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Error Analysis
The estimated error for this survey audience is +/-2-3%, based on the sample of respondents for each question. This is using a standard 95% confidence interval.
Nov. 27, 2019
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Interviewer:
“Well I think this is all very exciting news, and shows just how quickly the World Bridge Federation is moving on a very sensitive matter.”
Nov. 27, 2019
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That's not what they do. Watch and see!
Nov. 26, 2019
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Thanks, Matthew.

looks as if making
These events have led to significant increases in KO participation and tournament table count increases in D25 Regionals in April, August, and November 2019
seem true will require the services of an accomplished and successful spin doctor.

still, if numbers stayed about equal while declining in most other places, there may be something positive to say about KIKO's effect on attendance.
Nov. 26, 2019
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The current board is the fault of the governance model itself.
Nov. 25, 2019
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FWIW, Peter, I have yet to receive that e-mail from you. Maybe the rest of my Unit 218 BoD has also not received it?
Nov. 25, 2019
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I obeyed the rule, my competitor did not, ACBL let them slide “advertised to players in advance, cannot take away expected Masterpoints.” So ACBL club oversight is at best inconsistent. Bah!
Nov. 25, 2019
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Jeff B is acting like a politician, setting out zero specifics. Prediction: Willey will be unable to move him from this stance.
Nov. 25, 2019
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Districts and Units will have a unanimous reaction to any proposal which takes two cuts into their income:
1: cut number of tournaments they are allowed to hold
2: take more from tournament gross income to provide bounty money for others, reducing remaining take for Tournament Sponsor

Just like BoD reacts negatively to shrinking their numbers or limiting their terms in office, come to think of it!
Nov. 25, 2019
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Nov. 25, 2019
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“Proposal: Going forward, base ”the bounty“ on some percentage of the card fees members, created from now on, pay at Sectionals, Regionals, Nationals, and also at clubs other than the one that was responsible for having brought them into our duplicate bridge world.”

Questions (i.e “the devil is in the details”):
(a) now you have two classes of members: “bounty-free” and “subject to bounty.” “Subject to bounty” players must have info as to how and where the bounty is disbursed; person/entity due the bounty may be deceased or gone out of business, etc – a headache and perhaps significant cost for redesigning state-of-the-art-in-the-1980s member data with much added. Necessary to implement before cash flow can begin. From where comes the money to cover this cost?
(b) going forward how long per new player? Three, five, ten years? In perpetuity? No specific number, a matter for negotiation?
© relatively easy to collect this bounty from tournaments as built-in part of entry fee, but collecting from other clubs is a different level of complexity! “Leave it to the experts,” or do you have something specific in mind?

Imagine “collect the bounty from all players' entry fees everywhere” and “disperse it only for those new players for which this is required” – ACBL would love the huge increase in its revenue … enough income to waste as in the good old days?
Nov. 25, 2019
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D25 has completed its 2019 Regionals. What's the comparison between 2019 and 2018?
Nov. 25, 2019
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If you want a more effective acronym, change
BRIDGI: Bridging Research, Innovation, Development & Generational Interaction
to
BRIDGE: Bridging Research, Innovation, Development & Generational Engagement

– but you need something simpler, IMHO.
Nov. 25, 2019
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The suggested names may lack ‘punch,’ but the leadership has plenty of Punch! How did everyone else miss this, especially with the quote marks!? :)
Nov. 25, 2019
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Nov. 25, 2019
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Go and Chess are one-on-one contests.

Bridge involves partnerships, and is at its most simple form,two against two. The partnership aspect, and social aspects of the increased number of competitors, are among the strongest arguments that Bridge is the greatest game.
Nov. 25, 2019
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ACBL governance is a roadblock to progress, has been for decades. Don't keep fighting it; that's always proven unproductive. Bypass it!

Restart with a Clubs organization that awards Masterpoint equivalents for club games and accepts all ACBL Masterpoints, and charges 60 percent or less of what ACBL charges clubs. No Regions, no Districts, no Units, no tournaments to start.

ACBL will suffer severe financial starvation, fatal if they are stubborn.

If ACBL dies, we can set up a successor organization with an appropriate governance structure, which is prepared to fix the “ecosystem” and run tournaments (many unemployed TDs will be looking for work; many tournament locations will be available).

If ACBL instead gets smart and negotiates, we can demand the appropriate governance changes ASAP under NY NFP law, and get on with fixing the “ecosystem.”

SF should be ACBL's last chance to move ahead without schism! Either the ACBL's BoD gets with the program or Willey's canary will die (either with failure of Board size reduction motion, or with failure to do anything else except rearrange deck chairs).

The death of Willey's canary is our signal to move forward; starting with clubs evacuating the mine!
Nov. 24, 2019
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Nov. 24, 2019
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My apologies, Mr. Jones. I'm amazed – and pleased – to see a member of the ACBL Board of Directors posting on Bridge Winners just a few days before the San Francisco meetings begin!

And not just any member, but the President! Thank you.
Nov. 23, 2019
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Randy, your own words say it all:
"No matter what ACBL does or bad BOD decisions one thing is for certain, end of month each club sends in money.
I mean why care what they think or say as long as the cheques arrive each month.
"

Why would ACBL's Board of Directors care what club owners think or say as long as the cheques arrive each month?

If it's that bad, and everything we have seen for the last few decades tells us what this type of Board of Directors will do, and nothing but a change in numbers of BoD members is proposed, maybe it's about time to think outside the ACBL box!

Just like your Tim Horton's franchise owners did to Burger King – except BK was smart enough to listen before TH franchisees withheld the Loonies and Toonies – or were they?

ACBL BoD has heard Clubs, and done nothing except rearrange deck chairs and increase fees. Yes?
Nov. 23, 2019
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Samantha, you cannot expect Bridge Winners members to color (or colour) only within the lines!
Nov. 23, 2019
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Care to wager on whether or not today's BoD is willing to craft a “delegate the details” solution to a committee without first chewing over the tiniest of details themselves, Jeff?

What's your estimate of a fair over/under time for discussion? I'd take the “over” at an hour, myself – not forgetting that their buddies on the huge-Masterpoint teams that now have four hefty gold-Masterpoint awards for their five-team top bracket might have to settle for only two such awards under your suggested resolution.

This BoD and its predecessors are experts at rearranging deck chairs!
Nov. 23, 2019
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Opponents have both Majors, if you go low they will find their fits. Why allow this?
Nov. 23, 2019
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