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Hi Greg,

ACBL owns the code in ACBLscore+, and it's only a handful of man-weeks of development time from what ACBL owns to what Nic Hammond plans to show off. I'm sure that if ACBL was interested in purchasing Bridgescore+, there would be no shortage of interest from its owner – although I doubt anything will come of that.

It will be interesting to see if ACBL will drop ACBL Live! in favor of the tested and proven FastResults which your committee member Jay Whipple III has developed and offers for free; and which many ACBL Districts already use for their tournaments – although I doubt anything will come of that.

I do still hope your Committee will persevere, and in the end will have many positive effects on ACBL's technology, in many aspects. I already see more openness from ACBL Management and IT (hope it's a sign of a major culture change in progress and not just a response to pressure), and budget changes so ACBL IT is not reinventing as much of the wheel. Keep up the good work!

Thanks!
March 31, 2015
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CEO's Management Technology Committee meeting Friday April 3!

What's the over/under on when ACBL will post the minutes on its site, with a link from its http://www.acbl.org/about-acbl/technology-committee/ page? I'd guess after Gatlinburg; Monday April 20; but hope for before Gatlinburg, where those participating in “America's Favorite Regional” may have the opportunity to see Nic Hammond's new, improved Bridgescore+ in action.
March 31, 2015
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In my small club, I run Round-Robin team games with a BAM movement, and score them as IMPs. That way I can give my players experience in IMP games, and hand records as well. ACBLscore takes care of the scoring, and I can use Bridgemates – games runs a lot faster with no time lost computing and comparing scores, and even less time lost waiting for the late results of a match to come in and the table assignments to be posted for the next round.

The only problem is in converting the results to Victory Points (why? so more teams scratch; just one victory is enough to go home with some non-zero Masterpoint fraction.) – I have to do a lot of work by hand to get that taken care of.
March 28, 2015
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Nic Hammond, a few different events have been described in the comments above. How many are already enabled in ACBLscore+/Bridgescore+? How easy is it to add such events to the ACBLscore+/Bridgescore+ scoring program?
March 27, 2015
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In the hiring process, talk of age is not allowed.

In the employment process, it's a different story. Some benefits are dependent on age; health insurers set the rates they charge employers based in part upon the ages of the employees (in aggregate). I never had forms to fill out for a new job that did not include at least one place where I was required to disclose my date of birth.

ACBL has this information already gathered; management's refusing access to a Board of Directors member was highly questionable to say the least.

Asking for birthdates/ages of individual employees could cross privacy lines. Asking for the average (mean/median/mode) age for all TD employees does not require disclosing any one birth date or age; no personally identifiable information is requested or revealed. “Legal reasons” as an excuse for refusing the request is nebulous at best.
March 25, 2015
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And don't forget how much better it looks for Management when the story line reads "Alert Management notices top Directors are nearing retirement age, starts TD University to prepare replacements,“ rather than ”alert BoD member Don Mamula spots aging of TD population, ACBL Board of Directors tells Management to take steps to ensure trained replacements ready to step in as TD's retire."
March 25, 2015
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Dale,

Don Mamula asked management to give the board generalized, non-identifiable information on TD age demographics.

Simple information like "ACBL employs nn full-time TD's, and mm part-time TD's. Mean, Median, and Mode age of each category is as follows: (six numbers (ages) in a table, one axis Mean/Median/Mode, the other Full-time/Part-time). Nothing about any single TD.

If ACBL Management or in-house counsel is afraid of exposing that information, we have a very, very, very sad situation in Horn Lake. Very sad, indeed.
March 24, 2015
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“We are perfectly designed to get the results we get” – alas!
March 24, 2015
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And I read the title and thought the article would be about the magazine! This was so much better! Your words on Bridge Winners are always worth reading! Thank you, Peg!
March 24, 2015
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Hi Alvin,

See you at the 2016 Summer NABC in Washington DC, only about 15 months into your future now! :)
March 24, 2015
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I found it interesting that in the Top Ten of the Mott-Smith standings (top Masterpoint winners at the Spring NABC) there was ONE from USA and TWO from North America.

March 23, 2015
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A retired teacher and new Club Director e-mailed me and said:

This issue is like untucked uniform shirts and untied shoe laces in a class room. If the teacher in pre-school and kindergarten doesn't think and act like it is important then it goes unchecked and you end up with sloppy students, sloppy work and no respect for the rules at the ground level. I would venture to say that a pro playing with a client with no filled out cc is demonstrating disrespect for his client and himself. Likewise a director who doesn't check to see and then enforce the rule for identical cc's is asking for sloppiness in his her game. Personally I intend to request that players in my game have one and I will help them get one by putting the program on my lap top and helping them make one.
March 23, 2015
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Maybe both “world-class opponents” and ACBL Tournament Directors need education, and practice in obeying/enforcing the regulation.

The last line, “The objective of these warnings and penalties is the encouragement of full compliance with ACBL regulations,” is ridiculous, IMHO. The objective of these warnings and penalties is the encouragement and enforcement of full disclosure of your methods to your opponents.
March 22, 2015
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Let's hope ALL ACBL Tournament Directors know it's their job to enforce this at ALL tournament levels!
March 22, 2015
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I received an e-mail this morning (I won't say who sent it) with some personal history on the subject. Names of offenders below replaced with (“name you would know”).

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This “rule” is poorly enforced, even at the nationals. I have complained bitterly (and even written a letter) to ACBL and they just brushed me off. I even spoke to the Bulletin editor as to why my letter wasn't printed and his comment was, quote, “We've printed so many letters about that that we're not going to print any more!”

My story is, I was playing in a national event, the mixed pairs. I sat down in the second round against (“name you would know”) and his client. I won the auction and got an opening lead. Rather than have him explain their methods to his client, I picked up his convention card. It was about 1/3 illegibly scribbled filled out! The back side with their defensive agreements was totally blank. I went to pick up hers and she didn't even have one partially filled out.

After the round, I complained to the director. He “admonished” them that they should have a filled out card. Big deal.

I later found out (“name you would know”) was playing with his WIFE! My guess is that they had fairly complete and complex set of agreements in place and there was no excuse whatsoever for having no cards (except to confuse the opponents).

My recommendation to the ACBL was to make this an AUTOMATIC 1/4 board procedural penalty in national events. I was ignored.

Every NABC bulletin states that each pair must(!) have two completely filled out convention cards, but it's left up to the directors to enforce.

The same thing happened to two friends of mine when (“another name you would know”) and his partner showed up at their table in the FINALS of the blue ribbon pairs with NO convention card at all between them! No penalty was assessed there either.

I have many other personal stories and others I've heard like this.
March 22, 2015
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What was it that Deep Throat said? Oh, yes, “Follow the money.”
March 21, 2015
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Did any BW readers appear for the big showdown/demo? What happened there?
March 21, 2015
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Any chance this demo will be recorded and the video posted here or on your YouTube channel, Nic?
March 18, 2015
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Shows how much ACBL Management misses Jeff Johnston!

http://www.acbl.org/jeff-johnston-1955-2014/
March 18, 2015
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Excellent results for Blake Schwartzbach and BW member Adam Gann! From now on when I see Adam at the local clubs, I'll have to call him “Champ!”
March 17, 2015
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