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Personally, I put my faith in processes, not individuals.

I think that its foolish to put much faith into an institution because I like / dislike the individuals who are running thing. Rather, I am going to judge the system by the processes that it creates.

Moreover, I consider any process who success depends on having the “right” people running things to be highly problematic.

As a practical example, on a personal level I have enormous respect for Edgar Kaplan; however, I think that the legal structures that he devised were an abject failure because they could not survive his departure.
Feb. 17
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Mathe is one of the worst imaginable defenses:

1. The double significantly increases the bidding space that the opponents have available.
You've also provides two cue bids, and a forcing pass

2. 1N at least has the benefit of eating some bidding space, but here once again, you are providing multiple cue bids and advanced can both double directly and pass then double.

YES, the convention is simple, however, so is bidding an immediate 7NT…
Feb. 14
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Seems elegant and well considered
Feb. 12
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The following is probably a degenerate case however, its hard to imagine that a direct seat double of a 7NT opening could ever be construed as anything other than penalty.
Feb. 11
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I'll echo an earlier comment. Point them at https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/best-defense-against-big-club/

or, better yet, teach them to use google.
Feb. 11
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> I checked with ACBL and they said those booklets
> did, in fact, exist

You are, of course, aware that the good folks at Horn Lake often get things very very wrong…
Feb. 11
Richard Willey edited this comment Feb. 11
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Arguably, one key element of bridge is evaluating when its worth while to adopt a conventional defense and when its better just to play something natural.

Encouraging players to lean on crutches really isn't going to do them much good improving their game.
Feb. 11
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While I am familiar with the various sordid attempts that the ACBL made to create a defensive database, I don't think that it ever included defenses to either a strong club opening or a Precision style 1 opening.

I suspect that you might be confusing some pamphlets that a private individual published and sold with an official effort by the ACBL.
Feb. 11
Richard Willey edited this comment Feb. 11
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“a bridge across the river”
synonyms: viaduct, aqueduct, flyover, overpass; way over
“a bridge over the river”
something that is intended to reconcile or form a connection between two things.
“a committee that was formed to create a bridge between rival parties”
synonyms: link, connection, means of uniting; More
short for land bridge.
2.
the elevated, enclosed platform on a ship from which the captain and officers direct operations.
3.
the upper bony part of a person's nose.
“he pushed his spectacles further up the bridge of his nose”
the central part of a pair of glasses, fitting over the bridge of the nose.
“these sunglasses have a special nose bridge for comfort”
4.
a partial denture supported by natural teeth on either side.
5.
MUSIC
the part of a string instrument over which the strings are stretched.
6.
MUSIC
a bridge passage or middle eight.
7.
the support formed by the hand for the forward part of a billiard cue.
a long stick with a frame at the end that is used to support a cue for a shot that is otherwise hard to reach.
8.
an electric circuit with two branches across which a detector or load is connected, used to measure resistance or other property by equalizing the potential across the two ends of a detector, or to rectify an alternating voltage or current.
Feb. 11
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Didn't the WBF permanently put a stake in DWS a little while ago?
Feb. 11
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Two related questions:

1. What were / are you doing that caused the ACBL to threaten to withdraw your sanction?

2. What role is there for a national organization like the ACBL in a world dominated by “social” bridge clubs?
Feb. 9
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> I am, however, primarily looking for a consensus meaning of
> ‘convention’ that does not conflict with the definition and use
> of ‘artificial’ in the Laws.

In all seriousness, what does this matter?

Once upon a time, before the Laws permitted organization to regulate natural bidding, these sorts of distinctions had some bearing on the game. (Arguably, this was all moot once the Endicott dodge became acceptable)

These days, these definitions don't actually matter. What is VERY important is whether or not the local regulatory bodies have created rules that are logically consistent and easy to understand. And none of this actually depends on whether there is consensus about what is / isn't conventional or natural.
Feb. 8
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If we actually cared about this, we'd also pay attention to silly little issues such as the likelihood that the particular format is able to identify the the best pair…
Feb. 8
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And, of course, by this same definition, a disciplined weak two bid which denies a side four card major or an outside void is also a convention as is a "Bailey style weak two bid which promises three cards in the unbid major.
Feb. 8
Richard Willey edited this comment Feb. 8
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> $125 every 4 boards

Can't help but believe that the ACBL is overpaying
Feb. 7
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> why are the same ones used for both events at the same time?

Because it costs money to have someone analyze the board results I presume
Feb. 6
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> Hasn’t it been standard practice to use different
> deal sources for different events?

As its name suggests, the entire point of the Common Game is to have an enormous number of clubs playing the same hands.

The event organizers are consciously sacrificing security to achieve this end
Feb. 6
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My impression is that the “special hands” that the Common Game uses are rendered “special” by the fact that they have analysis of various hands, NOT the way in which said hands were generated.
Feb. 6
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Here the thing:

I look at the opponent's convention card at the start of each round. it actually contains useful information. Adding more is superfluous.

I also write up a convention card that the opponents can look at at the start of each round because our disclosure system uses convention cards to provide this type if information.

Layering on addition cruft should be unnecessary.

If there is a problem with the existing system - if for example people aren't filling the cards out - then bring people into conformity with the established standard…
Feb. 6
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Years ad years back when I was living in Cincinatti I was actually playing Ron Klinger's Power System in a local club.

I don't think that we had ANY bidding sequences that weren't alertable.
Nary a one…

(And when I say weren't alertable, I mean that they were legitimately alertable. Weird system)
Feb. 6
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