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As I understand it the WBF maintains a list of world life masters and world grand masters for both men and women. If we made anyone on either list ineligible for ACBL limited master point events it would be very easy to administer while still allowing foreign non-experts to participate.
Aug. 1
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We need some simple criteria to determine foreign player eligibility for master point limited events. Perhaps a simple criteria would be to make all foreign players with the rank os World Life Master or higher plus anyone who has represented their zone in WBF events not eligible foe ACBL limited events and automatically assign them at least 10,000 Master points for regional events.
July 30
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I do know many of the foreign players who competed in the LV 0-10,000 mixed team but at least two of them playing for the top two teams have the rank of World Grand Master within the WBF which is much more prestigious than ACBL Platinum Life Master. The whole system of foreign player eligibility for limited master point events should be reviewed.
July 29
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I was told by a member of the ACBL board of directors that the cost of childcare at a NABC is $3;000 and for that reason should be discontinued. This seems wrong as it would only require 5-6 extra parents to attend the tournament to recoup this amount considering the table fees of $60 per day per person over the 10 day length of the tournament. At the summer nationals anyway there are far more potential participants with children than this.
July 24
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JoAnn, obviously the current membership is mostly composed of older players (I understand that less than 1% of the Houston Unit members are less than 40 years old). However, at the moment it appears that the ACBL (according to the marketing department and last years president) has no intention of even considering steps to retain younger members. If this continues we can expect the median age to continue rising perhaps to 80 or 90. Is this really what everyone wants?
July 10
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The ACBL position on childcare seems consistent with their lack of interest in attracting and retaining younger members. Already the median age is over 70 and on the way to 80. This position toward younger players is also exemplified by not holding the fall nabc during thanksgiving
July 9
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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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