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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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pre-empt opponnts from a 1H overcall. Bidding Clubs twice later shows 19 of your 13 cards.
Nov. 23, 2019
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Moving down the historical road, toward the historical destination, at the speed allowed by the current regulation, just a little outside the comfort zone of The Powers That Be, who set up these regulations which allow this speed.

Yes?
Nov. 23, 2019
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so when do we get the announcement of the formation of the “Breuer Bridge Club Association” which takes club gamefiles over the internet, awards “Breuerpoints” at the same rate as ACBL awards Masterpoints, also credits players with Masterpoints won in ACBL events, and gets money from clubs at sixty percent of what ACBL charges them? All you need is a reliable Internet connection, appropriate software which has already been written, a medium-size website, and credit card info from each participating club.

Participating Clubs would thrive, the Breuer family fortune would grow, and ACBL would soon fold!

Your “Breuer Bridge Club Association” needs no Board of Directors, no Regions, no Districts, no Units, not even any tournaments to start with! ACBL can keep all that stuff until they die of financial starvation. Then you can find the right people to run a lean organization that puts Clubs and Players first, and sanctions an appropriately limited number of local and regional tournaments while running an appropriate number of North American Championships. You'll find competent temporarily unemployed Tournament Directors all over North America you'll be able to hire, and many tournament-appropriate venues with available space and eager local volunteers – left over after the Horn Lake organization's demise!
Nov. 23, 2019
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Nov. 23, 2019
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Perhaps all will find
no solution possible
BoD unchanged

ACBL dies
strangled by its BoD's
lack of competence

and unwillingness
to abandon its power
while time's sands run out

we cannot stand by
while our intransigent Board
moves deck chairs around!

So we must prepare
for some competent people
to rescue what's left
Nov. 22, 2019
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cynics disagree
politicians answer to
only the voters
Nov. 22, 2019
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Information filtering out is coming from Board of Governors.
Board of Directors remains silent.

Thanks, Steve, for sharing particulars!

Region composition
Definition of 3 classes of Regional Directors
Definition of non-core Board work
are all re-arranging deck chairs

Nothing addresses the tough issues and hard decisions BoD must face.
Nothing prevents BoD from continuing to micro-manage their favorite issues as they have in the past, as all committee recommendations must be passed by BoD to become effective (or face possible BoD veto?)

Nothing assures BoD will have members with appropriate background/experience/expertise to face the difficult times and hard decisions many of us see as “the ship approaches the iceberg”

Maybe passing the motion will do some good, but only if the BoD, in its 25-to-possibly-as-many-as-38-to-finally-13 numbers, actually chooses to face the issues that must be solved and decisions that must be made. They haven't for decades now.
Nov. 22, 2019
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Nov. 22, 2019
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Bracket 5 (of 10) at Mansfield began with 5 teams:
http://live.acbl.org/event/1911001/072E/1/recap
and four teams won Gold:
http://live.acbl.org/event/1911001/072E/4/recap

Posted on ACBL Live, no one at ACBL will ever take those Masterpoints away from the players!
Nov. 22, 2019
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Executive Summary by a reader:

District 25 has run what they are calling KIKO Knock-out events, with brackets as small as five teams, and awarding Masterpoints (including Gold) to the top four teams, beginning in April 2019. ACBL management has confirmed that under current regulations, these events are legal.

These events have led to significant increases in KO participation and tournament table count increases in D25 Regionals in April, August, and November 2019.

A motion before the BoD in San Francisco will allow ACBL management to prevent these or any other new-to-tournaments events for any or no reason.

Mr Marcus is concerned that these KIKO events, which have improved tournament participation where tried, may well be prohibited in the future. Why is the BoD even considering this?

Mr. Marcus urges all, especially members of Unit and District Boards of Directors, to urge their District Directors to vote against this motion.
Nov. 22, 2019
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No BoD member will say anything on Bridge Winners about this. All are “too busy preparing for San Francisco meetings” to take time. The Cone of Silence will be firmly in place.
Nov. 22, 2019
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Observation and Prediction: Bridge Players like to be winners. KIKO events make for up to 80% winners. KIKO events will thus be universally popular, pushing KOs ahead of not just Gold Rush Swiss Teams, but also Gold Rush Pairs.

For many beginning and advancing players, Masterpoints (especially Gold Masterpoints) are in great demand. Consumers will flock to events where the supply is greatest. KIKO is indeed destined to be a winner, if this type of event is allowed to continue.

Cynics who say Masterpoints measure mostly attendance, and are worthless for measuring ability, will be quick to jump in with their “I told you so!” – and players seeking Masterpoints and rank advancement will ignore the cynics and continue to accumulate Masterpoints, flocking to events where their chances to do so are the greatest.
Nov. 22, 2019
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Peter,

Why this watered-down wishy-washy collection of words?

Come on, tell us all how you REALLY feel! ;)
Nov. 22, 2019
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Perhaps the various discussions on Bridge Winners had some impact on the amendments. If no one on the BoD wants further input from people via Bridge Winners, we will not see the amended motion, the amended maps, or even the “You need permission” “District Director impact” Google Doc linked to from the FAQ.

We'll soon see if the motion to be discussed by the BoD in San Francisco is now under a Cone of Silence.
Nov. 22, 2019
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there must be a $freeware spreadsheet program for that operating system, and the rest is a matter of detail. It's just busy work to build the appropriate tables; from contract + results to raw scores is table loookup; matchpointing a set of five or ten raw scores is a simple formula, IMPs is finding differences in scores and table lookup.

Perhaps someone on Bridge Winners has already written such a spreadsheet for Mac, Windows, IoS, or Android and is willing to share formula-rich and table-rich but event-result-empty spreadsheets with you? Perhaps you are “spreadsheet-literate” enough to translate from what you receive to Mac freeware spreadsheet (or even write one from scratch), or have someone else associated with your tournament who has appropriate skills and is willing to work with you on this or do it solo.

Sorry it's not me; I barely know how to spell Apple, much less Macintosh!

Good luck! I'm fairly certain there are Mac-philes here on Bridge Winners who will be interested in your solution, whether you discover something already existing or have to have it built from scratch on a spreadsheet base.
Nov. 22, 2019
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Hi Jacek,

I will add yours to the other high recommendations I receive for Beevor. And I'll look into Davies as well.

As for Gazzilli, is your own “not very sophisticated” version of Gazzilli something of a trade secret, or could you share it here?
Nov. 21, 2019
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moved
Nov. 21, 2019
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Nov. 21, 2019
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Hi Jacek,

Congratulations on much success, and good luck in future.

Where on the Internet can I find the best information about Gazilli?

There seems to be a proliferation of History channels on YouTube; do you follow any of the
English-language ones? If so, which are your favorites?

Thanks!
Nov. 21, 2019
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allows more time for rearranging deck chairs, postponing the real work.
Nov. 20, 2019
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