thread. Whereas we might expect that the RR qualifying day would produce four teams for a KO SF, as is done here…

D22 was VERY SPECIFIC. From an original seven, three teams will qualify for a second day, a 60 board three-way to be scored in two 30-board matches. The net imps from each match were to be converted to VPs and the team with the most VPs at the end of the day would be the Open Flight champion.

I believe that you cannot call this arrangement a KO.
I happen to almost certainly KNOW that it won't be continued. D22 has been studying other district CoCs and coming to a power of 2 for the second day is ubiquitous.
June 27
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Porky Pig KO looks like it didn't get set up right. No round 2 qualifiers in the menu.
Road Hog KO looks perfect.
June 27
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Adjective Bridge

fun for holiday parties
not for sanctioned games
June 27
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moved downthread
June 27
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On another thread I suggested inviting one of the teams in the second bracket to play up at no cost. Enjoy a full day of competing against strong opponents. If your luck is in you might find yourself in the KO semifinal.

Otherwise you run a 2-session, 4 team RR, using W/L. The event will only pay 1 overall place.
June 26
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The small bracket KO format works well when you cannot field 9 competitive teams in the top bracket.

You would not have a 5-bd match. Robert, in a small field if you suffered a slam swing leading to e.g. suffering a 6-14VP result, but you averaged 11VPs in your other 5 matches so that you were over average in VPs for the day wouldn't you have to end up in the top 4?

8 teams > 7 8-bd matches
7 teams > 6 9-bd matches (play 5 against each team in the second session, four in the first which usually starts a little late as the brackets are being set)
6 teams > 5 10bd matches

in our regional we do not play discrete matches. We play a half-match in each session. At the end of the day you convert each match on the 20pt scale. It has been suggested that if discrete matches are played you get to adjust your directions and lineups after every match. There is something to be said for that. OTOH, we like using preduplicated hands to avoid the variance in shuffle,deal, play.

I suppose it would be possible to have preduplicated board sets remain on the tables and have the teams move around the room, but have never tried to figure that kind of movement.

It would be a far different event if the 4 teams with the most net plus imps moved into the KO phase. I suppose you could do this, but I wouldn't.
June 26
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This small bracket 4-session KO does pays 4 overall places if the semifinal losers play for 3rd/4th. Russ Jones and Sol Weinstein explained how the MPs work.
http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/about/HawaiiAgenda.pdf
When RR played to Q 4 teams to KO:

5 or 6 teams in RR
semifinal losers may play off for 3rd place
if played, 3rd pays 35% of 1st, 4th pays 20% of 1st
if not played, no ranks, both teams get 20% of 1st

7 or 8 teams in RR
semifinal losers may play off for 3rd place
if played, 3rd pays 45% of 1st, 4th pays 35% of 1st
if not played, no ranks, both teams get 20% of 1st

9+ teams in RR
semifinal losers need not play off, both are 3/4
if played, 3rd pays 45% of 1st, 4th pays 35% of 1st

The sponsor may stipulate that, as a condition of contest, the 3/4 playoff exists.
If the sponsor so stipulates, and one team pays to play but the other team forfeits,
ranks and awards for 3rd and 4th apply as if played, by RR size, as above."
June 26
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There is a technique to get this reporting done properly. It OFTEN is not done properly. Rich N. pointed out that I was able to get text results from day 1 at the Gopher Regional, but the game file for day 1 did not produce qualifiers that I could use in the daily bulletin.

If you look at how Rick Beye handled the Champaign IL KO the same week in May you will see that he coded the event in such a fashion that the qualfiers after the first day post properly.
https://live.acbl.org/event/1905045/231A/2/qualifiers

You can also view the day 1 RR bracket:
http://bridgefinesse.com/ACBLLive/R1905045231A2Swiss.htm

I spoke with Keith Wells about this. It has something to do with casting the event as “multi-phase”. I was concerned that the teams that did not Q for the second day were not receiving their match awards. Although you don't see their match awards on ACBL Live if the “multi-phase” thingy isn't set up properly, the match awards do come through for the players if they look up their own MP history
https://live.acbl.org/event/1905045/231A/2/summary

If done correctly you can look at results after either the 2nd or 4th session. If not done correctly, you only see 4th session (final) results.

ACBL Field Supervisors should obtain the sequencing that Rick Beye follows to set up the ‘Mini-Soloway’ RRKOs and send the instructions flowsheet to all DICs who are running the small bracket 4-session KOs
June 26
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In my discussion two weeks ago with John Kissinger he was not aware of the continuous VP scale. Neither was the DIC. I sent John the link to the Appendix K formula. He rapidly produced an excel file and emailed it to me. I would have no idea how to do this.
IIRC John told me that Scott did not have access to the 20VP scale for a 30-bd match at his fingertips.
I suppose ACBLScore will produce an appropriate scale for printing.
It will not produce a scale for continuous VPs.
If you have an internet browser you can produce a continuous scale using https://woefulwabbit.com/wbf-vp/
June 24
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WA 1984 was my first NABC. And MIT? students were cheating in the Spingold. Made me think of “head shoulders knees and toes” LOL. SICK! It was an exciting introduction to a tournament with hundreds milling about talking a language I barely knew but wanted to learn.

George changed the world. And helped inform ours. We were and are blessed by his contributions.
June 23
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if you put {code} inside the brackets on the front of your list and {/code} inside the brackets at the end.
the output will be justified and look a lot better
use the square lower case bracket not the Shift brackets

0 10 10
1 10.23 9.77
2 10.45 9.55
3 10.67 9.33
4 10.89 9.11
5 11.1 8.9
6 11.31 8.69
7 11.52 8.48
June 21
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if they'd used the 2014-15 CoC Schafer would have won.
my suggestion was that there was a clear differentiation between the iterations of the CoC that make it CLEAR that the new CoC called for converting imps to VPs in a three-way.

It wasn't a slip of the tongue or misinterpretation of custom or tradition.

I can assure you that Peg Kaplan would not have been playing in an event where she didn't know how the scoring would be conducted. I don't doubt people were confused. That there was no link to current CoC (and maybe not a 2018-19 update of the previous version) is really bad form. No one seemed to complain beforehand. The event proceeded.

Mass confusion upon hearing that VP would be employed. No one, since the fall of 2015 bothered to inform themselves? I feel badly for the contestants. They deserved better. But you still can't overturn the decision to award Gupta champion based on the application of an appropriate imp scale. That was the focus of the D22 committee.
June 21
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“after it's known how the choice will affect the result.”
The improper scale first used was for the much shorter Swiss matches the first day.
The scale applied Sunday night was a 20VP scale for matches of 28-36 boards.

Are you suggesting the DIC changed the scale so as to affect the result?
June 21
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Peg,
same question as was posed to Mark:

Peg, let's say that you were the GNT Coordinator. You get a call on Monday morning demanding to know why Gupta was declared the winner when you ‘won’ both matches. The callers, and there are bunches of them, complain that there were procedural issues that would have been raised. not felt necessary the day before because they thought they'd won so the issue of opponent behavior problems was moot.

What steps would you take now?
June 21
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Would this help?

the 2014-15 CoC states:
Three team round robins are two sessions of 32 boards, with one survivor. For three team round robins, the scoring is by standard ACBL quotient.

starting with the 2015-16 CoC the language has changed:
The District 22 GNT Finals are knockout team events scored by IMPs (and converted to VP’s when a team plays in a round robin.)

The seven team format was changed from 2 head to heads and one ring (RR) coming down to three to
A seven table RR using the AWL movement.

I don't think it is the role of outsiders to tell D22 that they don't know what they are doing. A conscious decision was made to NOT score the final day RR as a KO.

It's a pretty universal opinion, that present or not, the 2018-2019 GNT CoC were not clearly available online or at the playing site. It may be that the CoC were not updated. But the language that had been in place since the fall of 2015 hadn't changed.
June 21
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