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Few quick comments regarding your recommendations

1. Newspapers are an incredibly bad way to reach young people. Arguably, there is probably a strong correlation between “young people who read newspapers” and “young people who would enjoy bridge”. Even so, I doubt that this would have any material impact on recruitment.

2. I took a look at a recent issue of the Bulletin. I don’t think this magazine is attractive to younger demographics.

3. (and similarly for 4) Trying to integrate young players into existing clubs will not succeed. (Young people don’t want to socialize with their grandparents)

If I were serious about increasing the number of under 25 year olds who played bridge, the first thing that I’d do is ASK a bunch of under 25 year olds what they think should be done.
July 13, 2015
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From the sounds of things your pass shows (pretty much) the same as a normal pass, however, this also includes some hands that a more aggressive pair might open. Some of these are unbalanced with a bad 5 card suit. Some of these are unbalanced with clubs.

I think that it would be polite to warn people that you are a very conservative opener and you might be passing some 13 / 14 counts. However, I don't think that you have any problems with the GCC
July 8, 2015
Richard Willey edited this comment July 8, 2015
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I see two plausible answers:

1. The ACBL means well, but they are completely incompetent

2. The ACBL leadership has decided that things are hopeless and they are milking the membership for as much as they can get before that last spiral around the drain



June 28, 2015
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It will be a cold day in hell before I participate in a meaningful way in any ACBL event.

I think that game of bridge in North America will be much better position once the ACBL crashes and burns.

June 28, 2015
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Some bitter old white dude is screaming get off my lawn…

Am I supposed to be surprised or care?
June 27, 2015
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That “no other of the 110 WBF member countries pay half that fee” caught my attention.

It would be most interesting to see how well the cumulative annual dues per Zone for the WBF matched with the number of slots that the WBF allocates for teams in the premiere events.
June 24, 2015
Richard Willey edited this comment June 24, 2015
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Am I the only one tempted to try 5N?
June 22, 2015
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As I understand matters, the statement “You don't preempt over a preempt” describes the strength of a jump overcall of a preemptive opening.

If the opponents open with a preempt, your jump overcall is best used to show a strong hand rather than a weak hand.

As a practical example

(2) - 3 shows a single suited hand with hearts that is too strong for a two level overcall and unsuitable for a double followed by a heart rebid.


June 20, 2015
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I've said it before, I'll say it again:

If people want to get serious about dealing with cheating, then you need to switch to an electronic playing environment. This allows you to separate the members of the pair with enough physical space that you have a chance to detect electronic communications. The improved record keeping will give you a large enough corpus of hands that you can perform real statistical analysis.

Anything else is rearranging deck chairs on the titanic.

June 16, 2015
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Could have sworn that the K+R evaluator was intended for unbalanced hands and that the authors prefered HCPs for their NT ladder
June 5, 2015
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I'd go with

“C”: He really should have figured out whether he can pull down a real salary before deciding to have a kid.
May 22, 2015
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There are good arguments in favor of taxation but no representation…
May 7, 2015
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FWIW, I think it is a mistake to require the new version of ACBLScore to maintain an active connection to a database.

I currently work for a company called Akamai within the companies Information Security group. I spend most of my day trying to come up with new an better ways to harden our systems against various types of external adversaries.

I don't know any reason why anyone would direct these sorts of attacks against a hypothetical ACBL database. With this said and done, the world is full of petty destructive individuals, one of whom might decide that it would be amusing to DDOS the ACBL database during nationals.

It would be nice to minimize the consequences of such a event…





May 5, 2015
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I think that you are confusing the game of bridge with the ACBL. I am all for promoting the former.

I think that the latter needs a stake through the heart forthwith before things in North America pass the point of no return. In all seriousness, if I look at the ACBL, I see

1. An organization that has pissed away generation after generation of prospective players. The success of collectable card games like Magic the Gathering clearly show that younger generations like to play cards even in the age of video games. What they don't like to do is play bridge (which I largely attribute to the stupefying nature of the game in North America)

2. A group that lurches from financial crisis to financial crisis. (The recent ACBLScore idiocy is but the most recent in long series of cock ups)

2. A organizational structure that is grossly incompetent at codifying and legislating the game. (Compare how the game is managed in Great Britain with the idicoy that we need to put up with)

I love the game of bridge as much as anyone. However, from my perspective, the complete and utter collapse of the ACBL is the best thing that could happen to us. Worst comes to worst, we can petition to join the EBU and piggyback off a group that is actually able to publish a rule book.




May 3, 2015
Richard Willey edited this comment May 3, 2015
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I am not offering the ACBL a solution. I am stating that I don't think that the organization deserves to expect our continued support.
May 3, 2015
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> Methinks the real question might be: what are “you”,
> meaning whoever the commenter of the moment might be,
> doing about the matter personally?

Praying that the ACBL enjoyed a quick and peaceful death as to allow something better to emerge in its place.

In all seriousness, the existing organization is too dysfunctional to deserve to survive.

May 3, 2015
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I don't think that one needs any particular expertise with survey design to note an obvious source of bias…
May 1, 2015
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I've only skimmed the thread, so I apologize if someone else has raised this point:

How was the survery conducted? In particular, did the organization use an internet only survey to ask about internet usage?
May 1, 2015
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The question is moot.

Let's back away from the question of regulations and consider instead the fundamental Laws of the game. In theory, those are supposed to be universal and inviolate. (I am well aware that North American doesn't work and play well with others, but that only involves a couple minor discrepancies).

More specifically, let's consider the question of the right to psyche which is enshrined in said laws. Even so, multiple national organizations ban players from make psyches at all levels of play.

Universal laws or regulations are meaningless unless one has the ability to enforce compliance.

We obviously can't enforce compliance for the laws. Why would we expect to be able to do the same for regulations? Moreover, given that the regulations actually impact players directly and will force them to change their hidebound ways, people are going to be much MORE resistant.


April 29, 2015
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Why not just run your trials online using BBO?

You'd need to have good proctors available to make sure that not one was cheating, but this has to be better than cancelling the event.



April 28, 2015
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