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Thank you for an interesting and thought-provoking post.

I have always assumed that the bridge-playing population would fall off the demographic cliff when the baby boom generation died off or got too old to play. This would be followed by the clubs not having enough table count to stay open and then the ACBL could not sustain itself on a much smaller playerbase and would fold.

But maybe this is not the case.

I think efforts should be made to get kids and college students interested in the game. Plant the seed, so to speak. At the same time the local clubs can market the game to recent retirees and the empty nesters. ACBL can generate incentives for the clubs by paying royalties to the club owners from sanction fees or membership fees paid by players recruited by the clubs, as Chris Compton has suggested. Nothing motivates like money. :)
March 14
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I don't know.
March 11
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There are two kinds of people, those who have lost important data to a computer failure, and those who will.

Personally I use Carbonite, but there are lots of good products out there. A local backup is insufficient, I think. A bad power surge could take out your entire system, then you are stuck.
Jan. 31
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Cool story, but there are some corrections you need to make.
Jan. 27
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Don't cash the spades against GIB. A lot of the time they will discard one.

Your first discard from hand should be what you want them to discard, thus a spade.

On the three diamonds, first discard a spade, then club and heart.

You have the legit major suit squeeze, 3-3 spades, or they discard a spade from four of them.
Jan. 25
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I have played a lot of Starcraft and this was a very interesting article. Thank you for posting.
Jan. 25
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You could always play in ABA tournaments.
Jan. 22
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Sure, West could open 1NT. :)
Jan. 15
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We removed regular knockouts for the upcoming regional in Houston and we're going to try the Mini Soloway instead (top bracket only) It solves the scheduling problems of 9 teams entering and first round KO losers at the cost of having to play two days with the same team.

I think it's a better way to run knockouts.
Jan. 8
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I wonder if there is a lie of the cards where 7NT cannot be made. If North holds both black honors and South holds the hearts, you can just unblock A and run hearts then diamonds.

I like Alvin's line with Kit's modification. Win A, then when all follow overtake T and run diamonds.
Jan. 3
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Out of 15 pairs, none were in spades. Top score was -480, so -500 would have been a great board.

One pair was -480 for a top, -750 (6 pairs) was 71%, -980 (3 pairs) was 43% and -1210 (5 pairs) was 14%.
Dec. 31, 2018
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I guess he judged that LHO would not lead jack from KJT on this auction.
Dec. 25, 2018
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You and Sally are the best pair at the club. Maybe lesser players feel a need to “operate”.
Dec. 20, 2018
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Right. If I play 8 days, two sessions a day, that is 16 sessions, or four tables just by myself.

The actual number of players that won masterpoints in Honolulu was 2104, compared to 4674 players last year in San Diego and 4338 in Orlando in 2016.

Link for research: https://live.acbl.org/masterpoint-winners/NABC163
Change “163” to the year and the number of the national, spring is 1, summer is 2. It only goes back a few years, you would have to find the total number of players at older nationals another way.
Dec. 7, 2018
Daniel Jackson edited this comment Dec. 7, 2018
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This is kind of bizarre. Why the wall of text? Can't you just answer Timo's question? Are FN invited or are they not?
Dec. 5, 2018
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Final 6034.5
Dec. 3, 2018
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Multiply by 3 because the event was three days gives Barry's 12xx number.
Nov. 26, 2018
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Cool story. What happens if LHO has the bare A? Don't you need to run clubs first? It would be pretty funny for RHO to put down three diamond penalty cards, then find a diamond mixed in with the hearts.
Nov. 26, 2018
Daniel Jackson edited this comment Nov. 26, 2018
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The agenda is http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/about/HawaiiAgenda.pdf but the minutes (and what passed) have not been posted.
Nov. 23, 2018
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Link please?
Nov. 23, 2018
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