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Greg, we are kind of on the same page. As a worker at and an observer of the Trials (20-25 teams)I thought it to be a wonderful tournament – the best.

I would like to see the Bridge CHAMPIONSHIPS be like the Trials but bigger and allowing players from all over the world.

At my level of play I could enter the Spingold and after bombing out on the first day play regional events till time to enter the next CHAMPIONSHIP and bomb out the first day.

All players from Novice up should be encouraged to come and if not enter the Championship event jump right into the water of a stratified Regional Event and look forward to being at the table with the big guys who bomb out of the CHAMPIONSHIP.

For me, perfect. Bridge at its best.
Dec. 10, 2018
Rena Hetzer edited this comment Dec. 10, 2018
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Gary, I have never felt that the 1% should have a lions share of ACBL attention. I loved being a fly on the wall while putting together breakfast or lunch for the players gathered for the USBCs that were held for several years in Memphis. People watching is my favorite sport.

A smaller NABC with mostly ++ events would be a Trials like atmosphere with a lot more participants.
Dec. 8, 2018
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Jan, I am smiling because my years and job at ACBL made me very aware of the things of which you speak. Aware of the various needs but not aware of the various cost and I know nothing about the revenue other than some simple math.
Dec. 8, 2018
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Jan, you must be thinking NABC++, NABC+, Regionally Rated, Single Session and IN.
I am thinking your NABC++ then Regionally-Rated. A Radical Change.
No idea if 3 days shorter would be a significant savings for ACBL. Pretty sure fewer events would translate to less use of ballroom space for whatever that would mean. Reduced staff. Reduced transportation cost.

Just fun to consider. Bridgewinners is a great forum for tossing ideas about.

I am not at all ego invested in any notion I may spit out. Well, maybe a little. But the future belongs to the younger old people and young ones coming up.
Dec. 8, 2018
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Peg, you have made it clear that you are in favor of appeals committees as I have made it clear I am in favor of the TDs decision being final. Present law is on your side of the thinking. It is not legally wrong to exercise a right given by existing law. No argument there.
Dec. 8, 2018
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Peg, If there were no right to appeal there would only be the bashing or praising of the TD decision and no questions raised regarding an appeals system,that is also “human” and flawed, being available for possible personal benefit.

A note to the National Recorder re possible use of BIT and UI might be in order.

To me the worst result of the appeal is that North was disallowed the winning lead which many if not all seem to think could be made on the auction alone.
Dec. 8, 2018
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I do not consider any of the point limited, gender limited or age limited events “National” events.
Dec. 8, 2018
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My initial base of thinking was to create an NABC schedule that held Championship events and Regionally-rated events when a player fell out of the main event. Also a thought that maybe 7 days might be significantly cheaper for the host (ACBL). I like a concept that the NABCs are mostly Championship events undiluted by concurrent events and not NABCs with a Regional and an IN Regional tucked inside.

If it is a Units place to conduct Sectionals and a Districts place to conduct Regionals and the ACBLs place to conduct NABCs it seems logical to me that confining NABCs mostly to the Championship events would benefit Regionals and Sectionals financially (greater attendance?) and perhaps benefit ACBL financially also if reduced to 7 days.
Dec. 8, 2018
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That is the argument for. I concede it has some validity. But not enough in my (again not so humble) opinion. In this particular case several have pointed out that the auction told Glubok that they may be missing the Diamond Ace. Perhaps Grue's remark (AI) helped. As Meatloaf would say “two out of three ain't bad.”

The director got it “right” if there is a right and wrong. It is too bad there was a hitch. To me, for the beauty of the game, it is too bad that the “right” lead was disallowed.
Dec. 7, 2018
Rena Hetzer edited this comment Dec. 7, 2018
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Peg, my point above re the “they went for it” comment is that without an appeal there would be no phone call. Yes, there would be times of injustices. But much time and effort would be saved as well as a bit of money. I have rarely seen a BIT and/or UI decision that was settled in committee that wasn't argued endlessly pro and con. Same probably true re the polling method. Might as well argue endlessly over a decision made by a tournament director and his peers.

At least the tournament directors are not playing in the event from which the appeal is made.

And this non-expert player has said enough and will now sit down and shut up. But beware, I'll be back. All the years I worked for ACBL I was not free to speak up. Now I am.

How in the heck do you do the smiley face???
Dec. 6, 2018
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Well Peg, in my not so humble opinion, bridge players should put on their big people panties and accept graciously the ruling of the director.
Dec. 6, 2018
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Thanks Peter, I was momentarily distracted by my rush to comment. (Please insert smiley face here)
Dec. 6, 2018
Rena Hetzer edited this comment Dec. 6, 2018
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I remember an instance when I was in the hallway awaiting the results of an appeal involving a friend of mine. A member of the team opposing my friend left the room, went to the phone close by and reported within my earshot, “they went for it.” I guess this is bridge.
Dec. 6, 2018
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No Peg, the committee system was equally flawed in my opinion.
Dec. 6, 2018
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I knew I was going to catch a lot flak on this opinion. I don't mind. I guess we could debate endlessly on the definition of Bridge.
Dec. 6, 2018
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Peg, why apologize for disagreeing? It sort of implies “sorry, you are wrong.” It is my opinion, not a right or wrong thing.
Dec. 6, 2018
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I believe now and have always believed that decisions made by the table director should stand. If it is a “bad” ruling so be it. As my mother would say when I would cry, “its not fair,” she would reply, “whoever told you that life would be fair.” The NABC+ event directors are usually the best available. They, like the expert players, make mistakes. Doesn't the table director usually consult with other directors before making a final ruling?

Joe's honest out loud statement should be rewarded with the table result of down 2. Brian's diamond lead should not be labeled unethical in the write up. Appeals should be eliminated with the possible exception of a blatant misapplication of a law not requiring a judgment re BIT and UI. The rub of the green.

You know maybe South's BIT was caused by a lapse in his attention.

How can it be “right” that an expert pair not suffer the consequences when they make an error. How can it be “right” that a small group of recognized experts influence a decision when they themselves may have bias or may be in a hurry to get to dinner and fail to think it through? Laws be darned.
Dec. 6, 2018
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Language is fascinating. Conversations illustrate that no matter how well-spoken one is we humans still misunderstand each other and we all are guilty of liking the sound of our own voice. So, all of you snappy chatter folks keep it coming but keep it kind.
Dec. 4, 2018
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Peg, and yet another comment that relates to(joy, friendship, learning, and thrills) why it was great in the good ole days to play the first qualifying session of an open pairs and play against the seeded pairs in your section and if you didn't qualify there was always the consolation to play and solace in seeing the stars who also didn't qualify.

I certainly enjoyed your photos. I particularly am fond of the candid shots when the subjects are unaware of the camera of you catch a team comparing scores.
Dec. 2, 2018
Rena Hetzer edited this comment Dec. 2, 2018
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Peggy, there was a period when membership was inflated due to giving free memberships. My memory may be fuzzy. I am old.
Dec. 1, 2018
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