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List of Wikipedia pages. Most of these are new pages, but not all. If you can add some information/source material on any of the following, please do so. (yes, there is another Jan Martel!)
Oct. 17, 2014
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment Oct. 21, 2014
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Update: Many thanks for everyone's help.

I posted over 100 biographies on Wikipedia over the last 2 days. My general criteria was 10+ NABC wins though I did post some that had fewer. There are ~129 players in that group. There are ~292 players with 5+ wins. These are approximate, there may be some players with different names/spellings.

I think I have most (all?) of the NABC events. I added the Goren/Mott-Smith/Herman trophy. I added ACBL Hall of Fame, King/Queen of Bridge as “Awards”. I added the WBF Open Pairs, Mixed Pairs, Bermuda Bowl. I manually created CSV files for all of these, then have software that can parse the data, merge them all together and create a Wiki page. It is certainly possible I made mistakes as lots of hand-editing of the data.

If there was an existing biography, I did not edit it, except for a couple of players.

Posting 100+ new entries on Wikipedia “flagged” me. Some biographies were set for “Speedy Deletion”. Lew Stansby was “speedy deleted”. Sam Stayman was another. Reason was "person … who is important or significant“ or ”no claim of importance“. It's created a little teacup storm at Wikipedia. Both were added back. The approximate 100+ new biographies do need a little work (another Wiki comment). In order for these to not be all ”deleted“, I request a little help from this broader crowd. Basically the more little edits anyone can make (you do not need to a registered Wikipedia user to edit a Wikipedia file) to these new files, the more likely the entire group of biographies I just posted will remain up as a group.

I'm going to post the list of players that I created a profile for, or edited an existing profile. If you know the player, or want to do a little research and update the Profile, here's what's needed.

1. I listed ”XYZ is a bridge player“. If they have died, needs changing to ”was“. Also update the template (edit the file to see the template) on the year that they were born and/or died. Template is at the end of the file. I did not do any research on the Encyclopedia of Bridge or any other web site. Adding this biographic information will help. I did not want to assume anyone was dead, though players winning tournaments in the 1930s probably are. If you add something that they died, please make sure that you source the material. Cut/paste the existing source citations with the Wiki file.

2. I have an ”Early Life" section for all players. This needs SOME information added to it. Writing 2BD was not good (flagged by Wikipedia). If you know anything about someone's early life, please add it. If you are editing the page, please write something, anything. But leave the Early Life in, just replace the 2BD with some wording.

3. Sourcing material. If you can find anything on the Internet about some of these players, please add and cite the material. For example, Seymon Deutsch was speedy-deleting by Wikipedia until someone pointed out there was a NY Times Obituary on him. Someone needs to add these types of references to the various entries.

4. Google them. See what comes up. Add some reference to something of value. The more references, the better.

5. If they have a Blue Ribbon entry, please edit this. The reference currently reads:

<ref>{{cite news
| title = Blue Ribbon Winners
| author =
| publisher = American Contract Bridge League
| url =
| page = 5
| date = 7
| accessdate = 2014-10-17 }}</ref>

The date field needs changing from

| date = 7


| date = 2013-12-03

My mistake when I created the file, but I would have to manually edit every entry to correct.

Someone asked me why I was doing this. No good reason. I did a couple of Wiki pages a few years ago, e.g. Richard Freeman because he was in my Unit. It made sense that someone co-ordinate all the information (wins/runners-up) in one place, and automatically generate that information instead of having to manually research it for each player. Maybe that's why there is so little on bridge players on Wikipedia - it is a lot of mindless research to get their accomplishments in one place. I had a little volunteer time this week, have been intending to do this project for the last 3 years, so finally did it.

If you want to add a page for someone who is not already listed, let me know. I have now biographies on 2,483 bridge players. Most are not worthy of Wikipedia entries.

I'm still looking for some volunteer help. Someone needs to (manually) merge the data for the players with multiple names - Edith/Kitty/Kerri etc. I have the page(s), will be happy to send them to someone to merge so that they can post on Wikipedia. It's a bit more work because you have to edit every reference to their various names on Wikipedia to point to the correct page. If you are interested, let me know, will get you the files. Certainly all 3 deserve to be on Wikipedia.

Also, some player's name are disambiguous, e.g. Charles Coon. He won 6 NABCs, runner up in Bermuda Bowl. There are already 2 Charles Coons on Wikipedia. To create a person with the same name is a little extra work with editing the links to their name. If you want to volunteer to do that, I can give you the Wikipedia entry for that player. I do not have a list of who they all are.

I'm probably done with this project for the moment. It did take a few hours. I may post the code on GitHub or somewhere similar so that others can use the same code/concepts. Very simply I have a variety of CSV files, some tools that read those CSV files, then write out a biography of everyone in the files. Currently that's over 2,000 people. It is easy for me to add new data sources, e.g. I don't have the Cavendish, or other WBF events. If someone wants to create that data, and send it to me, I can always add it. Long term, I may look at posting the results that I have so that someone can easily add/edit it to Wikipedia.

I do have someone trying to get me the WBF database from source (helpful friends in China). If I get that then I will manually edit the various pages.

Oct. 17, 2014
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment Oct. 17, 2014
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I currently have no WBF IDs. We do have a list of names. There may be some on the current Wikipedia pages. Am trying to find volunteers to do this other stuff, as I've already committed to doing step #2 listed above.
Oct. 16, 2014
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I don't have any WBF numbers (note it's not their WBF number we want, but their DB Id, I think they may be different. It's to use the Wikipedia tag (example below)
* {{WBFpeople|3778|Richard Freeman}}

I automatically add that line to the file, but need the mapping from name.

If we assume that we have no names, then may be easier to get them all, because this way we can double check the numbers that are already there.

The list of names that Alan posts is probably a good starting point.

I've just added code to do the ACBL Hall of Fame ID, which is somewhat similar. So as soon as you can get this done, I can add the code that will do the automatic addition of this information.

The more I can get into the first pass of someone's entry in Wikipedia, the more likely Wikipedia will not auto-delete the entry.

Oct. 16, 2014
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment Oct. 16, 2014
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Help: Find the WBF entries for all of the players. This is a little time consuming. Alan has 284 players on the Wiki page.

I'm looking for an Excel spreadsheet (or CSV file) that has columns

Name|WBF ref #

Example: if you see Bob Hamman's Wiki entry:
Go to the end under references, his WBF query URL is

I need to get the last number, i.e. 3774, for each of the players, if they have a WBF number.

To do this, go to
Type in a player's name, e.g. Silodor. Click on Find Person. Hover over their name, the qryid number should show up. Silodor is 15523.

So the Excel spreadsheet would be

Sidney Silodor,15523
Bob Hamman,3774


Certainly time consuming, it someone wants to get the first 50 names on Alan's list, create the file, we can go from there.
Oct. 16, 2014
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Help: identify the various people with multiple names. I don't know them all. This work has happened already on this thread. Please add comments to the list. I also need to know what the person's last name, or the name that they should be listed as.

I will probably ask someone to create the Wikipedia entries for these people because it becomes a manual merge of the data I have. I can get you the individual data.

From above:

Kitty Cooper/Munson/Bethe
Edith Seligman/Kemp/Freilich (two entries as Freilich)
Jillian Blanchard
Dorothy Truscott
Kerri Sanborn
Oct. 16, 2014
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment Oct. 16, 2014
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Help: The Wikipedia entries for the Fishbein, Mott-Smith, Goren trophies need updating. They are about 3 years old. Should be about 15 minutes worth of work. Please update the reference page for these as well, i.e. find the last ACBL Bulletin where the list is published. I want to include this Honor in the script I use. All I need help with is someone to do the research, and publish it.
Oct. 16, 2014
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Update: Thank you everyone for your help with step #1. I have now done step #2. I can automatically create entries for Wikipedia. I have 269 names that have won 5 or more NABC titles, 2,387 players in total. I added some of the names last night (probably added about 30). Example:

Please do NOT edit of any these recent Wikipedia entries. What is happening now is that the entries are being tagged, and I'm iteratively learning what is going to be needed to get these entries “approved”. Based on some of the auto-feedback, I am going to modify my script so that it adds external references. This will help them get “approved”. I'm also iteratively changing the links that I generate. I am going to re-run the script that generates these entries with these various improvements and plan on overwriting what is there. In other words, if you edit any page at the moment, it will get overwritten.

I also wrote a script that would take the winners for an event listed in Wikipedia, and automatically create links for all players that have 5+ wins. I'm running that script on the Winners list of NABC events as I find them.

I still need some help, the more information I can have that is in an Excel type format, the more I can automate everything. I'm going to post what I need help with on separate post so that someone can volunteer to get it done, email me (or post on Wikipedia like Alan has done), and we can cross if off the list.

After we get all that done, I will let everyone know, and you can then add the personal information for all of these players.
Oct. 16, 2014
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Looks like there are about 100 players that have won 5+ NABCs that do not have a Wikipedia entry. Henry got 3/6. Not bad. #5, #6 on the list do not have a Wikipedia entry.

Ideally I was looking for an Excel spreadsheet with something like

Year|Name|Event|1or2 (place)

Additionally, need a sheet


mapping an Event name to the location it can be found on the Internet (not a link to another Wikipedia page)


Name|WBF #

Given something like this, I can write a program that can extract all the data and put it in the format of the Wikipedia “Bridge Achievements” section that most Bridge players have. There seems to be a ‘standard’ format for Bridge players' wikipedia.

I keep getting a server error when connecting to the ACBL site. If you can post (on Wiki) a spreadsheet with the columns above, I will create the various players entries.

We can then try and get some volunteers to “clean up” the entries, add additional references (e.g. someone needs to get their WBF numbers so we can create a ‘references’ section). Someone will also need to go through the various Wikipedia entries that have player names and change them to links. That's a little bit of work. If someone wants to write a script for that (any language), let me know. Basically take a raw Wiki page, run in through a script that converts names that do not have links to names with links for all players that we are creating entries for.

There is a time gap from creating a new page on Wikipedia, to it being automatically deleted if it does not have enough references to it.

Perhaps BW isn't the best discussion site for this.
Oct. 14, 2014
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No, we can deal with which players have entries after we get the spreadsheet done. Part of the work will be going through all current entries, making sure that there are references to all their NABC/WBF wins etc. Making sure all players have references to their WBF player number etc. etc. Basically a clean-up pass. More references we have to external data, for example references to the ACBL/WBF page where their win is listed, the more likely the entry will not be deleted by Wiki-bots. It just makes sense that this is done once for all bridge players rather than someone having to re-do the work for each player that gets added.

First step is to create a list of players that should be on Wikipedia. My current arbitrary cut-off is 5 NABC wins. That seems reasonable to pass Wikipedia scrutiny for unworthy postings. Still trying to find a volunteer that is willing to create the spreadsheet. It's a few hours of work, cut/paste from various web sites.
Oct. 14, 2014
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Probably. Someone just needs to co-ordinate it. Guess there are three parts to step 1. 1a: get the data for ACBL NABCs, 1b: get the data from WBF, 1c: Merge two parts. Once we have the list of players to add to Wikipedia, then providing a link to their WBF profile (if they have one) is part of the references step in creating a player's profile.

I did Dickie Freeman's entry 3 years ago (we were in the same Unit), and remember thinking that a lot of the work I was doing would be the same for all other players that did not have a profile yet. What I'm trying to do is find a volunteer to do steps 1a, 1b (I can do 1c).

If we cannot find someone, then I may do a couple of players manually, write-up how to do it, and see if we can find volunteers to write up other deserving players.
Oct. 14, 2014
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The WBF YouTube videos for this event seem to be at
There are some videos from Sanya so if you want to see the weather/surroundings/interviews, check it out.

It's a little confusing because there was a prior WBF YouTube channel at

If you are going to be playing behind screens in this or any other WBF event, see
“I doubt if that's very clear”, but these are the new WBF rules for the tray taking ~ 20 seconds each side of the screen.

Oct. 13, 2014
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Someone seems to have told someone at WBF. The PDF file was fixed around 9:56pm EST today. File now has correct header. Should be no problems going forward.
Oct. 13, 2014
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The reasons for the decision may be a little different given the circumstances.

Donna Compton, USA 2 NPC, filed a complaint during the finals. See for her side of the story, as well as the various dates and filings.

The match was held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 and Sunday, September 29, 2013 in Bali.

A request for a monitor was requested by Donna for the Saturday match, the code was broken on Saturday, and a video was in place for Sunday's events. USA 2 filed a timely appeal. The WBF asked USA 2 to finish the match, and they would investigate.

Particularly see

The Germans “won” the finals. They were awarded the gold medals. The USA 2 had to stand on stage next to Germany wearing their gold medals while the German national anthem was played. I happened to be there. That moment can never be re-created. I remember it well. I “re-started” playing bridge the same year Carolyn did and have followed her career since. See for the WBF video of the presentation of the d'Orsi medals. Take a look at the German Doctors facial expression as they walked on to the stage (compare it with their teammates), same with the USA 2 team. It's in the first 40 seconds.

The USA 2 was asked to keep quiet. More research was done at the Cavendish in Monaco in October 2013. Bertrand Gignoux provided a report from that event which also confirmed the code. It is sad that the delay took so long, and also that it affected subsequent tournaments, but due process is important also. No-one wants to be falsely accused.

I wish I had the WBF URLs, but here is a copy of the report from Dallas, March 2013 WBF meetings. See or, same information.

If you want to be your own judge/jury, take a look at the video from the finals. The URLs are on Donna's web site at
Take a look at clips 1-3, ignore 4, 5. I watched 1-3 some time ago, along with a copy of the WBF hand records. At some point, someone ought to publish a list of the coughs, who made them, the timing of the coughs with relation to the hand, the point the cough was made during the bidding. Clip 1 is 1:17:49, clip 2 is 53:06, clip 3 is 19:04. You have about 2.5 hours of video to watch. You can make your own decision. After a few boards, it became funny to predict when the cough, and the number of coughs, was going to happen. You can usually guess within a few seconds. The code regarding the “swiping of the table” before the “curtain” was dropped is also interesting. Watch the video(s). The Germans have a report,, but it is difficult to read. The German report does have some of the timing information, but not detailed enough. If someone wants to create a simple Excel file with coughs/timings this would be helpful (Serge?). The swiping, not in Eddie's original notes, but reported elsewhere is also important. A specific time when something occurred would help anyone who doubts the evidence.

As USA 2 had formally complained during the event, and the decision that some of the German team had cheated, it is only correct that the German's gold medal was taken away. Many have pointed out that the Doctors may have cheated before, but it was only proven during the finals.

Other cheating incidents have different scenarios. In this one, Donna filed a complaint during the match, it was validated, the Germans were disqualified, USA 2 won. It is only correct that USA 2 wins the Gold Medal. One feels sorry for any other teams that may have been cheated upon, but without video it is difficult to prove.

I listened to an ACBL pro in Gatlinburg 2014 who claimed they were cheated out of various first place by previous cheaters and the impact they have had on his life (both losing out $$ in money events and also prestigious national/world titles). Cheating affects lots of people.

Someone needs to update Wikipedia:
Anyone can do that. It's not been updated since April 2014. I've got some other Wikipedia stuff I'd like to see done. Will post separately later this week. If you are a regular Wiki contributor, please update Wikipedia, with appropriate references (don't all do it, easier if someone who normally posts Bridge related stuff can do it so approval process is quicker - P64, newwhist are you out there?). Wikipedia needs someone to add the winners/details from 2013, as well as details from the event (still at 2011). I'd also suggest that whoever does it create a separate Wikipedia page just on the scandal from Bali 2013 along with all the appropriate references. Given the media attention, it is worthy of its own page, but whoever writes it needs to be prepared to do the proper research along with the various documents that need to be referenced. This is NOT something that WBF should be doing. WBF can post something on their web site. Wikipedia is different.

If someone in Sanya can ask WBF to provide the appropriate edits to the YouTube video. I think the video should not be removed, but have a banner added that there has been a subsequent correction. As well as WBF adding official comments to the video.

I realize that this may take time (video editing is WBF, Wikipedia is “us”), but needs to happen at some point.

Due process is very important. WBF have done the right thing. It is sad it has taken so long. Donna/Carolyn + team will never hear their national anthem for their award ceremony. Congratulations to them for following the WBF request to stay silent, to suffer through the awards ceremony knowing what happened, to wait, patiently and quietly during the appeals process. At some point WBF ought to edit their video, with a written statement of what has happened since. Somewhere Carolyn + team ought to have their own award ceremony. The same goes for the new 2nd/3rd place finishers.

World/Word/Wold Championships, ignore the puns; as well as their deserved win they should also be commended on how well the entire team has handled themselves both during and since the event. Congratulations to Carolyn + team on both the win and have well they have conducted themselves since Bali.

Oct. 13, 2014
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment Oct. 13, 2014
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Reason you can't access the Bul_04.pdf file….

Getting really geeky. The reason that the Bul_04.pdf does not download to your page is that has an invalid PDF header. The other Bul*.pdf have correct headers. This is something that needs to be fixed at WBF. If anyone is on site at Sanya, please pass on this message….

The header for Bul_03.pdf is a correct PDF file that starts

$ head Bul_03.pdf
1 0 obj
/FunctionType 2
/N 1

The header for Bul_04.pdf is NOT a correct PDF file. It starts

$ head Bul_04.pdf
120 0 obj
/FirstChar 32
/Encoding 117 0 R
/LastChar 84

The first line should not be ‘bj’ it should be a PDF marker.

If you download the raw Bul_04.pdf file, edit the header, save it, it will then come up in a PDF reader (am looking at it now).

If I can get copyright clearance from someone at WBF, I can upload somewhere…

What this means is: until WBF re-creates the PDF file, you will not be able to display the file as a PDF image from their web site. If you have the tools yourself:

1. Download the Bul_04.pdf file as a data file. I used wget.
2. Download the Bul_03.pdf file as a data file.
3. Edit Bul_04.pdf (it is editable), change the first few lines at the top to match the Bul_03.pdf file.
4. Save Bul_04.pdf
5. Open Bul_04.pdf

Oct. 13, 2014
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For the longest wait of any WBF page, try

Note the last is _4 and not _04. It goes into an endless loop so delete the tab after you get bored.
Oct. 13, 2014
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You may want to consider adding a different verb if you can change the title.

Edited for context based on other edits. Gary's original title was “Lynch Team Word Champions!!”. It got changed after my post. The word Word was changed to World. I still think this is a little harsh. Perhaps we should give them a medal instead.
Oct. 13, 2014
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment Oct. 13, 2014
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He was home schooled. He had excellent teachers. Indirect compliment to his parents. I don't know if the school is taking more applications this year. Pretty good success rate.
Oct. 12, 2014
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I was fortunate enough to play with Adam back in Gatlinburg 2010. Even then he was being added to professional teams. (One pro, one client, us). It was nice to finish ahead of Meckwell/Balicki/Zmudzinski (another Adam!)/Passell in a Swiss. Adam can probably recall every card and all the mistakes I made. All I can remember is was in Tennessee some time ago.

I'm a proud parent of 3. What was, and still is, most amazing is Adam's maturity even back then. Plus, talk to him about anything other than Bridge, and you will very surprised by his overall knowledge. I strongly recommend any parent to consider sending your child to the same school he attended. Also, name your next kid Adam.

Allison is less well known in tournament circles, but certainly very well known around District 7 (we are in the same District). I've played against her, I doubt she remembers.
She is very composed, very aware of what is going on around her. A rare talent. Do not underestimate her when she comes to your table.

Again, what is most impressive about Allison is her maturity. See

Both are very deserving winners. This is the first time that ACBL has awarded a King and Queen of Bridge.

In addition to both being excellent Bridge players, far more importantly is their overall attitude and being great ambassadors to the sport. Both are already over-qualified to be on any Goodwill committee. Two great choices. Both will go far.
Oct. 11, 2014
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Non ACBL members do not need to read….

Not sure what clarification you need, but I'll try my best.

For reasons that will be apparent in a couple of months or so, I'll over clarify.

The ACBL Player Information File (PIF) aka “member” database, or portions thereof, is available under MyACBL according to the ACBL rules regarding electronic lists (Go to My ACBL, click on “Member Rosters”, you'll see the following)

“The list or ACBLscore Player Information file requested from ACBL is not to be used for personal or commercial use. It may be used solely for ACBL Districts, Units and Clubs to promote ACBL affiliated bridge activities.

These lists are not to be shared with any third parties. No information from these lists may be published on a web site, bulletin board or on similar resources without the express written permission of the ACBL member whose name is identified.

Violation of these rules may subject the violating party to discipline or sanctions under ACBL Rules and Regulations.”

Typically you have to be a Unit Officer, District Officer, or Club manager to get this option under “My ACBL”. For those of you who are not, disregard now.

For those that are left, it is quite important that you understand this.

For example, if you make use of the PIF, then happen to display my results at your regional or club, including, say, my city/state, then you are violating the terms under which you got the PIF. I have not given you express written permission to display my city/state on a web site. I probably gave you my name, and ACBL #, but that's it. Use anything else and you are violating ACBL's terms of use of the PIF. Publish what strat I'm in violates the agreement because you have made use of my MPs which is in the PIF and I have not given you express written permission to do that. Silly. IANAL. I don't make these rules, but I am aware of at least one district dealing with this issue at the moment.

Kevin, to clarify, it is NOT “any ACBL purpose”, it is “ACBL affiliated bridge activities”. Again, IANAL, but there is a difference. You asked for clarification. More than you wanted :-)

You may think I'm being silly, but trust me, got a reason for this.

At this point, if you host a results site and have posted anyone's city/state without everyone's written permission, you need to be considering your next option.


Back to your original comment.

The way ACBL tournaments work is they are incredibly good at allowing last minute entries. Even post-start entries. They will work you in (most of the time). They are trained to do this. Customer service is exemplary. . As ACBL players, we have grown to expect this type of service. Sitting behind the TD table for the last couple of years you would not believe what players expect, and how accommodating nearly all TDs are.

Yes…. ideally, ‘we’ should make use of your team's actual MPs for an event. This presumes that we have ALL the team's information before the event starts. Doesn't happen. Quite often at game time, 3 players of a team may be there, no-one knows the player number of missing player #4, but they were told he has “about 1,000 points”. Could be 800. Could be 1500. Don't know. So, when you ‘bracket’ the events as the TD you go from ‘reported masterpoints’.

Obviously, ideally, actual masterpoints. But reality is most TDs don't have all the information at start time, actually not all teams have all this information at start time.

You will see Bridgescore+ transition from ‘reported masterpoints’ to ‘actual masterpoints’. Got the code in place. First test was in Atlanta in August. But training players to get the TD that information before game time, getting all that information before game time and not affecting the start time is an interesting challenge.

The screen we present for KOs and Swiss has gone through 5 iterations. To see it, you would not know it, but getting proper feedback for everything is crucial to the long term success.

I agree that the long term solution is for everyone to pre-register, for everything to be done before start time, BUT…. ‘we’ have given our customers an expectation that is going to be very hard to change. We all want to show up one minute before game time and play. ‘We’ have taught KO players at this is how ACBL land KOs will work.

If I missed something, give me a specific question, I'll try and answer better….

Oct. 7, 2014

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