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Congrats! What a nail-biter. Well Done USA2 and France also.
Aug. 26, 2017
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When I started playing bridge Richard Goldberg was CEO and played bridge as well. Before him Landy and Blackwood headed the ACBL. And Roy Green who also played followed him as CEO. I don't think anyone was severely influenced by the fact that these individuals played sometimes a decent to superb game,
though I believe Richard Goldberg came up through the directing ranks.

I would consider someone with good bridge skills along with authority and management skills a real plus.
Jan. 29, 2017
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Based on my experience in Philadelphia Worlds, the number of days of a pair event is quite lengthy with two cuts. The drop ins from the Women's KO teams in the final qualifying were basically in the top overalls in the women's. They were excellent players and I have no problem with their winning. The event was essentially a 7 day event, not the shorter ACBL end of the tournament events.
Dec. 10, 2016
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Randy, for US corporations, opening a bank account in Canada gives extra presence and presents all sorts of legal issues. I do not know if this holds for the ACBL. It is primarily because of 1) every government wants to make sure they get their piece of the pie and 2) with all sorts of issues with money laundering and funding for the “wrong people” it is difficult to keep an account outside of your own country these days.
Aug. 25, 2016
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Thank you Peter, when bridge feels more like jail than the thought provoking social game it is, we have lost more than we have won.
Aug. 9, 2016
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Whew, thank you Peg. I mostly learned how much better we could run tournaments and other pertinent things like Conditions of Contest but little about what might have really happened.
Aug. 6, 2016
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Thank you, Yu. As far as other issues or who did what, it will (hopefully) be sorted out in Orlando.
Aug. 6, 2016
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yu,

There was a post above w/ link to the results of each match …
There were 3 matches after the 0-0 result match.

Team A had 39 VPs going out of that match (10th place)- they then played a team with 47 VPs & won giving them 56 VPs (7th place) and played a team with 53 VPs, after which they had 75 VPs (5th place), they then played the second place team which had 84 VPs and beat them to end up 2nd in Flt A.

Team B had 39 points also after the notorious match …
They played a team with 48 VPs, giving them 54 VPs (8th) and they then played a team with 52 VP's after which they had 71 VPs (5th) and played a team with 68 VPs who were 2nd in Flt X and beat them to end up 5th.

There were teams with higher VP totals in all 3 of the matches that followed the 0-0 match that played each other.

Unless there was some fluke, the matchups look like they were based on the corrected score and not as if either team had the supposed 10 extra points.

As I did not attend the tournament I have no first-hand knowledge of what happened and made only an educated guess by looking at information like the above.
Aug. 6, 2016
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Yu - It looks like the score was changed by the end of the next round. If you look at the matchups after that they are consistent with a 0-0 score being given by the directors. Consider that assignments can be up and folks playing before they are aware that there was an error in the score they submitted. And even if the director was notified quickly, the change usually does not occur until the end of the next round. The statement you just made does not take into account the normal time frame for changes in scoring errors to occur, and is couched in objectivity but does not really appear so objective at all. Note that the time allotted for score corrections in pair games is quite lengthy…
Aug. 6, 2016
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I like the word verbivore as well.
Aug. 4, 2016
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I believe this comment belittles the skill set of players with dementia who were quite good at one time and it insults clients who have faith in them and who might be friends of theirs. Repetitive skills stay longer and much of bridge play is just that.

We can look to the results of recent events other than this one in which folks we know with dementia have done quite well.

FYI - I interpreted the Facebook page comment as a mere defense of one individual who was not a client of Mr. Harris, not as one for protection of others.
Aug. 4, 2016
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Best post yet to show “stuff happens”.
Aug. 3, 2016
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Steve,

Actually the electronic entry is good in one way, the disagreement at the end of a round because one team has, say, calculated one more VP than the other. If VP's are calculated automatically and show up on the scoring device, then this saves all of that double checking that occurs more often than not.
Aug. 3, 2016
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Steve,
1) Writing is easier and you do not have to wait until the system is activated nor do you have to enter your ACBL number which is already on your entry (why not have an electronic entry system anyway?)

But then again, I am an old fogey and find that using cursive rather than printing or typing is fastest way to do things. My computer knows my handwriting pretty well, so meeting and calendar updates are really quick.

2) You can correct the score if you make a mistake without having to call the director.

3) You can score all boards at once at the end of the round with a single approval from the opp's. It does force people to actually keep a personal score.
Aug. 3, 2016
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Martin and Gary,

There are costs in terms of time and money associated with this. Putting on a decent regional is already costly and takes up a lot of volunteers' time.

I have also found that, for me, scoring on an electronic system is distracting … hence I volunteer to sit EW all sessions, if needed (because there is a stationary NS).

Also, dupliswiss for all teams throughout the event seems to really affect the length of a session as many players are not as good at certain board movements and there is zero reward for claiming (so that you or your opponents have extra time for more difficult hands).

I am all for using both of these methods for the top VP teams in an event, but not throughout.
Aug. 3, 2016
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Gary, I have been at many tourneys where the tables are turned at angles or the table identifier cards run in different directions in various sections. That means it is not always clear in what direction teammates are sitting.
Aug. 1, 2016
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My mother's AAUW group could get 10 - 15 social tables of bridge at their several events a year. So folks did leave their homes and pay a little for the interaction.
July 21, 2016
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My latest ads here are for small/micro local breweries … guess they know way too much about my preferences.
July 20, 2016
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Eric - your RHO has the points and your LHO the length - what are they supposed to do?
June 20, 2016
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Eric - It seems to me that you could hold a lot less than the example hand you gave to reverse to 2D - even xx x AKxx AKQxxx
June 20, 2016
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