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All comments by Robb Gordon
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I certainly agree that the best Face-to-Face growth opportunities are in large and mid-size population areas. Given that much of our recruitment deals with older folks (witness the sea change over 20 years from the large club games being in the evenings) and older folks are generally less fond of long drives, this makes sense. But at the same time, we should leverage online bridge to try to grow the less dense areas through promoting online classes and other interesting things for newbies.
Dec. 15, 2018
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I was reading a New York Times article about declining and aging populations in rural areas of the US. Then I read this article. Interesting mesh. Here is the article https://nyti.ms/2GhW8Zx
Dec. 15, 2018
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Here is what we have to keep in mind when posting (I certainly do, having suffered the consequences of not doing so) - the keyboard makes us less inhibited about comments, and more frequently we are saying EXACTLY what we would say face-to-face, the difference being that we know WHO we are speaking to and they can see us and our body language.
Dec. 13, 2018
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Russ was a lot of fun and will be missed.
Dec. 13, 2018
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You took the words right off my keyboard!
Dec. 11, 2018
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No - nothing special. I stayed at the NABC, and I checked out. My reservation was through the ACBL.
Dec. 10, 2018
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I just got a boatload of points for my stay at Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Dec. 10, 2018
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For obvious reasons I will stay out of the politics of this discussion, but for those who weren't there, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis was an excellent location for a Spring NABC, in terms of both logistics and playing space. The local volunteers and hotel employees were all delightful as well.
Dec. 9, 2018
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To beat 3D, N would have to lead Spade J or 10. That is highly improbable.
Dec. 9, 2018
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I don't think you did anything wrong. But your “my turn” statement suggests that other directors play in the game. If any were playing who HAD played the board, it might be good practice to let them take the ruling.
Dec. 8, 2018
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Congratulations Eric!
Dec. 6, 2018
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I could not disagree more, Richard. Club games are still the lifeblood of ACBL. Good players (if they are also good bridge citizens) play in these games and cheerfully mentor the less experienced players, both in technique and deportment. For purpose of perfecting ones game at the expert level, I agree. But bridge is more to me than that.
Dec. 2, 2018
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While I agree with this in principle, most contracts for NABC's (or other meetings of its ilk) require a certain amount of money to be spent with the host hotel on hospitality. If you dispense with late night snack that reduces options. A good way to take care of this, if permitted, is chits to use at the snack bar. Unfortunately, there were no snack bars in Honolulu, probably because of available starbucks and ABC stores.
Dec. 2, 2018
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I am a member of the ACBL Laws Commission and the National Recorder. I also grew up with parents who directed club games and I have been a certified director since I was 14.

Law 9B1(a) stetes -
B. After Attention Is Drawn to an Irregularity
1.(a) The Director should be summoned at once
when attention is drawn to an irregularity.

The only “irregularity” here was if the splinter was in fact “announced” instead of simply being alerted (with or without a request for explantion). While you are certainly entitled to call the director at any time, I would think it better to call only when you are certain, announcement notwithstanding, that an irregularity/infraction has taken place.

While I doubt that you intended to call to make anybody nervous, at a club game this type of call does sometimes create bad feelings (but I certainly WOULD call the director when the opponents stumble into 6D, probably before the opening lead).

As the director, I would have explained at the time that the “announcement” if that is what it was, is an improper way to alert this, then I would leave the table and tell the table to call me back if there was a problem. Yes, I would have called the director back if 6D made and expected an adjustment.

As the director, I would use this as a “teaching opportunity”, speaking to the e-w pair privately after the game and explaining a little about the alert procedure, and how it is only to benefit the opponents, and how players have to pretend there is a soundproof screen surrounding partner, and that nothing partner does or says, outside of their participation in the auction is authorized to them.
Dec. 2, 2018
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Anybody like the idea of “self-seeding”? If a team wants to play up, put them in the highest bracket you can. If a team wants to “play down” they can “step aside” and be moved down if they were marginal for the top bracket and be replaced by a “play up” team. Should work for everybody.
Nov. 30, 2018
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Why would I act?
Nov. 28, 2018
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Not sure what the extra stuff is. I will repost
Nov. 26, 2018
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They not only didn't upgrade me, they refused to give me my $10/day breakfast allowance and my free water.
Nov. 26, 2018
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There are certain plays I remember from when I was just starting to really learn. This was one. I had about 200 MP and was playing in a Swiss against a good older player with about 8000 points and I led the K. He (dummy) literally threw the stiff Q down and I was (further) hooked.
Nov. 16, 2018
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I worry about “gunslingers” - people who play on teams to help them qualify without any intention of continuing with that team.
Nov. 14, 2018
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