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I agree but knowing that it took 26 points for game was helpful (opening bid opposite opening bid), for example.
Oct. 20, 2017
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I was an avid whist, pinochle, spades and heart card player before I learned how to play bridge. All they told me was how many points in a deck, what the points were, the suit ranking, and how many points I needed to open. After the first deal, I learned as we played. I think having card sense matters when teaching bridge. Other card games show whether someone can count tricks, follow suit, etc.
Oct. 20, 2017
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Paul - I agree with you which is why I chose “other”.
Oct. 1, 2017
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Bots on BBO.
Oct. 1, 2017
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I reserved today for Philly. I was charged for one-night room deposit. No big deal. :)
Sept. 15, 2017
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I take the first sentence to mean all NABC's starting September 25, 2017 and thereafter.
Sept. 15, 2017
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“A nonrefundable cancellation fee for NABC hotels will be implemented beginning Sept. 25, 2017.”
Sept. 15, 2017
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“Will we start using ”Big Data“ to make informed decisions, rather than on hunches and personal preferences?”

So now that we have a new CEO, wouldn't we want to make a suggestion with a more positive tone?
Sept. 5, 2017
Betty Schuler edited this comment Sept. 5, 2017
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In an organization of 160,000 people, you want serious consideration for this change based on the vote of 200 people? Perhaps asking that they survey the membership?
Aug. 30, 2017
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David, you do know that many famous people, and organization heads, have someone to do their social media postings for them under their name. It's administratively done all the time. Nothing to do with standards of courteous civil discourse - even sending an email to someone does not mean that they personally type and send the reply. Stop being a “right fighter” (oops, is that name calling?)
Aug. 28, 2017
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LOL Peg, for you it's time zones, for someone else it's expenses, yet for others it's finding a partner. There are no easy answers for the ACBL, so in the end, the organizers schedule the event and try like heck to please most of us. That they can please everybody is impossible. There are 3 NABCs per year. Go to the ones that are most suited for you based on your needs and let the other(s) go. Every single player from Europe, the Far East, etc. face the time zone issue. They come here, they play, and we are fortunate for their participation (aren't we?). So surely those of us in the continental USA can handle a little time zone problem. If not……..
Aug. 27, 2017
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Well they have plenty of time in advance of any NABC to figure that out. Sorry, I just don't get folks not doing their due diligence and planning in advance.
Aug. 27, 2017
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Peg, I think that's why location of the event matters and why I make a decision to go or not go based on my personal situation. I just don't expect the organizers to factor my personal problems into their scheduling. Rather, I go or don't go based on what fits my needs, schedule, and pocketbook lol. See you in Philly?
Aug. 27, 2017
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Peg, I get it! And I understand. Some of us do better with jet-lag than others. That being the case, sometimes I have to get somewhere a day early to acclimate, but that's my problem, not the organizers of the event. I still prefer the early events. Some of us need our beauty rest (haha!).
Aug. 27, 2017
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OK, Cheap Seats speaking out again. I just don't get it. The ACBL announces NABC locations YEARS in advance. I look at the schedule, decide which ones I want to go to, and book when the rooms are open for reservations. I can't imagine someone booking a cruise “just in case”, or any other event where travel, hotel, and fees are significant (like a visit to Disneyland with the kids). It would never occur to most of us to book our family vacation this way, so why do folks do this to a bridge event??? I surely understand that a bridge event is going to be pricey. If I know what the host hotel is going to cost me, I have a decision to make - but I surely would not book the host hotel and wait a few months out to see if I want to stay there or even go at all. Am I missing something? Are folks really making reservations they don't know if they will keep? NABCs are easy to plan for - way in advance. Absent an emergency reason for cancelling, I am appalled that making a hotel reservation has resorted for the need for the ACBL to come up with a penalty for those who can't decide until the last minute. Seriously!
Aug. 27, 2017
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Imagine what our international players must go through (whether Europe or Asia or anywhere in between). Back when I worked, I had to travel far and wide and nobody changed a meeting time for travelers. Meeting at 7:30am, no excuses lol. Anyway, I like and I voted for 10:30 and 3:30. I don't go to West Coast NABCs.
Aug. 27, 2017
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The ACBL Official posted on behalf of Bahar Gidwani, ACBL CEO on some specific events. Your post seems to “dump” on a bunch of other issues. I applaud the follow-up on the issues presented.
Aug. 21, 2017
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…and then they'll have to create some bureaucratic system (or database) to keep track….. I spent 15 years working for the US Army in Europe. Before cell phones, whatsapp, facetime and even email. If there was an emergency we got a notice from the Red Cross. All I'm saying is there has to be a way to accommodate an emergency call. Otherwise, phones are OFF. Mountain.Molehill.
Aug. 2, 2017
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Officer's Wives Club.
Aug. 2, 2017
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Paul, that is a good idea regardless of why. An emergency contact number is a good idea!!
Aug. 1, 2017
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