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Yes. I also find miniBridge is very useful in teaching basic concept of playing. Initially I just use it as a way to have a quick start of game when I follow “Bidding in 21st Century” because I have a lot of bidding lessons to cover. Now I spend more time on mini-Bridge so students have a good experience about playing in the game. I also use a Bridgeit stage between mini-Bridge and regular Bridge. In Bridgeit, player don't lay down the card, but announcing distribution as well as HCP. So players learn the importance of distribution and fit in addition to HCP.
May 4, 2018
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I would like to suggest ACBL trying to recruit Math ans Science teachers from Middle school to High school, maybe set up a summer camp or something. They could provide us access to public schools.
May 4, 2018
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I used the similar method to start with mini-bridge. They could learn count HCP and basic scores. Then they could get idea of looking for 8 card fit for trump contract, a game needs 25 points.

Bidding is a difficult part. After using ACBL teaching material for a couple years, I find it is difficult for kids to master them in a short time (especially minor opening that you need a couple rounds of rebid to clarify your hands). So I come up with my own simplified strong club system:
1C = 17+
1H/S = 5+ in major
2C = 6+ in C or 5C+4M;
otherwise,
1N = balanced or semi-balanced;
1D = unbalanced

In this way they learn a bid could show a hand (1C, 1D, 1NT) or a suit (1H/1S/2C). After 1C, 1D response is weak (0-7) everything else is natural, you could for 8 card trump fit or play NT. After 1N open, Stayman and Jacoby transfer.
May 4, 2018
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The only place it could save bridge is online. Instead of a 3-4 hours club game, I could play a BBO speedball in one hour. I think that is why we saw it grows.
May 3, 2018
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The current aim is at retirees, unless you have a big change in this population, whatever you do may not matter.
May 3, 2018
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Steve, I agree. It is difficult to get a bridge program into school. I've been teaching bridge in a Saturday school for a couple years. There are some students who are very interested, but it is difficult to find enough local players to organize a club. The current duplicated club is not very appealing to young players (I DO have a couple of students going to local club).

However in this internet age, we don't need to limit the game to local club. USBF has a training program but it is mainly geared for international competition. I would suggest ACBL to organize an online youth club/teaching program so students over the country could join even they could not find local partners.
May 3, 2018
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Steve, I agree social players need something else. But I doubt masterpoint is the solution for them, either. In the place I live I sometimes saw more social players playing in senior center or park district than in duplicated bridge club.
May 2, 2018
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Steve, I disagree with you about new players won't like rating system. My experience with chess is new players are very interesting in their rating. A kid may start with 100 or 200, after a tournament the first thing they want to know if how much his/her rating changes. It is a measure of his/her progress. An active player usually could get up to 400-600 in first year.

You should check out the Commongame where it has a rating system. Some club has found a way to reward players with low ratings where they only compete among themselves. If you have them compete in open, they could rarely win any masterpoints.
May 2, 2018
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Chris, I could give you some idea about chess as a former local chess organizer. Most of new chess players in US come from school age children. They usually started in elementary school. If you look at the active chess players by grade, it usually reach the peak at 5th and 6th grade. When they move into middle school and high school, there are often other activities attracted them and they start to drop out.

One thing different from bridge is chess pro make their living mostly by teaching (including GMs). They will come to elementary school to start a chess lesson. This is the way most players started to play chess. There are scholastic chess tournaments just for students. Most states have a couple state wide school championship tournament per year (once in Spring and once in Fall). At super-national (once every four year) the attendance is typically over 5000 (K-12).

Although most of kids eventually stopped to be active in tournament and move on with their life, no one would expect the game of chess will die. For most people, chess is just one game they play.
May 2, 2018
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Gene,

In regional pair event, are all session boards dealt the previous day? Or they deal the afternoon session in the morning. I'm sure in NABC the dealing machines are running during the day and boards are given to TD just before the session. So it seems reasonable to keep only 3-4 rounds of boards available at once.
April 29, 2018
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I want to ask a question for tournament operation. If you play a 6-7 rounds Swiss team using hand records, could you just start with 2-3 rounds of boards made. Once round one is done, you take the boards back and re-deal them for round 3 or 4? This way you don't needs all boards at once.
April 29, 2018
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@Robert, you don't need caddie to move the board. We don't do that for pair game. Player finished their boards just pass them to next table.

Let's say every one play board 1-8 for round 1. You put board 1-2 on table 1, 5, 9 etc. 3-4 on table 2, 6, 10…, 5-6 on table 3, 7, 11…, 7-8 on 4, 8, 12…. Every table just pass the boards to next after they finish first two boards, just like pair game.
April 29, 2018
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@Ellis, see my previous comments. You could reduce the sets of boards by a factor of 3-4 if you share boards among 3-4 tables.
April 28, 2018
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One way to solve this problem is not to do board relay for team event, but set the boards like pairing events. Since every one is playing the same boards per round, you don't have the relay with teammates, just the next table. Let's say you play 8 boards per round, you could set up 2 boards per table like pair game, and pass the boards three times so every one play the same 8 boards.
April 28, 2018
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@Mike, this year's Gofer Regional TD will have my program for team games. If they use it for KO start, you could enter a team name with whatever you choose.
April 23, 2018
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Yes. I completely agree. I had run a youth chess club years ago. Players always start with e4-e5, or d4-d5. Of course this is not the only way to play chess. Once some players learnt about Sicilian e4-c5, they started to use them. This is a much more complicated opening then e4-e5. My observation over time is players learnt about Sicilian often ended up as much better players than those who don't.

The problem with ACBL is that the last twenty years focus has been to get retirees to play the game. In order to appeal to this group of player, rules has been changed to make masterpoints easy to get. Forbidding anything new is just part of it. When I first started to play in ACBL in the 90s, there were still a quite reasonable amount of Precision players in tournament. Now it is less. Maybe someday we'll bar 1 open as well.
April 18, 2018
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@Steve, that could be a good idea. Just change the event name to Gold Rush KO and players will come back.
March 29, 2018
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@Steve, Bracket KO used to be the best way for non-LM to get gold point before Gold-Rush.
March 28, 2018
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In bracketed KO, you could ask TD to put you in a bracket that could use Mid Chart.
March 28, 2018
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@Danny, is 2 open showing a weak hand with 5 + 5m allowed in Open chart?
March 25, 2018
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