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Mike Cassel
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
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Ben Kristensen
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Bill & Sue Treble
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Open San Francisco Discussion Thread
no blue ribbon qualification? too accomplished to play in a mini?
Open San Francisco Discussion Thread
What is the story behind the inability of a Polish pair to Q for day 2 of mini=blu [code]73 Q 1856.21 O 6 NS William Garrard Donna Garrard 74 2459.97 R 5 EW Kacper Kopka Krzysztof Cichy[/code]
Open San Francisco Discussion Thread
Fang: excellent non-normal wonton soup with a bit of coconut milk, chili oil, pork wontons,and a flavorful broth we didn't have it but heard raves about a honey apple prawn dish ginger chicken with bell pepper was good. about a 10' walk. not a cheap chinese dive. Just ...
Open San Francisco Discussion Thread
Bottom level playing level temp Friday night verged on tropical.
Open San Francisco Discussion Thread
My favorite Italian restaurant, Fior d'Italia, was closed last time we were in S.F. They have a Thanksgiving menu and are also serving off their regular menu. An easy ride up and over Nob Hill on the Powell-Mason cable car
An Open Letter to ACBL Unit and District Officers
I had a hand in the inception of the 'Soloway style' KOs that started with smaller bracket RRs qualifying 4 teams to semifinals and I was NEVER in favor of offering Gold points to 3/4th if the bracket was 5 or 6 teams. IIRC there was a clamor from ...
An Open Letter to ACBL Unit and District Officers
There will not be much *edited for accuracy* Gold in a bracket whose average MPs is that low. [code]Average Masterpoints Per Player Pigmentation of Award 750+ 100% Gold 500 – 749 66.67% Gold; 33.33% Red 300 – 499 50.00% Gold; 50.00% Red <300 33.34% Gold; 66 ...
An Open Letter to ACBL Unit and District Officers
Does the 0-300 bracket of a GRush pay 33% Gold for 1st OA? I didn't think so and don't know. I thought Gold was only for the top bracket of a GR pair game.
An Open Letter to ACBL Unit and District Officers
The concept of what is now known as the 'Soloway style' small bracket 4-session regional KO was authorized as an experiment largely (solely?) because, in May 2017, D14 KO attendance eroded to the point where we were forced into three single handicapped bracket KOs that no one liked. We worked ...
BOD Restructure Vote
I do not understand why there needs to be linkage between the size of the BOD and the number of districts in the ACBL One of the weaknesses of the current governance structure is the unwieldy assignment to each member of the BOD to participate in any number of committees ...

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