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When the ACBL made that decisions then the events were cancelled.
June 22
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Mask are required and other precautions
in a very spacious spreading of tables etc
June 16
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True and playing bridge is more dangerous than many other activities and some say a vaccination is way off. However if better treatments come along some people are going to play bridge with 4 at a table. Many will choose for a long time to give it up. We are just taking a wait and see activity.
May 2
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We have told the hotel that was a possibility and it may cause us to cancel at the last moment. I think it best if club play comes first. Hotel reservations may play a role in our decisions. However at this new site we can really spread out more than ever. We can set up entrance with screening and precautions. The hotel says they are taking many steps on their end to make the venue as safe as possible. We will keep listening to the experts.
May 2
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The ACBL has some negotiating power in this situation. Just the potential of bankruptcy gives some leverage because the ACBL has so many signed future contracts very little payoff out of abankruptcy would come out for any venue. Venues have almost no new business coming their way so they want to keep it on the books and they may be willing to reduce the guarantees.

The host hotel maybe willing to make concessions as well. They can talk with them about moving it to a future date. etc,etc. Also given current circumstances a cash settlement for an amount way below the cancellation provisions could be achieved. Unfortunately, the ACBL has been reluctant to use professionals in these matters. This doesn't have to be a death sentence for the ACBl.

In Atlanta, we have our Labor Day Regional coming up. AS TC I directly asked the hotel did they want us to cancel? Of course, mentioning that the very nature of our activity and group gave us a good chance of avoiding legal consequences. They admitted it was very unlikely that any new business was coming in any time soon. I said we were willing to keep trying to have the event if we shared the risk of cancellation caused by government policies or the ACBL
and the risk that if we have it the turnout could be very small and the number of rooms sold maybe very small. They are agreeing to go forward on this basis.
May 2
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In south Georgia at a funeral it was spread and then all those on went out into the community and spread it like wild fire. That area has tremendous numbers all connected to that one funeral. These things were happening in many venues before the problem was really well know.
May 1
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FYI
100,000 square feet would very comfortably hold 850 to 950 tables.
each table in a 9 foot x 9 foot area is spacious. 8 x 8 is tight.

Although this was a fairly obvious April 1st joke it seems very unlikely that Montreal will take place. The ACBL I pray is actively looking into pushing the date back further or something.
April 3
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There is nothing currently on the ACBL site
so it maybe just fake news. April fools day joke.
But I doubt that the NABC in Montreal will take place.
April 1
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Yes, they handled it well.
I have been involved with bridge tournament contracts for almost 40 years and they played this hand correctly. Unfortunately it was the first time in a few years since we won the trip for the pairs.

It does point out how important the wording of the multi-million dollar contracts and arrangements can be and the need for outside professional assistance in these deals which I have been urging for some time.
March 13
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Yes the answers are like questions. Fortunately my bridge is better than my posting skills on Bridge Winners. Anyway from the answer to questions it gives some suggestions on handling these matters. However I was hoping some would in comments set forth their rules. Thankfully some have made comments as well.
Jan. 26
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Atlanta has a great schedule September 1-7
https://web2.acbl.org/Tournaments/Ads/2020/09/2009102.pdf
Dec. 29, 2019
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“ I did not notice any unwieldy problems stemming from having 25 BoD members. On the contrary. It ran smoothly and covered every area expected. It just didn't address most of the pressing issues confronting us.”

It may run smoothly but the size and the structure of the representation are the problems. The whole notion that it will take 4 or 5 years for change to occur because of the rights of existing board members under New York law I doubt. Corporate reorganization can happen in many ways including letting them keeping their position and perks but changing how things are managed.
We just don't have that much time. In January or February the Bulletin will have a nice article saying things are not bad at all but this message has been the same for 30 years.
Dec. 4, 2019
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What sequence will get partner to bid 6 spades with
xxx,xx,Qxx,Jxxxx
9xx,xx,Jxxxx,Kxx
10xx,xx,Jxxxxx,xx
etc, etc
I think bidding 6 spades has more chance of winning imps. 5 spades may also go down.
Dec. 1, 2019
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I have been told that the ACBL Board APPROVED his proposal which had been requested by District 7 and Atlanta for a change of




game times for the 2023 Fall NABC to be held in Atlanta, GA.

The approved game times would be 10 AM and 3 PM for the following events:(a) The Super Senior (which is currently held at 10 AM and 3 PM; (b) The 0 - 10,000 Swiss;© The 0 - 6,000 Mini Blue Ribbon; (d) The 0 - 10,000 Fast Pairs; (e) The Senior Mixed Pairs(f) The main event Regional events; and (g) any event added to future fall NABC schedules that either has an upper master point limit or that is limited to Seniors.
Nov. 28, 2019
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So far just listen to the Lou Bluhm segment and enjoyed it very much. We were so lucky that Atlanta was his home for his bridge career. We all benefited from knowing him.
Nov. 25, 2019
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The ACBL is a membership organization and the Board does owe the members a fiduciary duty. Who owes the assets does not matter but it some way the membership does because that is the nature of a non profit organization.
Nov. 22, 2019
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Even if the issue is close my main point is that by 2023 we will have had 30 at 1 and 730. At least one should have some of the NABC events on a daytime schedule and the hosting Unit and the Hosting District are making this schedule. They will both will also be putting in money and hundred of volunteer hours to make it happen.
Nov. 13, 2019
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As to how we know what they want their elected officials voted unanimously plus surveys.
Nov. 11, 2019
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30 NABCs in 10 years one can be a daytime event.
Not pushing this for myself because the major events where I plan on playing are still 1 and 730
Nov. 11, 2019
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Same venue as 2018
Nov. 11, 2019
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