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Wow. Odd year for someone to admit being from D22 :)
17 hours ago
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Isn't this like asking CBS to get involved if an actor doesn't pay his agent?

If there is not a contract in place, it may be because some less ethical people want to avoid paying taxes, so they may have no recourse. Bringing in payments out into the open could subject them to IRS issues.

If someone was diligent about always paying their taxes, they have no risk in going to court, but this would have nothing to do with any bridge authority.

A contract seems the most sensible way. This is a profession for people. This wouldn't be different than any other business not getting paid for services.
July 19
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I was thinking that David, but this hand is a bit of an anomaly. Opener on your right bid Spades, and now that you've bid, negative double on your left will make opener declarer in that suit as well. And you can (relatively) safely lead this suit yourself.
July 18
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Board 19 is surprising to me. Is it now expert standard to overcall 2 with shapely 7 counts? Both tables?
July 18
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Not there this year, but I'm saddened to see the same pair that I thought should have been classified higher last year due to foreign experience again leading their strat. I really think it hurts the event when true B or C players go all that way and don't get to play in a competitive field.
July 18
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I think the key might be talking and laughter coming out of the room. Nobody has ever walked by a bridge tournament, looked in to see 40-80 tables of mostly old people sitting silently across from each other, and said, “that looks like fun!”
July 15
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Of better yet.

I don't always play bridge, but when I do…who am I kidding. I always play bridge.
July 12
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I wasn't talking about clubs either. I've never known anyone who played whist, or heard of a game going on somewhere. I just looked up clubs to see if there were any, since how else could you find a game? 4 old ladies playing in their kitchen aren't likely to have a website promoting it or looking for a potential 4th.
July 12
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Whist has survived? Not in the US. The only whist clubs I found stopped playing whist years ago. Delaware is now a restaurant and banquet club in Delaware, and Cleveland is a bridge club. So perhaps it survived in the UK, but I've never heard of anyone playing whist in the states.

So I guess I agree. Bridge will survive just has whist has done.
July 12
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“Bridge players do it with a dummy”
“Bridge: Where it's OK to go for it once passed out”
And one I've seen before I still like:
“Where's the hand you had during the auction?”
July 12
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Do you maybe get a free slurpee every 7/11 and it's the sugar rush?
July 11
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“the players have to set up the card tables and get the bidding boxes and Bridgepad table units on the tables before the game starts and store it all away at the end of the game.”

This is another thing that astounds me about this business model. This isn't a hobby. You pay to play. When you go to a restaurant you don't set up the tables, set the tables and put them away before you leave. I always do mine and several other peoples when this comes up, as I'm generally younger and more able, but I do resent the expectation that your customers are to pay you and do work.
July 11
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I think most would agree with many of your sentiments, but the question, of course is HOW.

HOW do you market bridge to young people? Maybe make the online game more interactive. Make an interactive version of the game where you can live stream video and see your partner and opponents. Even talk trash. You aren't going to get young people to come to the bridge club unless they are doing it with family and friends. I say get them hooked on the game and then teach them there is another “world” of serious bridge where you can't talk during the play.

Eventually you would have to make it BRIDGECON now, rather than a NABC if you want youth to get excited about going. Make them about events, meetups, etc. Have a noisy bridge room for Crazybridge like they've played online. Expose them slowly to what we now consider tournament bridge if they are serious about it.


And nobody started playing this game because they heard there was a magical thing called masterpoints that they just HAVE to acquire. After they played bridge they got some (or a fraction of some, depending on when they started) and thought it was a measure of ability, so they wanted more. But this too changed. Masterpoints changed into a sales tool, and is no longer a measure of ability. I don't think having them available online is a good decision for the long-term viability of bridge, but I'm not in charge.

As I've suggested several times, split the bridge rating into a skill and accumulation rating. 90/2400 people who want to amass a million online or Goldrush points can do so, and their skill rating won't change. People who want to improve and play the best can improve their skill rating and get fewer MPs. There has to be a way to make the masterpoints worth more than a lifetime achievement award. This will allow people to always be able to play where their SKILL rating puts them, regardless of how many MP's they have. People won't have to stop playing because they get promoted out of their level by playing too much.

I could go on all day, but I'm not in charge, and nobody in charge seems to care.
July 11
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Heaven (and Jacoby) can wait.
Meatloaf? :)

Almost. Meat Loaf, technically. Or further still, Jim Steinman (songwriter)
July 11
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MR: “I was extremely disappointed. I thought it had clear errors and was packed with flaws. I strongly preferred ”The Rodwewll Files“.”

I loved the Rodwell Files, but really don't think a 10 year old would get that either.

And I'd love to hear what you think are clear errors, if you can recall.
July 11
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I love Watson's book and call it The Bible. And Goren's book I also learned how to think bridge from, but even when I read it it was 30 years out of date.

I think Watson especially is too dry for an adult, let alone a 10 year old to start with.
July 11
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good lord
July 10
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Sorry Chris. I certainly didn't mean to imply that you were wrong about your thought process.

My intention was merely to point out its flaw, which I thought was clear in reading the content of my post.
July 10
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“ Their feelings are irrelevant when it comes to my decision process.”

I don't think that's true. There is no inherent RIGHT to play up. Would be happy about paying the high price to play in a Regional or National KO and get to play against a complete 0-20 novice? Sure, you win, but it wouldn't be fun, and it isn't why you traveled to a tournament.

We're all paying customers, which is why I asked in the first place.
July 10
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I know in Orlando they didn't start a KO on Thursday so that the Friday/Saturday would be full and start for everyone, and if I recall they regretted it. Numbers were down quite a bit. I wouldn't be surprised if this solution didn't work as well as people expect.
July 10
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