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Make sure you have contact stickers with name, email, phone for someone willing to close with a free lesson or kibitz session. Always offer to pick up your prospect, don't expect them to just drop by the club (and that's mostly a bad thing anyway). All contact info of prospects should go in a club/unit/teacher data base for the next time a LBIAD or something similar is run in the area.

Adverts without follow up methodology are just publicity, not marketing. Marketing without a closer (trained salesman) is a waste of time and money. Our concentration should be on training our sales staff (current members). How do we hook potential players (our prospects) without running them off? How do we do this when our club has no newcomer training and fun game, and all games are open with 50%+ old life masters?
2 hours ago
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A couple of days ago I contacted the producers of Big Brother to donate introduction to rubber bridge books and decks of cards to the House, so maybe the House Guests will take up the game when locked in for long periods (not even allowed in the back yard!). No response yet. If anyone wants to second that suggestion I won't mind :-) One thing ACBL could and should do is poll the 168K membership for “who do you know in TV land, pro sports, etc.” so we can build a data base of centers of influence. We don't need huge moves, just get bridge spoken of as a young folks game and not disparaged as a joke.
3 hours ago
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No wonder we lose players. Who wants to put up with all this? Hopefully South gently called “Director Please…” (after the auction and the opening lead?), noted when asked that 3C was bid after a noticeable break in tempo, the opponents concurred, the eventual director ruling was accepted with grace, and that was that. (And hopefully anyone with heartburn pulled the director aside later over a beer to discuss the situation amicably, involving the other players only if necessary for the sake of equity.) I sure wish the Laws Committee could figure out a way to avoid this stuff without making things worse. I'm surprised we manage to acquire novice directors.
15 hours ago
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Ray,
Spotted this in the UI/Break in Tempo thread and so happy you made this poll. This type of situation actually happened Monday when I was playing 1st time with someone else's student (not poaching, honest). I was West in this example, and did not break tempo. My partner bid 3C (really, 3C!). She made it as I recall, but that wasn't the reason I circled it on my card for post-game discussion. I wanted her to ask her teacher if re-opening with ANYTHING would be what he's teaching (my teachers HATED that idea, even at matchpoints, but they are both dead and this is 2018. Teacher thought balancing action was appropriate and liked 3C with the five bagger. given only 3 pieces in hearts I would tend to agree, but whenever possible I try to re-open with doubles to cater to multiple potential hands partner might hold. David Caprera wrote an article on this based on information theory, published last year in the D17 Score Card. David, do you have the URL?

Anyway, anxious to see the poll results and any comments from experts. Also I might ask how the answer might vary based on vulnerability and type of contest (IMPs v. MPs).
Chris
18 hours ago
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Perhaps Bridge Bulletin May 2018 “Ruling the Game” by Matt Smith would shed light on this. (p. 33)
18 hours ago
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Max,
1. Posted this thread link on my Facebook page. Hope folks don't have to jump through hoops to get to it.
2. Congratulations from a minnow who tries to play with sharks whenever possible. Got the scars to prove it, and always willing to get chewed up some more.
3. Noticed you start fast and fade. Common problem. There were comments on one of the other threads about fitness. Itabashi walks during and between sessions when able, and eats sensibly. He mostly plays pairs with his clients, but he does have 55,000+ MPs. I've read and am trying to practice Rocky and Superman poses with breathing before and during rounds. (Karen Walker maybe?) Then there's “Aw crap, I can't be winning, I don't belong here…” which costs some boards. Not sure how to fix that. Ask Debbie.
4. Any chance you could turn that into a tutorial? (500 words according to my editor, which would preclude hand discussions – just your thoughts.) The focus of the article would be zero to Hamman in 6 months or something like that. Why bridge is so special. Why you don't have to be super human in intellect or innate talent or otherwise (not that you aren't, but just pretend you aren't). You get the gist.

Nicely done sir, and your teammates too. Looks like they didn't have to drag you.
May 25
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and, um, aren't you now in that category?
May 25
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I suspect that's fixin' to change.
May 25
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Very nice Kitty and all who have posted.
May 23
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Old Testament and Pulp Fiction in a bridge forum thread. Take that, chess pukes!
May 22
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Si, but it applies to bridge to, as I've been told by more than one would-be teacher (or perhaps as they said to a would-be student!). And yes, Mike, I got it.
May 20
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I agree Nicholas, but I've seen some “unusual” takeout doubles. Off shape would be a nice way to put it.
May 19
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Yes, it's long. If I did a re-make I'd break it into two parts. The first would be the four players playing and scoring at normal pace (about 2 minutes a hand including claiming and scoring). A few hands, one in notrump and others with different trumps, declarer pulling dummy's cards and everyone tossing into the center. Then announce part 2 exists with the action slowed and explained. At the conclusion of part 2 I'd make a brief statement that once folks get the mechanics of play down they can transition to contract bridge, which has a competitive auction and an enhanced scoring system. I'd end with a referral to an example video like this one from Australia's Peter Hollands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Arq3t0iHfPE
May 19
Chris Hasney edited this comment May 19
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I assume by takeout you could also say responsive (“I have cards, no clear action, you pick pard”). I think the answer really lies in North's cards, and I'm assuming his initial double was not penalty (undefined in problem). If it WAS penalty then South's double is too, without question. If North's double was takeout, then when South doubles North must look at his hand for guidance. Doubleton or less in diamonds? Then South's double probably closed a trap. If not, then what is South doing? Probably just doesn't want to sell out, and has no clear action. (I do enjoy the “Blame Transfer” option!)
May 19
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I recall reading a Bulletin article about a thriving young gay men's club in Portland (I think) a couple of years back. Wonder how they are doing. If we can convince potential young players that we are more like Leonard and Penny than Sheldon and Amy we might get more takers.
May 18
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Dave,
I AM trying to target jocks and cheerleader types. THEY ARE THE BAIT for the slide rule types. If we can't attract them, we must make them – teach the leaders to fake a decent bridge game, and video them.

As to GOAL, what's a squeeze if not a goal tender trying to defend against two attackers, one on either flank. If he moves to block his LHO, LHO passes to the tender's RHO who kicks though the opening – GOOOOAAAAAALLLLL. I figure the May Bulletin 6NT challenge hand will do. Just need to fill in the E-W cards in a way where the auction wouldn't be weird and the lead would make sense. Also the commentary is enhanced by the extra options for declarer.

We can actually shoot the players, and maybe the kibitzers, playing soccer or beach volleyball, then inset that footage into the video. As an example look at my 2008 “Bridge Babe.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1STqGji40Q&t=1s
Note that back then folks watched videos on laptops, not phones. Now videos must be much shorter.

Big issue is to get releases from actors and parent/guardians. That's why I don't work with kids.
May 16
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“It is much harder, and rarer, for a player of your experience to have such a great spirit and enjoy the process so much while you continue to improve.” (Feldman)

How do we make that statement false as we go forward? When I was learning my teachers told me that was the whole point, and if I thought otherwise I was wasting my time and theirs. Tiddlywinks were mentioned…
May 15
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That's a good age mix.
May 14
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Lol, one of the things I admire about Itabashi is his dedication to staying fit while amassing 55K MPs. He uses his breaks during sessions to take fast walks. I've noticed Wold and Morris in the gym too. These are the faces and bodies we need to be presenting to the public as we rejuvenate our image. Problem is, these ARE young guys when it comes to our average age. We need to partner with the NCAA and scouts, not the “mature” folks association and charities.
May 13
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That's why we've been trying to put the rubber back in bridge. That's where good bridge, teaching, and socializing can proliferate.
May 13
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