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Mike Cassel
Mike Cassel
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
17 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
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Ben Kristensen
2 over 1
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Mike Cassel & Harry Sapienza
Forcing Club
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Terry Lijewski mx1920
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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Mike Cassel's bidding problem: AK876 KJ732 98 K
Are you bidding 2 if your suit is QT8xx? Where do you draw the line? At some point your five hearts are not worth showing and you are more interested in hoping that's partner's singleton.
Multi-section or web - which is best?
There's no question in my mind that minimizing the number of boards in play and maximizing the number of pairs you play against is best. The issue of playbacks, however, is one that has been mentioned as imdediments to running webs at regional pair events at NABCs. I've ...
I believe my favorite hand of the last two sets was Lall's Leap to 6. There was no way Meckwell could know it was right to save. At the other table I believe the auction was PERFECT...until Pepsi decided to double 6 instead of saving against ...
More than worth the price of admission! Wait... there was no price of admission. Zounds!!
Steven Gaynor's bidding problem: QT2 K AQT2 AK752
knowing about a fourth trump when you are short in hearts, as is likely to have already been inferred, may prove valuable as the auction proceeds.
Support Double with Subminimum?.
Always? Never Playing in the club against more timid social players your double may end up buying the contract cheaply. The better the vulnerability the more likely to fight for declaring. They won't double and don't like to go minus. Against experienced more aggressive opponents you may just ...
Robert Schachter's bidding problem: QT4 A Q854 AQ962
How many would double at matchpoints?
Robert Schachter's bidding problem: AQJ5 A6 QT752 A4
I guess venturing a club overcall was less adventuresome than leaping michaels? You do have 11 black cards. If your ace was in spades? bd 4
USBC Round of 16, Day 1
I was watching the 4th Q of Fireman vs. Robinson. How did Wooldridge go down in 4 on bd. 24. Was there an operator error?
28 Board RR + bonus: GNT politics
Georgiana Why do you think the GNTs should be preserved? btw I said going on 50. Do you see the Open Flight viable in 10 years? Are you aware that only a handful of districts have enough Open Flight entries in their district finals to award 4 places overall? I ...

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