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Mine doean't, but others' answers might vary depending on whether you're in a one- or a two-winner movement.
Dec. 22, 2018
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Correct. Edited so hopefully is more clear.
Dec. 5, 2018
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As ONE general strategy to improve the bottom line of bridge tournaments (not just NABCs), I think the concept of price discrimination is sound. But I don't think most of the “price discrimination” ideas suggested so far are the right approach.

Price discrimination is everywhere, but a version with explicit price INCREASES based on demonstrated income (or a proxy) is seen practically nowhere. I suspect most customers would see this as “unfair” and it would do more harm than good.

Instead, you'll much more often see price discrimination based on discounting, using characteristics that are rough proxies for price sensitivity (willingness to clip coupons, discounts for certain age or other demographic groups, etc.). Maybe we should be pairing our future NABC session increases with more extensive discounting targeted at those likely to be more price-sensitive (youth, locals, those willing to fill in volunteer roles at the last minute, out-of-towners willing to do volunteer work…probably many more and better ideas others would have).

Additionally, we could look at the “premium offering” sub-strategy of price discrimination…where willing customers (usually higher-income, but not necessarily always) are induced to pay more for a product or service that is ostensibly “better” than the baseline offer, but where the increased price likely overwhelms the incremental cost involved. It's too late for me to think creatively, so I'll just ask smart people here…what would a “concierge” approach to a bridge session or tournament look like, and what do we think the targeted subset be willing to pay for it?

I also really want to emphasize that the cost-cutting measures people are suggesting as “alternatives” should really NOT be thought of as alternatives to the revenue-enhancing price discrimination ideas. They are separate decisions that should be made on a separate track. It's certainly possible that some version of both ideas make sense…or neither. But they are separate discussions.
Nov. 30, 2018
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To clarify, E can show SOME void, but the 5N bid wouldn't specify which one.
Oct. 29, 2018
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“Do you not get the sense that this will be one of those sequences coupled with long trances and much (metaphorical) much furrowing of brows with anxiety and perplexity.”

This is a good description of the auction as it actually happened.
Oct. 28, 2018
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For what it's worth, 5N in our partnership would/should have been pick a slam.
Oct. 28, 2018
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I'm worried ACBL will take you up on your offer, because then we'll have wasted $525K.

Excel is a magnificent general-purpose tool, but would be poorly-suited to track and manage all aspects of the relationships with 160K members over time. ACBL needs more than just a member list.
Oct. 10, 2018
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Exactly right. One example from millions possible…

Last night, partner made a Q lead against NT that could only be from AKQ(x..) or QJ9(x..) as the T was in my hand. The Q held. Based on the spots played COMBINED with partner's hesitation to lead at trick 2, COMBINED with my knowledge that we switched lead agreements a year ago and partner hasn't dealt with the AKQ lead situation very much, I have UI as I am 99% certain that he indeed started AKQ.

All I can say is I'm pleased partner continued the suit so that I didn't have to deal with the near-impossibility of trying to ignore the UI on future tricks.
Sept. 19, 2018
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The truth on this hand is that the opps let it make through an unforced crashing of their trump honors. So a horrible bidding moment for us turns into a totally undeserved top…
Sept. 12, 2018
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And so it did last night, prompting this inquiry.
Aug. 15, 2018
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Would you have different answers against NT? If so, why?
Aug. 15, 2018
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The premise of the question is about leading from doubletons w/ two honors.
Aug. 15, 2018
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Against a suit contract…just modified to reflect.
Aug. 15, 2018
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Part of me is sympathetic to wanting to see less “bashing” of management – not because it's unwarranted but because it detracts from the focus on the game itself – but I did not vote for it. Even though Bridgewinners might be a slightly better place with less of this, the long-run state of bridge in general would be worse.

What other broad forum exists that can effectively…:

1. Publicize and help resolve high-level cheating allegations that had been largely invisible to the masses (if not to top-level players)
2. Shine sunlight on ACBL ineptitude (I would have never heard about the technology fiascos or perhaps even the CEO firing if not for BW)
3. Explore the relationship of international bridge with the Olympic movement and the uncomfortable constraints that puts on dealing with cheating
4. And on and on…
July 22, 2018
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“However, if you feel there is no problem in the game with anyone fielding psychs, there really isn't any downside or danger in logging them.”

We have many significant problems with, and threats to, bridge (popularity decline, incivility, cheating, organizational ineptitude, confusing rules, etc.). I deem the opportunity cost of our official organizations spending one minute or one dollar on this non-issue as a “downside.”
July 19, 2018
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“Perhaps more controversially, it seems to prefers getting a positive score ahead of getting a good score.”

RW, I think I understand (and largely agree with) all of the other points you were making, but can you elaborate on this one?
June 23, 2018
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Remember him as a player? No, I'm not near old enough.

Remember his story and the book about him? Heck yes…

https://www.amazon.com/Catcher-Was-Spy-Mysterious-Life-ebook/dp/B005U3V2NG/
May 21, 2018
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“I can see feelings being hurt when someone is asked to play and they are told, quite frankly, that they aren't good enough…”

We should hold no illusion that this doesn't happen now – sometimes explicitly but more often indirectly with fudges and evasions – based simply on masterpoints. If people are going to apply a “not good enough” threshold – and I believe many but certainly not all will – we might as well have something available that makes it more sound and accurate.
May 13, 2018
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Mike H: I appreciate you pointing out the potential ethical issue here. Richard beat me to my response…we should always ask. I suspect that I'm not 100% compliant, but this is a good reminder to get better.
May 7, 2018
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Can anyone link to the BW post on this presentation?
May 7, 2018
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