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Hopefully this will wind up in his next book…
Jan. 20
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Just want to remind everyone that there is a youth bridge forum. I'm going to move this there.
Dec. 28, 2018
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In the situation where the board comes to my table with the cards improperly placed, and I don't count my cards before looking at them and discover 12 or 14, I think the penalty should go to the previous table, who fouled the board. We waste an awful lot of time with this silly counting, IMO.
Dec. 12, 2018
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The BOD has gotten some very poor legal advice from the league's counsel over the years. Having people on the board itself who understand the law and can question the legal opinions the board is receiving is invaluable. Adding A.J. Stephani recently has been a huge boon in that regard. Same goes for technology – having someone on the board who actually understands what the advisers are says is crucial.

If you look at how corporate boards are composed, they have a nominating committee that makes sure the board as a whole includes the relevant skills needed to perform the board's oversight responsibilities. They may not have it spelled out that they need a lawyer, a business person, etc., but they all end up that way. Because they know what the boards needs to function effectively.
Nov. 17, 2018
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The ACBL board needs certain expertise. With representative elections, it's a crap shoot whether we get what we need. As Don points out, the larger the board, the more likely we have the expertise needed. I'm a huge proponent of decreasing the size of this board, but the devil's in the details.

What I would suggest is rather than regional representation, we should reserve several seats for expertise and others to represent constituencies. We need legal, technology, corporate/organizational, and bridge expertise. So let's allow our membership to self-identify as experts in these areas and elect a representative (ie, the lawyers can let us know they're lawyers and get a vote on the lawyer representative). I would also identify several constituencies to make sure are represented: eg, clubs, teachers, youth. Again, people can self-identify and vote for their representative. For the remaining spot or two, have a general membership election.
Nov. 16, 2018
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How is the concept of “Game” explained when all contracts are worth the same 10 points per trick?
Nov. 11, 2018
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If the only “standard” system the ACBL endorses is so bad it is used as a penalty, maybe it's time for a new standard.
Oct. 14, 2018
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The WBF makes the ACBL look like a shining beacon of governance and competence. Look at the difference in how they handled cheaters: they're banned in the ACBL while the WBF couldn't make a conviction stick in this crystal-clear case thanks to their subservience to the Olympics and the CAS. The WBF changes conditions of contest mid-event. No one is going to confuse me for an ACBL apologist, but I'll take them over the WBF any day.
Sept. 27, 2018
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Orlando is certainly a part of the reason I'm not there. But mostly it's that I have no interest in attending a WBF tournament until they prove that they are an organization worth supporting by overhauling their leadership, cracking down on cheaters, and abandoning the CAS. (I'm not expecting to be attending a WBF event any time soon, sadly.)
Sept. 26, 2018
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Congrats!!!
Aug. 3, 2018
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I led LBIAD seminars at a couple of clubs in the Boston area when I lived up there. I was pretty adamant that it was a waste of time unless there was a followup in place specifically for the LBIAD students. People need stepping stones laid in front of them. You want them to be able to pick up where they left off with something specific: Tuesday night at 7.

As I recall, the clubs tried to bring them into their existing structure of classes and playing lessons, and I don't think it worked very well. I asked Patty if she had a curriculum developed specifically for a LBIAD followup class; I was surprised that she didn't. She just has her normal beginner class.

My takeaway was I wouldn't do it again unless I had a solid followup program in place.
July 2, 2018
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I teach beginners 2/1 because it's so much easier. You always (well, pretty much) know what's forcing and what isn't. 1950s bridge was much more complicated in this sense. And I hate the idea of teaching them something that fundamental they'll have to unlearn if they want to actually play with anyone.
July 2, 2018
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We're working on it!!
June 30, 2018
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Why didn't I overcall 1?
June 27, 2018
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When opener bids 2NT voluntarily (as here) it shows 18-19; when he's forced to bid (eg, 1m (2H) X (P); 2NT) it's a minimum.
June 27, 2018
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We've got it up and running again. Sorry about that.
June 17, 2018
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US dollars
June 14, 2018
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I'd start by cutting the number of regional tournaments by about 50%. And then I'd invest heavily in technology: electronic entries and payment, digital capturing of bidding and play (not replacing cards, just capturing what happens at the table so it can be accurately recorded and analyzed). Note that investing in tech doesn't mean creating it in-house.
June 12, 2018
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Don't forget the Bridge Winners You Hold app!
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bridge-winners-you-hold-app-released/
June 10, 2018
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I fixed the title.
June 10, 2018
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