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David,
You have valid points.
Being an eternal optimist, I will plod along in hopes that the ACBL will some day get these issues right.
I will note that as a vugraph operator I have seen many expert players become irritated about the ‘glacial’ bidding and play.
The next posting (6) on this match brings the issue of a prolonged pause into focus, but again leaving us wanting for real resolution.
It is difficult to judge those who make a living at this game nor those that employ them as I am involved somewhat even if to a much lesser degree.
It has always been a part of the game, just not as widely known. Our events on the other hand may well be better competitively because of the patrons' support.
The difficulty is that not all professionals are cut from the cloth that permits them to deal with the weight and pressure of high level competition and find themselves ‘frozen’ at times in bidding and play.
Generally, I have noticed a tolerance by most players with this pace of the game, but if that is going to be the norm then why have clocks and segment times at all.
Let's just say we play 64, no wait, now 60 boards per match until completed and not have the events timed at all.(and why do we now play 60 rather than 64 boards?)

Phillip
Aug. 7
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KB, as previously stated, West is unlikely to hold three Hearts considering the lack of acceptance of the transfer.
Therefore the only Heart holding that allows declarer to use the Heart suit is A10.
North has ample information to play his partner for 3 Hearts and to give him the 10 is a 60% shot. He simply pitches the Q or J of Hearts on the third spade.
Aug. 7
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David thank you for your comments.
I feel the responsibility is shared by all, the players, directors, administrators and rules/laws committee.
I am just not sure how to deal with it.
I have heard that in some European tournaments clocks are used, but not having played abroad I do not know of this first hand.
I am not sure how I would react if I ever found myself this deep into a major event. For many at this stage, substantial financial rewards are at stake not to mention the major title one is vying for.
Aug. 7
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Actually not Alan, N leads the spade 10 ducked around and continues with their low spade won by the A and on a third spade unblocks a heart honor knowing that declarer is unlikely to hold 3 hearts based on the auction.
Aug. 7
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Thank you Kevin for the clarifications.
Additonally, thank you and the other Directors for your combined efforts, the event ran very smoothly.
My recollections agree with your conveyances, however the issue posed is why rulings aren't made within the timeframe of the period within which the ruling applies i.e. the third segment. Many participants may base their actions on the ‘current’ known score. A final ruling before the beginning of the next segment would appear to be a good goal.
As far as the ‘clock’, bridge competition may be the only ‘sport’ that allows participants to continue play after the buzzer sounds and during the intermissions.
Aug. 6
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Bd 1, neither vul, Imp score 0-0, Opp.'s all national or world class
Aug. 6
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Frances from this and your past questions, I am thinking you will enjoy the next posting.
Aug. 6
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Steve, although 3D on 6 is common today, surprisingly, I saw less of it than one might have expected.
Thank you for contribution.
Aug. 6
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Thank you and good point and likely not, perhaps ‘3’ suit squeeze may be more appropriate even though South needs to ‘guard’ three potential winners. As a novice at this, I have already learned a great deal and hope others are doing so as well.
Aug. 5
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All quite interesting and exactly what one could hope for on what I believe to be a very interesting hand, thank all of you
Aug. 5
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True, but the idea of ducking the Spade J is predicated on East having initially held six spades thereby allowing West to ruff the second spade and East preserving the winner over North's presumed Spade 10. Btw, it was unlikley that East held KQ sixth as they would have likely preempted in first seat. Certainly this East, who was Benito Garozzo, would have.
Aug. 5
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thank you, corrected :)
Aug. 4
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Buddy, let me begin by wishing both Sally and you a wonderful Holiday! Thank both of you for putting up with me this past year as a teammate.
As I have deicded to curtail tournament play, I recently donated 4 boxes of a bridge library along with over forty years of bound Bridge World magazines as reference material to that club and I hope that you suggest they all will improve their games by taking advantage of the provided material.
As for the poll, I vote in favor of the ‘hip flask’!
Happy Holidays to all! and Please everyone, support #saynotocheats!
Dec. 23, 2018
Phillip Grothus edited this comment Dec. 23, 2018
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Ralph, I would hope you wouldn't put yourself or for that matter anyone else would put themselves in that position by even sitting down against one or both of them or any of the other miscreants. The cost is far higher than any compensation any would receive and I would hope that any sponsor would agree, IMHO. Far better to withdraw or not attend to preserve the ethics of this grand game!
Oct. 10, 2018
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It is incredulous that Rona, during his press meeting in Orlando, could do nothing more than support the status quo and the innocence declaration by CAS of Fantunes and therefore their potential future participation in WBF events.
He further declared there would be no advance notice given of Fantunes' or anyone elses' future participation, either individually or jointly, in any future events therefore disallowing anyone who might choose to boycott to know in advance and then to not even attempt to represent their countries.
Without the organizational entities, such as the USBF, to decline future participation without assurances about the inclusion of any of these individuals by the credentials committees in any event that may allow these individuals, I see it unlikely that real change is likely.
I wish all who desire not to participate against those who degrade this game, especially those who are making a living playing, to challenge this windmill.
Only a united and coordinated resistance and boycott of any and all tournaments that would potentially allow these miscreants to participate is the only alternative.
That being said, I ask ‘Who is already planning on attempting to qualify and going to China in 2019’? and do you plan on forfeiting if you find yourself seated against one or both of these people?
Oct. 7, 2018
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Hendrik, I cannot agree with you. Rarely is a BOD's primary responsibilites, if ever, involve the hiring of personnel other than the CEO and/or the most senior executives. This is one of the primary issues that continues to plague our organization, that is the involvement of board members in the ‘running’ of the business. They need to hire and then empower a CEO to do the job and hold them accountable and stay out of the day to day operations of the organizatioon.
Aug. 14, 2018
Phillip Grothus edited this comment Aug. 14, 2018
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I largely agree with Jack.

In my professional career, I was responsible for making arrangements for numerous local, regional, and national sales meetings and it seems to me that somewhere along the way the focus on what matters has been lost.

While President of the San Antonio unit back in the 90's , I solicited Memphis to host the nationals and then observed the negotiations and most of what Jack sighted truly could have been approached differently, but as I commnented in a different BOD article, the ‘swamp’ is resistent to change.

I believe the focus for the nationals site selections should be:
1) playing locale and facilities
2) attendee housing costs and options
3) attendee travel costs, accessability and options

I think the Las Vegas nationals are as successful and well attended as they are due to overall attendee cost and needless to say, the other attractions the area offers.

I have heard that the amount spent by players is fairly inelastic so to ‘up’ attendance, we need to take a hard look at giving the attendees the most for their dollar and in locations that appeal to the membership.

Perhaps ‘some’ of the nationals should be on a revolving regular schedule. For example, Las Vegas every other year?

I realize that the volunteer base has a lot to do with how often a unit is willing to host a nationals and perhaps there can be a work around found to help these ‘semi-permanent’ sites. I had recently inquired whether the San Antonio unit was going to seek another nationals and was told that they felt the memeber base was ‘too old’ to provide the volunteers needed and with the average age of attendees in the 70's, it may well be time to find alternative methods of providing volunteers.

I firmly believe the nationals should have little to do with the BOD meetings. I suspect that the costs of seperate meeetings, even if held in person, would be considerably less if held at other times.

In this manner, we focus on attracting a maximum number of participants for the maximum number of days at the nationals.

It's time the BOD understands that spending $400,000 per year of a revenue stream of merely $18 million (that btw has been inflated by increaseed dues and BBO revenue of $500k per annum) is simply wrong.

In today's environment, I suggest the board try two of the three meetings be via interactive webcast. It could be easily accomplished after initial training and could be found to be far more effective and cost efficient.
Maybe then they could find the time to reduce their numbers as well.
Aug. 13, 2018
Phillip Grothus edited this comment Aug. 14, 2018
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Yes, it is true, we have our own swamp and deep state.
I too have been frustrated with this issue for years but to no avail.
At the recent nationals in Philly, I approached every BOD member I played against and strongly encouraged them to again revisit the reduction in their numbers and to allow the CEO to be empowered to run the organiztion and held them accontable as they back away from micro managing the league. In every case(7), my request was met with disdain.
I have consistently broached this subject with our own district representative and the refrain never changed, that is, the board has control over the size (and to my recollection was told it would require 17 of 25 members to vote repeatedly to reduce their numbers) and that one's time could be better spent doing other things.
I even cited numerous profit and not-for-profit organizations in an email to the BOD President and never even recieved a response. They all had no where near the size of our board has and especially one that has revenues of barely $17 million. It's interesting that Apple, with a market cap of over one trillion dollars has a BOD of 8 individuals.
Let's face it, just as in Washington, why would the ‘haves’ want to drain the swamp?
Aug. 5, 2018
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I play it several ways, but I see logic when playing 6-card preempts that the higher you bid the better the suit and therefor the more trick taking value of the hand, i.e. 3H shows good suit, bad hand.
May 25, 2018
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win the spade open, low heart to hand, pass the club 8, East is endplayed for two pitches or the eventual one trick and the club setup for the second pitch with two hearts and a diamond for transportation to dummy. So in sum declarer wins 6 H's, 1 or 2 spades depending on whether East decides to cash SK, one or two diamonds depending on whether East exits a diamond rather than a black suit, and lastly one or two clubs depending again on East's choice of exit.
May 24, 2018
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