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I would have opened 1.
May 22
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Tomasz - see Greg's comment above.

While I am surely not as well informed as a number of others, transporting VuGraph operators from Poland likely would be prohibitively expensive.

I believe that next year USAII trials will be held outside of Chicago. Fortunate that there are a number of quite expert operators in that location. (And a much shorter commute than from Poland!)
May 21
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Tomasz, sure you will do the fundraising so the USBF can bring 'em over - correct? :D
May 21
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I've always been a believer of getting in early rather than guessing whether to balance later. So - if I double now, got it “off my chest” and can leave the rest to pard.
May 21
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Partner may have made a light takeout double as it is. If it goes P P to him - he's done.

And responder may have a light 1NT.

So there you are, with your heavy penalty double that WON'T occur because some of you are waiting for the 2nd double from partner that ain't happening… And yes, while “worse things have happened” if other opponents collect 500 or 800 while you're getting 150 or 300 …. It may not be the prettiest matchpoint result ever.
May 21
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Thanks to ALL who undertake the challenging role of operator - and, of course, to Jan.

After years of watching this tiny dynamo perform heroic tasks throughout the bridge world and beyond …. I can only imagine that her middle name is actually SUPERWOMAN! (If it's NOT - it oughta be!!!)
May 21
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Georgie - if it is any consolation to you, I find it EXTREMELY difficult to do! I've never done a full session; only fill in. (And in my defense, I've actually never had any training nor instruction.)

That being said, I found myself facing similar difficulties to what you experienced. Plus, too much of the time, I'd suddenly realize I'd become engrossed in the hand - and thus had slacked off on the Vu-graph job!

BIG thanks to you and others who have done it and done it well! Too tough for me!
May 20
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“Even when we're not on the same page we don't discuss it then. It isn't going to come up again that session…”

AU CONTRAIRE, Michael! Many moons ago, I'm playing in a Swiss with Gary Cohler. I'm declaring a suit contract and take a finesse to make it. The finesse wins - but - Gary points out to me that I could have guaranteed the contract with a high cross ruff.

So - the VERY NEXT HAND - guess what happens? I'm in a suit contract and I make it with a high cross ruff! Certain that Gary views his wise counsel to me as one of the highlights of his bridge career :)
May 15
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Max - your entire team was awesome. Truly, to have your match be as close as it was throughout almost all of the two days of play was quite impressive.

While we all like to win, you and your teammates should be quite proud of how you acquitted yourselves in your match.

As for the errors? Truly, the best of the best can be guilty of pretty awful ones, too. Yes, they make far fewer than mere mortals - but - everyone succumbs. (They just do it far less than the rest of us!)

Anyway - I sure was dazzled by Team Schierson, big time!
May 15
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I was pretty sure it was not proper to do so. They looked a bit shocked and taken aback at my request - but - did stop explaining unless we asked.
May 13
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Many years ago I played against a top pair playing canape. We did not request that they stop alerting - but - we did request that they not automatically give explanations after every alert! (Which they WERE doing.)

A big highlight to beat them - badly - in a major team event.

Seems bizarre to me that you are NOT able to request that a pair not alert, if you wish it.
May 13
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Ray, I chose “other” because although I think that there should be alerts above 3NT, I didn't care for the “there is no good reason” intro.

There are some good reasons for not allowing alerts above this bid. Yet, I think that the reasons FOR having alerts overrides the good that would be done by not having them.

You are between a rock and a hard place as opponents who have anything other than a fairly simple system have a complex auction. Is a bid a cue bid, key card, showing something else very exotic, etc., etc? If you ask about the bid when nothing is alerted, you may indeed be giving your partner UI - not to mention that the opponents may gather data from the question. (Unless, of course, you ask about every bid above 3NT, which I find awful for many reasons.)

If the bids are alerted, then the “defending side” at least has a reasonable chance of finding out information that they otherwise might not have a clue about during the auction. After the auction has concluded is too late.

I'm with Cornelia on this topic. Having electronic devices would make much of this conversation moot.
May 13
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Well; most of the time, that is, Gary ;)
May 12
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IMHO, we do not have enough facts from the OP to know exactly what occurred. Did West's partner alert prior to East saying “that isn't what I wanted to bid”? or did West say it without any other comments? Did West say this immediately - or - did some time pass?

Personally, it seems to me that this matters. Which is why Mr. All Those Masterpoints should have simply said “Let's get a director.”

Not calling the director usually makes a situation that could be anywhere from easy to not too tough to adjudicate IF the director had been there right away lots more difficult.

Dunno why more people aren't willing to get the director to come on over like I usually am!
May 12
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Actually, a few years ago we did have our GNT at the end of our regional in Minneapolis.

It was awful.

We did get a few more tables in superflight. But - as it was at the end of our tournament and some of us play 3 sessions a day 4 handed, some of us (ME?!?) were exhausted and did not play as well as usual. Plus, we had a rather weird movement where we were playing more round robin than KO - which I personally also am not crazy about.

I think I had company in not being enamored of this - so - unlikely it would be repeated.

In addition to distance, however, we have the problem that there simply aren't that many players who are over 6,000 masterpoints that are still young enough and interested enough to play in the event. I imagine it may be tough for people in more dense areas and areas that are far more populated than ours is. But - only so much you can do to attract people to GNT if there is only modest (at best) interest for most - no matter what.
May 12
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20 lashes with a wet noodle. When South said, “you cannot change it” - someone SHOULD have said “Let's get a director.” And then, the director would come and let everyone know what is appropriate and lawful.

How tough is this?
May 12
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In our District, it's a leetle different. Two of the sites that are not hugely infrequent are Minneapolis and Omaha. 377 miles apart from one another.

Oh; you live in Duluth? 529 miles.

For 3 of our 4 flights, the event is two days. Tough to get teams who think they may not be competitive to go this far for “fun”.

As mentioned previously, I play frequently online and am comfortable with it. Others, however, have not played at all or very infrequently, so this is not an appealing option for them.

(Please don't argue with me that we should do online play. I might agree with you that others should try it and then we should do it but for now, I am guessing if we scheduled this we'd have fewer teams yet than we do now.)
May 12
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I adopted UDCA about 25 years ago. Had no difficulty the first time I used it and have felt that it is significantly superior to standard. I understand some who have played a long time do not care for it; like other aspects of bridge, if they don't like it they shouldn't use it.

That being said, I find playing UD attitude and standard count unplayable. Vastly easier for me to do UDCA OR standard - but not combine the two.

And yes, comments about some holdings not being good for UDCA are correct. Pretty much the way almost all leads and bids are; even the ones you prefer don't work the best in all situations.
May 11
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Perhaps if you'd given people a number of choices, some might have responded.

I can think of hundreds of small changes that would cause me to bid 2 rather than 2. Hard for people to choose one specifically that would be “compelling”…. At least, it was something to which I did not give a lot of thought - and - guess I had company!
May 9
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