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All comments by Stacy Jacobs
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I think it also depends on where the game is taking place. At my club, where players VERY rarely encounter anything other than SA or simple 2/1, I would ask the pair to alert and explain everything until the opponents start to figure it out.
June 16
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So in the end, here’s what we seem to have: Rosenberg dropping from his Mixed team, Garner dropping off of his mixed team; and McCallum “unable” to complete a semi-final Senior match that was within reach. And a good time was had by all.
June 9
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I was under the impression that one member of the Brod team was already qualified as a member of the Baker/USA1 women’s team, so one of the teams would surely suffer (one way or another). I am sure people smarter than me have figured this out. Even so, it feels dead wrong.
June 8
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Wow, this is great. Thank you for sharing it with us.
June 7
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I am not that interested in online tools that drive folks to websites. I am not super excited about folks who want to learn bridge online (as I did). I want the ones who are prepared to put their shoes on and come out to play at the club. And in my small experience, nothing works better at filling chairs than human-to-human contact. Will Red Rover help my 2-3 table Wednesday night game before it runs out of gas altogether?

We’ve had a pretty successful spring: recruited a dozen brand new players and taught them enough that they’ve all come out and played club games. Can Red Rover do that?
June 2
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From my perspective, “senior” should indicate players older than the current median age of all players. So if the average age of ACBL (or USBF) is around 78, then seniors should be older than that. I would guess that the average age of USBF members is younger than all ACBL members.
June 2
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Ah, Mike. I have been marveling at how far we have come from those old debates about allowing a sponsor to play at the World Championships.
May 30
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Damn I wish I could play the Seniors. Add Meck, play hard, qualify. Replace Meck with a cheaper pair and head off to the WC. I like this setup.
May 29
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Memphis was especially difficult — the two national events available the first weekend were Platinum Pairs and Senior Pairs. I’m a long, long way from both of those events — qualified but not competent in the first case and unqualified in the second case.

@Jeff, I appreciate your dedication to developing bridge and bridge players in situ; from my perspective the focus on children is highly speculative. My newly-retired brand new beginners are excited about the game and if the venue makes sense I do encourage participation in special events and tournaments. They may not know a ton of conventions but my novices know enough to see that a 2.5 table game at a tournament is a waste of their time and money.
April 8
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I thought ACBL had done away with committees, but lately it seems trendy to decide major pairs events in committee. What’s up with that?
March 25
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Maybe TCG stats should include a time-zone handicap. (Just kidding)
Feb. 6
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@Keith Hasn’t it been standard practice to use different deal sources for different events? I wouldn’t expect that the Reisinger uses the same hands as we play at the daily duplicate. It seems odd to me that the 10a/3p pair games at tournaments would use the same hand records as the 1pm starts, right?
Feb. 6
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I'm not understanding why special game participants don't play “special” hands. Is this the scheme going forward for, say, STaC events as well?
Feb. 6
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@Don: Exactly! I’m curious how this became ACBL policy and where I can read about how it came to be so.
Jan. 25
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Right, you’ve articulated my thoughts on this matter. We couldn’t post results until the following morning, but the hands were online before we finished via clubs that didn’t participate in the event but did use CG.

I feel strongly that there’s something not-quite-right about what looks like seamless, fluid meandering of handsets between ACBL “special games” and everyday CG hands. I would like to read the announcement about this change in policy. Is it the plan to have all ACBL hand sets generated by CG? So I can stay home me and play the same hands they’re playing at the Nationals? Tournament hands are different from daily duplicate sessions. Or are they?
Jan. 25
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Why?
Jan. 23
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@Tanya Well, this afternoon’s game was marketed as a special event. I think special events should probably get special — different — sets of hands. In general I think it’s a bad idea to put hand records on the internet while people are still playing the event. I didn’t realize that ACBL uses Common Game deals for these special games. So during STaC, for example, are we now going to play the same Common Game set as everybody non-STaC? Something about this just feels off. Or, maybe I just need to catch up.
Jan. 22
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Congratulations!
Nov. 30, 2018
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@Monty, I couldn't agree with you more. Our players are aging, falling sick, unable to travel as frequently and as far. What we need at our member-owned club is marketing help. Increase awareness of and interest in bridge — any bridge.
Nov. 25, 2018
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Alertable.
Nov. 24, 2018
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