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There is a difference between using $500K to keep cheaters out of ACBL tournaments and wasting $500K in holding a tournament in a location where attendance would be small.

I am in favor of using the $500K to keep cheaters out of ACBL tournaments. I can think of very few uses for the money that mean as much to the integrity of the game and the league.
Dec. 10
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Sorry. Misread the hand.
Dec. 7
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Is the question whether East can pass over North's 1 opening?

I suppose anything is possible, but pass is a very wimpy action. I can't imagine not bidding 1 with double as a second choice.
Dec. 7
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Bravo! Just goes to show that some wrongs can be righted.
Dec. 4
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Additionally, you state that the ACBL President is the leader of the Board of Directors. Is that so? Normally, the office of President of a nonprofit organization is an executive office, not a position on the Board of Directors (other than ex-officio). The President oversees the day-to-day activities of the organization, and is not normally a member of the Board.

Are you saying that the President is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and not the executive of the entity? This is not in any way a criticism - it is an honest question. I am trying to figure out how the ACBL is structured.
Dec. 3
Art Korth edited this comment Dec. 3
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Quite frankly, I don't see the need for the resolution.

I am not looking at the applicable laws, but, based upon my experience in dealing with nonprofit organizations and the legal responsibilities of the directors, it is my opinion that the Board of Directors collectively has the duty of oversight. Each individual director has a duty to fulfill his or her oversight responsibilities. Anything that the organization - other than the Board itself - puts in the way of the individual directors fulfilling their responsibilities is per se unlawful.

So, why the need for the resolution?

And who is putting barriers in the way of the directors fulfilling their oversight responsibility?
Dec. 3
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Well, who made the decision to hold the NABC in Honolulu?

The loss was entirely foreseeable.
Dec. 3
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“Kids today” don't want any activity that requires them to sit for long periods. They want action.

In that context, explain to me the poker boom.
Nov. 30
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I apologize for this in advance, but is the reason for using a Mini-Roman 2 opening because it fills a hole in your system? I have had a lot of experience with the Mini-Roman 2 opening, and it is all bad. In my opinion, it is one of the (if not the) worst conventions widely used in the game.

My bad experiences all run one way. When my opponents use it, I get good results.

Again, in my opinion, if you can use the 2 opening in any other way that is consistent with your system structure, it would be an improvement.
Nov. 30
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The Fall Nationals were held in Winnipeg in November, 1985. I can't find information about the actual weather during the 1985 Fall Nationals in Winnipeg, but from what I can find on the internet, the expected temperature in late November in Winnipeg is in the low to mid 20s Fahrenheit (about -3 to -5 Celsius). This, in addition to the distance involved for most in North America to get to Winnipeg and the expense, given that it is not a major transportation hub, all contributed to the low turnout.

And, with all due respect to any residents of Winnipeg who might be reading this, why would anyone want to go there in November (or any other time, for that matter)?
Nov. 30
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I think that Spiro T. Agnew would approve of roasting them on a spit.

By the way, my wife and I had an argument concerning the pronunciation of Agnew's first name. Is it SPEE-RO or SPY-RO?
Nov. 29
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Overrule, but whatever.
Nov. 29
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Randy: You are absolutely correct. The Gold Rush events are popular. Whatever others (including myself) may think about the appropriateness of the masterpoint awards for playing in an event limited to players with low masterpoint holdings, there is no doubt that these events have to stay.

I believe that the open or higher strata games should get a masterpoint boost when played opposite a Gold Rush event - whether the events are the same types or not (both pairs or both teams). A large number of the players who play in the Gold Rush events would be playing in the unrestricted events if the Gold Rush events were not on the schedule. So it makes sense that the unrestricted events should get some increase in the masterpoint awards.

I remember the early days of flighted events. The Flight A events were small, but, for masterpoint purposes, they received full credit for the number of tables played in the lower flights. This resulted in some very high masterpoint awards for high finishes in the Flight A events. And you know what? They deserved it! The quality of the field in those small Flight A events was the equivalent of the third day of most NABC pair games.

For whatever reason, the powers that be decided that Flight A events should not get full credit for the table count in lower flights. A change was made to give the Flight A events credit for 1/2 the table count in the lower flights. Then there were further changes. There may have even been a time when the Flight A events got NO credit for the attendance in the lower flights (which is silly).

While it is true that awarding masterpoints costs the ACBL nothing, it is wrong to treat them as if they are worthless. Sure, there is masterpoint inflation. Without sounding like the proverbial 90 year old (“When I went to school, I had to walk to and from school in the snow against the wind uphill both ways!”), I remember hearing stories about how low masterpoint awards were in the early days (5 points for winning a National Championship Event!) I remember seeing the masterpoint award charts posted on the wall at the first Nationals that I attended (Washington Summer 1972) and seeing 125 points for winning the Spingold! What an amazing number of points to win in one event for someone with 5 points to his name at the time. We can't go back. And we shouldn't go back.

I suppose this is the point where I indicate the end of my rant.
Nov. 29
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$28 or $33? Wow.

I thought it was expensive when I play in a local club (which I hardly ever do) and have to pay $10.
Nov. 29
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I live near Atlantic City, NJ. I go to both Philadelphia and NYC frequently.

NYC is MUCH more expensive.

Does this help?
Nov. 29
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Jan: If you will fly me out to Honolulu, I will gladly operate the Vugraph.

I expect to see my flight confirmation in my e-mail inbox within the hour.
Nov. 28
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“Nattering nabobs of negativity.”

Is that a Spiro T. Agnew quotation?

Those were the days.

EDIT: I looked it up. It is Spiro T. Agnew! My long-term memory is intact. However, the correct quotation is “nattering nabobs of negativism.”

FURTHER EDIT: I looked into this further. I found that the origin of the phrase “nattering nabobs of negativism” was William Safire, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, who was a speechwriter for both Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon. William Safire died 9 years ago. And the “nattering nabobs of negativism” he was referring to was the mainstream press.

The more things change…
Nov. 28
Art Korth edited this comment Nov. 28
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Gary has a habit of bashing.

But he has a very good point here. And the magnitude of the financial disaster which is the Honolulu NABC is just to large to ignore.

So, yes, Gary does cry “Wolf!” quite a bit. But just because he is a chronic complainer doesn't mean that he is wrong.
Nov. 28
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I don't dispute that. But you are discussing the rationale behind the facts while Gary and I are just stating the facts.
Nov. 28
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