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Not in this case. Team A and team B are in it for the last place. When Team B played team C
, team C was still in contention and playing a normal strategy. When Team A played them team C Team C was swinging wildly and team A was handed an undeserved blitz and was able to just pass team B who had a normal last match. I thought my comment was clear on that point. Sorry for the confusion.
The sequestration retards that end of the event behaviour thereby making the event fairer.
May 13, 2018
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Clearly , without sequetration a team might swing for a blitz , get blitzed themselves and the gift VP"'s allow their opponent to squeak though and just qualify. A more deserving team may then be eliminated.Clearly not what you want. This poilicy is pretty clever actually.
May 12, 2018
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Well said Jeff
May 8, 2018
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Thanks for doing this Ellis. Interesting.
May 6, 2018
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Duplicate bridge is a very tough game and they are all very good at it.
That is my definition of expert.
May 4, 2018
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Just to clarify my position from the original main thread. I used Easley Blackwood as an example of an excellent executive secretary, which he proved , and stated 4 qualifications. 1) Strong private business management skills and experience ( retired insurance executive )2) excellent people skills ( by all accounts from those who dealt with him ) 3) good knowledge of the bridge club business. ( his own very successful club he created after his retirement), and 4) a Hall of fame player. First I should have listed them in this order as that is the hierarchy I value. Secondly, I should have elaborated on the last one more clearly as the crowd seems fixated on this rather than the other 3. Being an expert player is useful in dealing with a policy-driven board that wants to be hands on. All the BOD are expert players. If the CEO is also an expert bridge player that removes “ bridge ability ” as a barrier to communication and respect.
May 4, 2018
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My point was that Blackwood had the respect of the BOD in 1968 because he had all those skills and could, therefore lead and “ get the job done ” without a lot of resistance. Under the ACBL model of governance, the Board is involved in policy. Fair enough but, given that, It is not that you need to be an expert bridge player, but it seems, right or wrong, that your bridge ability needs to be respected. It is completely not fair to my comment to focus on the expert bridge player component and then use a sports star comparison. I listed 4 qualities. Just because you were a great sports player does not mean you had the other three qualities and being a sports star manager is not even remotely comparable to being the CEO in the service and recreation industry.
May 3, 2018
Allan Graves edited this comment May 3, 2018
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Well that is true but Ty Cobb was not well known for his “people skills ” and Ted Williams never owned a baseball park
May 3, 2018
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On the main thread announcing the dismissal of Mr Gudwani, I listed the qualifications of Easley Blackwood arguably the best executive secretary , or CEO. (EX SEC is really more to the point with the current ACBL board model whose role is hands-on policy management ) . Those qualifications were; Extensive and proven business management experience. A Hall of fame player or equivalent, Working knowledge of the bridge club business, and excellent people skills That is what the membership wants and would be a person they would respect. . Such a person would begin with sizable majority respect from the BOD and would be able to maintain it with a sizable majority on any given bone of contention. Such a person would magnetize good people to want to help. If I knew such a person I would ask them to apply.
May 3, 2018
Allan Graves edited this comment May 3, 2018
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Well first I get your point but no one right now is trying to fail and we do not know what is going on. Second I was just conveying some history to buttress my opinion that Blackwood was our finest ever Executive secretary because he had a skill set unlike anyone before or since . Perhaps such a person exists now and would be so kind as to step forward and throw their hat in the ring .
May 1, 2018
Allan Graves edited this comment May 1, 2018
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First let me say that everyone involved in the ACBL, players , management, and volunteers alike love the game of bridge. It should be remembered that bridge is the world's best card game and also the best mind sport. We will get through this.

Although I respect Mr Steinberg's service to the ACBL and his opinions
The ACBL's best ever CEO ( executive secretary ) was undoubtedly Easley Blackwood
1903- 1992.
Yes that Blackwood,
The following is from of his Hall of Fame bio:

“One of his greatest contributions came in 1967 when, at the age of 65, he was persuaded to take the job of executive secretary and general manager of ACBL. His long experience in the business world was put to work to save a declining ACBL during the three years he served in this position. ( 1968-1971 )
Blackwood put the ACBL on a sound financial basis and worked out a revision of the masterpoint plan for tournaments and clubs, correcting inequities that had existed for years. He gained the admiration, respect and gratitude of the headquarters staff, of the Board of Directors and of ACBL members everywhere. ”
“ Blackwood was born in Birmingham AL in 1903 and went to work as a clerk with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company at the age of 17. At 26 he was made the manager of the Decatur IL office. In 1930 he was transferred to Indianapolis, where he managed the Metropolitan office for 34 years.After his early retirement in 1964, Blackwood established a plush bridge club in Indianapolis and enjoyed a gratifying career as lecturer, teacher and bridge cruise conductor.”

It is said that as a condition of accepting the position, it was to be for only 3 years and that he would be given a great deal of control. One of his quotes that I have always remembered was “ Duplicate bridge is not like cornflakes. It cannot be packaged and sold to the consumer.”

Although this occurred is some fifty years ago, there is a great deal of wisdom to be learned from Easley Blackwood's time as CEO
Not only has he saved millions from going down in slams off multiple aces but his very successful real-world business, financial and management experience, his hall of fame playing credentials, his knowledge of the bridge club business, and his great people skills
all came into play to save the ACBL.
May 1, 2018
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I agree with Kit
April 30, 2018
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the “spirit of the game ” is both full disclosure and appropriate opportunity to have a defense or the skill level of the game is such that a conventional defense may be as assumed as playing stayman would be. If the convention is obscure such that having a defense at hand is deemed unreasonable then the convention is disallowed in that event.

Natural normal methods are a complete counter to light natural openings regardless of skill level.
If a player does not have takeout doubles, strong NT overcalls and basic understanding of overcalls as part of their understanding, then they should not be playing duplicate but rather home rubber with their peer group. You cannot deem bidding that obeys the rules of bridge to be illegal because it puts you under pressures that universal measures are a completely adequate counter.
April 27, 2018
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What a wonderful program.
April 23, 2018
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Thanks
April 1, 2018
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I just logged in , a day late and a dollar short of course , I like the idea of the first club pitch from
two . I am going to remember that. The wooden diamond reminds of an article perhaps by Kit titiled “ the useless fifth ” ,
April 1, 2018
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I couldn't agree more with Debbie . Use Truscott cards that also have the table letter and # and then use the caddies
Justice must be seen to be done and it is utterly trivial to provide the solution using existing practices and resources.
Jan. 23, 2018
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If you are somehow playing in a game where the players might forget what the final contract is, how on earth could you enjoy getting a good result by an opponent's error caused by them not remembering what the final contract was?
Dec. 16, 2017
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Well done
Nov. 29, 2017
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well done richie
Nov. 29, 2017
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