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All comments by Barry Dehlin
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DISTRICT 4 SUBSIDIES
The ACBL does not provide subsidies to teams participating in the National GNT Finals, and does not require the Districts to provide subsidies. District 4 will reimburse each team that qualifies for the National GNT Finals for all entry fees as long as each team survives in the event, as well as giving each team $1,000 for the first two days of play and an additional $400 per day of play after the second day of the event.
April 15, 2017
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I was declarer on this hand, so I am only reporting bidding as it happened.
March 26, 2017
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Is East really worth 2N here? No shape except for AK-tight, which guarantees any of partner's club honors are wasted/duplicated. Seems to me that for any pair that opens aggressively (and maybe this partnership doesn't fit that description) that this is a risky GF bid.
Feb. 17, 2017
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Probably not what you mean by a “good” field, but 21% of NS pairs in the Common Game aggregate field had minuses. (Tuesday 2/7 night game, board 13)
Feb. 9, 2017
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Friend of parents taught me the game socially as a teenager, but I had only idle interest. Really enjoyed the bridge club for two years of college, and I count this as my real start even though I didn't obsess like many others have at this age, and I was never an ACBL member. For the next 17 years, I only played crappy bridge on OKB in fits and spurts and never set foot in a club…I'm counting this as a hiatus. Joined (or re-joined, depending on how you figure) the face-to-face bridge world and the ACBL a decade ago, with increasing seriousness since then. I break the mold a bit because I ended my hiatus mid-career, and actually just as we started to have children.
Jan. 22, 2017
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In your favorite set of agreements, just how narrow is the range of the 1 opening hand here? For us, it's anything from just above a non-minimum (rough equivalent of 15hcp playing strength) to just below game-forcing (rough equivalent of 19-20 playing strength since we are aggressive in responding). In other words, not that narrow.
Jan. 12, 2017
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I may or may not agree with this comment depending on whether you are suggesting (a) different behavior for the whole event, or (b) different behavior for this round (against an overmatched C team).

I too played in this event, and we too got blitzed by Art's team. This was in the 1st round and without, to my knowledge, any psyches by Art's partner (I was at the other table). Presumably, Art's partner was at least ready to psyche against us (a B team) if the situation called for it.

Assuming that's true, he needs to take the same approach throughout the event, regardless of opponent.
Sept. 19, 2016
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Isn't the consideration of a running hand moot when he pulls the contract from 4X to 5?
Sept. 19, 2016
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On one hand, I like the creativity here to try to find more info to place a GAME contract. But it's a solo effort, and “the other hand” is that I'd worry about missing slams due to flat-out misdescribing my hand.
Sept. 19, 2016
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I take your point, but how worried are you about wrong-siding the contract with this approach? Or do you just assume this cost isn't large because you're not going to find many 53 fits?
Aug. 17, 2016
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I think you should be looking at the 0-0 match in Round 4
Aug. 1, 2016
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I suspect if this were a teams problem, double would be the overwhelming favorite. The matchpoints aspect is what IMO makes it interesting…
July 27, 2016
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Congratulations to the non-doublers. RHO held JTxx in diamonds, LHO had 7 spades that ran with RHO's help, and partner couldn't take either of the first two rounds of clubs.
July 27, 2016
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Ah…it was 4 down 3

Am open to comments on my reasoning behind bidding game…figure if we have a misfit we're down anyway, and if we have a good fit I want to be in game.
July 26, 2016
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This was hand 2 of the Friday opening session of LM Pairs in DC
July 26, 2016
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Is the “standard” 2/1 approach any better on this hand? After 1S-1N, 2C-3S aren't you in the same place? Or is your concern broader?
July 25, 2016
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No…emphatically.

Partner is…
A62
KQT742
T6
43

Down 3
July 24, 2016
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John Adams nailed it above commenting on the importance of defining key organizational objectives first, and only then defining performance metrics.

Having said that, I suspect virtually everyone will agree that recruitment of new members should be an ACBL objective in some fashion. I submit that recruiting seniors is good, recruiting middle-aged folks is great, and recruiting youth players is fabulous. So recommend you devise a unified recruitment metric that is something along the lines of “expected bridge-playing years recruited into the ACBL.” Calculation could be based on assuming (80-current age) playing years left, with a minimum of 5.

This type of age-sensitive metric could also be used for retention.
June 17, 2016
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@Oren For better or worse, with 3 I was thinking a Moysian 4 might be the best spot.
June 8, 2016
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