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Early April Fool's? And I don't think club games are taking a hit because of the color of the points being offered. There are so many extra-point games you can hold at the club now that players can get everything up through Red points just in club play alone.

Club games are taking a hit because they're finding it difficult to pull in new members, just like the ACBL is. The average age keeps increasing, some people either die or become too sick to play, and at the end of the day, not enough new players are coming in to offset that. That's not an issue that's going to be solved through point offerings. That's an issue that needs to be fixed in recruitment and education, to keep the game going after its current generation eventually dies out.
Dec. 18, 2017
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I did the VuGraph for that match. Turns out the CoC allow 2.5 hours for 15 boards, which is absolutely ridiculous, but that means they barely broke the time limit. Still, I have to agree with you. It was bad.
Nov. 30, 2017
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@Kevin, apologies for my soapbox then. I assumed it was 2 hours or slightly over for the 15 board segments.
Nov. 29, 2017
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I am 100% behind you on the slow play complaint, although my issue with it comes from an event I wasn't even playing in. I was VuGraphing the Baze semifinals yesterday and the night session was really bad with regards to pace and more importantly, enforcing a healthy pace. All in all, we started at 7 P.M. and I did not close my table until 12:15 A.M. for 30 boards. The main reason it took so long is the first half didn't start until close to 10 P.M. but not once was there any kind of penalty or even better, a warning. I mean, a spectator shouldn't complain but that was exhausting.
Nov. 28, 2017
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The Common Game was a pure genius idea by Jay. Getting to play against the country every single session is a lot more exciting than just your normal, everyday club game.

It's only going to get bigger, solidifying its hold on the future of the ACBL going forward.
Nov. 22, 2017
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I think the ACBL is doing what it can to introduce Bridge into schools. We have some great programs here across the country, most notably AJB and SIVY.

From a Junior's perspective, and from the perspective of the last person of the group of people who all learned together in my middle school, the ACBL is facing an uphill battle in making Bridge fun and interesting. I was hooked because I'm into logic and critical thinking. That doesn't work for everyone else. Our younger generations are captivated by screens and instant gratification, something that Bridge does not provide.
Nov. 22, 2017
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Bandwidth isn't free, but we're also talking about campuses with thousands of students who have WiFi networks that should be built to survive just about anything. BBO isn't nearly as high bandwidth as some of the computer games students play on a daily basis, and those are much more prevalent on campus than BBO.
Oct. 11, 2017
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Are there really universities out there that have parental controls on what websites you can visit? Seems like in college, you should be to look up whatever the heck you want since you're an adult.
Oct. 11, 2017
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Never thought I'd see a Bridge thread on Reddit, but they brought up some interesting points. Redditors are usually always insightful with those kinds of things.

Then again, the board gaming community may not be the ideal community we'd want to reach out to when we consider the future of this game. Board games are a lot more loose than Bridge. Most of the nights at the card store playing Warhammer, MTG, etc., involve cursing and alcohol (if the audience is of age). I'm not saying that can't fly in Bridge, but it won't in its purest form. At side games or midnights, sure.

It'd just be difficult to try to rope in that kind of audience and give them a false impression of what we have to offer, and then throw them into duplicate games where they have to be a lot more restrained than they're used to.
Oct. 5, 2017
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First off, the two of you, especially together, are amazing. It's quite impressive to see such a track record being constructed so quickly and at such a young age. All the respect in the world to you guys.

Two questions. My first question is for Adam. Adam, how are you able to handle Zach's bidding style at the table? As for the second question, it doesn't relate to Bridge at all, but rather Boston sports. We know that Tom Brady is the best QB of all-time and maybe the best NFL player of all-time, but is Gronk already the best TE of all-time and if not, who is?
Oct. 3, 2017
Matthew Weingarten edited this comment Oct. 3, 2017
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Colorado Springs is great (and that's what I defaulted to when I saw that in the sheet), but I think it'd be good to get a more ACBL-certified rating system. I have no idea how that site works sometimes. My game does not fluctuate as much as my rating does.
Sept. 28, 2017
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Unless you strike the four-leaf clover, I think it's really hard to find college students who had never played before take up interest in the game. Unless they had heard of it or tried it out once or twice, starting anew with Bridge in the 21st century is difficult. There are way too many technological distractions out there that make Bridge seem “boring.” Everyone used to take it up in college, but that was in another day and age where you weren't glued to a computer screen or phone all day.

The way to get education to youth now is at a younger age, when we are more curious and not as tied up with priorities. I am forever grateful I started at the end of 8th grade so I could get hooked going into high school. Heck, I was probably lucky to get my freshman roommate into it our senior year of high school because he would have been devoured by his personal life had I not done it then.
Sept. 28, 2017
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I earnestly tried getting a club going at my alma mater (University of Florida). My freshman year roommate and I were drawing up the plans before we even arrived on campus since we were both Bridge addicts and we wanted to bring it to the masses.

Despite being one of the biggest public schools in the country, I was lucky to draw two tables full of students (we did have a great group of volunteers to help us out), and most of them were people I was good friends with in high school. In terms of reaching new people, I did not succeed.

I know that's not everyone's experience (we have a bunch of great stories in the bulletin), but I was never able to get anything successful going during my time at UF. It's just extremely difficult in this day and age.
Sept. 25, 2017
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Dave, I hope that's a reference to the SNL Word Association skit, you spear chucker.
Sept. 13, 2017
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“Skewed his perceptions?” Maybe his choice of words was poor in a few places, but Christian is a reputable source of the Junior pulse (I would know because I am around the same age as him).

He's 100% on the button about online Bridge at nationals. Part of the reason I go, in addition to the competition and aspirations to win that never will happen, is to hang out with my Junior friends that I only get to see at these tournaments since the majority of us are involved with school/non-Bridge jobs. Taking that away means we may never see each other. I'd feel differently about club games and maybe sectionals, but from there on up, there's a lot of the social aspect that I'd miss if we put ourselves in front of computers.

As for the texting part, I kind of sympathize, although I understand that it'd be perceived as cheating and for that reason, there's really no solution to that problem. Telling people to stay away from their phones for that length of time is getting more and more difficult, and there's also a lot of things I do outside of texting on my phone, like checking email, Facebook, and sports scores.
Aug. 2, 2017
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I think their ages are (from L to R) 20, 21, 23, and 19 if I'm not mistaken.
July 25, 2017
Matthew Weingarten edited this comment July 25, 2017
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Okay. I will be gone at that point, unfortunately. Thanks anyway, and best of luck.
July 19, 2017
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Hi Carol. Still looking for a p?
July 19, 2017
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Hi Sathya. Still looking?
July 19, 2017
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I'm going to add a different argument to this thread - why on Earth do you think the Clippers would ever make the NBA Finals? They can't even make it past the first or second round of the playoffs, and the only way they are ever going to go deeper is by breaking up their current nucleus. I hope you meant Warriors instead of Clippers (even the Lakers would be more agreeable).
May 3, 2017
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