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Joe is no Emperor, Ed; we had 38.5 tables in four sections at our Annual Meeting; the Thursday Evening weekly Unit Game always has at least two Directors; one for the 199er (sometimes 499er) game, and one for the Open (sometimes 0-2000 and Open) game. Unless there's a nearby Regional (we close for our local Regional), that's three sections or more; the Newcomer Game (0-20 Masterpoints), now struggling, has a separate playing area.
At next month's annual Life Master-NLM game we may have five sections and 50 or more tables. www.nvba.org
May 13
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Look in the other direction, Rich – “What's Going Wrong With ACBL Members?”
April 30
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Worried N-S may have a fit and find it; but my next call will show a big hand with a good suit. Four-loser, 19-HCP hand qualifies, IMHO.
April 30
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Hi Jeff Lehman,

SiVY does what it does the way it does it, and for them in their location, it works.

That's what you asked about, and their answers seem to be accurate and correct in that many responded and none contradicts any of the others.

This SiVY approach/model obviously is contrary to your New England Youth Bridge model. So what? You are NOT going to become SiVY East. If you want to take whatever it is that attracts you to their success and augment/alter the NEYB model to include that, go for it and good luck!

But I don't think that you are going to change what SiVY does by explaining what your NEYB model is to them.

SiVY, NEYB, and many others (including me) want to bring Bridge to youth and vice versa. We're all on the same team. SiVY has shared their current best practices; respect that.

Thanks,

Kevin
April 26
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment April 26
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Hi Nic,

Bridgescore+ has obvious advantages over ACBLscore in starting team events in terms of time and number of TDs needed.

Do the advertised advantages of Bridgescore+ over ACBLscore for pairs games not amount to enough to convince D7 to use Bridgescore+ for pairs events?

For years you have offered free use of Bridgescore+ to any District for use in their Regionals. Will that offer trickle down to those organizations running Sectionals, or to the Club level?

Thanks,

Kevin
April 20
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Another possibility is Matthew Kidd; find him on Bridge Winners or through lajollabridge.com
April 19
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See my comment (March 19, 2016 – over 36 months ago) at http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/ideas-for-improvement-in-the-acbl/?cj=327966#c327966 and supporting comments about the success of similar events in Australia.

We are, I believe, on the same page here!

Alas, I also submitted the idea to my District's rep on the Board of Directors, who (upon her return home after Reno Spring 2016 NABC) promised to get it to the appropriate BoD committees for consideration. Of course she made that promise – she was up for re-election to the BoD that year, and I was serving on my Unit's Board – thus I had a vote in the election. Since then, I've heard zero/zip/zilch. And she was re-elected and is up for re-election again this year.

EDIT: added both direct link to comment and what happened when I sent idea to BoD via my rep there
April 9
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment April 10
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Aren't the MIT teams favorites? After all, “Institute Has The Finest Players!”
April 5
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No kibitzers!? When and where will we see results (and rosters) posted?

Hope there will also be an article in BridgeFeed with more about the Bridge Bowl!
April 5
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EIJ may refer to: Air Efata, an Indonesian airline; Egyptian Islamic Jihad · Eritrean Islamic Jihad
April 4
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~applause~
March 31
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Captain Obvious can answer that for you.
March 31
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“We have met the enemy and he is us.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogo_(comic_strip)
March 30
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Chris, I know of no evidence that he ever paid any dues to ACBL – and many would consider that to be smart!
March 29
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The vast majority of ACTIVE “ordinary” players play in their weekly club game most of the time, pay their dues when they get the bill, read at least some of their ACBL bulletin at least some of the time, and if there's a tournament not much further away than their club, play some in the tournament when their club is closed because of the tournament.

They are NOT “squeaky wheels.”

The “small minority of elite players,” on the other hand. ARE the “Squeaky wheels” so of course they get the grease.

And I would be shocked! SHOCKED!! – if the management and staff in Horn Lake had any trouble at all figuring out exactly who the twenty-five squeakiest wheels are!
March 29
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"No, Chief, the CONE of SILENCE is for – in this case – the ACBL BOARD of DIRECTORS – they only missed it by tha-a-a-a-t much!"
March 28
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~yawn!~
SS, DD

and you won't see irate crowds of frustrated recruiters outside the ACBL HQ in Horn Lake marching with protest signs and chanting “HEY HEY! HO HO! B-O-D HAS GOT TO GO!”
March 28
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CONE
of
SILENCE
March 28
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If all of the Zaleski team's opponents refused to play them, it would have been an exceptionally strong statement by the world's top players, and if ACBL awarded the Vanderbilt title to a team that won the event without having to play a single board, ACBL would be the laughing-stock of the competitive Bridge world (what's that? They already are? …)

ACBL could “arrest” and “imprison” players and teams “guilty” of paying Vanderbilt entry fees and then carrying out #saynotocheats by defaulting if paired against Zaleski, but there's no ACBL “jail” big enough to hold six full Vanderbilt teams.

But once Mahaffey said “Yes” to playing against a team with a convicted and reinstated cheat player, that opportunity for a united player front collapsed. At least, by winning, they removed the same decision from all other teams.

Players may have a second opportunity in Las Vegas at the Spingold, but the precedent set by Mahaffey in Memphis makes it easier for all others, at all ACBL events, to, alas, #sayyestocheats.


"The only guilty party is the ACBL Board and Appeals Charges Committee that allowed this to happen."

If we think they are guilty, how quickly can we replace them? How long until we change ACBL governance?

Perhaps better, how long until a viable successor organization arises?

edit: Added three paragraphs in italics above Jon Steinberg's quoted “The only guilty party … ”
March 27
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some background information on this particular convicted and reinstated cheater can be found on Bridge Winners at https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/lanzarotti-readmitted-to-acbl/

Note comments by some top ACBL players!
March 27
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