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@Greg, whether pairs would choose to play in the repechage is not up for debate; the query is whether they should be allowed to. And if allowed to, what should be their carryover into day 3.
May 2
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@oren…I am game….what is the absurd part…..and why is it absurd?
May 2
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@Art, that is exactly what I am suggesting! A pair that qualifies for day 2 with 0 carry-over should have a chance at Day 3 with reasonable carry-over through winning the repchage. I dont think a pair should be disadvantaged because they made the cut. Each pair should decide for themselves what they think is best for themselves. Do you really mean to suggest that a pair that gets cut deserves more carryover than one who competed? I think each pair deserves the right to decide what they think is best for their overall competition. And, I think, the more that compete with the “drop ins” make the remaining completion better for all.
May 2
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@Art….what do you think of those at the bottom of the BRP deciding to drop out to play in the repechage? Yeah, unlikely, but certainly possible…..their advancement to day 3 not guaranteed….but now they believe they would fair better with a carryover. Not only quibbling over the amount…deciding what's the best for their advancement. I would say that those with 0 carryover into the final day would have little chance of making the overalls. I would think that those in the BRPs would know this. Thus, it is not unlikely that those at the “bottom” of the qualifiers might also realize this and try to improve their chances. If they miss the requalfication, no real loss. They have conceded the fact with 0 likely carryover.

A policy must take into account all ramifications….and to give carryover must also consider these facts.
May 2
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No doubt there are other things to compete for our dollars. But, as far as bridge is concerned, I have not run into a better value for $$$ than Gatlinburg. Transportation isn't easy, but readily available (I flew into Charlotte…and rented a car). All the other things: hotels, restaurants, entry fees, lots of folks….can easily be found and at the lowest costs in Gatlinburg. So, if folks do decide to spend $$$ on bridge, they won't find a better value than Gatlinburg….unless it is their home regional….and then there is a question of whether it is a good value.
May 2
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@Art, of course you acknowledge that there will be those who enter day 3 with 0 carryover. Those that played 2 days and made it to day 3. I am not adamant about no carryover….but I think anyone who gets to drop into an event does not deserve carryover more than those who played in it from the beginning. What happens if one of those who did not make Day 2 were to win the repechage and are now able to enter the event on Day 3. Do you think they too deserve carryover? Carryover is a touchy subject…and one worthy of further discussion, once the drop in situation is settled.
May 2
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@Max, the difference is no one is guaranteed to drop into the BRP merely because they made it so far in the Soloway. Now those who get bounced from the Soloway will have to compete (with those who want another shot at competing) to enter the BRPs too. If we really want the best possible pairs entering the BRP, the extra competition will ensure that those pairs are entered. Carryover? There will be those who will entering with none….the most is 4 boards? Surely those who want the best competition can overcome a 4 board lead.
May 2
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I attended the Gatlinburg Regional for the first time last year. Although I attended many regionals last year, I must admit that I had the most fun at the Regional in Gatlinburg. The hotels were more than reasonably priced; the restaurants were plentiful and also reasonably priced; the tournament itself was well run (the administration and partnership preformed admirably). And I liked the fact that all folks were placed in the same room – to me, it is encouraging to see folks that you look up to, playing in the same area that you are. So, it wasn't a surprise that I would make sure to attend the Gatlinburg Regional again this year. Attendance was down? It was still more than I could possibly hope to see at other regionals. I like 20+ bracketed and KO events. I like how District 7 handles this event. The numbers are down – but they still surpass all other numbers that ACBL can put together. I do note that the numbers surpassed Hawaii.
May 1
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@Frances…..you are an anomaly…(and my hero)…and not in a bad way.
May 1
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What a great idea! Although I am against drop ins….this is a proposal I could get behind. And given those who might drop in from the Soloway, more non-qualifying enteries might be interested from the BRPs.
May 1
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@Ken, I respectfully disagree. And the only context I can equate this issue with pertains to my local schools. In Massachusetts, our schools are supported by property taxes. Thus, although I have never had a child, I was very vocal (can you imagine) about issues relating to school administration and related issues…and how students were effected. As you might imagine, parents, with students in the schools, sometimes had a different opinion than I did. And such parents were not shy telling me that I did not know what I was talking about since I did not have a child. I'd like to think that my opinion was based on the good of the “community” (A bright generation will make the USA better for all), but I acknowledge that my opinion was more self interested – I want my school district to perform as best as possible– it increases interest in my town – and my property values; Similarly, whether I play in the BRP or not, I have a vested interest in how it effects the bridge community as a whole.
April 29
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@Phil—be careful interpreting COC…they can be tricky :)
April 29
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Huh? Are some folks opinion more important than others? Should we discount “lookers on” opinions for some reason? I thought it was one person one vote? Why can’t we get rid of the elitism and just be bridge players interested in the growth of the game?
April 26
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As a BOG member, who knows that the BRP is a three day event, I don't think the integrity of the decision making process is at all impugned if one member of that body confuses the duration of the BRP event with another event.

And what does the WBF have to do with the ACBL? As I understand it, the ACBL does many, MANY things differently (including deciding who gets banned for life). Why now suggest that we utilize their standards to run our tournaments? We have rules and standards of play. Before wholesale adopting their means of entries to an event….let's keep ours intact. Adopting WBF entry standards for at most 24 folks does seen to draw into question the integrity of the decision making process, to me.
April 21
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@Max, then how bout you suggesting to the powers that be that the Soloway KO be abandoned so that we can keep the BRP unadulterated and help establish it as the premier event that it was intended to be in the Fall schedule? No harm, no foul. It is unconscionable that the very powers that strongly advocated for its addition to the schedule, now are concerned that the BRP would be less prestigious because of their entry into a different event, thus, now – for the good of the game – they should get two bites at two apples.
April 21
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Me too! Much more likely to bid 3 after 1 than now.
April 20
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April 19
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@MIike, the sarcasm suit, suits you well….and funny as hell too! Not to mention, probably on point as far as predicting the increase in BRP attendees.
April 19
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@Oren, you are right; there were winners and losers. And, as you acknowledge, the winners were the pros and sponsors. One might think they would be happy getting the other 170,,000 members to bastardize the remaining events so that pros/sponsors could have their third 7 day team event….and one that makes the fall NABC that allows for 10 days of NABC+ team play! But no….not even before the event gets off the ground some are seeking to add more stuff to the pro/sponsor plate. Let's not kid ourselves, the drop ins are for the pros and sponsors. I understand that pay day rules, but that doesn't mean they should not be subject to the same rules – known before hand.
April 19
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The Blues was a good event, whether Meckwell won it or not…..or as those here say….the Blues was a Mickey Mouse event, since the qualifications to enter the event have been so watered down. Regardless, folks see the schedule…and they can decide which events they want to enter. I, for one, hope that drop ins are not allowed. Why should they be? Those who have made it to the final day should not be replaced by someone who did not have to qualify for the finals. We give the sponsors and the clients enough of an advantage, no need to further promulgate it.
April 17
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