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Link posted on Facebook and shared with my Unit and th Clubs where I direct – “another good reason to teach Bridge to youngsters”
Aug. 8, 2018
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Tom A, I believe the technical medical term is “Cranial Flatulence.”
Aug. 2, 2018
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My two guesses why Nic is never in trouble at Gatlinburg:
1. has Bridgescore+ on computer on-site
2. has ACBLscore running in parallel on another computer, has been importing gamefile from BS+ after each round of the Swiss, just switches over to ACBLscore
Aug. 2, 2018
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Maybe if you ask nicely, Eugene will update your article title to "How to get 700 comments"
Aug. 1, 2018
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How does Hammond Software propose to be paid for BS+ use in club games?
July 30, 2018
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“28” probably stands for the 25 members of ACBL's Board of Directors. Where the final three to reach the number used came from, who they are, or what they stand for is left to the reader's imagination unless the author wishes to enlighten.
July 29, 2018
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Masterpoints (r) to you!
July 21, 2018
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Units appear to ignore Clubs in neighboring Units. Sectionals are 100% run by Units. Non-participating Clubs in our Unit seem to close for Sectionals, with nothing specific as quid pro quo from the Unit – but all seem to accept the status quo.

I never considered this when I only ran a small Monday evening club, as Monday was never a Sectional evening.
July 20, 2018
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Back in the day, the New England Individual Regional filled the Hynes /auditorium. A dozen or more sections, for Saturday;s two-session qualifier, the same for Sunday's final and consolation events. Always two-board rounds. On my convention card in the Psychic Bids section, I wrote “only on even-numbered boards.”
July 20, 2018
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Sixteen Sectionals within fifty miles; that's five of the 8 Units in our District and one in a neighbor District. Go out to 150 miles, get several more.

I close the Saturday and Sunday afternoon games for the four four-day Sectionals my unit runs, and the Saturday morning 88er game for the four four-day Sectionals run by the Unit across the river as well. My Thursday morning game is taken over by my Unit's four Sectionals, as is the Friday game in the same location. Both Club owners are adequately compensated, both participate to differing extents in these Sectional games. It's complicated.

Thursday morning Sectional games are larger than the usual Club game; the two competing Thursday morning games lose tables or close; the Sectional supports a small NLM Section that the club has failed with,

Both Units' Thursday evening Unit Games participate in all eight Sectionals; table count for our Unit Game on Sectional Thursdays is usually at least five tables above the average on non-Sectional Thursdays.

Other than the Unit Game and the Thursday and Friday participating Club games, no Clubs receive any compensation from the Unit for loss of business during the Sectional – but my Saturday and Sunday games pay no rent when closed, so my Sectional loss for those closed games is only opportunity loss and not out-of-pocket loss.

All of this was in place years before I acquired the Thursday morning and Saturday afternoon games at the beginning of this year.
July 20, 2018
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Hi Randy,

1. Unit 218.
+ Publishes a list of all sanctioned (and a few unsanctioned) Club games within our Unit boundaries (and one club outside them) on the Unit's website – includes Day, Time, Location (link to map),Club info (link to ACBL's Club Profile), City, Games (Open/limits for limited games), Director Info (link to contact info), Results (link to on-line results if any)
+ Much of same list is published in Unit publication/Newsletter
+ Club news occasionally included on request in Unit e-mail or publication
+ Orders supplies twice a year, allows Clubs to participate at cost (Unit pays all shipping) (I do all of this as a Unit Board member, Board approved the biannual expense)

2. LBIAD – has only been run in our area under District or ACBL (NABC) sponsorship; 2015 had 85 students at our Regional, cost $25 each; 2016 was NABC. Patty Tucker personally taught both.

3. Advertising
All advertising free through Unit (website, e-mail, Unit Publication), my own e-mail, or word of mouth.

4. Special ACBL Games
In our area, almost all clubs pass these costs on to the players. I run all the STaCs (usually 4 per year), 2 NAP games every month June/July/August, GNT games monthly September through week of deadline for sign-up for latest District-level competition, every Junior Fund/Grass-Roots Fund/Charity Foundation/International Fund game that fits in the schedule, and of course all the “freebie” Special Games (annual Membership Game, quarterly Club Championships, Club Appreciation Pairs and Teams) – because players don't complain about the “extra dollar” (two for STaC and GNT), they like the extra Masterpoints, and I give them what they like when I can, especially when it's no extra cost to me.

5. For Profit
As are almost all of the competition except the Thursday Evening Unit Game. My smaller sessions are less profitable, and one frequently loses money.
July 17, 2018
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ACBL's Cone of Silence culture persists with no CEO stability.
July 17, 2018
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Doing the same as Monty – actually acquired some boatd sets with 29-36 labels; when I peeled them off I found 13-16 and `1-4. Serendipity!
July 12, 2018
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probably just for District 16
July 11, 2018
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Coffee consumption is an occasional investment of a few bucks for a cup, with the free fellowship of other aficionados and the free atmosphere of the coffee-dispensing location.

Bridge consumption requires a significant fixed time commitment and a significant up-front cost for lessons.

There are more differences as well, all that I can think of are in coffee's favor.

Just because I am a Bridge player (or was until I found myself directing instead), and not a coffee drinker, doesn't mean I made the obviously correct choice.
July 9, 2018
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Rhetorical question? The answer of course is “It Depends.” Different for each player, usually gradual over time, and I doubt any player could name a specific date when the “crossed the line.”
July 9, 2018
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