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I was never a big fan of the trust me claim cards into the tray.
May 13
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Very interesting. Bridge was , is and always will be a gambling game with a perfect risk reward scoring system at rubber bridge and a pretty good derivative for tournament play. The correct judgment of the risk reward component is the main factor in bridge expertise at any form of scoring and opponent expertise and Kit is extremely good at risk reward analysis and always very generous in sharing these judgements.
I am putting this club in my bag. I particularly like the Hearts plus minor aside ( I do not normally play that convention but who would think of that ?)
May 11
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that is sad news
April 25
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You would think that bridge tournaments will not be safe until their is a vaccine and routine test. Just like travel to some foreign countries proper vaccination and a recent test would be a requirement to play. That would seem to be the minimum to keep the players confident that the tournament will not infect them.
April 18
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Canada is doing things properly and the residents are co-operating fully. Jean La Traverse and the Montreal Bridge league will have done an amazing job with this tournament. Montreal is one of the world's greatest cities and also one of the world's greatest bridge cities. Let us hope and pray that this heartbreaking viral catastrophe is manageable by late July and that everyone reading this is taking the prescribed precautions as seriously as they possibly can. It is not just you but everyone around you that is at risk. Keep safe
April 2
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Frank Stewart and Randy Barron , wrote a 4 part series way back when.. Vol ! the Bridge Book and VOL 1 the student text. Just amazon them , they are still out there .Of course Audrey Grant bridge basics. Learn rubber bridge ,the Mother game. No one wants to be evaluated in tournament bridge when they are just learning
March 29
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ACBL Board handled this exactly correctly in my opinion. Insurance etc will now kick in for all parties. Ohio governor gave everyone cover.
March 13
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Shows both minors then whatever you like as continuations. Use European extended South African at 4 level. 4C = hearts , 4D = Spades ( Neutral bid shows interest ). 4H = Clubs ( 4S KC ) 4S= Diamonds (5C KC ) Slam invitational or better. Xfer and raise to play , 5m to play.
March 13
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Elves and fairies posted my previous comment twicev
March 11
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Bridge is a Risk reward game
The risks of hiking this tournament are serious if not catastrophic. A bridge tournament with us diverse elderly demographic. Multiple pieces of viral transmitting equipment., long hours of social exposure and deteriorating immune systems due to exhaustion is a perfect storm for an epidemic. Coronavirus goes quickly to viral pneumonia which requires life support to treat. Italy for eg has been overwhelmed and hospitals are no longer able to Provide proper treatment Columbus hospitals are not set up for an epidemic. No American city is. Many ACBL members would die. Any competent lawyer could and would make the case that the ACBL was negligent and liable etc etc
Any reward from holding the nationals as planned isn't remotely worth the risk.
March 11
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HAH , Well good for you for speaking up and good for declarer for listening. I am sure that almost every issue at the bridge table can be resolved from the point of view you just expressed.
Feb. 17
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I strongly agree that there be some method to determine total team time taken . There would be a number of issues to resolve. For example I am in 6NT with 12 top tricks, no chance for a 13th. I run my long suit causing my opponents to take up time discarding. Discussing complicated system stuff would not be included etc. If organized bridge was serious about this then as Gonzola Goded suggested a technical method to track total team time by registering the play of each bid and card. Tracking this information would also of course facilitate cheating detection. I think If we had a a good method to do this, one or more of our very wealthy players would fund a, say , an 8 table prototype to use in the quarter finals onward.
Teams who exceed the limit would be automatically penalized imps ( like a cell phone penalty ) and given a “ yellow card ” which would be part of a system of disqualification. There would also be a component of “ bad manners ” for individuals who are exceedingly slow. leading to suspensions and eventual expulsion. If this was done properly you could essentially eliminate the issue by application of the penalties and the shunning of the exceedingly slow by their peers because of the total team time penalties. Playing complicated systems that took up bidding time would impact the total team time . Slow players can easily speed up. They just don't bother because they don't care/. They don't care because they are bad mannered , or dont realize they are being bad mannered. They simply say sorry in the middle of some over thinking , and there are never any consequences .
I am sure I have been guilty myself. A lot of us have been . There really is no excuse.
If bridge survives as a recreational card game and a mind sport then playing at a reasonable pace and even tempo must become part of being considered an expert. There is also the issue of playing exceptionally fast. This is “ sharp practice ” as we used to say ,because most players who would not be considered slow by accepted norms are put at an unfair disadvantage when facing unusually fast play. Notice I say unusually fast, not prompt , or in tempo These plays are out of tempo . It is disconcerting to be forced to process a preceding trick when the next trick, and the next etc are being shotgunned at you. This should be illegal.
Feb. 16
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I. played the Boye version “ lite” regularly as a student at UBC ( Vancouver BC ) in the mid sixties
It is a great game , good gambling game as well. The Lite part was we didn't announce the HCP of the 4 cards. Knowing the HCP would definitely be a significant improvement.
Feb. 9
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Ron is a truly great guy. We regularly converse about our shared passion for Pro Hockey
He likes the Sharks. I have followed my team for over 60 years both in minor and NHL hockey but also they must hold the pro record for futility in any sport , so I will leave them nameless. Wait till next year.
Dec. 14, 2019
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Steve it is not what you call it , it is what it is . It is similar to the issues that determine if you are an employee or a contractor . If you give a nice watch to a friend on their birthday it is a gift . If you give the same watch to the governor you don’t know well who is involved in a zoning issue relevant to you then it is a bribe .
Nov. 26, 2019
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In my opinion this issue has been one of the most damaging to the health of the ACBL. First there is no law restricting non profits from using a franchise model That the ACBL has based its decision making process regarding clubs on Peter Rank without getting a professional analysis of atlernative approach is very sad. .Second why would anyone want to own a bridge club that serves the players that have bought into the ACBL master point model as a reason to play and the ACBL then grants a master point sanction to a church basement , no overhead ,game next door. to skim the cream of your players by undercutting you by 75% ? ? You know if you had a chat with all 25 board members individually they would agree that healthy full service clubs are critical to the ACBLboth in service and in introducing keen and skilled non competitive players in their community to ACBL masterpoint duplicate. They would mostly agree that the cost of insurance and other legal matters would be worth it if full service clubs were encouraged to invest time and capital in order to be active in their recreational market without fear of being undercut by unfair competition. Obviously there are some devils in the details but I am talking generally. Any good franchise consultant could work up a good plan for a franchise or quasi franchise model that would enable full service clubs in markets that would support them while not closing down small clubs that were serving smaller or restricted markets.
The problem is that 25 people are often conservative and therefore risk adverse and the opinions of Rank are used by nay sayers to quell any initiative. A small board based on merit would immediately begin revamping the ACBL club model. It would be a first step no brainer. It is not the fault of the current board. It is the fault of the governance model itself.
Nov. 25, 2019
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The most egregious ACBL policy failure has been its complete reluctance to make owning a bridge club a good investment. It costs money to provide a good club committed to good service and market expansion. They do not offer any market protection whatsoever to a club owner who is willing to invest in their club. They will give a full master point and club support sanction to a a twice a week operation in a church basement charging 25 % of what the full service club in nice premises has to charge to make. even a meagre profit. The competitor club offers nothing to the health and future well being of bridge. Why then would anyone invest in a bridge club ? Consequently clubs are content to wither and die as the current aging owners simply play out the string. This would be the very first issue that a lean Board of directors selected for business merit would address .The individual 25 ACBL board members, good bridge people one and all , would mostly agree that club support is critical but the devil is in the details with any such policy shift and therefore it is dead on arrival with such a large group required to support it. It is the system of governance that is destroying the clubs and therefore the ACBL . The ACBL is it's clubs. People go to a club for a variety of reasons but the main ones are the recreational activity itself , to socialize with old friends, to make new friends , all of this centered around playing bridge with their skill peer group in a nice and pleasant place. Such a place requires initial capital and its maintenance and expansion requires ongoing investment managed by business acumen.
Nov. 18, 2019
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Takeout is standard . The management is not and should be alerted
Nov. 18, 2019
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David , not to worry “ A moment to learn . A lifetime to master “ truly describes bridge . Hamman once told me “ the best of us are bad , the rest are hopeless “ Bridge will always be compelling , we can rest assured of that .
Nov. 16, 2019
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I support the motion for most of the positive reasons put forward by my fellow concerned bridge players. It is a critical first step that we begin to move to a smaller board that can begin to deal with the host of major problems facing the world of bridge , both the card game and the mind sport.. I urge all board members to please pass this motion and urge all Bridge winner readers who support the motion to contact your unit boards and ACBL director to encourage them to support the motion.
Nov. 15, 2019
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