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The club has 9 sanctions - all for open games even though they choose not to always have open games. They even have invitational only games during a STAC

Tuesday, June 5 10 am North American Pairs Qual. Open

Thursday, June 7 6:30 pm North American Pairs Qual. Open

Friday, June 8 10 am North American Pairs Qual.
Flight B/C (2500 MPs max)

Sunday, June 10 1:30 pm North American Pairs Qual.
Open qualifying

Monday, June 11 6:30 pm Invite-a-Pro Swiss Teams

Saturday, June 16 1:30 pm North American Pairs Qual. Open qualifying

Sunday, June 17 2 pm Fast Pairs

Monday-Sunday, June 18-24 STaC Week
All games are open EXCEPT: Monday, June 18 @ 10 am
Friday, June 22 @ 10 am

Tuesday, June 19 The Longest Day (see page 1)

Monday, June 25 10 am North American Pairs Qual.
Flight B/C (2500 MPs max)
6:30 pm Invite-a-Pro
June 2
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And yet, in Memphis, they choose to hold only B and C flights no simultaneous A.
June 2
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You can only control and are only responsible for yourself. Part of what your can control is what you present to others - and as many have mentioned - your profile does not provide a good first impression - that may follow you to the table.
The first step to knowing your strengths is to acknowledge your weaknesses.
May 31
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I agree with Ed Judy - In your profile you proudly display how you are happy to get away with murder. Perhaps your first step might be looking in a mirror and asking the questions you ask on this post.
The second step might be to either change your profile or learn to live with the outcome when people call you out on what you call yourself.
May 26
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I think the bulletins have been informative and entertaining. It is the contain rather than the appearance that is most important to me. The only trouble I have had is trying to rotate the grid the last couple of days - but I have learned to tilt my head. Keep up the good work folks.
May 17
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whew
May 14
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Services will be held Saturday, May 19, 3:00 pm,
at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home, Dallas, TX.
7405 West Northwest Highway
May 14
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Wonder if partner also gets an apology e-mail when John goes wrong?
May 14
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I clicked other - the only time post mortem at the table will help the partnership is if it is to clarify a conventional misunderstanding and the convention is likely to recur before the end of the session. Otherwise, save post mortem for later.
May 14
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Quote from the article to which Ed Judy referred on May 10:

"To effectively lead an organization that includes thousands of volunteers, one must be willing to spend as much or more time listening as one does speaking.”

Too bad the board has not taken this to heart.
ACBL and the US Congress are alike - the people are saying one thing and those in charge have their own agenda and are doing their own thing rather than listening to those they represent.

In the end, everyone will lose.
May 14
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Ed Reppert,

Memphis - the closest city to ACBL headquarters - has a club where the UNIT previously owned the building and the sanctions. The club and the Unit had the same board. They have recently attempted to separate themselves with two boards, but the club has always been a membership club. Which initially, meant you paid dues and got a discount on the card fees (initially 50 cents lately, non-members are charged $2 more).

Now, it means the club participates in STACs as invitational member only games. They are usually the only club in this category so the players are paying more money for no District benefit and it reduces the number of tables - and therefore points - that everyone else in the District might have won had those tables been included. The club also has two weekly invitational games limited to fewer than 3500 and 4000 MP. MP limits which are higher than most Regional Pair events. Why have such limits if not to exclude players because of their number of masterpoints?

They even have invitational NAP games or just BC with no A games.

The real reason for changes? So they can break one of the cardinal reasons for not allowing someone to play - based on masterpoints.
May 9
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http://cdn.acbl.org/nabc/2017/03/bulletins/db2.pdf
Just change the number before .pdf. 2 is Saturday Nov 25
Nov. 25, 2017
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Very interesting comments. I asked the question because the conversation on another bridge site indicate most of the folks played 2d as waiting.
A bid for which I don't see much purpose but on this poll most folks play as waiting rather than GF.
Enlightened I am.
I play it GF with 2H being no Ace or K. If we have
Quacks we make neg bid but make sure we get to game.
Oct. 12, 2017
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We played in an 8 is enough team event where it was shuffle deal and play 6 boards 4 rounds.
My partner or I declared every hand we played.
It was amazing.
Oct. 12, 2017
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San Diego - more decades than I care to remember (1976?)
When airport screening had just begun - Roger took out his Swiss army knife and put it in the “coin bowl” saying “I'll just set this here before it goes off.” Now we all know Roger and know he meant before the metal detector goes off….Let me tell you, the screeners and the FBI took his statement verrrrrrry seriously.

Enjoy your retirement Roger.
Sept. 7, 2017
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Off topic but since Linda Trent mentioned “2000 mps is in the top 9% of ACBL members” I thought I would mention:
2000 MP makes you ineligible for some club games in Memphis.
Seems to me setting MP limits higher than the normal sectional is simply a way of circumventing the restriction of barring someone based on their ability

Saturday and Sunday: Open Stratified 1:30 pm
Non-LM (0-500) 1:30 pm
Youth (0-20) 1:30 pm

Monday: Judy’s Game 10 am Max 500 MP avg. for each pair
Jack’s Game 10 am Max 4000 MPs per pair

0-2000 Game 6:30 pm
Invite-a-Pro 6:30 pm
Aug. 14 and 28 only

Tuesday: Open Stratified 10 am
Open Strat. (0-1000) 10 am
Open Stratified 6:30 pm
Novice (0-50) 6:30 pm
Non-LM (0-500) 6:30 pm

Wednesday:
Mentor-Mentee Game 6:30 pm
Aug. 23 only

Thursday: ABA Game 12:30 pm
Open Stratified 1 pm
Open Stratified 6:30 pm
Non-LM (0-500) 6:30 pm

Friday: Judy’s Game 10 am Max 2000 MP avg. for each pair
Jack’s Game 10 am Max 4000 MPs per pair
Open Stratified 6:30 pm
Aug. 30, 2017
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I believe the technical obligation on the declaring side is to announce “failure to alert” before the lead and let the opps ask and let them call the director if they feel the director is warranted.
On the defending side the technical obligation is to announce there was a “failure to alert” after completion of the play of the hand; and again, the other side has the opportunity to call the director if they feel there was damaged.
Aug. 15, 2017
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From the Boston Herald where he worked for 25 years
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonherald/obituary.aspx?pid=186273204
Aug. 3, 2017
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If you are having a dinner party with bridge players and do not intend to play bridge - the guest list would not be multiples of 4 so they would know bridge is not on the agenda.
Aug. 1, 2017
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Henry was one of the funniest and smartest men I have ever known. Michael is on his way to see Dorthy right now.
Great loss to the Bridge world and the print media. Nothing like an old school newsman.

I think I worked for the NABC Daily Bulletin for at least 2 of the 3 annual events from 1972 to 1979. Back when we had to collate manually, fold, and stick labels on the mailed bulletins and then take them to the post office.

First knock-out event I won was playing with Henry, Dorthy, and Michael at the local bridge club about 6-7 years ago. It was an event which took place over several months and when the smoke cleared we were victorious.

Henry, I will think of you when I make sandwiches for the Wednesday game.
Aug. 1, 2017
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