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These accusations seemed embellished and in poor taste when first posted and I'm not sure how that has changed.

That said, a large part of my opinion is based on the impression that Nick is very focused on profit while Jay has given the impression of:

1) Providing significant services to the bridge community without trying to maximize profit
2) Provided those services with significantly less drama, issues, etc than Nick has managed to accomplish in the past.

He claims that Jay is using the freemium model, but I don't see any method to upgrade and pay more for extra services. I went to every single page I could find and the only way to make money is to “donate” for no extra benefit. That's not a freemium model. In addition, he references facebook using freemium but FB doesn't use a freemium model. FB makes money from ads. I look for all these ads on thecommongame.com and fail to see any. I look for ads/revenue making tactics in the emails from thecommongame.com and continue to fail to see any.

The only question I actually want answered is: “How much $ is the ACBL paying Jay Whipple's company for services rendered?”. My assumption is that it is a lot less than market rate and with significantly fewer issues/drama/headaches for the ACBL than they have experienced with Nick in the past.

Should they add a route to certification? Sure, but if that is the issue then that should be the focus rather than suggesting that Jay Whipple resign which seems unnecessary.
March 5
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Hi Jay,

Thank you for taking the time to answer questions! It seems like you have consistently been a force for driving technology forward in the ACBL.

On to the questions:

1) What do you feel are the next 3-5 technologies/tools that the ACBL and/or your company should consider building in order to improve the bridge experience in the ACBL?

2) Similarly, what are your long term dreams of technologies/tools that would be really cool but are further down the road?

3) What do you think is the most practical way to reduce effective size of the BOD in a way that might actually happen? For example, would rotating district representation to the board (4 years on, 8 years off) be more possible than trying to collapse districts?

4) The Spring NABC schedule has a giant hole on Sunday for those who are not old enough for the silver ribbons. Bahar was proactive about reaching out in order to solve the issue and there was some discussion of fixing it in San Diego but when it made it to the BOD nothing happened. Will something be done in order to make sure this gets fixed before 2019? For context: https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/acbl-scheduling-adjusting-spring-nabc-schedule-to-avoid-excluding-certain-gendersages/ . Two comments worth highlighting imo are Adam P's: (add ?cj=548233#c548233 to the link) and Adam M's (add ?cj=549503#c549503 to the link) with followup comments. I have also seen a variety of friends/people I know also make plans in previous years and/or this year to either wait until after the mixed pairs to come or (if a short flight) go for the first event, go home for 4 days, then come back for the last two events.

5) What are your thoughts on offering more events at NABCs to reduce periods where people have nothing to play? For example, 3 day events with nothing starting on the 2nd day (plat pairs), events that are gender restricted with no parallel open event (mixed pairs), and 3 day events where the event starting the next day is gender restricted (last weekend of summer and fall NABCs)?
March 1
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I've been down a lot twice. The first time our Day 2 Vanderbilt team had roughly 1500 points total and were in it for the experience and there was not a single hint of a suggestion by the other team that we withdraw. They were fine/pleasant/etc throughout and it was a great experience that several members have mentioned having great memories of years later. The other time there was definitely pressure from the other team to withdraw even when it was clear that at least some people on our team weren't eager to do so and I thought the dynamic was just really uncomfortable. We ended up withdrawing, but the whole experience did make me question the current approach where the people who apply pressure to get a withdrawal will benefit with more rest over the teams that don't.
Feb. 26
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Lots of great books that one shouldn't miss. For the author I read the most of when I was learning I think that would be Lawrence. I found his style very engaging and it was easy to go through his books in one or two sittings. He also covered a wide variety of topics and his play the X with Mike Lawrence was fun too.

For single favorite book I would go with How the Experts Win at Bridge. Very easy reading, packed full of great information.
Feb. 26
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The higher ranks increase in gold requirements and then platinum requires 100 platinum points.
Feb. 18
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I don't know that the people who can't get the gold to hit LM are in huge need of more/harder goals.
Feb. 18
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I would consider it a limit raise, but wouldn't be upset at a partner who felt otherwise
Feb. 14
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I don't really get the furor over a “national title”. If it doesn't count for GLM status, then the “national title” is just a marketing ploy.
Feb. 11
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SoundCloud is usually how I see people sharing podcasts in a place that's easy for people to access with a browser.
Feb. 9
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Flag it for moderator attention. I'll do it as well.
Feb. 9
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I never would have imagined anything other than moderate extras getting more than a couple votes. Shows how little I know!
Feb. 9
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@Richard Reitman: Can you share a link to this simulation?
Feb. 9
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I voted for need help in spades, but admittedly most of my more in depth conversations on Drury have been in strong club partnerships where the suit setting/slam try demanding a cue option doesn't make sense.
Feb. 8
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Pretty sure 11HCP is my min for a game bid and made. Slam I remember 17 for sure as one that I bid to make (and avoided the temptation to XX), not sure if I've bid and made a slam on less than that.
Jan. 31
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Peg: It seems likely that this will reduce the appeal of regionals for some. However, I'm not sure that it necessarily follows that this will be bad for regionals. It seems like a natural progression could be:

1) REACH becomes more mainstream, with REACH events 4x per year
2) Some people who need gold points have an alternative way to get gold points and stop attending regionals
3) The regionals on the brink of dying, do so.
4) The regionals that don't die off now have less competition and absorb some players from the regionals that were killed.

While this process would reduce the total # of regionals in the ACBL, it seems like the quality/attendance of the regionals that remain could remain on par. It might also condense people who are interested in regionals for reasons other than “gold points for LM” increasing the strength of the field which might be a good thing.

I'm not sure I love the REACH idea, but it seems like there is potential there if managed correctly. I think it would be especially interesting if districts (especially those w/ a very high # of regionals) were incentivized to prune regionals with a higher % cut of the REACH proceeds if they do so.
Jan. 25
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Don, I would happily wager a c-note that you are being overly pedantic. The spirit of Bahar's statement seems clear: almost everyone is near a school and could take part, yet participation is lower than he would like.
Jan. 25
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I think this is an interesting idea, will see how it goes. I just wish all the $$ stayed in the ACBL, preferably back to the districts, units, and clubs. Rather than “world bridge”, why not 40% to the district, 40% to the unit, and 20% to the club owners. Club owner allotment could be based on sessions by REACH members. Or if payouts to club owners gets problematic for whatever reason then paying it to the unit and district would be great as well. Not sure I understand why “world bridge” is the beneficiary of regional events that are run at clubs.
Jan. 23
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How far are you going back to find the “top dollar for masterpoints”? Given the existence of gold rush pairs and bracket X KOs, the concept of cheapening gold points is certainly not a new one.
Jan. 23
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One thing I DO like about this is the optional buy in. People who want the points can pay more, those who don't care don't have to pay extra. This seems a lot better than STACs where it costs extra whether or not you care about the chance to win extra silver.
Jan. 23
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I like your suggestion Adam. Do you have any thoughts on how to modify it (if at all) when the opponents are playing a precision 2?
Jan. 23
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