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All comments by Ellis Feigenbaum
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I love IMP pairs. Its a shame we don't see it that much at regionals anymore. IMP pairs is like matchpoints on steroids, you can basically do anything you want up to 2sp white, because no one has a penalty double anymore.
You have to bid your games and slams , and avoid numbers.
Yes it is different to matchpoints, but so what?
Oct. 10
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Jim I don't remember playing in a game you directed, but it will be nice to see more of you at tournaments.
Oct. 10
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Barbara, that's all well and good and I don't complain about card fees or players coming in. But the league views the clubs as a cash cow.
If you can tell me why an NAP qualifier costs $5 a tale, when the ACBL provides nothing, not even a computer generated hand record file?
If you can tell me why the ACBL charges 32 dollars for dup files for a sectional, which they can generate on almost any random number dealing program?
Or maybe why they sanction 20 weekend sectionals in a 10 mile radius of my club or 2 REGIONALS a year within a mile and 4 within 40.
Sorry but the league wants my money with 0 in return.
So yes my business is my business, and it behooves me to run it well and generate new players, but the least the league could do is stop taking money out of my pocket.
Look at the new incentive, if we post scores on ACBL live for a month we get a free upgraded club championship for which we will still have to pay table fees. So they can get the clubs used to posting on line, in order to be able to generate payments as you post.
Jay Baum used to say he could run the whole league on clubs alone, so much so that the league has ignored them because they just assume they will always be there.
Oct. 10
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I had a student who would tell people who asked questions about a bid “ Its just bridge world standard”
Knowing he had no idea what BWS was, I bought him the book, told him we were playing it and alerted every bid he made for one session, he never said that again.
Sept. 28
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why not call it Plotkin 2 diamonds, if the Irish got to name a 2d convention why not a nice Jewish boy from NY?
Sept. 23
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Last week we had a dealing machine problem, for me as the Director was not a problem, I told my players to shuffle deal and play.
This is a club, 100% of my regulars started playing before predealt boards and before hand records.
They all though I was a genius for generating a hand record by entering the hands table by table in the Bridge Mates. which is a no brainer.
But as I was entering the hands I have never seen such an array of distributional hands, turns out Not one table shuffled properly, some only shuffled once.
So its not just juniors that don't know how to shuffle properly, some of the older people have forgotten how.
Sept. 23
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whole thinks stinks of another WBF cash grab.
Another championship , more money and free junkets to the WBF mucky mucks.
U31 World Championship is not going to put bums on seats in anyone's bridge club nor is going to get more people playing.
They spend so much time concentrating on their tournaments they are forgetting where the funding comes from.
Much like the ACBL bulletin, which is always a pleasure to read, probably in all its existence and definitely in last 30 years would be hard pushed to find a handful of players that have joined the ACBL because of it.
Sept. 23
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matchpoints
Sept. 20
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I think it shows solid spades AKQJTO9 and invites a grand opposite the right hand.
Sept. 16
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One Size certainly does not fit all, that is for sure.
Certain areas and locations lend themselves to a 10 and 3 schedule others do not.
Certain regionals lend themselves to Bracketed Swiss events throughout the week , others do not.
These things are mostly dependent on the amount of players using the host hotel vs those that commute.
The 50 mile radius from this particular tournament is home to 90% of the top Southern California players, they simply are not staying at the host.
California suffers from master point inflation more than most places.
There are many players around who have close to 10k points that simply cannot compete in the top bracket against half a dozen pro teams, but that is where they are.
Then you have the Itabashi pairs phenomenon, If you beat Itabashi you have almost certainly won a pair game.
Its not quite that simple as Mark has been know not to play the second set if the first set was not up to snuff.
But look at this regionals results 3 Pairs wins 1 second(NAP)and one 4th, he also won the Sunday Swiss .
Sept. 14
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The walkers are a practical problem, the last thing I need is someone to trip over one and end up in hospital. As we age falling is definitely a problem.
So I try my best to give those that need walkers to perambulate a stationary.
on occasion I have had the odd 16 n/s 9 EW problem, its amazing what not starting the game does.
Sept. 12
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Sunday is a mixed bag.
They run an open AXY swiss, a bracketed Swiss for under 2000 MP and a 2 session Fast Pairs. Basically something for everyone.
I personally like the Sunday Swiss format. It is different to the Bracketed Swiss in that you are not playing the same 8 teams you played all the other times, and it gives people a chance to meet and play against teams outside of the bracket. I would prefer 8 rounds matches so you get to play more people but I understand the time constraints.
Sept. 10
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This is hilarious, I have about 6 or 7 pairs that need a stationary and 2 pairs that I give stationary because I can’t stand the plumber pants when they move around. As to the rest if they can go to the kitchen and get coffee and chips without the use of a walker they can play east west.
Sept. 9
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Thanks Jim. Margie also does all the I/N lectures at 930 AM is in charge of the speaker program, as well as doing a Monday I/N boot camp and an afternoon lecture and even played with an absolute novice in a side game because there was no one else to play with them.
Between all of that she also found time to drag me kicking and screaming to the D22 NAP win.
I help Margie is a powerhouse, sometimes I get to sleep.
Sept. 9
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One of the problems as I see it , is that some of the clubs have disciplinary chairs and some do not.
Mostly small clubs deal with discipline in house and see the things that might be complained about at regional or sectional level as teaching opportunities.
There are very few partnerships or players that need discipline at a higher level. Locally we know who those players are and they do get dealt with unless we have our hands tied.
Aug. 30
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Where I can understand the thought given to the problem, the question is was there a problem to start with? The more we centralize the less likely we are to be getting to the true nature of any given problem.
I can tell you off the top of my head the Directors that simply don't understand the concept of Logical Alternatives and most of the players who think I was going to bid it in any case to be a correct answer.
I can tell you which players systemically have effective dual cards and which players are faking it.
Having centralized and accessible data is a good idea, having centralized discipline is only good if the local people are involved in the disciplinary action if and when taken.
roughly 90% of the complaints I have ever received are more teaching opportunities than occasion for real discipline.
Aug. 30
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Why eliminate a local position, when it is obvious that local people have a lot more idea of what is happening locally?
From experience I find when these things are forcibly booted upstairs they are not dealt with in a timely manner.
A unit can hold a conduct hearing in a very short space of time, district not so fast EOC it takes forever.
All of this is of course dependent on player memos being filed and local directors working with the Units in order to make sure this happens.
Aug. 29
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You are allowed to run a 0-20 supervised play game, concurrent with your open game, the open game gets credit for the 0-20 tables. This boosts the masterpoint awards in open game depending on how many tables you run it can be a nice boost, but it’s not something I would make any plans around just an added bonus.
Aug. 18
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Teaching people to think is probably the most difficult part . Because they are all thinking but mostly about the wrong things.
It is hard to get people to think past their own hand , so at point one I try to get them to understand what shapes auctions mean .
So an opps auction that goes 1h p 2c p 2d p 3D p 3nt.
What’s declared shape , most likely 5341 could be 5242.
So what’s most likely lead to beat them from
10987
10876
Ax
Q9x
More than likely a club, but until they start thinking about the right thing they are stuck looking the wrong way .
Aug. 14
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Partners Alert and explanation remove your ability to be a genius. Now you have to take it slow and risk ending in a part score. Yes 4sp might be the obvious place to play for you, but you have to treat 2d as natural and bid accordingly. You certainly don't get to avoid an accident with your first bid, and why isn't 4sp now a self splinter in support of your own diamonds? Director needed to ask a few more questions before making a ruling? too many variables.
Aug. 9
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