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It seems to me that increased master point awards for pair games and Swiss teams are discouraging participation in KO’s. This becomes even worse when this declining participation results in 3 session events which very few player like.
Nov. 30, 2018
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The Hawaii NABC in 2006 had 8606 tables for the entire tournament. Of course that was a tournament that started the Friday before Thanksgiving and would therefore expected to have larger attendance. My own perception is that Hawaii is much more expensive than 12 years ago which probably depressed attendance.
Nov. 28, 2018
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We tried to contact that number but it was apparently a wrong number
Nov. 28, 2018
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We did not preregister before travelling to Hawaii but we have never had to preregister in the past. We have been attending every NABC for the past 28 years and for the past 7 years we have taken a child with us. We have been using ACBL child care for the past 7 years without issue until this tournament.

It seems like the ACBL is not interested in having people with children attending tournaments. Is there any other way to interpret this action?
Nov. 27, 2018
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It would be very interesting to hear from the District 16 Board Member why he did not vote for this motion.
Nov. 27, 2018
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My wife have an eight year old and travelled to Hawaii intending to play but were unable to do so as the ACBL cancelled childcare. The hotel only offers childcare until 10 PM which is not compatible with the ACBL schedule. We decided to leave the tournament without playing any bridge thus contributing to the low table count.
Nov. 25, 2018
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The cancellation of child care is very disappointing. We have an eight year old and actually went to Hawaii but are not playing any bridge as the only alternative child care available we could find was from the hotel which only goes until 10 PM which is not compatible with the tournament schedule. We will probably not attend future NABC’s if there is no child care available.
Nov. 24, 2018
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The starting date (i.e. after Thanksgiving) has to be a major reason for low attendance as attendees now have to take more vacation and those with school age children have that issue to deal with whereas most children have thanksgiving week off. In addition, the later start makes it uncomfortable getting ready for Christmas as you don't get back from the tournament in time.
Dec. 12, 2016
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I attended the NABC in Vegas a couple of years ago. I was surprised that neither food nor accommodation was particularly cheap in contrast to tournaments in that town 10+ years ago.
Dec. 7, 2016
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I understand that Eric Rodwell and Geoff Meckstroth can only receive the higher of the point awards for winning both the senior KO and the Blue Ribbons as they dropped into the Blue Ribbon on day 2. This hardly seems fair as they clearly earned both wins. Can we assume since they do not get full master points that they did not have to pay entry fees for the second event?
Dec. 5, 2016
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Dec. 5, 2016
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Attendance is much reduced for Fall NABC's since they changed the start date to be after thanksgiving rather than before. This represents over 1,000 tables per tournament.
Dec. 4, 2016
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Much has been said regarding the tendency of strong club pairs to open very light hands in 3rd position especially NV. However, I have also noticed that many non-strong club partnerships also open very light in 3rd chair. As Chris Compton mentioned this is the modern tendency and is “just bridge” in todays world.
Sept. 13, 2016
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It seems to me that the most appropriate approach to do if they have a concern about some undisclosed agreement by BL would be to register their concern with the WBF and play the match. Their failure to do so makes me suspicious that they were trying to exercise some psychological ploy to rattle their opponents. If that was their objective it was apparently successful.

I would also like to add that Justin is one of the most ethical players around. I have known him for over 20 years and have nothing but the highest regard for his bridge decorum and behavior at the table. I don't know Bathurst very well but have no reason to think his anything but very ethical as well. I am sure they would disclose any relevant agreement.
Sept. 12, 2016
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I understand that there has been a post regarding the directors canceling the top bracket and sending two or three teams without an event to play in. I find this completely unacceptable but it is part of a disturbing trend of discrimination against the better players which include such items as the “screen tax” and exempting all flights in the GNT from entry fees except the Superflight Bracket.

It is time for the ACBL to even the playing field and treat the better players the same as they do the less experienced players.
July 30, 2015
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First of all for the GNT many of the Superflight teams are not sponsored and are composed of teams of experts who pay their own expenses. Such is the case with my team which had the good fortune to represent District 16 last year. In addition, the BOD passed the motion that only events without masterpoint restrictions should pay the extra screen fees. This exempts the three lower flights from this extra fee even though they play behind screens during the later stages of the event. This pricing strategy is extremely unfair and in effect requires that the Superflight teams subsidize the teams in the three lower brackets.



June 25, 2015
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I take issue with many of the comments from Mr. Monzingo.
June 25, 2015
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