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The hand Dave is talking about was 4 by Bitterman in the fourth segment. On a heart lead at the other table 4 was unbeatable, but against Bitterman the defense could have beaten him, but he found a way to misdirect them.

The hand Phil brought up was from the fifth segment, where Dave made 5 by dropping stiff K offside and then maneuvering to neutralize RHO's trump holding.
May 20
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Never caught her name.
May 19
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BWS 2017 went into effect in January, 2017. There were announcements about it in the magazine, and where applicable, problems have up-to-date footnotes.
May 16
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I was sloppy with the third clone, I forgot to ask her to wear the BW hoodie the first two did.
May 12
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No one is claiming that England cheers when the Netherlands wins a world championship, but rather that the statement that “Europe has been dominant in recent world championships” should be conditioned on the fact that there are more European teams in these events than American teams.

Also, the defining “recent world championships” to “since 2011” seems awfully arbitrary. If you extend “recent” to 2010 you would note that the 2010 final was all-American, with another (mostly) American team also making the semifinals. If you defined “recent” as “since 2000,” you would see American victories in 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2009, even discounting the 1999-but-played-in-2000 Bermuda Bowl, which the US also own.

Further, it is important to note that twice since 2011 American teams have lost semifinal matches heavily (in 2013) and narrowly (in 2014) to teams with cheating pairs.

None of this is to diminish the tremendous accomplishments of (clean) European teams, and of course those teams have been victimized by cheating too (I know David lost a world championship final to a cheating team), but I think the whole story is much more nuanced than it was presented above.
May 12
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I completely agree that you get more for your money at a USBC than an NABC, and that (often) the costs are roughly equivalent. That doesn't mean it's not expensive, though. NABCs are expensive too, but I think they're well worth it. If you're considering playing in a USBC in addition to the NABCs you play, cost might be a factor.

Edit: Forgot to mention, the costs aren't the same for juniors, who get discounted rates at NABCs. If I was playing on a 4-handed team, for instance (I agree, more players is better, but not always possible), I would be paying $75/day at a USBC rather than $30/day at an NABC. Additionally, breakfast in the hospitality suite, while an amazing service, can be a bit of a red herring when it comes to comparing the costs of a USBC and an NABC. Since NABCs have an afternoon-evening schedule while USBCs have morning-afternoon, I find myself eating two meals a day at an NABC and three at a USBC.

A couple of years ago I considered playing in the USBC with friends (it didn't wind up panning out), but at that point I wouldn't have been able to afford the entry fees.

It really is a great event, and it's nice to be grouped together with Jan, Lisa, and Martha, but I wasn't a volunteer, except for occasionally carrying something to or from a car.
May 12
Oren Kriegel edited this comment May 12
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I got one request to interview more women, before I had interviewed any women. That was largely a product of the Women's USBC not having any meaningful results yet. I interviewed Sylvia Shi that day (not because of the complaint, it was always the plan).

There was no algorithm to decide who I interviewed. It was a combination of who I wanted to interview, who I thought would be interesting interviews, and who was willing to be interviewed (I had more than one player decline). There was also the issue of timeliness: I wanted to get some interviews in before teams either lost or won, plus it's good to interview players when their team is doing well/winning, rather than bugging them after they lose. The interviews with Brad and Kran were a bit unusual in that regard.

It was always the intention to interview some women, but there was no quota. After the last interview posts (a particularly long one), there will be roughly equal time spent interviewing men and women, not by design, but because that's how it turned out.
May 11
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It's certainly an ethical bidding problem too. If you're unethical, you might bid and come up with some excuse for it. If you're ethical, you would pass even if you thought bidding would be successful.
May 9
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Let's see, I have shown Hxxxx, the A (or a void), my diamond singleton, and my club feature. I assume that AK would still be considered “first round control” so I could have extras on this auction but I have a bare minimum, and partner has signed off. Pass is clear.
May 9
Oren Kriegel edited this comment May 9
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-800 but you have 100 honors.
May 9
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Board 15 in the Closed Room of the Women's match is pretty interesting. Or at least exciting.
May 9
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Operators don't have that much say about which matches are broadcast (I've been switched from a match I enjoyed operating to one I didn't this week), although they do often get to choose which matches to operate for, among the matches that are being broadcast.
May 9
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Agreed. I have no interest making others' points for them, and I don't agree that “only the best” should be shown. If Diamond vs. some good team is a blowout at halftime, Jan will put some other match on if it's closer but the teams aren't as good. That's not necessarily the case in a USBC, but it is in a Spinderbilt where there are more matches than operators in the rounds of 32 and 16.

Above, I sketched out my personal calculus for what matches I want to see on Vugraph, and I stand by that.
May 9
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I don't care how good they are. If someone beats Nickell and I don't know who they are, I want to see them on Vugraph. Ditto for Diamond. If two C teams upset those teams in long matches and I had to sit through flight C bridge on Vugraph for 120 boards, at least I'd know that those upsets were some sort of cosmic joke and not because their opponents were good unknown players.
May 9
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Nope, I was on the Diamond match. I would definitely have owned up if it was me.
May 8
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A piece of data in the “who watches” category:

In segment 7 out of 8 in the Women's final, one of the Vugraph operators accidentally logged in as invisible, so that table didn't show up on BBO. Jan Martel didn't hear about the fact that there was only half of the Women's final on BBO until that table was on the last board of the segment.
May 8
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Me personally? I don't know. Diamond is a team I always watch, but 120 is a lot of imps and the other match is the end of a final. I would certainly prefer to see Diamond than the Women's playoff.
May 8
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Speaking for myself, I usually keep tabs on all the tables on Vugraph, through a combination of having multiple windows open and going back and forth between tables.

I do focus on one main table, based on who I want to kibitz, how close the matches are, how important the restuls are to me, and how good the bridge is. Based on those factors, it would be unlikely for me to choose to focus on the Women's final yesterday rather than one of the open QF matches.

Although toward the end of the day, I might have, as all the Open matches were blowouts, while the Women's final was close, but I would not have preferred to see the Women's final over any of the Open matches at the start of any segment.
May 8
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Getting the scores is a result of players' being late reporting them, not the tournament organizers failure to post them. The round-robin scores don't come in until the end because the final two matches are sequestered (no comparison until after the last match).
May 8
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Spoke with the woman upstairs (well, downstairs actually). There are enough operators to show the Women's final this afternoon (segments 7 and 8).
May 8
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