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All comments by Stu Goodgold
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“Please don't tell me that I have ”an obligation to the field“ to enforce it. That's utter nonsense.”

Not only that, but if declarer is allowed to win the last 3 tricks (negating his concession), then he would have gotten a tied top instead of an above average for making 4.
June 18
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Joe, declarer did later say that he knew he had the ace and assumed it was played earlier since it wasn't in his hand (and he obviously knew the K was still outstanding).
June 18
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Call me a contrarian, but when I see novices counting the quitted tricks in front of them, I cringe.

At club games, which are invariably matchpts, when asked I say: Do you think you are in a normal contract? IF yes, then don't count your tricks. Take as many as you think you can. Sometimes making your contract is not enough; sometimes going down 1 is better than trying to make your contract and going down 2."

At IMPs I do try to make the contract, but even so, there are times where the safety play gives up an overtrick at a ratio higher than 10:1.
June 15
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“That's because all those hundreds of Unit Boards, those charged with voting for their respective Directors, basically exist to run Sectionals.”

That can't be entirely true. Our unit is certainly not unique, and we do care about the entire membership. Yes, we have a responsibility to run sectionals. Afterall, the ACBL codification states units must run a sectional at least once every 2 years. And the sectionals provide income for other uses.

In fact, our unit has a formal partnership agreement with the club owners association, whereby we jointly work to improve the playing facility and member experience. We do have to be careful since the unit is non-profit whereas the club owner's assoc. is for profit. But the unit does use the same facilities as the club owners, so we can support the upgrade and maintenance of the facilities.
June 13
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Perhaps the subsidy does help units provide sectionals to their constiuents, but there are units that rely on the subsidy to hold unit games and membership meetings/games. In San Jose we lost our regular site, a 2 yr college, because they decided to have the facilities available only for student functions. Finding another site in Silicon Valley has proven very difficult; many locations are too expensive (even with the subsidy), while many schools are not open to renting or do not make them available until too late.

These days, a regular club game is $12, as are most sectionals in the area, and all 4 of our regionals. With this flat fee schedule it does seem odd that you can play a regional for the price of a club game (or vice versa).

Jeff, I know $12 for a club game has not been seen at Honors in NYC for many decades, but you're unique.
June 12
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Chris, I do agree with you that having unit board members vote and no one else is not the best method of electing ACBL board members, not by a long shot. But letting every member vote for a wide open slate would just allow the recognizable names to win. I would aver that you fit the category. There is more that I posted down stream in response to Steve's post.
June 11
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“Remember some 3000 or so Unit Board members choose on behalf of 167000 members. 2%. What’s wrong with this picture???”

Steve, your numbers are accurate. My opinion on this is that most unit board members are not that interested in ACBL affairs, but rather what a candidate can do for their own local unit. After all, they are responsible for running their unit, not the ACBL.

So I am not a big fan of the current voting method. Add to that I have been involved in 2 voting miscounts by the ACBL, so my opinion is that the voting should be handled differently. It is hard to imagine the ACBL running an election with 165,000 potential voters.

That said, your 2% number is also my estimate of the number of ACBL members who step up and volunteer on a regular basis (as opposed to having their arms twisted to do an occasional task).

I would likewise estimate that about 2% of the membership would vote in an ACBL-wide vote. The other 98% could care less and just want to play bridge. With an ACBL-wide vote, it would come down to who is best at campaigning for votes. Granted, if a nominating committee provided just a handful of candidates, we might get a decent set of directors regardless of their political campaign savvy.
June 11
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The I/N goodies at the party are ordered and paid by the district, not the ACBL. I guess my wording about reg and section top prizes was not perfectly accurate.
June 11
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'“Almost all” but not “all”? What about the remainder, if any? "'

Ed, I would guess you were being facetious, but in case you aren't the district is paying for an I/N party on one day.
June 10
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I am on the D21 committee for hosting the San Francisco 2019 FAll NABC.

The ACBL personnel who attended our first meeting made it clear that the old method of providing a fixed amount to the district based on the estimated number of tables is over. Horn Lake will order almost all the registration gifts and section top prizes, with suggestions from the district hosting committee. They let us purchase some food items directly because we have access to a supplier at a good price (even after the hotel gets a fixed fee per item for handling).
June 10
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It is nice to see a response from across the pond, especially since you have no stake in the outcome.
June 9
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Steve, I do agree that we need the best qualified candidates for the BoD, and ones with the right background to run a non-profit business.

You wrote: “there are too many unopposed candidates - meaning that there is no reason to campaign and no reason to listen to the membership.”

It would seem that your experience is the opposite of mine.
I have personally been in contested ACBL elections 4 times, including DD and 1st alternate. Right now our district (D21) has 5 candidates running for the 3 BoG positions. Making a personal appearance to speak for 5-10 minutes to each unit board takes a great deal of travel time and effort. And many unit board members have little concept of what transpires at the zonal level; mainly they care about what can be done for them locally.
June 9
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It would be nice to represent all that you say, but in reality only the very experience bridge players have a clue how the ACBL is run now. Unless you want to discount all knowledge of how things work now and just wing it with new ideas (a proposal seen here on BW occasionally), I am afraid that we will not get many novices/intermediates or small club owners to run for the BOD or the proposed Senate. Their learning curve would be enormous and they probably know that.
June 8
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Another benefit of rotating locations is that local players are more likely to attend an NABC if it is close by. This is especially true for novice and intermediates.
June 8
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1. There is UI from W breaking tempo before bidding 3.
2. There is a box on the standard CC that shows over weak 2 bids, a new suit is not forcing. Presumably this was not marked on the EW card.
3. That box is in red, which implies the bid is alertable. There was no alert.

All of this indicates that they did not really have an agreement that 3 is not forcing.

I would first ask if South wished to change his final pass. If not one would have to see all 4 hands to adjust the score. Since this is a club game I would also reprimand E/W for contradicting their convention card (as opposed to just calling them liars) and issue a PP if they persist in saying that new suits are non-forcing.
June 8
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For comparison, here is what D21 has for GNT CoCs:

KNOCKOUT MATCH DURATION
Each knockout match in Open Championship Flight and Flight A will consist of 60 boards divided into four 15-board quarters. Unless deferred, the higher-ranked team will have seating rights in the first and fourth quarters. Flight B and Flight C will play 28-board matches. In each 28-board head-to-head match, the higher ranked team will decide whether to be seeded for the first or second half. There will be no playbacks until the final match. At the discretion of the Director-in-Charge and the District 21 GNT Coordinator, the knockout phase may be preceded by a Swiss qualifier to permit the event to be completed within four days.

Another paragraph states:

ITEMS NOT COVERED
Any items not covered by these Conditions of Contest will be resolved by the District 21 GNT coordinator in consultation with the Director-In-Charge.

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For D22 the GNT tab on their web site points to a flyer (that I couldn't cut and paste here). It does state that all 4 flights are “two-session playthrough” on either May 25/26 or June 1/3 depending on the flight. It does not say anything about the 2nd day of play.
There is a sentence preceding this: “See the D22 website under GNT for our District's Condition of Contest” but that just leads you back to the same information.

Looks like that leaves it up to the DIC to determine the event format beyond the 2 session playthrough. Even so the DIC should make clear what the format will be before the 3rd session begins.

Also looks like the web site could use clean-up.
May 29
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Doug's reference is the right one. The relevant point of the $50 fee is whether you restarted your membership before July 1, 2018.
Apparently you did, so no $50 fee is required.


Any member who originally joined ACBL prior to January 1, 2010 and whose membership has lapsed, may have the Life Master rank requirements existing for members who joined prior to January 1, 2010 applied to them if:
a. Their membership is reinstated prior to July 1, 2018 or
b. If reinstated on or after July 1, 2018 upon payment of a one-time fee of $50 to ACBL.
May 25
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“In the ACBL, you would have been able to retract your call.”

That is certainly true, but I believe in most of Europe, the call is considered made when it is removed from the bidding box.
May 25
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The hotel rate for SF this year was set 7 years ago when the NABC was at the same location. That might be why the rate is so low -2012 was still in the recession and hotels were desparate to line up future business.

The Fall NABC has been at this Mariott in 1996, 2007, 2012, and now 2019.
May 21
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Without a car, you would probably do best to stay with the Cosmopolitan. Las Vegas Blvd is the main road and is very congested. I've heard you cannot hail a cab on the street itself (only at the casino entrances). There is a city bus that runs along Las Vegas Blvd though.

If you can't find anything to do in Las Vegas, you are a vegetable.
It will definitely be hot or very hot in July (typically over 100F). The Cosmopolitan is centrally located on the strip, so try walking to the various other casinos after sundown. There will be plenty to see, both inside and outside. Many casinos have big name shows, so pick one that suits you and get tickets ahead of time.

Sorry, not sure what NLH or FLH games are. If you mean No Limit Holdem, there are holdem games at almost all casinos on the strip and in downtown Las Vegas (which is about 5 miles away). The downtown ones might be ‘softer’ but these days I wouldn't count on it.
May 11
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