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As a young player I believe the thing you need to do to reach young players is tell them what you want from them. I'm thinking of this as if I didn't play bridge and what slogan might make me more likely to look into the game. So my suggestion would be “bridge, think twice.” This also links to the complex nature of the game and it's duality; bidding and subsequent play. Also after all if they do think twice they'll see past the retirement homes and community centres (which of course have their place) but can ultimately disuade some younger players albeit that's their own fault. alternatively “bridge, look twice” could be a runner too. That said there were some great suggestions already.
Oct. 12
Michael Donnelly edited this comment Oct. 12
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half price or lower is simply financially beneficial for the ACBL in the long run. Over the course of an NABC those discounts represent 200+ dollars for full-time students like myself and is the difference between me being able to afford to go to these things and not. Around 24/25 is the last time to hook us between when we start careers and when life starts to wind down and we get more free time again.
April 29
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4♥ was showing a minimum for their 2♠ bid but with extra heart length
April 15
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Tom Hanlon, a must.
March 25
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Great idea Chris, already planning it for our next event.
March 21
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I run a Bridge Facebook page which is mostly followed by younger people (in bridge terms). It has over 1200 likes and 0 funding so I'd say it's doing pretty well. I reached out to the ACBL a while ago saying they could use that platform whenever they wanted or ask my for any advice etc. I'm currently in my final year of my Bachelor or Business degree so I'm not totally unqualified, just slightly unqualified! I've seen it to be a fun way for bridge players to show their friends that it's actually a funny and complex game given the amount of funny things about the game that our page highlights

Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/RealBridgeMemes/
March 18
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In Ireland we just survive/thrive off of our own membership and a few big fish to send teams to international events. The juniors do a lot of fundraising as our budget isn't enormous and we have big ambitions but for the most part the organisation itself has enough revenue to deal it out accordingly without too many problems. In other words we have enough players that (at present) there's no need for Government money.
March 4
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Why not a young world champion to give the public a better look into the top of the game? Bilde?
Dec. 28, 2018
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Peter Hollands of Australia (Open team) does a series of videos uploaded weekly where he runs through hands under his own thought process.
Dec. 26, 2018
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My point is don't ask what can be done. If every bridge pair could get just one player to take up the game we'd be alright. That doesn't happen with elaborate 5 step plans, it happens with present minded conversation and enjoyment and love for the game.
Dec. 16, 2018
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Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. - Buddha
Dec. 16, 2018
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It's interesting to note the last 4 ACBL player of the year winners are all; at least to the naked eye, pretty in Shape. Lorenzini, Greco, Bilde, Greco are also all relatively young in comparison to the average age of just the players in the NABC National events. Just on observation. I do think the future of top level bridge belongs to the dietitians and fitness guru's, excluding those naturally gifted enough that world class bridge requires comparably less effort on their part.

Similarly to poker, chess has become more of a physical game in that sense too. With most of the worlds top 10 boasting fitness regimes. Notably World Champion Magnus Carlsen who plays football, swims, and runs. I can only speak about what I know, but in the case of Ireland when they won their Silver medal in the European Championships in 2006 they were on a strict diet and workout regime where they would go for walks and runs before the mornings play and were also limited to the occasional drink with dinner. As well as this they weren't allowed to look over previous matches hands on their sit-outs and were instead to discuss agreements over their next opponents card.
Dec. 7, 2018
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You might be familiar with the game theory example in ‘A Beautiful mind’ involving the blonde woman and her 4 friends. Well obviously Steve Nash discovers that the 4 guys not going for her and instead going for her four friends will yield more overall success for the group than if they all try it with her and strike out, thus offending the other girls.

Well there are possible situations where you can go for the ‘blonde’ and have fall backs without the fall backs knowing about it. So think of yourself as a 9 card fit. You're missing the KQ of trumps. You finesse once and the K is played yada yada… So the scenario you may find yourself in at a party is this. There are two main rooms at this party. There are two girl or people (It's 2018) you find extremely attractive and two who are alright, not your first choice but you'd be happy with them. You've just gotten your drink and you see one of the ‘Blondes’ walk into the one of the rooms and one of the ‘Alright’ girls walk into the other room. So your decision comes down to a choice whether you think the ‘Blonde’ is likely to gave gone into the room and the other ‘Blonde’ not be there. This would obviously be a good thing as you could try to flirt with her while also not offending the other ‘Blonde’ who isn't in the room. So as well if you strike out with that blonde and aren't feeling like you have it in you to pick up the other blonde you can also fall back on whichever of the other girls you liked without offending them.
Disclaimer:This is a theoretical example.

Let me know, I can elaborate some more if it doesn't make sense.
Dec. 5, 2018
Michael Donnelly edited this comment Dec. 5, 2018
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Well surely your book is for the savvy among us and not some attempt at making a world based off of game theory principles right?
Dec. 5, 2018
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A Bridge too far, Tom Hanlon. Where do I pick up my winners trophy?
Dec. 1, 2018
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Good question, fit jump showing at least KQxxx and Qxx or better.
Nov. 8, 2018
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I can't believe it's not forcing!
Feb. 22, 2018
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