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Donald Mamula
Donald Mamula
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Member Since
July 17, 2012
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Bridge Official
about me

Trying to do what's best for the game, often by clearing up misconceptions and misinformation.  All opinions are my own and reflect no bridge organization or group.

Past: Served for 9 years on ACBL BoD, 4 years as BoG chairman, lifetime member of BoG, 9 years on D19 board, almost every unit job from grunt labor to unit president.  Proudest bridge admin experience was being "first spouse" to a great BoG chairman.

Current: Retired, but sharing my experience and knowledge.

United States of America

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Nickell vs. Lall - Last Board
Wasn't Barry's rule "Over the jack in the minors, under in the majors"?
Would you open 1NT with a void?
Would I open 1NT with a void? Only if I wished to permanently destroy any future trust my partner might have in my bidding. Perhaps it might be a useful tool if you want to break up a partnership, but don't have the guts to do it yourself. Better ...
Can an invitational-classed club game restrict entry in this manner?
My question was because I read about invitational and then about masterpoint cutoffs. Trying to understand how the two are related in this case.
Can an invitational-classed club game restrict entry in this manner? this an "invitational" game or a "masterpoint-limited" game? Big difference, and they should not be conflated.
Hard to Believe
Where do you see a tenth diamond?
One Glaring Example of ACBL's Bloated Bureaucracy
I think that the idea of the USBF running the various regionals and sectionals, plus the NABCs, would get little to no traction with both the leadership and membership of the USBF. And would you then want the CBF to run all the tournaments in Canada? I think their response ...
One Glaring Example of ACBL's Bloated Bureaucracy
There are 12 board members on the D19 board - let them know how you feel and how it affects your participation. If they don't know what their constituents are thinking, things will never change. And at one time, the Seattle unit provided an additional subsidy to unit members who ...
One Glaring Example of ACBL's Bloated Bureaucracy
Randy and Jim - completely at the discretion of the district organization. Don't like it...have your district change it. Or change the district leadership. There are a number of districts that do not require a GNT qualification, but instead say that non-qualifiers must pay a buy-in that tends to ...
One Glaring Example of ACBL's Bloated Bureaucracy
EVERY member of the ACBL should be quite glad that the ACBL is incorporated under NY State law. NY has some of the strongest protections, IMO, for the rights of the membership. There are many states where members have few rights and protections and the corporation board of directors have ...
One Glaring Example of ACBL's Bloated Bureaucracy
Remember that D14 is one of the half of ACBL districts that have given their regional sanctions over to units in their districts. So any regional is not under the direct control of the district, but rather the local unit (who also gets the P/L). So there's a ...

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