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“The top half of the non-qualifiers get to drop in to the Swiss, with carryover scores depending on their Reisinger results.”

I don't care for this idea. To me it is like giving you an English grade based on your Math test.

Carryover and drop-in doesn't mix. If it has to exist it should come from the same type of scoring.
April 26, 2014
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Yes bridge table behavior has evolved quite a bit and it is generally more pleasant. But we have to take care that our “Zero Tolerance” (I hate that term) policies don't make our game lifeless. Bridge IS a social game and a certain amount of banter among friends or those experienced enough to take it in stride is a positive in my opinion.
April 16, 2014
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A classy response from a classy bridge player. Thank you Steve!
April 15, 2014
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I remember the Fall starting with Mixed (don't remember the “master” part) pairs followed by LM Men's and Women's Pairs. The only time I remember the MixedMaster teams being 2nd weekend was in the mid 2000's for 2 or 3 years.
April 12, 2014
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This is a great thread and BOD members should be reading it. It contains many constructive suggestions. Whenever the NABC schedule changes there are happy and unhappy campers. Personally, I think the worst change ever in the NABC schedule (disclaimer - I frequently play with my wife) is the removal of the Master Mixed Teams from the 1st summer event to midweek. Having this event at the beginning was very social (as NABC events go) and also provided breathing room for players and pairs to have a couple of days to make partnership and team arrangements for the rest of the NABC.
April 12, 2014
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With all respect Steve, I do not think this is comparable. Roy and Sabine have worked VERY hard to develop a first rate partnership. They wish to test that partnership in world team competition. I think that is good for the game and that it is fortunate that they were able to work out residency. I don't think this is being done for money like the scenarios you describe for the GNT (or for that matter entire teams “moving” to a tiny principality to field a great professional team).
April 11, 2014
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““Is he saying that since WBF tried to catch them previously and could not, they must be okay??” Actually I was thinking Barry Bonds.
April 5, 2014
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“The ACBL recorder system is not adequate ” This could be the understatement of the year.
April 5, 2014
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I AM saying they should be banned for life. I do make a distinction between somebody deliberately taking advantage of unauthorized information, even if intentionally received and actually planning with a partner to cheat. Doesn't mean I am right and it doesn't mean you need to agree. But I would give that particular cheat a second chance (after a lengthy vacation). But if it is all or nothing then throw them all out for life and good riddance.
April 4, 2014
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Respectfully disagree. There are various ways of cheating - copping wires is one example. My personal opinion is that when one enters into a conspiracy with a partner, whether across the table or (for example)by some form of wireless communication with a confederate - this is the equivalent of capital murder and deserves (in the bridge sense) the death penalty. We don't need them.
April 4, 2014
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On this general subject it just warms the cockles of my heart to see Andrea Buratti playing in the Italian Senior Team trials.
April 4, 2014
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Not only do people like this harm the integrity of the game, but they also harm the public image of the game. Never mind that most people starting in bridge would never play against these people, but it gives a “Wild West” aura to the game which will keep people away. I got a call from BBC Radio (I don't know why) and I was taken aback when the interviewer asked “so bridge isn't a game for gentlemen then?” I responded that bridge is VERY MUCH a game for ladies and gentlemen and that is why we rid our game of these animals as fast as we can. I too congratulate the Lynch team, especially Eddie Wold for his great work here. Every tournament player owes him.
April 2, 2014
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It is apples and oranges as I understand. The rule about cellphones specifies that they must not be visible in the playing area. There is no such specificity about E-cigs in the rule that I read. Having said that, when a tournament official gives you an instruction, you must comply. If you think the instruction was unfair or inappropriate there are avenues to deal with that later.
April 1, 2014
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Mazel Tov!
March 7, 2014
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They only need 3 and 4 more years respectively Henry. I remember meeting Jeff when we were both about 18 (OMG that was a long time ago!).
March 7, 2014
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There actually is an award for that. From ACBL.ORG “ The Blackwood Award is given to a player who has made major contributions to bridge outside expertise at the table.”

I think that human beings being human will allow certain biases to infiltrate their voting.

There is another (small) elephant in the room. As a baseball fan I have long been irritated that Pete Rose is not eligible. That irritation grows worse when I think of some of the unsavory characters who ARE in the HOF.

There was an incident in Shanghai (I am sure most reading this know what I mean) a few years ago. I promise you that there are people voting who will NEVER vote for anybody who was part of that incident.

I don't know the answer to this problem. Even though I did not care for that incident (to put it mildly) I don't feel that it should disqualify anybody.

I do agree that there should be a separate womens' ballot. I don't like the fact that womens' events exist but since they do let's honor those who were successful.

FWIW I personally believe one can make a good case for any of these 6.
Feb. 9, 2014
Robb Gordon edited this comment Feb. 9, 2014
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“would you have acted differently” IS an appropriate question because somewhere, in some dimension, there is a non-offender who will honestly reply “it made no difference to my action”.
Jan. 31, 2014
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I agree Mike. But this is also a logistics issue, not a space defect. The word is that the hotel was not happy with the bridge players, so I am not sure if we will be able to return.
Dec. 10, 2013
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I wasn't at the Hyatt this time. I thought overall the Sheraton was a spectacular venue. It was spacious and had good flow. I was never uncomfortable and I though the hotel staff was exceptional. Yes, there were negatives - some dark spots. But this and the tables in the hallway that were mentioned were logistical problems, not site problems. The tournament was a victim of its own success. The dining situation could have been better but there were many restaurants across the street in Arizona center. The elevators were a pain the first few days but that problem settled down. I wish all tournament venues were as good as this!
Dec. 10, 2013
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Make it 3 Henry. Linda & I won an appeal and were moved up to 8th.
Dec. 6, 2013
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