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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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So if I don't qualify for NAP, there is no NABC+ event that I'm eligible to play until Sunday. I'm not old enough to play the Silver Ribbon and I haven't yet earned enough platinum points to play the Platinum Pairs.
March 19, 2018
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That’s not happening. We don’t have the money to lose. District officers are now carrying some District debts on their personal credit cards until the District collects enough cash to reimburse them. We couldn’t make the required deposit if we wanted to.
March 4, 2018
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When I'm in second seat and my LHO picks up his or her bidding cards, I make a point of asking, “Is that a pass?” When I'm in third seat and someone ahead of me starts to pick up their bidding cards, I do absolutely nothing. It usually only takes them a couple of seconds to get the point.

I remember sometime last year second seat did this after an auction that ended in 3NT and said about me, jokingly, “I'll bet he's going to double.” After he passed, he discovered to his surprise that he was not, in this case, wrong (we collected 500).
Feb. 2, 2018
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No idea. I'd be delighted to get an answer to that question from our District Director.
Feb. 2, 2018
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Are we allowed to upload (either by law or by ACBL policy) to upload such a list?
Feb. 1, 2018
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I'm now in the habit, after every session I play using BridgeMates, of using the Game Summary function to walk through my game and confirm that my scores all were entered correctly. This usually lets me catch any errors before my opponents have left the playing area.
May 1, 2017
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If this occurred at a regional, why isn't it being handled by the District's Disciplinary Committee?
Aug. 7, 2016
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That was actually part of my thinking. I couldn't imagine partner having a hand that would justify a penalty double in light of my hand (which I think was two aces heavier than it needed to be for a balancing double). I could, however, envision reasonable responsive doubles.
May 28, 2016
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Partner's hand turned out to be K103, K62, Q98654, J. He intended the double as penalty, planning to lead the club J. Deep Finesse says declarer can hold the hand to down 1, but I think most human beings would go down 2. We'll never know, though, because I was sure partner's double was responsive so I bid 5C, which was not successful.
May 27, 2016
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Given the auction, what hand can partner have to justify a penalty double? How strong do you need to be to make a balancing double?
May 27, 2016
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Thanks for noting this. I should have taken the time to double-check spelling.
Nov. 5, 2015
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Jim,

Because an ethical (rather than a conduct) violation was found, the appeal is automatic.
Aug. 25, 2015
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There appears to be a relatively quick way to fix the problem. “When Management receives a hearing report in which the committee has imposed a discipline that contravenes or is inconsistent with the CDR, ACBL Management shall notify the committee chairperson in writing. The committee shall then reconvene on the matter of imposition of discipline.” CDR 5.2.13. That appears to be the case here, so it is incumbent upon ACBL Management to act without awaiting an appeal.

I'll also note that ACBL appears to have violated its own policy by publishing its findings when it did. “Current ACBL policy is to publish an individual’s name and ACBL player number, and a brief description of their offense after any appeals are exhausted or the time period for an appeal has expired.” CDR 9.6.3. This should have remained private until the appellate process was completed.
Aug. 24, 2015
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