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Would you expect directors to have the masterpoint awards for an event at their fingertips? Because I can assure you they don't. I've lost count of the number of times I've had to ask directors to correct the masterpoint awards on the initial printout, because unlike most directors, I have learned the formula for calculating the awards in many common formats. In each case it has turned out that the game was incorrectly configured in ACBLScore, usually by not correctly accounting for a 299er game or a Flight B or Gold Rush or other related event.

Get used to the fact that there's no substitute for knowing the rules yourself. An argument can be made that directors should know these things, but you can't safely rely on that being the case. –Bob
June 25
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Same thing happened this year in D23. We were originally awarded 30 points for winning Flight A (which is what the director told us we would win). When I read the national Conditions of Contest, I realized that was the wrong award, and sure enough it was corrected a few days later to the 26.67 points we were actually entitled to.
June 13
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Maybe it's because I'm a lawyer or maybe it's because I'm a cynic, but I learned years ago not to take the director's word for the Conditions of Contest. It's been my experience far too often that they simply don't know. If I expect the Conditions of Contest to be in any way material (and that definitely includes when I play GNT, which I do in District 23), I read them myself. I read them in order to confirm carryover calculations, and I read them to know what IMP scale is being used. (District 23 uses the WBF scale.) I usually read them ahead of time but if not, I insist that the director put a hard copy in front of me.

And I have had the experience, in the past, where I've explained to a director IN TIME TO MATTER how what they plan to do departs from the Conditions of Contest.

So that's the lesson here. Don't rely on the directors to know the Conditions of Contest. You can't count on that. Know them yourself, and know them before the start of the event.
June 11
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It seems to me the fundamental problem here is with Conditions of Contest that make it possible for one team to defeat both of the other finalists, yet still not win the event. I don't understand why a 3-team final was used, but if it is used, I think it's utter insanity to use Victory Points (rather than won-loss with IMP differential as tiebreaker) to score it.
June 7
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As a Unit Board member (though not in any of the Districts with elections this cycle), I can speak to the process. Each member of each Unit Board in the District gets a vote. The votes are weighted (by unit population and number of Unit Board members) so that (in theory) everyone in the district has equal (indirect) representation in the vote.

Here's the important part. The vote is by secret ballot. Our Unit has usually just accepted ACBL's invitation for Board members to cast their votes electronically, but Units also have the option of holding an election meeting (to be followed by a vote by secret ballot). As far as I know, no one has access to the votes of individual Unit Board members, but I believe that ACBL does publish (in at least a limited fashion) the voting totals aggregated by Unit.
June 3
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A memorial game in Andy's honor will be held Saturday, April 13, at the Bridge Academy II. Dinner and tributes at 5:30 p.m., and bridge at 7:00 p.m.
March 14
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It's almost certainly the same person. He was a member of my Unit Board for many years, and served in a variety of positions, including ACBL President.
Oct. 31, 2018
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It looks like they've found an alternative location for Monday.
Aug. 12, 2018
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You're missing my point. Barrington didn't have any night games. So instead of just an open team game Thursday nights, now there's an open team game at one club and a 299er pairs game at the other.
Aug. 12, 2018
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With a weak 6-4, I wouldn't necessarily expect opener to show hearts on the second round.
Aug. 9, 2018
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I'm not sure that's true, at least in my immediate area. Beverly Hills has substituted a Thursday night 299er game for its former open team game. Barrington (largely thanks to the efforts of Jim Perkins) stepped into the gap, holding a relatively regular Thursday night game.
Aug. 8, 2018
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Thanks!
July 3, 2018
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I play it as a limit raise. If I cue bid, we're in a forcing pass auction, so partner's got a clue what to do if the next bid is 4S and he's looking at a minimum with a spade card.
May 2, 2018
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You can find out the Unit Board members from the ACBL's Web site.
May 2, 2018
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No way to know. I have no inside information. I'd discourage uninformed speculation, though.
May 2, 2018
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The Board had earlier defeated, 15-10, a motion requiring search committees to present at least two candidates to the full Board. So I don't find the unanimous ratification as persuasive as I might have if the Board had been presented multiple candidates to choose from.
May 2, 2018
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When Kevin Lane successfully competed to replace Rand Pinsky as District 23's Board representative, his entire campaign was built on driving home to Unit Board members his vision of national issues. His focus at the time was on the then-recent debacle regarding the attempt to replace our scoring program.

It's probably easier for something like that to happen in District 23 than it is in most districts, because we're so geographically compact that it's relatively easier both for everyone to know everyone and to educate Unit Board members regarding national issues.
May 2, 2018
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They were consulted. I was scheduled to play last week with my District Director. He had to cancel last-minute because he was going to be on Board calls Monday and Tuesday evening. I guess I know now what those calls were about.
May 2, 2018
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Language like that is typically used to signal a for-cause dismissal. It's typical for a CEO NOT to be an at-will employee. That doesn't mean that the Board can't fire him, with or without cause, but it does mean that for-cause is the difference between having to pay off the rest of his contract and not having to do so.
May 2, 2018
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The board shouldn't be flat. Making 5 isn't just double dummy. It's at least a reasonable line. At the table, my opening lead was a heart. Declarer should win on the table, play A, K, and a diamond ruff, then return to hand with a heart to successfully ruff the fourth diamond. Now lead a club off the board and in the fullness of time you'll get back to your hand to draw the last trump and take the spade hook
April 7, 2018
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