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How do you use them and how many people use it?
June 9, 2016
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Thanks for all the feedback! I think I'll hold off on Twitter for right now and invest my time elsewhere.
June 9, 2016
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We did have a competing regional…..the ACBL scheduled a regional at sea out of SAN FRANCISCO during our regional. Our district is based in San Francisco. Our district board was extremely unhappy that this conflicting regional at sea was scheduled.

Yes … We still have many things to fix with our organization to make it run better
June 7, 2016
Tracey Bauer edited this comment June 7, 2016
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Adam,

I just received permission this weekend and started our D21 Facebook page to address the concerns you mentioned, I whole heartedly agree with you. You should see a lot more celebration of people's accomplishments as we move forward as a district. If you use Facebook please search for “District 21 ACBL Bridge League” and like our page. I know the bridge league is redundant but I wanted the page more searchable.
June 7, 2016
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We had a five man team In the Capitol SWiss and only paid $98- It was not per person but a flat rate per team so it makes sense to award mps based on time played rather than even money paid.
June 7, 2016
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I just had a friend call me for advice on a hand that was played on yesterday's fast pairs…..the boards on ACBL LIVE do not match the hand records or boards played yesterday.

UGH. So much to be fixed!
June 6, 2016
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Thanks Michael! The reason some results were posted was I played in the fast pairs and was able to post from the sheets at the playing sites. I had friends who won the 0-2000 Swiss and they sent me a photo , those results also were posted in a relatively timely manner.

I had asked one of the Capitol Swiss tourney directors to send me a photo of the winning team and the results This social media thing is new and they forgot to do it at the end of the tourney. I am hoping in the future they will remember to do it and help us celebrate those who win especially such a big event.

I received my fast pairs emails from ACBL LIVE at 6:30 am this morning…..this is not LIVE or timely. I expect my results from the morning session within 10-15 mins from the last boards being finished in the event. I want to be able to review those results during my lunch break and compare them to the field and discuss with my partner. This is imperative for my enjoyment, satisfaction, and helps me analyze and become a better player( I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way)



This community here inspired me to take a rep position on the District 21 Board this year. In this last meeting I brought a motion to the board to start a committee from our district to work with ACBL and improve these functions. This is a product we are buying and I think we deserve and pay for it to be done on time. I hope over this year we will help make some improvements.

Let's stop complaining and fix the problems….and find out where the delays are coming from. Is it directors not finishing out an event and sending the data? How did the head director leave the tournament before making sure everything was posted to ACBL? Is it internal at ACBL? I am very new to how Acbl works but extremely adept at looking at organizational issues and finding out where the breaks are in my corporate world….looking to fix the issues thus resulting in better customer experiences. When you have happy satisfied customers you get more and more repeat business and grow a brand/ service/ company.

I would love feedback especially from those that know where the problems are.
June 6, 2016
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Congrats!
June 5, 2016
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Delightful pair….congrats! Well deserved and you can thank me later for my help in your victory!
The bigger question from me is did someone drink the pickle juice and how much did it cost you?
March 17, 2016
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As someone working with a family I do not get to go to all the tournaments but I have loved watching the Vugraph from my home, I set up multiple iPads to watch the different rooms. I found the world Championships especially enjoyable since the teams were all playing the same hands and I could compare the different styles and how each declarer attacked the problem. ( I really wish the ACBL would do duplicated boards)

Yesterday my husband and I watched a lot of the seniors teams being played and would look just at declarer and dummy and talk through how each of us would go about the hand…..then get to watch how they played it and if it was the same line. There is so much value in watching these Vugraphs and I want to thank all those who put them on. This thread is great and we should keep the ideas coming ….I see a lot more improvements in the future.

My favorite viewing experience by far though are the videos that Steve and Gavin did about playing a tournament and going through their thought process hand by hand. Thanks guys for the time it took doing that, I keep hoping you do some more.

I know those at the top level do not want to play on computers but can you imagine what it would be like as a viewer IF they were each in their own room on computers playing each other….we would get to hear in real time the thought process of the players during a tournament( no UI). Maybe your computer screen has four windows with video of those players in their respective room, in the center shows the cards, they are miked and they talk through the process. We also have a button where we can push to see their system notes that have been uploaded. When they have a question about their oops bidding they can privately chat giving no UI or misinformation. For us at home now watching on Vugraph they may as well be in separate rooms. With a process like this, if on secure computers, a monitor in each room, and no one can leave the playing site until round is over…..you do not have cheating with coughing, turning cards, etc…..we get to see pure bridge….and hear the logic behind each decision. This can still be done at a tournament with teams meeting up in between rounds.
Nov. 29, 2015
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I was quite impressed in the past year by commentary by Debbie Rosenberg and how she was able to explain the bidding and play in a way I think beginning/ intermediate players would understand well.
Nov. 29, 2015
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I also think the commentary takes the experience to the next level and I'm disappointed when there are three commentators in one room and none in the room in which I want to watch….having them spread out across the rooms seems like an easy thing to to manage better.
Nov. 29, 2015
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Seriously? You must not have lived before 1995 and cell phones.

Played at a sectional this weekend and a very good A player pulls out their phone and starts surfing it for info mid match. Couldn't believe it when I asked them to put the phone away. Everyone is extremely naive to think it would be okay to play on your small personal computer while in the middle of a tournament…..especially for those playing at the highest levels. True emergencies…those of us with kids…I give the caregivers the hotel phone number I am playing in, the ballroom and time I am playing. If a TRUE emergency happens my family can reach me since my phone is OFF while I play in a tournament but then again I CARE about ethics and fairness.
Sept. 21, 2015
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In the SF Bay Area the Vances put on a Bay Area wide home team knockout. It draws a fairly competitive group and many of us still work. The biggest challenge in the Bay Area is our traffic and busy schedules. Thanks Grant for organizing ( herding cats). I loved having a competitive game to look forward to.
June 22, 2015
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What is the book they were referencing at the end of the interview?
May 23, 2015
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Jack…I am 42 and was exposed to the game at the age of 33 …pregnant with my second child. My demographic can be lured to the game if introduced to it. We need to make online play more accepted and night and weekend learning and games also more accessible.
Dec. 4, 2014
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I second Peg Kaplans sentiments….most of us who have sat on a board or have had leadership roles understand how much work is involved, emails, phone calls, planning not just the meeting itself. To have a couple hotel nights and free plays at an NABC….they do give so much time and as someone else said you don't only want the wealthy running the board.

I'm pretty new to the bridge world and it's politics and only have been on our Unit Board in the past year…here are some of my thoughts.

My findings have been that they really don't have open elections. The unit I am on hasn't held an open election since the 80's and when I asked to publish that we had 4 upcoming positions I was told they wanted to “pick” the people. I have also inquired about the District 21 board and becoming our units representative. Those positions have been held by people 14 yrs and 10 yrs and there is no election but the Marin Unit board president picks our rep. The two reps do not want to leave their position and no one wants to “ rock the boat” thus we have no change.

After reading the commentary on so many posts about “political” issues within ACBL I see we need an overhaul in the way we pick our representatives so we can have new ideas coming into the organization. To continue to always do the same we have done in the past will not help the organization move forward, grow, and attract younger people to the game. Gaming industry is a growth industry and we need to be capitalizing on the opportunity.

As per only the unit board members electing the districts new BOD I think in today's day and age of computers we should be able to send an online survey with only one vote per email that the ACBL has per member in that district and have an open election.

We had our three BOD canidates for D21 come to our Unit Board….I think only one person asked a question besides me and multiple members commented that we don't give them more than ten minutes to speak each because they didn't want the process to take a long time. I tried to get my unit to understand that who we pick will directly result in what new policies come out in the next three years…..it fell on deaf ears and I got physical eye rolls.

I think having an open election with the potential candidates speaking at a regional before the election and having their views posted on the districts website might be a fairer way to poll the over all membership. It will also have the BOD more accountable to the membership.

Thoughts?
Sept. 15, 2014
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In the recent Santa Clara Regional my partner and I had a 52% game in the first half and went to dinner to go over hands without seeing where we placed figuring we would be somewhere in the mid pack. We returned to find out we ended up with a 53% and won our section. Our direction declared 9 of the sessions boards and had very uninspiring hands to do much with( along with everyone else in our direction) I think we all have more fun in the games where we have interesting boards to bid, play, and discuss.
Sept. 12, 2014
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Speaking of NYC bridge….I have an emergency trip to NYC for meetings this Friday. Wondering about fitting a bridge game in Thursday evening…never played in NY before. I'll be staying at the Strand west 37th street. Where should I play and I need a quality partner. Only available for a Thursday evening game.
Sept. 2, 2014
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Question:

Why are online points put on the same par as a club game?

To me the two venues are different and we shouldn't box one of them to match the other.

Online if time allows you can play at your leisure 24/7 ( not sure how many hours ACBL games are available on Okbridge or BBO)

I can only play once or twice a day in Marin County at a club, only two nights do we have night games and only one weekend game (for working people,that gives only 3 choices a week to play if you are not retired).

When I do attend club games I expect to win or place in the Overalls in my county and I achieve my goal quite often.

On BBO I strive for a section top but getting into the top ten overall is very difficult given that there are 60-200 other pairs playing at the same time and quite a few experienced ones.

I don't understand the people who keep saying that online ACBL games are so much easier than club games. I had an opportunity to play a speedball yesterday and in my 12 boards I played against 3 star players. ( A BBO star is awarded to players who have won a national or world championship). Personally I don't get to do that at a club game.

So if someone like Leo spends most of their time investing in ACBL online games why are we punishing them? Has anyone looked up the hours played online to hours played at the club in those two lists and the correlation to those points for both groups. I'm guessing Leo has logged more boards against more people than the club players….but that's just a guess until someone with actual knowledge looks up the data and compares.

Still the original post was about Lifetime Masterpoint lists….I brought up the Barry Crane lists because I thought all points won in your lifetime were counted on the lifetime lists and that included all venues Nationals, Regionals, Sectionals, Clubs, and Online.
Aug. 25, 2014
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