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At the Gold Rush and Flight C level, these are the stars of the present!
Jan. 12
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not to mention giving the site another major separation from the “ACBL-centric” label!
Jan. 12
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local (commuter) players and players who can stay for free with friends or relatives may be on do-not-pay-hotel-bills teams; most others will be expected to pay hotel bills or equivalent somewhere. Some players will be on mixed teams.
Jan. 11
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I enjoyed my wine in the hospitality suite while celebrating most evenings; rode back to offsite accommodations with a tee-totaling driver. There was more than enough time for good meals between afternoon and evening sessions.

I've been to Regionals with morning-afternoon main events and those with afternoon-evening main events. If you can't stand one schedule, by all means stay away from tournaments with that schedule – but just because the two camps may not agree any time soon is no reason to kvetch unless there are no tournaments with your preferred schedule.
Jan. 11
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Jan. 11
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Congrats on your new intern! Trust him to do the editing?
Jan. 11
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Better publicity (ACBL turned down a Bridge show on ESPN??) and a few more NABC+ team wins on the Levine team, and another BB or two, and the market ($$) for a Meck Tells All (or a Meckwell Tells All) Bridge autobiography will grow, and the book may be well worth your while.

You have more than enough Bridge hands to delight and entrance the dedicated players, and a treasure trove of anecdotes and stories covering the first 15 years of your career and the four (?) decades of Player of the Decade at NABC's to delight the casual players. Add some teaching as Schenken did in his autobiography and even beginners will line up to buy the book!

A worthy addition to any player's library, standing proudly after The Education of a Bridge Player and The Lone Wolff: Autobiography of a Bridge Maverick; the trio showing stories of top-level Bridge from before Vanderbilt to the 2030's.

In the fourth decade of Player of the Decade, the stories about the revival of top-level competition and competition in general in North American Duplicate Contract Bridge will be fascinating; perhaps even the important part that Meckwell and the Levine Team will be playing in that revival!
Jan. 11
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Jan. 11
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Thank Rusty Krauss of https://advisor.janney.com/kraussinvestmentgroup/ for the free commuter parking; he has done similar for DC NABCs, Philadelphia 2018 NABC, and DC-area Regionals, among other ways he supports Bridge.

Rusty will also probably continue winning the occasional 10K event at NABC's until he surpasses 10K.
Jan. 7
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Jan. 8
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ACBL Plastic in use at Regionals have shown themselves much less durable than either BB variety; and being thinner, they fall out of even the old aluminum boards far too frequently.

I bought three dozen but I'm not planning on using them any time soon, or with any frequency once I do put them in boards.

:(
Jan. 7
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Cone of Silence, anyone?
Jan. 6
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Hi Randy,

Thanks for your part in creating the ACBL hotline! I've appreciated the help I've received from people answering the phone there!
Jan. 6
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Jeff,

Isn't one of your goals for a full-service-clubs organization to affect the way ACBL resources are allocated? Once this org has the relevant data and crunches the numbers, doesn't that give what's needed for your organization to affect – or at least attempt to influence – ACBL's resource allocation?
Jan. 6
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You can follow these races (Ace of Clubs as well) at the ACBL level, the District level, and the Unit level. More publicity not just of overall, but of the various categories and geographies, might result in more Bridge being played in November and December. Masterpoints do have value in that they confer bragging rights.

ACBL makes the data available; Districts and Units can provide publicity if they want. Alas, few do.
Jan. 6
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An “In Memoriam” for clubs, in addition to the one for players. Both appear to be trending larger; there are only so may pages that Bridge Cruises (land and sea) and Bridge Tournaments can support with the ad revenue.
Jan. 5
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~applause~
Jan. 5
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question is not yet answered – what percentage of 2018 table counts is the 105000 number Jeff quoted?
Jan. 5
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If you want ACBL to die, just have them hold on to their ever-diminishing cash reserves, as Richard says almost immediately above. Don't invest them in anything (that's dangerous, you've seen how investments in a new CEO, new scoring software, new Customer Relationship Management software, and the Hawaii 2018 fall NABC worked out – don't tempt the Board of Directors to do anything at all, as they have a dismal record of doing anything right!).

I believe I have read Richard saying that the remainder of the diminishing cash reserves should be hoarded for a new, improved, smaller ACBL – because he believes doing anything else with the cash will inevitably fail. In addition, I'm 100 percent sure that he will correct me if I'm wrong!
Jan. 5
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105000 tables, Jeff? What percentage of f2f club tables is this?
Jan. 5
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Sounds like a “task” that could easily be subdivided and parceled out, involving others in making small contributions to the good of all.
Jan. 1
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Bridge (including competitive Duplicate Bridge in North America) will survive in some way, despite what ACBL has done/is doing.

Sometimes (far too often?) we need to kvetch, Ellis.

But when we sit at the table to play, somehow it gets better.

When we assist a player or pair in learning something, and get thanked for this, somehow it gets better.

When players at the club see and appreciate what we are doing for the club (and thus for every player at the club), and express that appreciation, somehow it gets better.

If it didn't we would have quit (or been committed to some mental health institution) long ago.

May you experience much more of “somehow, it gets better.”
Jan. 1
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Congratulations to the team! I remember playing a small part in forming the Soukup-Berk partnership, and teaming with them in DC-area Sectionals and Regionals, usually winning – victories much more their “fault” than mine!

Good skill – and luck – in Italy!
Jan. 1
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