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Has someone said this before? Maybe lifetime ban without the possibility of readmittance could apply when convicted of collusive cheating in an NABC+ event.
Jan. 3
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Max,
I have enjoyed your posts and your article posted here on BW. I see you as another of a long line of folks that have succumbed to the siren call of our beautiful game. Your passion is nice. However, I disagree with your method of protest. And, forgive me, your method is easy.

Maybe organizing sign carrying protesters at all tourneys in ACBL would get the attention and concern of everyday sectional and regional players, maybe not. Organizing such would be true dedication to your cause.
Jan. 3
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Ray, thanks for the chuckle
Jan. 3
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Regarding the three witches label, the ACBL rank and file employees more politely called them the three brooms. They were indeed a powerful trio.
Jan. 3
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My three were all Virgos.
Jan. 2
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Wow. Eight years ago and before (the Nancy Foy and Jeff Johnston days hotel contracts were presented for approval by the BOD. I admit not knowing at what point the BOD had access to a proposed contract. I am reasonably sure the contracts were subject to review by the ACBL attorney (Peter Rank). I wonder when and by whom a “no review by the BOD” policy was put into place.

As long as a 25 member BOD exists there will be inefficiency. For a number of years I attended all BOD meetings as the person who put together the minutes and ran the recording machine. The work of the various committees more times than not was rehashed ad nauseam in the full board meeting. There must be some happy medium between rubber stamping and a total rehash.

Jack, do you remember when Nadine Wood and her husband I think put together a plan (complete with charts and stats) for reducing the board? Do you remember how that plan was received by the BOD? I know it didn't fly but don't remember the reasons why.

Yes, BOD member should be concerned with ACBL 1st and foremost. Just like US Representatives and Senators. There should be term limits.

And now you say that in the unlikely event a quorum of the ACBL membership could be assembled that they would not have the power to act? Wow again.
Jan. 2
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Peg, it is not that I don't “care” if people are cheating in a game I am competing in. It is:
1. My belief that cheating will never be eliminated
2. My love for the game and my willingness to participate is not diminished by the thought that some folks in my event are probably cheating
3. Playing the game is more important to me than winning
4. The events I play are not important enough to worry that I may come second to someone who has cheated
5. For instance, I will play the National Mixed Pairs in Memphis and I am paying a local person to play with me. Should some miracle happen and I come second I will not worry a moment about who may have cheated and stole some matchpoints from me.
It is, after all, a game. When I play well I feel happy. If I do well that is icing on the cake.

I did not mean to exclude folks who are not pros or folks who do not pay pros. If you are one of these folks I am fine with you caring.
Jan. 1
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Randy B, I agree. Cheating will never keep me from the game. If those who earn a living playing bridge and those who hire those who earn a living from playing want to clean up the expert level of bridge they may have to sit all alone in a room with an electronic device.

I wonder why Mike Lawrence quit high level bridge.
Jan. 1
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Yes, he is one of my three ex-husbands. But he still maintains an interest in the game and he remains my go to person to explain some finer point about bidding, defending or declaring.
Dec. 30, 2018
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A long time ago a 23 or so year old took up bridge. As is his bent with any endeavor he jumped in 110%, reading bridge books, playing as much as work allowed and travelling to tourneys whenever possible. His learning curve was steep and soon he rose to the top. He explained that after getting pounded by the ladies at the local dupe for quite a while his studies paid off and that almost suddenly he understood the game and how to play it.

His highest achievement was 3rd in the now defunct Life Master Men's Pairs. His active playing career lasted maybe 5-6 years but definitely under 10 years.

Work and life intervened and he went on to conquering making money at which he also succeeded.

When queried as to why he quit playing he replied, “Because there will never be a level playing field.”

Queried further he said, “cheaters abound.”
Dec. 30, 2018
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Ed, I believe so, yes the Olympic Committee. I asserted that the Canadian and Mexican Federations were in existence when I began working there but USBF came later. I am not sure what functions you are referring to but I am reasonably certain that USBF would not want to take on all functions related to bridge in the USA.
Dec. 29, 2018
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Michael, me too. I remember well that when a letter was sent from ACBL inquiring what the procedure was to become recognized by the USA Olympic Committee that their reply to that initial inquiry was basically “no way Jose” with an added “are you crazy” thrown in. A very unfriendly reply without those exact words.

Eventually an interview to make the case before some USA Olympic Committee officials was granted. Our attorney and a top level world champion player represented the case for recognition. To no avail.

Like most things in this world it is all about the money. Had we been admitted we would have been eligible for financial support.
Dec. 29, 2018
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Ed, during my time at ACBL there was always a CBF and MBF. The USBF came about as stated above. Prior to USBF I suppose you could say ACBL acted as the National Organization for USA players. Now there is USBF.

By the way, come on down to Memphis for the Spring NABC and visit the great museum housed at ACBL headquarters.
Dec. 29, 2018
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Michael, In the early days of the Olympic Dream (instigated by the WBF) having a separate organization for USA “athletes” was a must according to rules of USA Olympic Committee. Hence the USBF was created. The attempt to be admitted to the USA Olympic family failed. The USBF remained and since that time has taken on a number of responsibilities for USA international bridge. They conduct the Open United States Bridge Championship each year, the Women's and the Junior Championships too. Training for Juniors also. And the Senior Trials. They write the Conditions of Contest. They decide the financial subsidies disbursed to the various teams representing the USA internationally.

However, they have to date not been without the cooperation of ACBL and more importantly ACBL's financial assistance.

And, to repeat my praise of Jan, they have not been without her expert management of USBF affairs. Once again, I may have left out something due to being 8.5 years removed from the fray.
Dec. 29, 2018
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Richard Wiley, during my time at ACBL, for whatever reason, dues to WBF were tripled. (Maybe the Olympic Dream?)

The post seems to indicate that ACBL will be contributing to WBF dues on a decreasing scale although they will continue to help collect monies to benefit international bridge via surcharges on NABC+ events and special games at clubs awarding extra masterpoints and perhaps other stuff I have also forgotten.

Perhaps it is only the beginning of the separation of high level bridge from the rest of the membership.

As long as Jan Martel breathes the new organization will do well. If she decides to retire from USBF and ride horses and play bridge there may be a problem.
Dec. 28, 2018
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Michael Hopkins, I believe, unless there are things unsaid as to what the Zonal Federation will do, the ACBL will still sanction and staff regionals and sectionals, hire, train and assign tournaments directors, run the NABCs, sanction clubs and yes, collect fees. Also maintain a website and membership database, process tournament reports. Also maintain the Code of Disciplinary Regulations and other living documents that guide and govern certain procedures. What else. I am sure other things that a person retired from ACBL for 8.5 years has forgotten about.

It is not a full separation from high level bridge. Seems mostly just international bridge.
Dec. 28, 2018
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“I think the directors did a good job except they should have removed the word ”unethical“ in the write-up and they should have replaced the word ”high“ with ”highly“.

Nicolas,

Please explain why you think ”ACBL“ should alter the written testimony of the appeal portion of the write-up. As stated in my earlier post it would have been great if ”ACBL" had suggested a change in the wording. I think ( I am too lazy to research it) a statement that someone has taken an unethical action is possibly subject to disciplinary action.
Dec. 17, 2018
Rena Hetzer edited this comment Dec. 17, 2018
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EW should have read what was written on the appeals form. The person writing on their behalf should have reviewed what they wrote perhaps catching the improper language. Whatever person on the ACBL staff who first read the appeal could have done a good deed by approaching EW for a possible change in choice of words.

I do believe that the section written by those appealing should not and has not historically been revised without their consent.

The appeal and all its parts have always been published in the Daily Bulletin and then later in the Case Books.

It is great that the apology above is here for all to see. Perhaps EW should chime in on the apology.
Dec. 16, 2018
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Ditto.
Dec. 12, 2018
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David, beautifully said. The joy of playing bridge belongs to all of us, experts and less than expert alike.
Dec. 11, 2018
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