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Over 1 spade 2 hearts 2nt some play 4 clubs as key card for spades
Feb. 2
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Yes but just in the context of just going to slam


In my opinion it's key card for spades.
Feb. 2
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Sorry, for all the problems and stress I have caused.
If I post in the future I will know how.
The question never was changed.
Feb. 2
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hopefully I now have the post corrected.
Feb. 2
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Yes 6 or maybe AKQJx
Feb. 1
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no. lol
Feb. 1
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thanks
Feb. 1
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As to Memphis the original contracts called for a large number of rooms to be booked by our members and we were headed towards another huge loss. I asked the outgoing and incoming President in Charleston about this issue and I was told our new Executive Secretary had managed to reduced down our obligation and solve this problem. This was a great relief but now it maybe hard to get a room at a good price near the site.
Jan. 8
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Ray
I agree with you. Many lawyers would have expressed concerned about the plan had they been consulted. I just think we can establish a procedure that will stand up in court.
Dec. 17, 2018
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The legal issue in Blakely discussed in your article seems to be over the Binding Arbitration Agreement and whether the act alone of renewing your membership makes an agreement. How is that involved in this mess?
Dec. 17, 2018
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Sooner or later in a court we will have to establish as a membership organization our right to deal with collusive cheaters that have been found guilty after a proper hearing and the right for appeal in our organization. As a retired lawyer I have confidence that the courts will allow us to exclude the cheaters from our midst.

We should have a few lawyers study the situation and current laws. Then set up a system that meets with standards of fairness and normal safeguards in determining the evidence that can be used. The courts have no desire for us to keep cheaters they just want us to have proper procedures.

As long as we fold every time someone threatens a lawsuit we are going to have these problems and our membership is going to be outraged. This should have a priority for the BOD above most matters for the sake of our great game.
Dec. 16, 2018
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Sooner or later in a court we will have to establish as a membership organization our right to deal with collusive cheaters that have been found guilty after a proper hearing and the right for appeal in our organization. As a retired lawyer I have confidence that the courts will allow us to exclude the cheaters from our midst.

We should have a few lawyers study the situation and current laws. Then set up a system that meets with standards of fairness and normal safeguards in determining the evidence that can be used. The courts have no desire for us to keep cheaters they just want us to have proper procedures.

As long as we fold every time someone threatens a lawsuit we are going to have these problems and our membership is going to be outraged. This should have a priority for the BOD above most matters for the sake of our great game.
Dec. 16, 2018
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Certainly before anyone gets back in (which should be rare) we need a total public confession with details.
Dec. 14, 2018
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I agree with a ban for life on this TYPE of cheating but if that is not our rule certainly a long time ban before they can be readmitted. The fact that most of the Board just approved this very serious decision without knowing all the facts points once again to the fact that our governance structure is very BROKEN.

If they are going to let them back in the Committee or BOD deciding upon a gut feeling the amount of a fine to go towards a fund to improve our systems of catching future cheaters that might be a good idea.

Having a complicated system to determine a disgorgement amount would be a nightmare. We have enough trouble determining the masterpoint awards. lol
Dec. 12, 2018
Jack Feagin edited this comment Dec. 12, 2018
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Yes that is possible and Atlanta wants to help by doing them on a regular basis but 3 in 10 years was more than any city wants. Despite high entry fees they don't give enough money to put on a good tournament and if you hire people entry fees will go up more. Don't be surprised if the Atlanta Unit has something to say about 2023 especially on the times of major events


However, I also think there are many good locations and we have a good piece of business to offer to certain places at certain times
Dec. 9, 2018
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You should understand that the Atlanta and District 7 raise money each time and the volunteers put in several years of work. Once every seven years is enough for most places.
Dec. 9, 2018
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I was twice President but way before this but if he tells you differently I want to hear about it.
Dec. 9, 2018
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This is more information that you want but is the only way of explaining how things worked in Atlanta and perhaps elsewhere.

This is want I know on this one.

In the 2013 event Wendy was doing her first NABC and we got into some disputes. The first day of the set up she had put the partnership desk in the middle of the ballroom instead of our 15,000 square feet of foyer space and a few other odd decisions. I took a strong stand and it was changed. So shortly after the 2013 NABC our District Director called our Unit President and asked if the Unit had people who could run another NABC besides me and the Unit President rightfully thought that could be done.

He was told that the deal was that they wanted to come to Atlanta in 2018 because they could not make a deal for Nashville because of high hotel rates there. Neither the District Board or Unit Board voted on this deal but the Unit and District President were told and perhaps gave their blessing. I didn't like the lack of approval by the local or District Board but time pressure may have caused it. I was told much later that the deal was struck as follows.

3 main points

1. I would not be the Chair (even after having done 4 NABC successfully under budget) because I was “too difficult to deal with”. I agree I can be difficult when I believe you are doing something wrong.

2. The times for NABC events would not be at 10 and 3 again because the ACBL BOD did not like it and it interfered with their work at the tournament.


3. The Atlanta Marriott was willing and desiring to take the 2018 Summer and the 2023 Fall NABC as a package.


Locals are beginning to realize that having one in 2018 and 2023 is a great burden. Especially when we are having 3 in 10 years. Easy to see why many thinking there are problems in this in house department of the ACBL.
Dec. 9, 2018
Jack Feagin edited this comment Dec. 9, 2018
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I disagree about the BOD just approving proposals for the District. The recent Atlanta NABC and 2023 Atlanta Fall NaBC were all done in 2013 and the whole plan came down because the ACBL was having trouble finding a site for 2018. A package deal was created whereby Atlanta was stuck with 3 NABC in 10 years. 2013, 2018 and 2023. A great burden for local volunteers. Having to do this should have been a warning site that a failure was occurring in making deals. Doing it house and promoting within has been a bad approach that maybe continuing.


Hawaii was not a package deal and that is not a requirement. We are just in desperate need of help on these contracts and the BOD did fail in its responsibility of overseeing this major part of our organizations' business of running championship tournaments.
Dec. 9, 2018
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The oversized board have been a factor is this problem. Another reason for quick action in reducing the size of the BOARD.
Dec. 5, 2018
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