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Mike Cassel
Mike Cassel
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Member Since
June 24, 2010
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Member Type
Bridge Player
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Grow the membership?  How about nurturing the members we already have who are at the bottom of the MP totem pole.  Find out how we can help them better appreciate the game, attend local, regional, and national tournaments.  Let's recast the special events, particularly the GNTs so that newer players learn to play imps and enjoy the difference between imps and matchpoints.  Reward districts who hold club qualifying events for Flight C players.

Our special events could be driving participation to a much greater extent than they are doing.  Live tournament bridge will sputter if we don't engage new club players to enjoy play in a larger venue. It's time for a new grass roots approach: North American Swiss Pairs. Qualify during the Grass Roots Fund month in May and earn the right to play at the fall NABC. The grass roots events, NAP and GNT, should be designed to excite newer players, not just reward those who are already coming to the NABCs


Start the 6K Spingold on Day 2 of the regular Spingold. Structure the NABC+ events in a way that encourages folks to play up.

Lobby your ACBL Board rep to move the 10K event at the start of the Spring NABC to Sat-Sun rather than starting on Day1 of both the Platinum and the IMP Pairs. Bueller?  Bueller?  Hello?  Strive to schedule the start 10K events on day 2 of 3 day NABC+ events whenever possible.

Scheduling a 10K event final that falls on day 1 of a new NABC+ event is WRONG


The ACBL doesn't need a one size fits all policy for team entry fees.  If you want 100% of the masterpoints then you pay your 100%.  A 6 person team willing to receive proportional overall awards, as we do in Swiss team events, can pay the 4 person team entry fee.  We already track the sitouts.  This is not rocket science

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
23imp pickup in Vegas mini-Spingold; a club game this year with a 15 top and no matchpoint score lower than 6 (40%). first time in 35 years of membership with no bottom or average minus
Bridge Accomplishments
Editor for the Gopher Regional Daily Bulletin and weekly Minneapolis Grand Slam Club Bulletins
Member of Bridge Club(s)
D14 GNT Coordinator
Favorite Tournaments
any one with Web Movements and level playing fields
Favorite Conventions
Xfr advances/1MX, Def vs. Michaels(majors), Reverse Smith, 4way 2H/1m, 4way 2C/1M
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
Officer's Club Mentoring Team Card
2 over 1
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Mike Cassel & Barry Purrington
2 over 1 see sheets for midchart 2!C/1M and 2!H/1minor
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Ben Kristensen
2 over 1
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Mike Cassel & Harry Sapienza
Forcing Club
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Bill & Sue Treble
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Mike&Peter 15May15
2/1 GF
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Mike Kamil Gabby Sherman Mike Cassel
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IMP Pairs?
You can eliminate the randomness of sitting the 'wrong' way when the big swinging decisions are in the other direction by running the event as IMP teams. Your teammates, who are sitting the other direction, can bid those thin games and slams that the field misses in cross-imp scoring. Our ...
Director Please! Oops there aren't any.
If a crop of new players warrants an additional session is there not one of those newer players with enough passion for the game to take the club director's test? Y, there's a learning curve and all directors will make mistakes, but there might easily be a newer ...
Selena Pepić's bidding problem: KQ95 KQ752 AJ9 5
I can jump raise a major suit bid over my double, but can I advance with 2N over partner's 1N. I can reopen with a double after I overcall 1 if it comes to that. If partner cannot take a call over my overcall then we didn't ...
Gradations of the Lawson Bidding Problem
Gradations of the Lawson Bidding Problem
I sent bw a query on the "Unable to get poll results; got a 500 error" message
Gradations of the Lawson Bidding Problem
getting a 500 error i cannot see the poll results is this just my problem?
Richard Lawson's bidding problem: AQ J863 KJ72 987
A J863 KJ72 Q987 Ax same honors and shape but a better Q J863 KJ72 Q98 AQ same honors and shape but with heart & club intermediates JT93 KJ72 T98 Ax same honors and shape but a better Q + hearts are upgraded JT93 KJ72 Q98 AQ same hand with j98 and ...
Richard Lawson's bidding problem: AQ J863 KJ72 987
At the risk of betraying the source of the problem I would want to know the predilection of the opponent holding this hand at the other table. If I think they would be likely to double then I need to decide if I want to mirror their call or not ...
Director Problem
including, on this one, whether or not 2 was diamonds and a major
1NT or not?
Please share the final contracts [code]1N x __ 1D x __ 1C x __ 2H x __ 3H x __[/code] I can imagine E choosing to pass any West opening bid. Unless NS can find a diamond lead 3H-E will fetch 140.

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