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Hi, I'm also looking for a partner for this event. I'll send a PM with details
May 22, 2017
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Precision is my preferred system. I would gladly open 1C on hands short of 16 HCP that I thought were worth that much, except for the fact that it's necessarily some distributional hand with 13 HCP or so, thus the opponents have something and will feel that they got bullied out of it, thus the director will get called, and I'm likely to lose this director call. There's a fairly well established standard for what is an acceptable standard 2C bid that doesn't have 22 HCP, but not so for 1C. Also in ACBL land the director is very likely to be biased against Precision and not properly consider the merits of the hand. I'd rather not give the opponents what amounts to a double shot for free.
March 6, 2016
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I think this is a no-brainer for those of us who play bridge to improve our games, compete, and win (probably most people on this website). The power ratings on the Colorado springs website are a great start but it needs to be expanded and made standard. If you were concerned that people would stop playing to maintain their rating, then you could add a time decay component to it. However it won't ever be made standard because the silent majority of ACBL's customers would be driven off by this approach. They don't play the game for the same reason we do, they play because it's part of their routine, to spend time with friends, or for fun, and they don't like it when someone actually tries to compete.
April 12, 2015
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I played this system with a regular partner. What you're required to prealert are the extremely light 1-level overcalls (4-14, could be a bad 4 card suit), and you must alert when such an overcall is made i.e. (1D)-1S is alertable. I think all of the other bids alertable, except for the touching-suit cue bids and two level non-jump overcalls.
Sept. 25, 2014
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I've had this discussion before with you, Zack, and some others. I believe Flader is firmly in the wrong here. In the definition of a balanced hand, the GCC has an “out” for the director's discretion, i.e. the word “generally”, but it does then after that immediately defines balanced as any hand with no singleton, void, and no more than 2 doubletons. There is no ambiguity in the definition. 6-3-2-2 is a balanced hand under this definition, therefore opening it 1NT is entirely natural and you can do whatever you want.

In addition, if the ACBL wanted to remove 6-3-2-2 hands from being balanced, all it would have to do is to change “no more than two doubletons” to “no more than one doubleton” in the definition. The mechanics and logistics of such a change would be trivial, but it has never been done, which means that clearly the ACBL is willing to allow 6-3-2-2 hands to be considered balanced. A judge is there to apply the law, not make up his own, and the letter of the law is pretty clear. Flader should not be able to change the definition just because he feels like it; if he wants to alter the wording of the GCC (in this case using the “generally” clause) he should have to appeal to the tournament chair and the other directors and get everyone to agree that in (blank) tournament, 6-3-2-2 shall not be considered balanced.

Edit: I made a mistake, as pointed out below, changing “two doubletons” to “one doubleton” also excludes (5422) hands, but the ACBL could just as easily exclude just (6322) hands by adding a “no six card suit” clause, which would be just as trivial to do. I feel my point remains, that the ACBL can easily set the definition of balanced to whatever it wishes just by changing a few words around, and it has stuck with “no singletons, voids, and no more than two doubletons.” Mike Flader should not be able to unilaterally overturn this.
April 24, 2014
Yan Zhang edited this comment April 25, 2014
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Basically you've imported the weakness of Polish club (multi-way and “could be short” 1C opening) without importing its strengths (club hands in 1C are stronger, other openings are limited).
March 13, 2014
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If you're going to play this, why don't you just play Polish Club?
March 12, 2014
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Wait, the Precision “nebulous 1” is a conventional bid now? Or is that because this variant only promises 0? I thought that if it promised 2 as usual it would not fall under conventional.
Aug. 30, 2013
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I don't think that's alertable (which is one reason why that treatment can be sneakily effective.)
Aug. 15, 2013
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I wouldn't trust the seafood prepared there to not give you dysentery.
July 29, 2013
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I went there on vacation 3 years ago. I definitely agree with your assessment that the place is not especially well developed. However, the beaches are great and there's plenty of cheap, good tropical fruit; I think the luggage carousel for my flight from Sanya back to Beijing was almost entirely full of boxes of fresh fruit. There are also many Western hotels, a bunch of them are in a somewhat secluded resort community (Yalong Bay) a short distance away from the city, I'd imagine the tournament will probably be held there. I don't think anyone would be upset over staying there, since it was developed basically with foreign tourists, business executives, and government officials in mind and is away from the (fairly poorly developed) city. There was (is?) also a ton of real estate development going on in Sanya, maybe this has improved the situation.
July 27, 2013
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