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From Page 8 of the ACBL Club Manager's Handbook (http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/clubs/ClubManagersHandbook.pdf) – may be out of date; call ACBL Clubs for more information.


Bridge Plus+ Game (Class 1 Game)
Bridge Plus+ is one of many kinds of games designed to ease students and new players into the game. It is a transition game that may be conducted by bridge teachers, club managers or ACBL club directors where students are encouraged to consult with the teacher during the game. (The teacher will attempt to lead the students in the right direction without providing direct answers.)

Bridge Plus+ game sanctions are issued free under the following conditions:
• If the applicant is not an ACBL accredited teacher, he or she must be a club manager working in conjunction with an accredited teacher,
• If only students with fewer than five masterpoints participate in the game,
• If a minimum of six boards are played,
• If a month-end report is sent to the ACBL Club and Member Services Department.

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But you can run a 12-board Barometer game with “Hour of Power” breaks every round, for even an Open game! ACBL doesn't care what the players do between rounds!

Run it for your 199ers, have the club-appointed teacher participate on the teaching end. Many players will live it! The rest can migrate faster to one of the Club's Open games!
Nov. 11
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Politics Rule One
first post-election goal is
Get Re-elected!
Nov. 10
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Competing interests for the same players at the same time? Lemons! So, of course, attempt to make lemonade!

Thus the suggestion to do both … if some/many of the 199ers are “too strong” to need a teaching game, perhaps you can work with the teacher and those who want the teaching … playing six boards in something akin to the “Hour of Power” format (see above) could give actual at-the-table exposure to random boards, with near-immediate teacher-supervised and student-led feedback (read “involvement”) on the bidding, play, and defense.

If the coexisting game uses Common Game boards, the session's Common Game Leaderboard gives lots of useful post-game/class evaluation information, and TCG analytics do as well. Any student learning what's in TCG toolkit and how to use it will, IMHO, advance much faster towards mastery of the game.

Want to concentrate on specific lesson topics instead of random boards? Teacher has 36 boards from which to choose six. Maybe you can't find six on the chosen topic, but when you include last week's topic and the one from a fortnight ago, you may well find enough.

This class, at the players' level, should feed players into your 199er game; at least its 0-50 (or whatever is set for lowest strat) should be able to grow from the students; and the students and players will have played the same boards, so having more to share with one another leading to easier integration of students with the 199er players when that time comes.

Mr Powell is of course correct about it being better to have the class before the game, but if that's not possible, doing the best with what they give you is better than just grumbling/kvetching.

Good luck with whatever route you choose, and please let us know how Teacher and Director agree to cooperate, and how things are working out along the way.
Nov. 10
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If players are willing to play fewer boards, you can run your 199ets as Barometer Pairs, and break after each round for an “Hour of Power”-style five to ten minute analysis of each board just played. It only takes six boards played to award Masterpoints to players in a Teaching game.

See Page 6 of http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/teachers/Bridge-Teacher/Bridge-Teacher-2007-12-01.pdf for “Hour of Power.”
Nov. 9
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And hiding your delight at Cecilia and Marion appearing – but we know better! :)

As for suggested improvements, there's contact info below the screen (scroll), and also a plea for funding.
Nov. 7
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“blatant corruption”
“We want the Board reduced now”
and they offer this!?

DD's know what's best!
We can each take three more years
Don't have to ask you!
Nov. 6
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15. Any DD opting to remain on the Board of Directors after either losing an election for RR or opting not to run in said election, shall be entitled to full voting rights and privileges during the balance of their current term and an additional three-year term.

said privileges
must include reimbursement
for our expenses

travel and meals
host hotel rooms – you will pay
while for us, it's free

free entry fees, too
while your entry fees increase
to cover our costs

our bad decisions?
seven-figure debacles
copyright squabbles?

fired CEO?
Hawai'i junkets for us?
you cover these costs

twenty-five DD's
plus up to thirteen RR's
all enjoy free rides

and for we DDs
“option” to serve three more years
after term expires!

twenty-five of us
would be fools to turn this down
watch us all re-up!

we deserve largesse
for we work on your behalf
you should be grateful!
Nov. 6
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District Directors
Rearranging their deck chairs
Wax before they wane

Twenty-five's too huge?
Could swell up to thirty-eight
all with expenses
Nov. 5
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An eight-loser hand is overcall territory; it's also two-level preempt territory. Bidding either 1 or 2 will lie about where my strength is. Bidding 2 will pre-empt Responder's 2 overcall, Responder may fear bidding 3 unfavorable. That's a win for us, no matter whose hand it is.
Nov. 5
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Once upon a time, in first or second seat, I passed a nine-loser 12-HCP hand; we missed game. Now I open many more 12-counts than I did in the bad old days.

“When in Rome, …”
Nov. 4
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danger Danger DANGER DANGER DANGER!
When opening a new ACBLscore Gamefile for a pre-existing .BWS file, do not use the BMS ACBLscore command; that initializes the .BWS file and all the existing data becomes non-existent!

Once you have a new Gamefile set up, use the BMR ACBLscore command; that resumes Bridgemate instead of initializing it! All data in the .BWS file remains intact! Next step can be to import the names from the .BWS file with the ACBLscore BMN command.

Then import the scores with the ACBLscore <ctrl>+ P command twice (up to and including penultimate round, then the final round), and your work in restoring a Gamefile is done!
Nov. 4
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Keep trying them! Someone (probably most of the non-supervisors) at Horn Lake knows how to spell “Customer Service”
Nov. 4
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Missed my chance today; left home for the game expecting 8 table; even had the table mats printed out for M0808 double-weave (also called cris-cross) Mitchell (see www.jokivuori.fi/Poytakortit/Parikilpailut/ScoreBridge/8T 8R 24B Double Weave Mitchell.pdf).

Then a seventeenth pair showed up. So at least I'm prepared for next time.
Oct. 27
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ten losers? J87xxx? If I don't pass, Pard will think I have much more than I do.
Oct. 27
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You mean ACBL is advertising something they are unable to deliver? I'm shocked – shocked, I say!
Oct. 27
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ACBL's Horn Lake HQ apparently moves at the speed of bureaucracy!
Oct. 27
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I plan to do so if I acquire a particular new site, or in other possible circumstances. In current circumstances, I play or direct at one site where two Directors run three games in one large room and a third Director runs 0-20 in a smaller room; one local Director runs two games (Open and limited) in a room that holds 25+ tables, in another facility that has one large room holding up to 40 tables, two Directors run Open and Limited simultaneously.
Oct. 26
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Snowbirds returning soon, looking forward to the followup results post – maybe around New Years?
Oct. 25
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M0808 comes with ACBLscore's included external movement;, it is the 8 table Double Weave Mitchell. Haven't used it yet, but I will next time I have 8 tables. Seems as if it will be much better than byestand-relay
Oct. 24
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For Web movements (including Rover with Party Table), you want Tim Hill, find his documentation and external movements at https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwon/bw.cgi?club=westwood&pid=display_page5&sessid=258803910927473
Oct. 24
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