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Just a FYI, taxi fare from SFO to the hotel is $52/with tip.
Nov. 28
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I think there is a huge gulf between those with 2000 MP and those graduating gold rush with 750. To bridge the gap, the league must either separate the strats to allow only those with 0-1000 to compete or let things stand as is. It is unfair to tell a pair who came in second that it does not matter, since they are not under 1000 MP when the whole bracket was 0-2500 MP. Let's change the rules, if necessary, but play by the rules always!
Nov. 26
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I am sure everyone (but me) knew that District 8 comprises St. Louis, Central and Southern Illinois & Paducah. And District 16 compromises most of Texas and all of Mexico.

Thanks for the update Chris.
Nov. 26
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I am loathe to discuss Birmingham in 1967 (4 years after a church bombing killed 4 little girls and 10 years before anyone was indicted for that horrific crime); suffice it to say that if I had been old enough to play then, I would not only have been unwelcome to play there, I would not have wanted to play there. Thank goodness the times have changed!

I said that to say this: not all change is bad. I have no desire to re-live the 1960's when “bridge was great!” It wasn't great for all. And while I have no problem with the sink or swim bridge paradigm, I think folks should really contemplate what it is that they want and what is the best manner to go about getting there. Those who are competitive, will compete. There is no hand holding required. Those who wish to get their feet wet before competing – well, we will either have a “safe” place for them to play or we will tell them that they are not welcome. To suggest that we can safely retreat to this take it or leave it paradigm for better bridge will, I believe, not get us to that which is best for bridge.

I don't begrudge those in bracket 10 their 1.4 gold MP. But if we decide that we cannot pay 4 places out of 5, no biggie. Let's just make sure we don't pay 4 places out of 5 in bracket 1 either.
Nov. 26
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Well done Phil!
Nov. 26
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@Richard, I thought I replied to make it work for you – however you can. “Attitude” can be hard to judge on a forum (and I am NOT one who can make the emojis). I agree that there is a problem, one not likely be be “fixed” by a rating system.
Nov. 19
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@Richard, ok Boomer? I now have a 7 year wait until I am eligible for the senior events. I hope that younger folks stick with bridge, notwithstanding the decision of the ACBL to move away from providing child care at all NABCs. But really, do you think that the ACBL is going to bite off the hand that feeds it to placate those who want what they want…and they want it now?

Heck even when there is a new tournament – Soloway Teams, the match-up for those qualifying is not based strictly on performance in that event. Rather, seeding points play an important role in determining the match ups for those who qualify. Did folks really believe that there would be an even playing field? It's better than it has been, but it is not everyone is equal. Never has been, and not likely to ever be.

Off my soap box.
Nov. 19
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@Shawn, the ACBL is not going to dismantle/replace its Masterpoint system. Like it or not, it is the MP system that keeps butts in the seats. Perhaps I am mistaken, but I cannot fathom a purported ranking system being utilized to replace MP for entries into any tournament events.

Yes, “it's expensive and time-consuming to grind out this many master points.” It's that way for almost everybody. It does not mean that you are relegated to lesser events or brackets. If your “peers” have so many more MP, then play with them, presumably in a higher bracket than you would otherwise with those of your same MP holdings.

It's not about earning MP. It's about earning your place. I note that recently Ralph Katz was in the well. At age 22 at the Summer NABC in Las Vegas, Katz and partner Ken Schutze wanted to practice for the Spingold, but they couldn’t find teammates for any of the team games. They decided to play in the Life Master Pairs to practice. The pair notched their first North American championship by winning the prestigious three-day contest. Do you think that Ralph had much trouble finding partners/teammates after that? If you are good enough, you don't have to wait for MP to catch up with you – folks will find you.

Someone joked, I think it was last year, that his 53,000 MP team was relegated to bracket 2 in Gatlinburg. It happens. Cause there many folks with many MP and many still want to play tournaments. Personally, I find it the height of arrogance to tell someone with 3000 MP that they are an intermediate who is “unprepared” to enter open events.

So it's not wait your turn. It's make the most of what you have until you can find something better. I fear the ranking system will not be the panacea you are waiting for.
Nov. 19
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@Kevin, because the political reality of the matter is that as soon as someone with “diminished skills” but plenty of MP wins anything in a “limited event” there will be an uproar that will not easily be quashed.

The proposed rating system will not a substitute for seeding points – also a political reality.

No one has definitely said what the purpose of a rating system is. To me it seems that the rating system will be used merely to assuage the egos of those who believe they play better than their MP indicate, but are unable or unwilling to put their butts in the seat to earn the MP necessary to guarantee a top bracket position.
Nov. 17
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@Kevin, no performance rating system is going to allow someone with 3000MP to play in the gold rush. Not going to happen. The system only works one way – to allow the 1500 MP person to play in bracket 1. Talk about unprepared.
Nov. 17
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@Dale, that was one of my all time favorite books as a teenager! (and I still smile fondly remembering it) Ahh…..but for a moment to have such abilities in bridge, be it ever so fleeting.
Nov. 17
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@Jim, thank you for this review. I think the bridge community would be best served if more folks came forward and gave their honest opinion without sugar coating,
Nov. 10
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I think your assumption should be placed before paid as well as before professional. One does not necessarily follow the other. Amazing what folks, who know no better, will pay for.
Nov. 6
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North is not risking 2X by forcing p to bid. Accordingly, he has big hand with few, if any, . He does have at least 4s…..and most likely, a long running side suit that should be slam orientated with very little support.
Nov. 6
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Resulting prompted the question. The hand is from October 24th Common Game (Board 16). 5 makes and 3NT goes down 1. I was curious as to how folks might get to 5, if the auction started as described. At the table, I passed, unfortunately.
Oct. 25
ATB
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Apparently so, since 1370 yielded 0 mps in a 10 table field. Heck of a field.
Oct. 19
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I think you might have a better chance of buying a bridge in Brooklyn.
Oct. 10
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So do seeding points go when this new rating system is introduced?
Oct. 9
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Yes, it was that twinkle in his eye that made Harold charming. He had a certain je n'ais ce quoi that drew you in and made you smile. He was smart, quick witted and ALWAYS pleasant to be around. He treated folks the same, whether they were a grand life master or striving for life master. I shall miss him much.
Oct. 8
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No Robin, it is much more fun at the stadium :)
Sept. 24
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