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As the bulletin editor for the Gopher Regional I am quite mindful of the costs of publishing a printed bulletin. People like to see their name in print. They like pictures, particularly the GR winners. I try to present hands every day, not too often from the tournament unless there is a truly notorious one that everyone is chatting about.

Over the course of the year I take screenshots of great hands with items of interest on bids, plays, defenses, sometimes featuring conventions that advancing players might get a lesson from. Our bulletin offers instructive teaching points, links daily to articles relating to those points.

When there is copy that would extend the size of the issue, a second pdf, with extended articles, interviews, handouts from I/N mini-lessons etc. can go to our blog and the online bulletin while the smaller file, fitting within the confines of predetermined issue size goes to the printer. http://100.26.88.51//FastResults/D14/DailyBulletins/DBD14190502020190525.pdf

You can have the best of both worlds. More hands online without blowing the print budget. Extra copy appended to an online issue that gets emailed to participants.
We've been able to shrink the print run size when folks get their daily bulletins in their email.


The fact remains that WBF events with larger entry fees and more columnists can do reportage that is beyond the NABC bulletin capability. Who, at the NABC bulletin office has the time to edit a bunch of hands if they WERE submitted. And where would they go in the limited space?

I'd tear my hair out if I had to leave daily holes in my templates for hand submissions from players. I like to play during the tournament. Who doesn't?

I also edit a weekly bulletin for a local club. I beg for copy and hands from the players. Endlessly.
July 29, 2019
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There were 4 sections in your event Mike and 14 pairs who sat N/S both sessions. There was a section with no fewer than six NSs who were stationary.

You may have been hampered by the lack of interest on the part of other seeded EW pairs to accept a double EW. Would it be fair to put two #3 seeds into the same section such that your section in the second session had no top seed?
July 28, 2019
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i can watch as many tables as I choose. using bbo web and shrinking windows on a larger monitor.

in this quarter the quality of play markedly deteriorated after it took an hour at his table to finish 3 boards.

As much a ‘homer’ as I am for teams with all U.S. players you almost think about not rooting for the boys.

The Zimmerman quarter ended while Joel's table was still on bd 8 I think.
July 27, 2019
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Does Joel know that bridge is a timed event?

Ruins the vugraph experience and must be maddening for his opps as well.
July 27, 2019
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Partner had the opportunity to pass instead of bidding diamonds
Or double before bidding diamonds
Then sitting for the double would be automatic.
When it is clear that the unusual NT likely has only shape (LHO opened and RHO took a free call over 2N) the 3 call, imo, suggests a sacrifice.
A jump to 4 followed by a double could be a trap laid by partner forcing the opponents into the last guess and pulling would be simply wrong.
imo, 3 is the only call encouraging a sacrifice.
July 27, 2019
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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, 2019
Mike Cassel edited this comment July 27, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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Does that make you Grand, Steve?
congrats
July 24, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
Mike Cassel edited this comment July 24, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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There aren't enough spades left in the deck for 4N to be an offer to play.
July 21, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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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, 2019
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