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Brian Platnick
Brian Platnick
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Basic Information

Member Since
Jan. 16, 2011
Last Seen
an hour ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

In addition to playing bridge, I am currently a member of the ACBL seeding committee.  I have also coached 2 junior pairs in the program run by Michael and Debbie Rosenberg.  When not playing bridge, I spend my time trading stock options, chilling with my family, and traveling. 

United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Watching Brad and Fred score +800 on the next to last board to win the 2010 Spingold
Bridge Accomplishments
Won 1991 World Juniors, 2010 Spingold, 2010 Rosenblum, several other 1st/2nd place finishes in NABC events. WBF World Grand Master,
Regular Bridge Partners
John Diamond.
Favorite Tournaments
USBF team trials
Favorite Conventions
ACBL Ranking
Grand Life Master
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Quick question on Texas.
Pass = please push us to the 5-level
Improving the Seeding Process
"I suggested to the BW team that it might be useful for someone from the seeding committee to answer questions here to help everyone better understand our seeding methods and the rationale behind them. I will now take questions from the community in an effort to make the process more ...
Improving the Seeding Process
Thanks to everyone for the helpful questions and comments, and thanks also to those whose comments and questions weren't particularly helpful. Spring break starts in 4 minutes, so no more BW for a while, time to chill with the kids. If you have any more great ideas, talk to ...
Improving the Seeding Process
Michael, True Dat
Improving the Seeding Process
I don't think Geoff is suggesting the 0.5 SPs for winning the round of 64 match should be dropped, but that there should not be a bonus in addition depending on the team you beat.
Improving the Seeding Process
Jan, It would be even nicer if the seeding committee had access to this information at times other than the 2 hours spent actual seeding the event (when looking over Matt Smith's shoulder).
Improving the Seeding Process
David, I understood your point, I was just trying fold it into our greater seeding discussion. If the WBF included national championships (and other relevant events) from all of it's member countries in some kind of Master point system, then seeding the Vanderbilt would be much easier. Setting up ...
Improving the Seeding Process
why is it fair to a top seed to face such a strong team in such an early round? David, I agree with this. At one time, teams were posted in groups on a wall before shuffling within groups. If I saw that my team would be, for example, in ...
Improving the Seeding Process
David, I won't claim that the USBF is as tough as the European championships, but it isn't an easy event to win (for me anyway). It also pays very little in WBF land. Do you think the Vanderbilt, Spingold, and Reisinger should also pay WBF points?
Improving the Seeding Process
Marion, The WBF system of counting mixed events as Open for men and Women for women is crazy. Since the ACBL currently doesn't count any mixed events (or pair events) from the NABCs in the seeding formula, some members of the SC think we shouldn't count any World ...

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