Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Unit 114

As you know Unit 114 is a lot smaller since the Atlanta area formed its own Unit. Macon has three sectionals yearly, Conyers, Gainesville, and Tifton each has one yearly. It takes a lot of work to coordinate a sectional. MDBC tournaments are not as large as in the past for several reasons. Tifton even lost a lot of money in 2015.   Sonny Greene is Tifton's tournament and partnership chairperson. Dan Osborne is Conyer's tournament chair and his wife, Dana, is partnership chair.  Dan Osborne was tournament chair in Gainesville also. MDBC is fortunate to have lots of members that assist Tom Wight, tournament chair.

The Unit needs to support each other so it can survive. Some of our members attend other Unit 114 sectionals because they are Unit officers. If you are a member that attends other Unit 114 sectionals, then you know MDBC has been poorly represented. At the Gainesville, Ga sectional this year, five MDBC members attended and three of those were there for the Unit 114 board meeting also. If you can play for at least one day at another 114 sectional that would help a lot.

Remember the Golden Rule of Life: Do Unto Others as You Would Have Done Unto You(close enough).  In other words, support other Unit 114 sectionals if you want them to support MDBC sectionals.

Let's try our best to support the remaining Unit 114 sectionals:

Tifton, GA - September 30-October 2, 2016  Click here for Tournament Flyer
Conyers, GA - October 7-9, 2016  Click here for Tournament Flyer

 Dan Osborne does not reside in Unit 114 but he wants the Unit to thrive. 

STaC Results

STaC District 7   
August 22-28, 2016

MDBC had several members that were eligible to compete in the D7 overall to earn extra silver points. Congratulations to the following pairs:  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New Idea to Speed up Play

In the spirit of always trying to change things up as I often do, this weekend when I direct, I will ask players to sort the hands anytime they finish a round with time will left before the next round. It's easy to see how this can save time, as players at least sometimes will sort during natural down times and save another table some time sorting the next round. If you finish late, don't sort, just move on quickly.

It's sometimes amazing how much time goes wasted between the last card played of one board and the first bid of the next board. This is really what slows players down, consistently 100 seconds between boards for the slowest tables. That really adds up over the course of a session. Having results showing only compounds the natural tendency to discuss the board a little bit.

FWIW I am not in favor of showing any results during the game, but would prefer showing other results but NO percentage. It's more useful as a learning tool to see other contracts, leads, and results. Percentage only is misleading and leads to speculation about what else happened. There's nothing shown on the Bridgemate that isn't available online after the game so whatever 30 second discussion you could have at the table is often to shallow to get a real understanding of how you could have done better or better yet WHY you should have known to get the bidding or play right.

Plus in duplicate bridge you are not intended to know your score until the game is over. Knowing your score promotes people taking more wild or risky action to make up ground near the end or makes people more discouraged so they may not try as hard near the end of the session.

Better yet, I'd prefer showing nothing until the round is over, at which point there could be an option to examine the traveler, but I don't think the Bridgemates have that capability.

If the club as a whole wants to see results, I would have no issue lengthening the rounds by a couple of minutes to allow more discussion and a more relaxed atmosphere, but only play 24 boards. Anyone in favor of this?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

August Sectional

If you were unable to attend our sectional, you missed a great one!
Tom and his helpers did an outstanding job as usual.  Several visitors complimented the facilities, landscaping, and food(of course).

Total masterpoints: 676.62 earned by 152 players.
Total attendance:  162 tables.

   1  26.63 Marshall Kerlin, Rome GA
   2  26.63 Bob Jones, Marietta GA
   3  26.49 Michael Kovacich, Stone Mountain GA
   4  26.49 Emory Whitaker, Macon GA

Click here for complete results.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fast Results

If you have never signed up to receive ACBL Tournament Fast Results and/or The Common Game Results by email or text, then this is your chance.  Tournament results will be sent as soon as the director enters them in the computer.  The Common Game Results will be sent that quick also (Choose to receive TCG results daily, which will be on the day you play at the club.

Wouldn’t it be nice for you to get the results of the game not long after you finished this weekend at the tournament?  It will take you about 5 minutes to sign up and you will not have to do it again.