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First I am happy to see so many international players come to the NABC, and the Chinese women play very well.

A caveat to this win though:

I played with a partner with only 200 mps in the final. One of our worst boards of the session was against this pair when they used Multi 2D. At the time I was unaware it’s not allowed in our event and my partner did not have the tools to deal with it. Unfortunately I was not made aware that multi isn’t allowed in pair events until after the final session so this result will stand. (by the way someone also used it against me in the Mitchell BAM )

Yes they played well but they were using illegal conventions during our event, and to the post Debbie Rosenberg about CC they only had blank score cards on the table.

I understand they probably didn’t know it was illegal but the ACBL should give foreigners our rules in their language to read before entering events. It’s not surprising to me they won by so much since we can’t be the only pair that had to deal with unusual conventions and no defense provided
Dec. 7, 2019
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If you love Dim Sum I would recommend to go to Yank Sing on your trip to SF. My friend Vera Chan is the third generation woman owner a family operation in business over 60 years and noted as one of the best Dim Sum in the US. There are two locations….Stevenson is small and closer and RinCon center is the larger place. Great place to go with a group, sitting at the large round tables and sharing the small plates. lunch 11-3 weekdays and 10-4 weekends. It can be pricey but worth it. Enjoy if you go I will be taking friends for sure.

https://projects.sfchronicle.com/2018/top-100-restaurants/yank-sing/
Nov. 27, 2019
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For the last Sunday Karaoke party crowd I highly recommend Bow Wow. I have had many a hilarious evening here over the years and it’s not far from the Marriott


https://www.sfgate.com/beer/article/Bow-Bow-Cocktail-Lounge-Chinatown-Mama-Candy-14550764.php
Nov. 27, 2019
Tracey Bauer edited this comment Nov. 27, 2019
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Rick,

Thank you for your post and it’s very unfortunate the situation both teams are now dealing with.

We had our D21 board meeting this weekend in Sacramento and I brought it to the boards attention that we should review our COC before next year, and recommended to the board to review this post on bridgewinners.

We just voted to also give money to our second teams in Flight b and Flight C for 2020 from the district and I think it will need to be very clear that we need to have a third place playoff in case the second team decides not to attend so we can award the money to the next team in the list.(all wording will need to be very clear so to never have the issues you are all experiencing)

We have tabled our motion about the additional funds and will put it in place during our meetings in Santa Clara ….giving us time to review the COC and create the proper wording for the additional funds .

I wish all the players the best in coming to an equitable outcome and I agree it seems the ACBL should be consulted to help the district process what has occurred.

See you all in Vegas

Tracey
June 2, 2019
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Thank you for the wonderful story of a bridge player before my time
May 16, 2019
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My partner is Steve Ramos. We played together at the Atlanta NABC in regional Pairs finishing 3rd and 4th the two days we played there. So we are not a long established partnership but get along very well at the table and both thoughtful players.
Nov. 25, 2018
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Thank you Donna….my husband and I would have never been able to play without this when my kids were young
Nov. 14, 2018
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Good luck on your move and welcome to the Bay Area!

If you are a Facebook user here's the districts FB page :

https://Facebook.com/d21acbl/

Hope to meet you at the bridge table
Jan. 30, 2018
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Kevin….we are playing your card with Jason. ;)
Dec. 2, 2017
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Peg….in the AXY Pairs we had a player ( one who is a prolific book writer) sit at the wrong table on the start of second session. By the time the directors sorted everything out this writer comes and sits down and blames the pair that should have been at the right table as causing the fiasco, since they arrived a few minutes late.

Im the nicest person but when someone is being an ASS I also just can't take it. She wouldn't shut up about assigning blame to this other pair and not them selves for sitting in the wrong section and starting a board. When I called the director to have them stop taking so we could move on the director yelled at me! This same director comes back in round two and hovers threatening over my shoulder and tells ME I must play faster. I am RARELY a slow player and was disgusted that a director acted in this manner and was threatening me and trying to intimidate me ( if I was not built of my constitution I would have blown some of those boards in a big way). This behavior by directors of allowing famous players to get away with anything is unfair.

Also, when the pair that should be sitting at EEE got to their table and told them they were sitting in the wrong table….they didn't want to move at first. When the pair finally convinced them that they truly were in the wrong section …this very experienced person got up from the table after being in the middle of an auction. ( I was the one who had to call a director and make it known they had started an auction and were now trying to come to a new table and start over.). The director had them finish the board at the wrong table and finish the second board with us. You can imagine how far behind we started round two……and I received the slow warning and get a Director hovering over my back.

We can and should be doing better as an organization in training our directors better, this is the first step….I'm hoping Bahar can help make some changes in this regard. We have some WONDERFUL directors that I adore don't get me wrong but we also have some that are acting a bit clueless and also forgetting that we are selling a product and player enjoyment is also part of their job.


Also anyone else notice how many of the directors are walking around with hand records visible. (20 minutes last night in the BLUE a director had a full hand record in his hand walking around the room. I was kibitzing and noticed that he was taking director calls and had the paper out in fully open ( not folded) he even held it near eye level for a player to easily glance. If people want some extra information the league is making it WAY TOO EASY.

During the AXY I also saw a director fold his into his shirt pocket with two boards visible peeking out. I watched him then have a conversation with two pros where they got the benefit of seeing those boards if they chose. Let's also not go into how many inexperienced people leave their convention card scores fully visible on a table.

We can do better
Nov. 29, 2017
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Thanks for the write up Dan….congrats to our USA women….awesome!
Oct. 26, 2017
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This was my choice thinking I would bid 2s after my partners inevitable 2H if they don't have diamonds with me. Experts at the Regional differed between 2D and 2S….interesting to see here it's 100% for 2D so far
Oct. 17, 2017
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Sam….those who want to work and play in main events can not just play at 7pm. As I stated above I do work and play a 1 and 7pm shift….many people in the bridge world have flexible positions that allow them to work 4-8 hours in the morning and still attend a regional or national. That couldn not happen with a 10-3 shift since we would miss all working hours. Also if I could only do one session evening than I would have found a new past time since an evening side game is not enough of a challenge.
Aug. 28, 2017
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I attend all my districts regionals and work 8am and 10 am client meetings then do the 1-7 games. I have planned this for two upcoming regionals and Nationals in San Diego. Having daytime shifts would not allow me to combine bridge and work. I'm 45 and not a typical demographic though
Aug. 27, 2017
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WJ?…as someone whose company restructured during the practice rounds and showed a 2% game for finishing only one board, conference calls, meetings, and a promotion ensued. You can not assume that a low score actually means anything….maybe the person played only a few boards. I think it's wrong they give a percentage to anyone that didn't finish a whole round of boards.

ACBL and BBO should fix this anomaly
July 10, 2017
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I've wondered why at one table we have three voice commentators and 2-3 chat and other tables no one. I would love to see this more spread out….Debbie it would be Great to hear you commentate on the women's today!?
May 7, 2017
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Jim….a group of us from D21 have been playing this for years. Very few of us have forgotten the system after one or two early goofs…find minor suit slams easily and keeps strong hand playing the contract.
April 18, 2017
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Many people confuse websites and social media … they should be used in conjunction and in relationship to each other.

This is how I use it and see it but would love feedback from others (click on the links above in my long comment to see)

Websites like bridgewinners a user needs to actively log into or look up.

Facebook….I open my application and I see a FEED- this is content I have requested Facebook to send me ( friends that I have liked and their pictures and content they create and pages I have “liked”). People nowadays can get a lot of their news articles “pushed” to them in this manner. So a Facebook experience is info coming TO you instead of you having to actively going to a website. So in once place I see interesting articles from the NYT, WSJ, Wash Post, LA times etc, I see trips my friends are on and interesting things my friends want to share, lots of political posts right now, and groups I am involved with (for me personally- bridge related groups, soccer, and fashion industry(work for me))

So a FB user that has “liked” our Unit or District site when they log in to their personal FB they may see a flyer I posted for an upcoming Sectional, regional, educational opportunities, special games, I also comb through results and post pictures of winners from our district when they do well at our Regionals, Sectionals, and at Nationals , sometimes I create little stories (maybe sharing some of our bridge personalities at our district level or unit level and share on the appropriate page- I think it's fun to highlight some of the people that make the game fun, I also comb through bridgewinners and share articles that our D21 players write here and share via FB,

To be successful you have to have someone actively managing and pushing content out. I try and do a daily post for the D21 FB page, and minimally 3 a week for our Unit FB page. Right now I have both pages OPEN in that our members can post content and freely comment on content and will keep it that way until someone abuses.

On our district FB page we have multiiple admins…..Pam Hughes our tournament manager, Kevin who creates our Daily Bulletins(so he can post them after he has created them, and myself. People are still getting used to the differences between a website and social media. Social media is social….pictures are the most liked and shared content. I'm still trying to encourage the different Units in our district to share their info with me that may be interesting to the larger District ( work that SIVVY does, charitable endeavors, new or special games, educational opportunities ( we have Jerry Helms coming to the Bay Area in May and I have been advertising that recently). I really would like to see more people in our District sending me info and a huge thanks to Debbie Rosenberg who has been the most helpful to me in this regard. At tournaments I am personally playing and can't create all the content nor post it all ( there just Isn't enough time nor energy for me to create and do everything I would like to personally and play bridge)

On our Unit page …it's MARIN County focused. Marin players and their accomplishments, our local clubs and their special games, photos from our parties, birthdays etc, and upcoming learning opportunities I really encourage people to share bridge learning opportunities on FB because I think that may help us draw new people to the game.

I hope this helps you understand the difference between a website and a social media feed. I share things we post to the website but a lot of stuff I post on FB may never make it to our website which is more static and informational only. FAcebook is more social( pictures, stories) and it's current and in the moment…..you see a post once unless one of your friends comments on it.
Feb. 21, 2017
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Steve,

I am not a club owner but social media chair for Unit 508 and District 21.

ACBL did approached me out of the blue and told me a couple years ago they were going to give me some money to do the FB adverstising but that never materialized.

I'm in district 21 …it took me three years to even get them to let me on my own time create the page. God forbid I ask them for money to advertise !!!!!!!

So far everything I do is organic, I'll let you know if that ever changes. Our Unit is doing a Learn Bridge in a Day with the ACBL later this year and I think that would be the best time to try FB paid adverstising, if our board agrees. I work in sales and marketing so I know it works.
Feb. 20, 2017
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