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Bridge Teachers at some point near the beginning of the hand evaluation lesson, introduce the Work 4-3-2-1 Point Count, and the use of High Card Points as an initial and primary hand evaluation tool.

Players spend far too much of the remainder of their Bridge careers trying to escape from High-Card-Point Prison!

The correct answer to almost any question beginning with “How many high card points does it take to …” is “It depends.” Players cannot abide by HCP guidelines and be successful – they must learn/be taught to THINK!

What wins tricks? Aces and other well-placed high cards, and an established suit's long cards.
Aug. 10
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@RY, and @BH, 36 tables is two 18-table Web sections with two-board or three-board rounds, (four board sets 1-26 or 1-27) or 4 nine-table straight Mitchell sections with three-board rounds (four 1-27 board sets). I can run a 17-table Web section or a 19-table Web section if necessary; don't need a full third board set for either. For the 17-board Web, I need two sets of 1-26, and extra boards 1-2 (use 33 & 34) and 13-16 (use 29 - 32). For the 19-board Web movement, need two sets of boards 1-26 and extra boards 1-4 (use 33-36) and 13-18 (use boards 29-34).

So for a total of (12 + 11 + 11 = 34) tables, run two 17-table WEB sections, need a total of four board sets (with renumbered 29-32 as 13-16 and 33-36 as 1-4).

The even-numbered Web movements have .MOV files that come with ACBLscore; get the others from Tim Hill.

For all the details, get Tim Hill's information and external .MOV files from https://www.bridgewebs.com/westwood/, check under the “For Directors” in left margin.
July 29
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Noel, go to ACBL's “Find a Club” at https://my.acbl.org/clubs/directory

Set “District” “is equal to” 99

You will find the eight ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge clubs which are not in any of the 25 ACBL Districts.
June 22
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Welcome to “Share Your Gripes!” Last week was my turn, this week it's Jeff's turn. Maybe it's you next week?

We have good ideas, and our are in the right place. We're frustrated, maybe even a little mad. How many of us does it take to reach the

"I'm mad as he*! and I'm not gonna take it any more!"

stage before we give up and walk away, or maybe – just maybe – we get something positive out of Horn Lake and/or the Board of Directors, followed by something more positive, and a little winning streak starts!

Optimism, anyone?

Tell me about it when you return from Las Vegas next month!
June 22
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Linda, did you give up on getting ACBL management to install vulnerability inserts in all boards used at NABC's?
June 20
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USA/North American players are older and many have failing eyesight.

Worse, many of us who have been playing for decades “grew up” on old Parker Brothers aluminum boards which had the appropriate card pockets painted “fire-engine red” to show vulnerability in the most blatant way possible; we still look in the card pocket to determine vulnerability. Some old dogs can't/won't learn new tricks.
June 20
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For some unknown-to-me reason, our Unit owns one set of the red plastic boards. Someone of some intelligence and ingenuity took ordinary white peel-and-stick mailing labels and placed one each appropriately in half of the card pockets as “non-vulnerability inserts.”
June 18
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report on results?
June 18
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More advantages
– six of seven teams qualified for District Finals
– every team won a least one match, so all went home with more Masterpoints.
– and of course using pairs private scores vs teams private scores, so you see dealer and vulnerability adjacent to board numer nd beginners are not faced with the shock of having to master a different and unfamiliar private scoresheet
June 18
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“Dyslexics of the world, untie!”
June 18
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I had a situation a few hours ago when I made a ruling that totally upset a player, who was grumbling, took out a smartphone, and pulled up the relevant (she thought) ACBL regulation.

I was, alas, a Playing Director. When I got to the table against her pair, I pulled out my cell phone, and called 1.855.275.7629. “You are number one in the queue.” We played the first hand. Then my call was answered,I gave my name and ACBL number and club number, and I explained the situation to the person who answered, and was informed that my ruling was correct.

I got some real respect from the now ex-complainer.

Shouldn't ALL Club Directors in ACBL-land have 1.855.275.7629 on their cell phone contact list?

It's much faster for getting results than a post here in the BW forum!

And it's even better when you are a non-playing director!
June 18
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politics: “poli” is the Greek for “many” – and “ticks” are blood-sucking insects.

Bridge is supposed to be fun; and when what goes on before and after the game contributes to making the game fun for the players, all is well.

But when those behind the scenes are involved in “politics,” it can be incredibly wearing, and definitely NOT fun for them.

How many of the “Chosen Twenty-Five” chose their “free” 2018 fall vacation jaunt to Hawaii over fiscal responsibility? Watch how many of them will do whatever it takes to maintain their positions on the BoD, and avoid being term-limited out. Watch them avoid real change on BoD size. Watch how many are so busy “helping” the membership with illusion, while actually rearranging deck chairs. Watch the continuing financial blunders, with no one taking real responsibility, and no one following up with lessons learned.

Watch the few bright stars disappear – burned out early?

With those who remain, why get involved? Aren't we judged in part, – don't we judge ourselves, in part, by the company we keep?

Much easier to stay in the club and enjoy the game the best we can, anyone?

Yes, the Inner Cynic is our for the 4 am stroll.
June 18
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Q1: answer #3.
Just the first sentence of Possible Answer #2. “Could be short in clubs, are denying a 5+ card major, forcing.”
BUT If player A opens 1, then it's Player A's partner who does the Alerting!

Q2: Yes, further ids must be alerted.
BUT If anyone has given all of Possible Answer #2, they have given UI to Partner, and should be warned about this and cautioned to never do it again. The opposing pair ha a right to ask for an adjusted score after the hand has been played, if they think the UI led to an unfavorable result. That decision (adjust score or not) is up to the Director.
June 13
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Also worth reading are both the post and comments at http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/who-should-vote-for-acbl-board-members/

Alas, none of the ideas and concepts expressed will change the current situation, but getting current candidates to express their thoughts on them might affect current voters' choices (where choices are available).

Alas, it all still seems too much like rearranging the deck chairs
June 10
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Copied and pasted from http://bridgewinners.com/forums/read/acbl-elections/declared-candidates-for-2019-district-director-elections/

Declared Candidates for 2019 District Director Elections
by Mark Leonard June 3

The period for candidate declaration for District Director positions has closed. The ACBL has published the list of candidates.

For four of the districts up for election, there is only one candidate. The following are considered to have been (re)elected:

District 6 – Washington, DC, Virginia & Maryland: Margot Hennings (Incumbent)
District 9 - Florida: Jeff Overby
District 11 - Kentucky, Western Ohio, Central Indiana & West Virginia: AJ Stephani (Incumbent)
District 12 - Lower Michigan, Northwestern Ohio, Northern Indiana: Dennis Carmen (Incumbent)

In the other four districts, there will be a contested election (candidates listed alphabetically by last name):

District 10 - Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Western Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas

Bill Arlinghaus
Ned Irving

District 17 – Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Southern NV, Eastern Utah, West Texas, Wyoming

John Grossman
Cindy Shoemaker
Ed Yosses

District 20 – Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Nevada & Hawaii

Laurie Rowe
Merlin Vilhauer (Incumbent)

District 24 – New York City and Long Island

David Moss
Adam Parrish
June 10
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Given their voter base, I expect many candidates will have no trouble ignoring this Bridge Winners forum, and BW in general.
Given their voter base, I expect most unopposed incumbent District Directors
will be quite comfortable with making no statement, or will make one filled with platitudes,
and will be quite happy to continue getting free transportation, room and board for their three annual F2F meetings at NABC locations, and to continue their busy work of rearranging deck chairs.

My early Monday-morning cynic is busy at work here! We can all hope for better from all of them.
June 10
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Mark Leonard's Illustrative Questions
Is the current size of the BOD optimal for the board to accomplish its goals? What are the reasons for your answer?
What is your concept of the major responsibilities of the BOD?
Do you support reducing the number of in-person meetings and using technology to support virtual meetings?
Do you believe that every BOD member should be able to review all contracts entered into by the ACBL?
What is the correct response by the BOD to the Bahar Gidwani and the Hawaii Nationals incidents?
June 10
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If you have a lunch break, play TWO three-way segments, using (for, say, a 48-boards-for-the-day) boards 1-36 for the “morning” session, then (either shuffle-and-deal again or a second set of pre-dealt boards with different hand records) boards 1-36 for the “afternoon” session.

Remember this for the 2020 CoC; it allows teammates to share the same lunch table.

Possible bonus: Coopers may play again?
June 5
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Don't ask me, Jeff – ask Joe Jones.
June 5
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