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Count me in as a proponent of drop-ins. You think making it to the KO stage of the Soloway event, winning two matches, and then slogging it out in the QFs is less of an accomplishment than qualifying on day 1 of a pair event? Give me a break. Are they different events? Obviously. I don't see why that precludes competitors in one event from qualifying for another.

There are events with an A and B semifinal, and some pairs from each event qualify for the finals. These separate events offer two different routes to qualify for the finals.

With drop-ins there are two routes to the semi-final of the BRP: day 1 of the BRP and making the QFs of the Soloway KO. Both are legitimate, and any pair that accomplishes either has earned the right to play in the BRP semifinal. Does it matter that the two events utilize different forms of scoring? I don't think so. It's still bridge.
an hour ago
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Thank you for being in the Well, Mr. Damiani.

One of the arguments I've heard in favor of remaining part of the Olympic movement is that many countries receive state funding based on their status as sports. I have asked my WBF representatives for some specific numbers about this; they have yet to be able to provide them for me. Here is what I asked them:

How much money is being received thanks to Olympic status?
How many countries receive these funds?
Which countries are they?
Do we have a breakdown of how much each country receives?

Are these funds contingent on being a member of the IOC? Is past recognition as a sport by the IOC not sufficient?
i.e., if we were to leave the IOC, would countries really not be able to continue receiving sport funding, having already been recognized as a sport?

How much do we spend each year to remain in the IOC?
I'd like to include the cost of maintaining headquarters in Lausanne as opposed to somewhere cheaper and money spent litigating cases before the CAS and WADA.


Do you have access to this information? If not, do you think it is appropriate to make this argument in favor of remaining part of the IOC without hard data to back it up?

Thank you.
April 17
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Thanks so much, Richard!
April 10
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After the board's plea to stay at the host hotel in Hawaii, I tried to do my part and stay in one of the (4?) host hotels in Memphis. And all were booked. So I saved money booking my hotel on Hotwire. What's the deal? I'm sure downtown Memphis isn't so popular that all the rooms in every hotel were booked. Are we that bad at anticipating room needs?
April 1
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I agree. Memphis is a great location for the spring nationals. The weather was great, the food even better. It's a good playing site, with the national and regional events right next to each other. And surely convenient for ACBL staff, right across the river. I hope it remains part of the rotation.
April 1
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The article in question was automatically hidden by our system because it was flagged repeatedly by the community. It was removed once the administrators woke up and reviewed it, agreeing that it violated our community standards.
March 29
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If bridge is a sport, bridge players are athletes. Uh, no. Q.E.D.
March 28
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The system wasn't used to starting after the round of 64. Greg's got it working now.
March 27
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Huey's was great!
March 26
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I went to the majestic grill (which is a steakhouse) with a vegetarian and he was very pleased with the options.
March 26
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The chairs are pretty poor. Pack your seat cushion!
March 26
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Congrats Alex!
March 19
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What's the best way to get from the airport to downtown?
March 18
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Recommendations on good BBQ places near the playing site?
March 18
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Fixed. Thanks
March 17
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Is a splinter not worth considering, when hands like Ax AQxxx xxxx Ax make slam pretty cold? Sure that's a perfecto, but isn't that what a splinter is looking for? With all the kings in the off suits, partner is only going to like his slam with aces and no diamond values, which is what we need.
March 14
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In the ACBL, roughly half of new members quit within 5 years. Recruitment isn't nearly as a big a problem as retention. We need to teach the game better – so it's more about logic and understanding WHY rules exist, not just a list of rules – and make the experience, both at clubs and tournaments, more enjoyable. Partly this is based on policing the behavior of more experienced players, especially where new players are concerned. But it's also about making the game feel relevant and modern with some simple technological advances like credit-card payment and online registration.
March 13
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Congratulations! Well deserved.
March 7
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If 2 said nothing about a diamond stopper, 3 must be asking for a stopper. I'd think the subsequent pull to 4 means responder has a singleton diamond and had slam interest in spades if opener didn't have enough in diamonds to bid 3NT.
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