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Richard Willey – I recently had a demo of the game Hool at the nationals. It does (IMO) a good job of introducing people to the idea of telling about their hand in order to determine the level and strain. It does this by having two rounds of ‘sharing’, where each player shares one thing about his hand, such as longest suit, shape, points. After two rounds you have the auction to place the contract (if I recall correctly, the auction is a simultaneous reveal, one round only, with some provision for defining a tie and allowing it to be broken).

I find the concept interesting, although I've not seen it in action with non-bridge players. Perhaps it would be useful to you (and others). www.hool.org

(I have no financial interest in hool)
Dec. 26, 2019
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D16 has pre-registration for the Superflight and Flight A. From the D16 Conditions of Contest: “We would appreciate flight ‘A’ and ‘Super flight’ teams planning to play at the district
finals to let the GNT Coordinator know at least one week in advance: (email address). If you do not let the Coordinator know, please be registered at the playing site a half hour ahead of the starting time.”

So not the strictest pre-registration, and only for those two flights.
Dec. 25, 2019
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Not up for me at 10:30 Pacific. Oh well.
Dec. 15, 2019
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I was in that game as well, I believe – The second Friday open pairs, right? It was quite a ruckus. Thankfully, it did not distract my partner or me. :)
Dec. 11, 2019
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@Bill Cubley – Nordstrom's is a great idea. Just don't ask them for the chocolate chip cookie recipe. :)
Nov. 27, 2019
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Hello, Liz. I'm looking for a partner for the last weekend. Mixed teams would be great if we can find another pair.

I was captain of the winning Grand National Teams this year, and have a power rating somewhat over 60.5, if that matters to you.

I'm genuinely fun to play with, believe my partner is doing his or her best, and know that criticism at the table never helps with the hand in front of us.
Nov. 19, 2019
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I'm very interested. Please send me a text 832.228.7835 with a good time to call Wednesday or Thursday evening.
Nov. 19, 2019
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One kibitzer watching me play would be enough to establish a “double dummy” situation.

Maybe even no kibitzers.
Oct. 29, 2019
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Why, thank you, Nancy! Sorry we won't get a chance to play there.
Oct. 25, 2019
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I don't know necessarily about class of players or how common it was … but I seem to recall that the American style of cuebids was 1st-round controls first, then 2nd-round controls. Doing that, one needed a keycard ask much less often – and I was personally proud of successful slams we reached without a Blackwood bid.
Oct. 15, 2019
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> your real opponents are … those who play the same board at other tables

Sure. But what a lot of work to try to factor in which pairs are playing IMP strategy vs. MP strategy when you're playing a board, to try to optimize for the fact that you chose MP (or IMP). Is it even possible? (“We're playing IMPs, but I see Itabashi at table 3, he's going to be playing matchpoints; which pair is he going to be playing this board against? Are they going to be playing MP or IMPs? So how will the defense go? Oh, wait, it's a web movement and … ”)

And in the end, you have to do your best against the people sitting at your table. Don't you think it would be useful to know if they are trying to optimize their score for matchpoints vs. IMPs? Their bidding, play of the hand, and defense might be significantly different, affecting your bidding, defense, and play of the hand substantially (“These guys are playing for IMPs, so they'll probably have a more aggressive defense against my 3NT than the matchpoint pairs will on this board. Since we're playing matchpoints, I might be able to get an ”impossible“ overtrick if I can make it look like my Achilles' heel is in diamonds … ”)

If I'm playing matchpoints, I can risk my field contract on a likely overtrick. If I'm playing IMPs, I can take the safety play. But what's the right answer when half the field is MP and half IMP?
Oct. 10, 2019
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Ping Hu: “Could we set up a pair game and let players choose what scoring method they want to be scored?”

That might be interesting; but it might be a nightmare, too. You'd have to know which scoring your opponents had selected before you started playing, to best understand which way their bidding was optimized (if they knew enough to really optimize for one or the other).

What's the best matchpoint strategy against a pair that bid to an IMP game?
Oct. 10, 2019
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I wonder if an IMP pair game could be held with scores normalized on, say, a 25 point per board basis.

Figure the IMPs, and then map them to a 0 - 25 point spread, and that number is your result on the board. Would that be interesting to anyone?
Oct. 9, 2019
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Perhaps there is some way to designate your N robot as the player to sit in?
Oct. 6, 2019
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BotHell – that is so much what I feel playing some tournaments on BBO!
Sept. 16, 2019
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Don't forget to cover that a strong 2 opener in a minor suit – particularly diamonds – needs to be stronger than a major-suit oriented 2 opener
Sept. 14, 2019
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> It is also a good idea to put all positives without a 4 card suit
> through 2D and use 2NT as a positive with 5+ hearts.

I have yet to see a positive response without a four-card suit. Do they come up often for you?
Sept. 11, 2019
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It's amazing how often you can take 12 tricks when you have 14 cards!
Sept. 11, 2019
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Perhaps the Truly Grand National Teams (i.e., the single flight, all KO event Art Korth describes) could also include a prohibition against any participant being compensated in any way for his or her participation, other than the ACBL or District stipend for winners?
July 1, 2019
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It was said in the original thread on this topic that it was indeed because too many expressed displeasure at playing two full days to get only match awards – as would happen by ACBL rules unless at least half the teams were eliminated on day one.

It is what it is.
July 1, 2019
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