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Karen Walker
Karen Walker
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Member Since
June 22, 2010
Last Seen
17 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player

Bridge Information

Favorite Tournaments
Illini Regional, Champaign IL
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
Karen Walker & Nate Ward
2-over-1 Third Hand High
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ACBL surcharge at tournaments good or bad?
I was paying it out of tournament funds. The head director (Rick Beye) was just adding the unpaid fees to the tournament invoice and we paid it there. He's the one who told me ACBL was now requiring him to collect the surcharge directly. That was maybe six or ...
ACBL surcharge at tournaments good or bad?
When ACBL first instituted this policy, I told the director at our local regional that the tournament would pay the non-member surcharge ($2 back then). That was cheap and it worked fine until I was told I no longer had that option -- the player had to personally pay it. The ...
I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore
Hard to vote in a poll where every choice suggests there's some reason this was a bad ruling. Even "The director is correct" option implies that it's because you're in a backwater burg where they can't get "real" directors. If you want an objective opinion, don ...
What killed American Bridge--a Poll from the Year 2040.
Thanks for the explanation, Kyle. I wondered how this was measured. I know these scientific factoids are misleading, but the anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. I taught 18-20 year olds for more than 30 years, and their ability to concentrate and finish projects declined rapidly the last ten years. And then ...
What killed American Bridge--a Poll from the Year 2040.
Human attention span supposedly began declining around 2000, which just happened to be the beginning of the smart-phone revolution. A Microsoft study claimed the average attention span to focus on a task went from 12 seconds in the year 2000 to less than 8 seconds in 2013 -- one second shorter ...
Is this a way to run an organization?
I share some of these opinions about the detrimental effects of essentially selling masterpoints, but I don't think it's killing our game. Quite the opposite. I wish we could go back to the days when the game was so popular -- and there was so little competition from tech ...
John Lowenthal would have been proud
Nine-table game, so there were still four rounds left. The alternative was removing the board and giving those eight pairs (plus my pair) percent-of-game matchpoints for the board they didn't play.
John Lowenthal would have been proud
In a club game, after a 1C opening on my right, I overcalled 1S with AQJ of spades and a 3-3-3-4 13-count. It went all pass, dummy came down with xx of spades and I went down two for -100. The opponents could score what appeared to be an easy ...
On counting tricks.
When I learned, I don't remember anyone ever teaching me a strategy for planning all 13 tricks. The instruction didn't go much beyond "pull trumps", then "there's a suit with some length and/or honors; you want to lead it". I had been playing duplicate only a ...
Repeat Locations for Nationals
St. Louis is not usually bitter cold in March, but it's still what I would call cold and it still snows. The 2013 NABC ended with a blizzard that dumped more than 12" on the city.

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