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Yes, our youngest went to Chico and we spent many long weekends in Tahoe City. One of my best friends lives in Carson, so i've spent some time there too.

If you can get aware from some of the urban core, I agree it's a nice place.
June 8
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Well, based on the popularity of the venue, clearly my viewpoint is out of touch.

FWIW, I have attended the last three Reno's.
June 8
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Dawn, please add the option of:

C. Some combination of the above
D. Other

These should not be either-or choices.

I have always supported this idea, although maybe not to an extreme of the same cities over and over.

I believe NABC's follow an A, B and C rotation. Vegas is clearly an A - lots of reasonable hotels*, flights and entertainment, so it gets one every five years. Perhaps on a pilot basis, make Vegas a bi-annual location. B locations are less frequent (8-10?) and C are maybe 12-15 years? Someone can quote the exact numbers I am sure.

Reno gets great numbers too - I cannot fathom why because the area is kind of depressing, especially in March. But people vote with their feet.

San Diego is always top rate (except one stint in the 90's). The volunteers do a tremendous job.

There are still interesting cities that do reasonably well with turnout, and are fun to see once in awhile. Put Phoenix, Denver, Kansas City, etc.. on that list.

The league is in a fragile state. Our new ED is balancing the budget on the players. Maybe it's necessary, but dammit, stop making six and seven figure oopses. So no ‘experimental’ sites or junkets for the BOD please.

Hawaii? Winnipeg? Minneapolis? Birmingham? Norfolk? Fresno? NEVER AGAIN.

* Perhaps not anymore.

edited typo
June 8
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By the way, here's a neat little tool if you want to do research about old websites:

https://archive.org/
June 8
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Mike:

the three team final in 2014 ran under different conditions. On day 1 it was supposed to be 2v5, 3v4, and 1v4v7 RR on day 1. I don't know how it was conducted.

In 2014, I played with Joe Kivel, Chris Larsen and Wafik Abdou. We beat Finn's dad, Peter Rank, John Strauch and Mike Crawford head to head.

I do not remember what the format was on Saturday - maybe six teams in two round robins + one survivor.

Oh wait, there's that term again. And it was scored in IMPS.
June 8
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Perhaps the forum needs to be broader and include governance issues?

Case in point - the league is considering reducing the current structure of 25 directors and 125 (I think) governors to 9 on the BOD and a senate of 50.
June 8
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Jim, when I won the three-way (er, Round Robin) with Anant in 2016, you could have scored the event in VPs, IMPs, or Jelly Beans and we would have won. It was not particularly close. I do not know what happened between the 2nd and 3rd place team, but, hey, it didn't matter because it was scored in IMPs.

The first year I made the final was in 2010 (I think). I can't verify this on wayback machine (it doesn't go that far back) or maybe there was a different URL. That was also a three-way match - and I am pretty sure Jim Munday (who was still in D22) played with Finn's dad with Marshall Miles and Steve Goldstein. John K's team I believe was 2nd.

2010 also wasn't close - we got our clocks cleaned.
June 8
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Mike- I played in the event frequently from 2010 to 2017 and posted links to C of C's in years past on the other thread. Have at em.

I am out of breath from telling people that the event was scored in IMPs previously.
June 7
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Since I am being credited with a Warren Zevon lyric, I feel like I need to chime in.

Ron's a friend too. This does not make it any easier.

The entire email focused on the score. Lowering the result from 25 to 17 made no difference to the outcome, but everyone already knew this, so it's absolutely irrelevant to the discussion.

It made zero mention about the fact that the CofC for the past several years said the same thing yet the event was score in IMPs. So what was going on in those other years when the event was scored in IMPs instead of VPs? I will have Ray Yuenger draft me up an enforceable affidavit where I will attest to this fact.

None of this matters. The decision has been made.

It makes me sad.

Finn, I am rooting for you guys next year. I hope you play.
June 7
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You mean if RHO has a mitt like:

AKQ
AKQJxx
AQ
Kx?

If my RHO bid like that, I would tip my cap and pay off, as well as file it away for future use.
June 7
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Yes Rick, the only admiration I have for 2 is that its not a pass. 1N is a better call on many levels.
June 7
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I sort of admire but not agree with 2. If this hand passed after a tank and then partner fished out a pass you would need to call the San Juan Capistrano first responders.
June 7
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They are similar because a defender is hoping that they can catch an unaware declarer off guard.

Amir's example is potentially illegal.

My example involves a defender making a legal play.
June 7
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This matches my feelings. Paying attention is part of the game and we should not let an inattentive declarer profit off a lapse. Nor should we let a defender engaging in sharp practice profit.

A cousin of this situation is:

KJ987

A543

where we need five tricks. The Ace reveals 4-0 on our left. We breathe a sigh of relief and hook the 8. Playing quickly, we re-enter our hand and LHO plays a QUICK Queen.

Did we already call the Jack? If yes, then tough.
June 7
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Or perhaps the announcement to the ‘room’ was directed to the B flight which had five teams and was scored in VPs.
June 6
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Watching a grudge match, I mean rematch on Vugraph would be totally epic.
June 5
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Clearly RHO is banking on running spades. LHO does not have a trick source - they would have bid 7 themselves.

We have more information than some tables about the spade suit. Id feel queasy about doubling if RHO just bid and rebid spades.

Also, the MP odds are irresistible. 7N making is probably a 10% boatd but +200 or 500 versus +100 or 200 is a much greater swing.

Easy x.
June 5
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I dont think its feasible to allow two D22 entrants.

“Hi, our district final was a mess and we'd like both winners to attend in Las Vegas”

“Uh huh”
June 5
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Maybe he answered more questions yesterday?
June 4
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Now I'm stranded in Honduras
I'm a desperate man
Send lawyers, guns and money
The shit has hit the fan
June 4
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