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Dec. 26, 2018
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If you believe in Bridge, one acreenmate, timed actions, …30 seconds at trick one, then your computer acts for you. Everyone start whining abiut changing the game, I agree …. lets change it by cleaning it up. We have nothing to fear but fear itself.
Dec. 26, 2018
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Wow! Asking a question shows a singleton spade? How exactly does that track?
Dec. 26, 2018
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This has been a fun read, i have long thought that no one may think within a trick (only between tricks), but that the first trick must have a period certain before third hand may play. Tough problems solved most cleanly through computer play.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Disagree completely. Doubling 7NT with partner on lead says “takeout an entry from either hand (to block another suit — or break a squeeze.) or I have an ace. Telling me that it shows a specific ace is some kind of dumbed down version of Bridge. I refuse to make myself play stupid bridge in some misguided attempt to be comfortable that I “have an agreement.”
Dec. 23, 2018
Chris Compton edited this comment Dec. 23, 2018
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Ed Reppert, I have heard your quoted exhange between oppoments perhaps 50 times. What were you going to do with information received from your questions about their 1N response by a PH? Why did you start by asking about auctions that did not occur? Yes, you have the right to ask them, (even about auctions that did not occur), but why ask them? How could it EVER affect your Bridge action? What did you expect the answer to your question to be? Why not ask “what does 1N show?” Can you see that a certain player will take your questions as overly aggressive, arrogant even? Were your questions necessary? Can you see that this player had his enjoyment of Bridge dampened by your exchange? Please, please no one reply “he has the right to ask.” I already admitted that; but really, how can the responder to your question have been gaming the system by his answer, since you cant gain anything from his response? (One last time, yes you have the right to ask)
Dec. 23, 2018
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Bayonne is smart.
Dec. 16, 2018
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Jim P. , thanks for the kind words about business, donna compton is as good as Audry. If I sounded bitter while pointing out the anti-for-profit tilt of the ACBL, i did not mean to be bitter! Indeed Bridge has privided us with our living — and that is truly unusual!
Dec. 15, 2018
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With Audry? Throughout the years Audry has done nothing but promote the education of Bridge players. Of course, her methods and materials have been proven to be better than the ACBL produced in house materials. Not close because Audry knows education and worked with Rodwell amd Lindrop on Bridge. Politically, the League once actually engaged her — and she developed both educational materials and the teacher accreditation program — , but the League then divorced her and kept her materials. She of course survived by writing new matererials. The League of course stopped using her materials and substituted with their own inferior product
Dec. 15, 2018
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Ever notice how many members wrongly believe their local for profit ciub is a non-profit arm of the ACBL? There is a disconnect with the ACBL BOD and large for profit clubs. Since the BOD is made up of volunteers, helping large for profit clubs — even though the most immediate way for the BOD to effectively gain members — is through the synergy of the large existing clubs … still, the BOD will generally try to build programs — that aid Smaller clubs — more than larger for profit clubs (the Co-Op advertising program is but one example.) Of course this only harms membership recruitment. Essentially, whether a for profit club owner or Audrey Grant has — you have been insttuionally shafted by the BOD to the detriment of membership growth.
Dec. 15, 2018
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Kevin, please tell yoir fellow BOD that we would be much more supportive of disastous expenditures if transparency amd such things as open bidding were religously followed. Thanks for this post as it will make working with the “old guard, nothing need change,” portion of fellow BOD members. — hard for you.
Dec. 5, 2018
Chris Compton edited this comment Dec. 6, 2018
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Nicolas Hammond, I can not tell who you think the ACBL is, but your statement is none-the-less incorrect? While your experience in negotiating the Hammond Services debacle with the ACBL may indicate to you for some reason that Peter Rank worked for Managment (as opposed to the BOD), that is simply incorrect. Peter Rank (unlike Ms. Linda Dunn) was hired by board action as General Counsel to the ACBl. In that position, Peter represented the BOD and Management, except in matters in which the BOD and Management were in conflict – in which case he clearly represented the BOD. So, since there was no conflict in representing both the BOD and Management in their debacle with you over the Hammond Services contract, Peter could and did represent both Management and the BOD (sadly, no conflict). It’s the opposite with Linda Dunn, who in cases of conflict between the BOD and Management, serves as counsel to Management.

As an aside, this knee-jerk reaction by Management to engage Ms. Dunn as Management Counsel was a reaction to the disastrous performance of Peter Rank. The ACBL BOD desperately needs a General Counsel.
Dec. 4, 2018
Chris Compton edited this comment Dec. 4, 2018
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Ms. Linda Dunn was hired by Robert Hartman as Management Counsel, she does not represent the Board of Directors, certainly not in any matter (like this matter) in which Management and the BOD have potentially adverse positions. However, I have seen nothing stating that Ms. Dunn has offered her opinion, so I am only stating who her client is — Joe Jones - Management. For example, to negotiate the hiring of Joe Jones we hope the BOD had separate counsel – as Ms. Dunn could NOT have represented the BOD in the hiring of Jones, (absent a signed conflict waiver). Again, I am NOT saying that Ms. Dunn actually did represent the BOD in the hiring of Joe Jones — only that such representation of the BOD by any Management Counsel in any negotiation with the head of Management (Jones) would be a conflict — absent waiver.

Now, this present issue of transparency is CLEAR, no Board Member may use the excuse “there are too many of us” to shirk their personal fiduciary duty. All Board
Members must be able to review any contract above a certain dollar amount. Any board member who votes against transparency above a certain dollar figure is risking VOIDING his D&O coverage as well as voiding any coverage for non compensated service to a non-profit which may be provided under the member’s homeowner’s policy.

Simply put, a vote against transparency by a Board Member is possibly a violation of the Board’s fiduciary responsibility and is among the worst policies a Board could adopt in writing. Such a vote would NOT excuse the
Board Members fiduciary responsibility and would flat out increase the member’s chance of voiding any insurance coverage.

A present Board Member who does not want to read contracts above a certain dollar amount should resign.

Any Board member should seek qualified legal counsel on this matter, particularly as the BOD is currently naked without legal counsel and has been since the departure of Peter Rank. That qualified legal counsel should not be Ms.Linda Dunn, as she is counsel to Management.
Dec. 4, 2018
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Mr. Libchaber, your remark reeks of bitterness and is mean spirited. This was not a pro's idea and no pro has come on here and supported the idea (I don't like it, for one). This idea is from a regional tournament administrator in the Mid Atlantic who – facing declining table counts, like everywhere else – wants to attract high MP teams because they have choices in where to play – and high MP players, more often than lower MP players – book at the host hotel. I would like to help Kevin Wilson increase his tournament table count,but I don't see this idea as manageable

At since you mention it, i don't see the client pool shrinking in size, I see way too many tournaments and attendance down across the board. Please try to wait until one pro supports this idea before lashing out at us.
Nov. 30, 2018
Chris Compton edited this comment Dec. 1, 2018
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Jan, i apologize to you for the ridiculous year you were denied entry. Embarassing for Bridge.
Nov. 30, 2018
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Thomas, I am disappointed to hear you feel that you are wasting your money playing Bridge, and truly sorry you are “just not good enough “ to play the Blue Ribbon. But, I don’t understand your comment regarding the number of professional pairs qualifying for this Blue Ribbon semi-final. Of the 50 pairs on this list, the VAST, VAST majority of the pairs are NOT one professional player hired to play with a sponsor (maybe 10, such pro sponsor pairs in the field, at most). Most of the players
are players who do play professionally at other times, playing with someone else who also plays professionally at other times, but neither pro is paying the other pro to play this Blue Ribbon. Are you objecting to Meckstroth playing with Rodwell? Surely you want Meckwell playing the Blue Ribbon, so if you win, you can say you defeated the best? We are headed to getting a great Blue Ribbon final together, please join me in congratulating the ACBL for something?
Nov. 28, 2018
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Yes, Soloway Friday-Thursday. Otherwise, delete the senior KO and the rest of this year’s schedule remains intact. Hope I am right about some of the secondary NABC events like the women and the mixed team. The Nail, the open BAM, the Blue Ribbon, the Reisinger amd the Fall 3 day swiss definitely remain as is.
Nov. 26, 2018
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Well said!
Nov. 26, 2018
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Alexander Woo, our experience is totally different than yours. In 50 years of my parents and wife owning large clubs, we find that the older player understands the “mental age deterioration prevention benefit” of attending class and trying to get better. Even the jaded duplicate player who is certain he needs “no new lessons,” is trying to get better. Yes, players learn more slowly past 80, but they still learn. We find almost no players who truly are not trying to learn, and/or who are not actually improving. It seems to us that almost EVERY players is playing for the purpose of improving.
Nov. 26, 2018
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Jim,there is a solid argument that any IRS designated 501©4 organization (ACBL is but one example of such) is a flawed form of business association. Think American Public Education (K-12) for a similarly dysfunctional inefficient form of non-profit. I have long informally advised that the ACBL petition to reform as a 501©3 so that the difference (tax deduction for donation) swing to the ACBL's favor. It seems that non-profit form of business associations who can not benefit from tax deductible contributions are perceived as poorly run and poorly managed. Disclaimer: I am not a non profit tax specialist, but i am certain that litigation would be required to win the designation as the desired (c3) status. The IRS would initially reject our petition, almost certainly; and the chances of spending a lot of money and losing the battle are significant.
Nov. 21, 2018
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