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Good catch on the exact rule. Thanks for the specification as I wasn't fully aware.
March 23
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Sathya, I don't mind the rule and will live with it. However, playing online or regionals is difficult with my work schedule, so always fun to play whatever national events I can when I get the chance. Whether this motion exists or not doesn't really change my future in this game.
March 23
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Chris, limited wins are not included in this rule as it doesn't qualify for Grand LM. Only the Open ones.
March 23
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Good point :)
March 23
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This refers to national events only, not side games, KOs, etc. Said person couldn't play a 10K event though, if they have less than 10K MPs.
March 23
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I don't think age is involved here, but someone would need to step in and clarify that. Pretty sure “limited” refers to MPs only.
March 23
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Dave, the Junior program was definitely instrumental in my development as a player. Big shout out to you, Barry, the Rosenbergs, and all the other mentors too for what you have done.

That Jeff guy is okay too.
March 22
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That makes more sense than any other theories on how this happened.
March 22
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Thanks everyone for the well-wishes! Jeff deserves a ton (if not all) the credit for this, because it seems like I tried in vain to stop us from having a shot. I love playing with him and look forward to seeing where our partnership goes from here, if anywhere.
March 22
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Most of the people who have participated in my streams so far are Bridge players and not those who are new to the game, so it's not really difficult to emphasize how fun the game is since they're there for a reason. It's going to be a challenge to reel in new people unless they're looking for it themselves. The category of Bridge on Twitch is hard to find if you're not looking for it.
March 20
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Thanks for the kind words, John. The WSOP definitely made poker one of the most popular games of the 2000s, and even though I don't think anything will be able to bring Bridge to that level of popularity, perhaps these efforts will move it in the right direction. Overall, I do agree that the digitization of the game for the younger generation is the way to go (at least at first).

I'm definitely looking forward to what can be done once I get back from the NABC in a few weeks. Hopefully, I can fit in some Vanderbilt color commentary in the evenings as well as review hands that I played.
March 11
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The streaming concept only goes so far. It turns Bridge into a more interactive format (to a degree), but there's still a lot more that can be done, and especially from a mass initiative, to really tap into the youth and get Bridge going. I'd be happy to share my thoughts with anyone who would want to further collaborate on it.
Feb. 23
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Yeah, I knew some streams existed, but they're few and far in-between. I really want to run with this and make it an entertaining and interactive experience, using multiple facets of BBO (teaching, playing for fun, commentating on big matches, etc.)
Feb. 22
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I wasn't sure what the right forum was for this; whether it should be on the front page or in this forum. Maybe we can crosspost it.
Feb. 22
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Absolutely. I try to operate my Bridge streams with a very open mind, so the feedback of the viewers is what can drive the future content. I have my own ideas, but if it's not what the people want, then it's not what the people will see.
Feb. 22
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The Common Game kind of has this feature with “Kibitz the Pros,” which is where pros play a few Common Game hands on BBO and there's a YouTube video for each seat during those hands. While this is a cool feature, it lacks the interactivity that Twitch and streaming platforms have to offer.

It'd be nice if we could have a BW challenge match that was also livestreamed so that people could chat with the players while they're playing. That'd be a good next step, and I don't think it'd be too challenging to set up either.
Feb. 22
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But aren't we missing the 8 and 9 also? If so, there's no endplay position. If we do have one of those spots, then the endplay is right.
Feb. 4
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Cinnamon Toast Crunch is so underrated. Well done, Michael, on having great cereal taste.
Jan. 22
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He's not “fixing it over time.” The algorithm only uses the last two years of plays (I think), so games get removed and new games get added, so the numbers shift. It's entirely automatic. Maybe you were getting at that, but I don't like the wording you used in your last sentence, implying he is changing these like he knows everyone and wants to make people look better.
Jan. 22
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I think the only legitimate complaint people could have with Colorado Springs is that they don't agree with the methodology used to compute one's power rating (of course, people will usually not like their own rating, but so be it). However, it's a pretty cool resource and is way more informative about a person's skill than Masterpoints will ever be. While it may not necessarily be the Colorado Springs formula, it'd be a great change if seeding adopted a rating system that wasn't as flawed as Masterpoints, because I know a lot of A's who've been playing forever who deserve to be C's and a lot of high C's/low B's who play well enough to be A's.

Just my opinion on the matter. I look forward to the site returning and seeing where I stand every time there's an update.
Jan. 22
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