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Many thanks to Carol for all her help over the years. Any time I needed her she was always quick and effective. I am sorry to see her go, especially involuntarily.
22 hours ago
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Its a balance you will have to strike. In my experience the fast players get faster and the slow players get slower. On one hand you never want a slow pair to wait because they will never make up the time. Every minute they lose is lost for all time. On the other hand you don't want your faster players hassling the next table for boards with 6+ minutes left in the previous round. If boards and people move themselves, we don't stop them from playing early. I won't interrupt another table for a board until there is around 3 minutes or less remaining on the clock at which point we are calling the round anyway. On our part any attempt to make people keep their seats until the change is called is like herding cats.
May 17
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Speaking of cynical perspectives, I can tell you from experience that bidding will get you a decent crowd. Declarer play will get you about 50% of the crowd you got for bidding. Defense classes are best scheduled when you want some quiet time to yourself.
May 13
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I think Declarer should have to wear the Secretary Bird Hat for a week. There was a very similar issue in one of Mollo's books. I am going to guess, “Bridge in the 4th Dimension” but I wouldn't bet on it.
May 2
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Jim, I think your reply was intended to be on the next thread down.
We do get most of our referrals from word of mouth, but keep in mind we have been doing things this way for over 15 years and have exposed 2000+ people to bridge in our local area. Starting out you will have to advertise in different ways to get them in the door before your word of mouth will provide real dividends. Mike has had more success with the internet than I have, but he is probably better at it than me.
April 23
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The St. Louis Bridge Center appears to have formed circa 2012 and is doing very well.

https://www.stlouisbridge.org/

Well enough to make me nervous about them taking my spot in the top ten in the not too distant future.

I don't know their history or status, I have just noticed them moving up the ranks each year.
April 23
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https://www.acbl.org/about-acbl/administration/acbl-handbook/

There is a link on the page to download the pdf of the whole thing. The index on the page is not interactive.
April 22
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The one year time limit no longer applies as per the handbook.
April 22
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Why do we have to meet in Vegas? Why not do our own thing in our own place?
Having the ACBL get the word out about a meeting to discuss forming an association to possibly cut out the ACBL seems odd.

I think having a conference of club owners/managers/teachers to discuss club issues is a good idea regardless of if it resolves any of these issues. I would rather see it be a full day or even two day event with some panels and presentations as well as the main open meeting with an agenda.

I don't know if such a thing is possible because one thing bridge club owners don't typically have is a lot of spare time.

I have some other things to add to the discussion further up the thread that I will try to find time for today.
April 22
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What about the assumption that side has to refer to the front or back face of the card? Couldn't D on the right and 3 on the left of the opposite face of all cards also follow the rule?
April 16
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Just the thought of a team league makes me cry.

I agree with Jim on the problems of organizing any team event. For a one session club swiss team event, I used to spend 8-10 hours trying to arrange teams for people without one, find replacements for people who had a team but it fell apart, and then finding replacements for the replacements.
I have largely gotten out of the matchmaking business for teams. I ask that they find their own and any matchmaking will only occur the day of the event. This allows me to keep my sanity because:

1. It eliminates the option for people to ask for a team 2 weeks before the game and never bother to ask a single pair or person themselves.
2. When I arranged a team in the past and someone cancelled, it was my issue and I had to find a replacement and/or some aspirin. Now since they formed the team themselves, its their issue.

Could I have larger team games if I played matchmaker?
In theory, Yes. In Practice, I am not doing it anymore.

We run 8-10 Open Stratified Swiss Teams a year on Friday Nights with 6-12ish teams, size depending on various factors.

We run a similar number of 499 team games alternating between Wed Afternoon and Saturday Afternoon with 6-14ish teams.

We run 4-5 199 team games on Saturday Afternoons with 8-20 teams

Once a year we run a learn to play swiss workshop one saturday and follow it up with a 0-50 baby swiss aiming for about 6 tables of newbies (6 tables is like herding cats between learning to score and playing really slow)
April 12
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“I think that the ACBL needs to be planning for a future in which the existing system of clubs is largely dead (with the exception of a few high density cities / retirement communities)”

This may be one way to look at it. Another way to look at it is the surviving successful bridge clubs (which may exist in a few high density cities / retirement commmunities) need to be planning for a future in which the ACBL is largely dead.

If bridge club owners can find a more successful hook than masterpoints, there would be no reason to affiliate with the ACBL at all. If the ACBL diminishes in scope as many predict, clubs will be forced to find a different marketing tool to provide short term and long term goals for new players.

I think we as bridge club owners need to consider a future without masterpoints one way or another.
April 11
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1. Common game files mostly although I do use Dealmaster Pro for 199 games and below because i find it easier to make batches.

2. Learn to smile, nod and sympathize. I usually end by quoting(or misquoting) Al Roth who purportedly said “Any decent club would post which way the cards are running.” Then make a graceful exit while they are trying to figure out what you meant.

3. For a small club you can try maximizing your stationary pairs while running a one-winner movement. Have a look at

http://www.budhinckley.com/Movements/Bud-ACBLscore-Externals.htm

and check out some of the Hesitation and Double Hesitation movements. The 7 table double hesitation is nice since you can play 9 rounds of 3 and have 5 stationary pairs. It avoids the 4 board rounds while not having to have the howell with only one stationary pair.
April 10
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Are both settlements included in the Legal Expenditures for the year? Watching the meeting on Youtube, the only settlement mentioned was the Blakely one.
April 3
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I can't find this motion in the Memphis documents.
March 28
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This motion passed unanimously.
March 28
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This motion failed to pass.
March 28
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This motion failed to pass if anyone was counting their chickens.
March 28
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So as I was watching the BOG meeting on Youtube this past Sunday, I was surprised by the accounting decision to put the Blakely settlement on the 2018 books, when the insurance company decided to settle in March 2019. At the time I thought maybe they just wanted to have one really bad year and put it behind them. Not the best accounting practice, but this is just a report to the BOG.

Now that the arbitration with Mr. Gidwani has come out, it looks(to me) like they didn't want 2019 to show both large legal expenditures and have a bigger loss in 2019 than in 2018. I hope the restructuring plan happens and the new ACBL has more transparency and less butt covering going forward.

I don't know why the board decided to replace Mr. Gidwani. Perhaps they had valid reasons, but the method by which they tried to remove him(yes I read all 13 pages) is not an acceptable way to do business in my opinion. I would like to think we could have some accountability for those who approved this course of action but we are back to our transparency problem.
Executive Session, no minutes, no notes, no idea how our directors voted, how does that work?
March 27
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From the ACBL By-Laws
3.6 No Ownership. The members of the ACBL shall have no ownership rights in the assets of the corporation but may receive the right to enjoy the benefits of the ACBL so long as they comply with such membership rules and regulations as may be established by the Board of Directors. A member’s rights may not be transferred.

Since Members have no actual ownership rights like shareholders would, I think you have a case of Apple and oranges with your Tim Cook example. I am not a lawyer so I have no idea if a class action suit is possible, but the analogy doesn't seem to fit our non-profit no ownership model.
March 27
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