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Mike Cassel
Mike Cassel
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
April 8
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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Ben Kristensen
2 over 1
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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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Coast Conduct
maybe LA referred to logical alternatives?
Selena Pepić's lead problem: JT87 K92 J42 A92
how about [code] AJ84 QT76 53 K92 [/code] If there is a surrounding play to let partner win 4 heart tricks you have to start with the 9 not the 2. you aren't worried about overtricks and you would like the declarer to have to make a couple of ...
I'd Support SYC Games... With a Tweak
Save your club
BBO Which interface?
I'm not sure what the issue is re. interface but I can, without reservation, state that OKB had features that I truly miss with BBO primarily: 1. You could join a tournament after x:00:00. 2. You could create a series of messages that could be saved, i ...
Summer NABC Moved
Just an hour at 90mph on I-29
Summer NABC Moved
Sioux City isn't Sioux Falls but the kudos for the idea
Summer NABC Moved
Has anyone (not?) seen or listened to the Couch Choir? with all of the xpertise among our erudite membership couldn't we come up with a a similar bridge-themed contribution to viral video posting? the 59th Street Bridge Song We can turn on ...
How Would You Proceed at T5 in this Tax Day KO Match?
Marty, you thought this further than I did. I was focused on a vacant space analysis. Based on West holding a doubleton diamond and considering all of the high cards already seen, you don't have the dummy entries to take two spade finesses and it seemed more likely that ...
Undo or No undo ?
given these trying times EVERYONE SHOULD BENDING TOWARD BEING GRACIOUS towards one another
Alpha Go the movie on youtube
for the same reason i prefer the text of a podcast rather than spending the entire time listening. for a smile I watch stray dog rescues on youtube at 1.25. Watching these dirty frightened sad creatures receive a bath and love that turns them into loving happy animals lifts ...

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