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Mike Cassel
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Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
3 hours ago
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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Mike Cassel's bidding problem: K Q973 8654 AKT6 bd 4
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Governance Alternatives - Political Realities
Steve Your energy and thoughtfulness and commitment to the game are beyond commendable. I also do not see the current BOD relinquishing their grip. I think there is a natural belief that the interests of 25 individual districts might be irreparably diluted in the 9 & 50 proposal. I like the ...
The Death of 4-Session KO's
y i picked out the wrong link
The Death of 4-Session KO's
Item 182-29: Extend KO Experiments The experimental method of running KOs as first day qualifying (usually Round Robin) and second day semifinals and finals, with associated increased Masterpoint awards, be extended through December 31, 2018. Effective immediately Carried unanimously
Meanwhile in San Antonio
[i]With a number of teams in the event that is not a multiple of the number of teams in a bracket, you can put the extra teams at the top or you can put them at the botton. [/i] Why not extra teams in the middle: e.g. 7 ...
Meanwhile in San Antonio
I think D6 is running what I call 3KOs on Saturdays. They have an unusual format re. match lengths IIRC. The 3KO format was tried here (D14) quite a few years ago and abandoned. Just another attempt to get a team event on the weekend before the last day Swiss ...
A Missing Link? Monday's Not So Instant Matchpoint Game
I must have looked too soon, seen only the 2018 commentary, and then on looking again, got caught viewing a cached page rather than the new one. Does that make sense?
A Missing Link? Monday's Not So Instant Matchpoint Game
thanks to salt lake city maybe it's just my club that didn't provide a link, but i couldn't find at at
Meanwhile in San Antonio
[i] I played two days of Bracketed Swiss, the format du jour here. In this format, the field is divided from top down based on average master points into 9-team brackets[/i] Why set arbitrary bracket sizes? If you have 6 quality top bracket teams then consider CoC that don ...

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