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In this case, I can't think of any issues…
April 23
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Are there any hands with 10-12 balanced and 2-5 Hearts that would not bid 2?
April 23
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> The question I pose is a simple one. What can we do
> to make it attractive enough to have entrepreneurs
> take a chance on starting new full-service clubs?

I don't think that we can, or at least I don't think that we should.

I'd much rather focus on getting people playing on the Internet and at colleges and have something standing when the clubs are gone.
April 23
Richard Willey edited this comment April 23
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If you search by user name you can get a listing of all the articles and comments that they'v made

https://bridgewinners.com/forums/read/clubs-and-teachers/secret-sauce/
April 23
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> I would hope that all can agree on one principal:
> All games should be funded and financially
> supported by the players that play in them.

> Not by the players that stay in the hotel where
> they are held. Nor by people who unwittingly
> got roped into joining a national organization.

Does the converse hold true? If a tournament turns a profit, should that money be kicked back to the players?

I personally have long argued that it is a mistake for the ACBL to have cross subsidies between hotel rooms and playing space, however, this feels very different that the whether or not the national organization is either turning a profit from or subsidizing major tournaments.

From my perspective, the two key roles for a national bridge organization are

1. Promoting tournaments at a scale beyond the “local”
2. Ensuring a consistent set of rules and regulations

Furthermore, I would argue that having the national org subsidize tournaments (rather than trying to turn a profit on them) is entirely consistent with this goal.
April 23
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> I will ask ACBL for a room and a time in Las Vegas
> where club representatives can meet to discuss
> forming a club association.

“What have the Romans ever done for us?”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx_G2a2hL6U
April 22
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> What we can do is to put together a system to
> deal with the bad guys when they show up.

Better yet, we could actually put systems in place that make it orders of magnitude more difficult to cheat, that provide dramatically improved record keeping, and allow authorities to unambiguously demonstrate that folks were cheating…
April 22
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No Mike, bridge is dying because women are able to get jobs, because the Internet and videos are really fun, because a host of newer and in many ways better games have been developed over the past 50 years, and because the player base is so old that it actively discourage our ability to recruit players to compete at a mind sport.

The sooner that people accept that the game is transitioning to a niche form of entertainment, the better it will be be. Don't get me wrong. I think that bridge has a lot to recommend it and I hope that it survives, but the mass market game is going the way of the buggy whip. And with it, the budget that sustains the current ACBL is going collapse and I suspect that most of the clubs out there are going to fold.
April 21
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Based on what you and Jeff are saying, you aren't creating “bridge players”. Rather you are cultivating a local customer base. Nothing wrong with that, however, I don't see much of a relationship between these efforts and and the interests of a national organization.

Plain and simple, I think that the existing club model is dead and its just stumbling on through inertia. I rather see the National org focusing on the internet for education,recruiting, and play. If some of this spills over to the small number of F2F clubs that will be around in 10 to 15 years, fine. However, I certainly wouldn't spend much time / effort trying to support them especially if they are deliberately shielding their players from playing duplicate.
April 21
Richard Willey edited this comment April 21
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Perhaps running large bridge clubs with high fixed costs is no longer a viable business to be in…
April 21
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I think that you have the seed of a good idea, however, I'd take this in a different direction. A few weeks back, I actually took a look at the Bulletin trying to assess whether or not it seems at all useful as a recruiting tool. Personally, I think that it's nigh on useless. These is some good content in there, but it's buried in dross and no one is going to bother to wade through all the garbage looking for actual bridge related content.

I'd like to see the ACBL mine past issues of the Bulletin and add this to the ACBL web site in an easier to find form. Bulk out the “Learn” Section of the ACBL web site with all of Mike's Bridge Lessons, Its Your Call, The Bidding Box, …

Then, let provisional members have access to to this section of the web site.

In a similar vein, I don't think that we're ever going to see another copy of the ACBL's Encyclopedia of Bridge Published. Turn this into a wiki and post it online so folks can benefit from the content.

Summary of the most recent Bulletin:

Page 2-3: Ads
Page 4-5 Table of Contents
Page 6: Desperate attempt to sell people on the value of Masterpoints
Page 7-8: Old people grouse about stuff.
Page 9-13: Please come to Vegas
Page 14-17: Look how many masterpoints people have
Page 18-19: Ads
Page 20-25: Look how many masterpoints people have
Page 26-28: Book reviews
Page 29: Collegiate bridge bowl
Page 30-31: Inside baseball (for directors)
Page 32: Look who won some random event
Page 33: Ad
Page 34: Dead luminary of the game
Page 35: Ad
Page 36: Psyches (They're not illegal per se)
Page 37: Ad
Page 38-39: Club news
Page 40: Questions about a ruling
Page 41: Oh LOOK! We actually have some stuff about bidding and card play. The next 30 or so pages have some decent comment
Page 71+ Masterpoints, dead people and ads…
April 21
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w00t!

No coke! Pepsi.
April 21
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FWIW, many newer MOSCITO variants use both relays and a forcing raise after major suit openings.

If the relays tend to deny 4+ card support for opener's major you're better positioned to double for penalty. Conversely, if we have a major suit fit, jacking up the bidding level often helps us to avoid a competitive auction.
April 20
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I've seen plenty of comments from numerous top players from that era saying that the methods that they used back then are extremely dated and would not be viable in today's game.

There is a reason that Orange Club isn't played any more…

Moreover the reason that Hamman is “Hamman” has a lot more to with his concentration and his skills at declarer play and defense than his choice of system.
April 20
Richard Willey edited this comment April 21
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> And still, about 50 years ago it was normal to play
> 1M-3M as invitational, and 1M-2N as GF balanced
> denying 4-card support.

True.

How much you want to bet that any World Class pair from way back when playing those sets of methods would be remotely competitive today?

I'm guessing that their declarer play and defense would hold up brilliants, but they would be destroyed during the auction…
April 20
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Need to spend some time thinking about this, however, it feels as it this can be improved by using 2M - 1 as promising 3 card support and then using the lower bids for responder to start showing shape..
April 20
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Why should I have any faith in “the nominating committee”? You're just kicking the can down the road.
April 20
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From what I can tell, the existing system grossly conflates master point holdings and administrative skill. I doubt that the direct election would make things any worse.

FWIW, I do think that having age limits for the BoD etc. should offer a lot of protection against this. If we block anyone over the age of - say - 62 from serving on the BoD this should help alot with this issue.
April 20
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> 2N is an asking bid that does not convey strength.

I don't believe that this is the expected meaning and alerts are based on what is expected
April 20
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Your best option is probably to post the PDF's to a third party file sharing site and then post a link.
April 20
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