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The handicaps indicate the Ability ranking as calculate by the PingHu system which is the Chess Elo system adapted for for pairs. More information at:

http://thecommongame.com/PingHu/PingHuRating.html
May 15
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Thank you all for your personal commitment and support of this game we all love. We are stronger together.

Running out of gas here…..bidding all a goodnight..
March 1
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Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help… there is a social group in Portland that uses TheCommonGame hand and runs and submits their own game results and contracts from their own homegrown Game Engine. They then review their game results against the larger field of TheCommonGame. A hybrid of fun and learning! Thank you for your leadership among your friends and your commitment to bridge!
March 1
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My schedule is loaded with visits to 16 different District Venues. My itinerary has been informed by recommendations and invitations from fellow board members. Listening in forums such as these and in person are all important. The hard part is separating the wheat from the chaff and formulating and executing a plan that will make a difference. Ultimately, this requires a partnership of trust between our dynamic CEO, Bahar Gidwani and my fellow board members.
March 1
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Hi Ellis,

While I am sure this is true of some, the larger danger is Baby Boomers who set out on their journey to learn bridge which takes longer than when we were younger. They start to get the bug only to discover the time and expense involved in achieving the daunting 500 points in their remaining life time. Quite simply many choose to retire back to their rubber bridge games with their friends. Initiatives like REACH are designed to make the acquisition of master points more affordable and accessible while still retaining the integrity of a tough competition.
March 1
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Dear Table 9,

Who is buying?

We miss your attention to detail and encyclopedic knowledge thanks for offering to share.
March 1
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Dear Tanya,

What kind of recognition did you have in mind?


Hard to believe we don't have tournaments offerings on Mother's day or religious holidays but there is always the pressure to make the regional bigger than the year before. Are the market forces with us?
March 1
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Apologies for the gap this afternoon. The day started at 4AM ET and included travel from Tampa- Atlanta - Memphis. Afternoon meetings and dinner then interfered with my response time.

Thank you and your team for providing the opportunity for this exchange. This is a great service for bridge!
March 1
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Dear Mike,

Bill and Warren could not be more gracious at the Omaha Regional…..They take extra care to recognize the hard working directors. I will never forget the thrill of sitting down against Bill and some guy named Hamman in Bracket II. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to disclose the results of the match…at least not in public.
March 1
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Hi guys,

Sometimes it is best to let people help in their own time & other own terms.
March 1
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Dear Elaine,

I guess I better get going…. thanks for all your comments and suggestions over the years..they do not go unnoticed.
March 1
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Dear Brad,

If you hadn't cleaned our clock so thoroughly in Sarasota I might think you were serious. lol….as Butch would say “Who are those guys?”
March 1
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Thanks folks,

Not much to add here that hasn't been said….I think Peg's construct is useful in tailoring offerings to targeted market segments.
March 1
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I was honored to be elected by my peers. This is likely to be a challenging time of change and require a great deal of work if we are going to improve our prospects.

This has traditionally been one-year term with a technical two year limit. The governance committee has been studying other options that would provide for more continuity. Like any job it takes time to learn the ropes and then just when you are starting to figure it out…. There are many talented folks on the board who would like to take their turn and I expect they will start announcing their candidacy in the coming months.
March 1
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Dear Maestro,

When is your next piano performance? I want front row seats….. Thanks for your support…questions welcome when ready.
March 1
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Hi Eric,

Lots of questions:

1) Dont we all wish we had a crystal ball…I would like to see a technology solution breaks down the barriers between social and competitive duplicate. We need to find a way to offer a more graduated and nuanced experience that caters to the individual needs and abilities.

2) Tools that make all levels of Bridge exciting and fun tailored for the individual or pair. The offering needs FLOW (https://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow).

3) Many options were reviewed and none were found acceptable by the ACBL Board.

4&5) Please share your thoughts with D13 director Suzi Subeck who chairs the NABC review committee. This is a complex jigsaw puzzle but anyone configure it out she and her committee will.
March 1
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Hi Henrik,

Apologies my response seems to have disappeared. Today's players seem to want only to play with their peers and especially appreciate being at the top of their bracket or event :) . As you point, we are catering to the demands of the customer.
March 1
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Hi Mike,

Not sure what you mean here. We are using a system called Purple Pass that allows direct credit card purchases for entries at the selling desk. This is being rolled out to participating regionals at a very attractive introductory offer. While this may not be the best financial model for tournaments as there is a minimum fee of 2.5+% , the players seem to like the convenience. There is no free lunch and the cost will have to be baked into the price of entry.

We also have discussion items on the table this NABC for simplifying the master point calculations and are re-engaging discussions around strength base ratings. I am sure some the rating systems that had been rejected in the past will get a fresh look in addition to newer approaches that have surfaced in the last couple of years. There are a lot of issues that accompany a validated methodology that include when and where they should be applied. Our head of the Bridge Committee , D10 District Director Russ Jones, is well equipped and motivated to move this forward later this year.
March 1
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Our spending on K-12 dropped in 2017 vs 2016, because we stepped up enforcement of the one stipend/class rule. We’re still spending $90K per year on the area—but don’t have a lot to show for it.

We need to find a way to integrate bridge into school curricula. This has been done better by chess than by us. I have a couple ideas, but there is still a long way to go before we get a good program in this space.

P.S. The college model proposed is NOT clubs built by kids but rather by an “insider” who works at the institution.
March 1
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