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The cancellation policy is the same. You have until a date certain to cancel the reservation without penalty. The only difference is that there is an immediate charge to reserve the room. Albeit the deposit is refundable, perhaps folks might think twice before making a reservation that incurs an immediate deposit. Good idea! If I were King, all reservations made during the first two weeks would incur a non-refundable 1 night deposit.
Sept. 15, 2017
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Excellent article! I particularly liked your thoughts at the table re: what might happen at the other table – and how your thoughts influenced your actions. Thanks.
Sept. 7, 2017
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@Ed….can you REALLY request a change of table based on the lighting? I guess if you were EW pair, it would not matter…but as a NS pair, I would like to know if this is a viable option. Often times the hotel lighting is insufficient for me…and I suffer along, reluctantly. Generally, I can count on making at least 1 or 2 mistakes per session because I misplaced cards because of lighting. One tourney I no longer attend in our district because the lighting is so bad.
Sept. 2, 2017
Sabrina Miles edited this comment Sept. 2, 2017
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Just a note regarding the query of the number of NABC attended in the last ten years. I answered 5-10. Given that there were 30 NABCs in the referenced time period, my response would tend to indicate that I was an occasional participant. Note, however, that I first attended a NABC event in November 2014 and have only missed one thereafter. Thus, for classification purposes (regular attendee, occasional attendee, specific location attendee,) it might prove more helpful to classify folks in either a shorter time span and/or have him/her self classify his/her attendance level.

BTW, nice poll.
Aug. 31, 2017
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The ACBL, or perhaps ONPeak has some obligation here too. How about alerting the members reserving a hotel room of their options on day one? Some might prefer to stay at that host hotel; others might prefer a hotel approximately .3 miles away, at the same price, that includes breakfast (to me, a better value) or .4 miles away, that is $20/night less expensive. Why are hotels rolled out, without giving earlier reservationist options? I think members should give ACBL some consideration when making a reservation (they should plan to attend). In the same vein, I think the ACBL should let the members know which hotels they anticipate to have blocks of rooms in and give members, who anticipate attending the choice of which hotel at which they would prefer to stay.
Aug. 23, 2017
Sabrina Miles edited this comment Aug. 23, 2017
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It has been my experience that folks tend to take an interest in matters that concern/impact themselves. The issues described in the follow-up response indicate that folks took an interest in items only concerning the NABC+ events. Is this accurate? Or are these concerns highlighted since the BW audience tends to lean in this direction? Did the rank and file players, i.e., those who did not play in a NABC+ event, express any concerns? If so, what were they; and how are those concerns being addressed?

In any event, I think it is great that the CEO is directly communicating with the membership – and responding to their concerns. Thank you.
Aug. 22, 2017
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@Ed….at least others will be able to procure a room, at the advertised rate. Perhaps enough to encourage more folks to attend the NABCs.
Aug. 21, 2017
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@Tom, your thoughts re: capitalism at work tend to highlight what might be one of the causes for the lack of hotel rooms available in advance for the average NABC player (who doesn't wish to use a “broker”). I note that if there were a broker, s/he was not assuming ANY of the financial risk, merely cancelling the reservations – within a period in which s/he would assume no liability – if there were less attendees….and making $$$ when there were more. However, if the ACBL did impose a 2 month cancellation penalty, then the broker might be on the hook for some of the cancellation penalty. True capitalism – no reward without an attendant risk.

I'd suggest that for those wishing to attend the NABC (and that is who the ACBLs policy is designed to assist) would be better positioned if the ACBL website (and phone calls) indicated that rooms were available at the advertised rate in advance of the tourney.
Aug. 20, 2017
Sabrina Miles edited this comment Aug. 20, 2017
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@Jonathan…while I have no answers to your queries, I will share with you my suggestions for the ACBL….I'd hope that the ACBL would keep the non-refundable deposits that are charged on September 25th….of course, those deposits would go to the hotel if the room is not cancelled by 72 hours before the sign in. Ultimately, I hope that ACBL charges a one-night non-refundable room night to make a reservation. Such non-refundability to be cancelled on a once in a lifetime for any reason (who are we/the ACBL to decide what is an emergency?). But if such deposit is refunded, the party would not be allowed to be refunded again…and would not be allowed to make a reservation at a host hotel again until after the scheduled cancellation period to the hotel (hopefully a full 2 months in advance.)
Aug. 20, 2017
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Folks are given until September 25th to cancel their reservation without penalty. Are you suggesting that they should be given until 72 hours before the start of the tourney to cancel? Really? Is this from a legal perspective (for the rights of the room hogs) or from a practical perspective because those folks who have not decided before September 25 (the room hogs) should be given at least another chance, since the rule was not put in before they made their reservation.

I think the ACBL is being very generous giving those who may have made hotel reservation without knowing whether they will attend until September 25 to cancel without penalty VERY generous. They now have 2 months to cancel without penalty instead of 4 months. They have been alerted. This is no post facto law. And I think it give those who would take advantage of the system more time that they should be given to decide whether they will attend. Let's stop the BS as soon as possible. It has been going on for too long already.
Aug. 20, 2017
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@Steve, I agree with you whole-heartedly on the concept of a higher penalty. I don't, however agree on a sliding scale penalty. I think the system works best when a penalty is stated and stuck to – without exception (unless the exception is built into the rule, e.g., one free cancellation without penalty per lifetime (emergency) all other cancellations must pay the full penalty, regardless of reason (and with 2 previous cancellations, member is not allowed to make reservations before the cancellation period for others expires).

@Peg, I clearly am not a wealthy individual, nonetheless I can attest that regular folks prepay their intended stay in advance to secure the best rate. From my perspective, it is not a wealthy vs normal folks scenario, it is a “I'm planning on attending vs. I want a room, should I decide to attend” scenario. From my perspective the former should be encouraged and the latter discouraged, and the ACBL plan does not go far enough in discouraging participation by the “should I decide to attend” folks.
Aug. 20, 2017
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I play criss cross…and in our agreements, it is on over a double, but off after an intervening bid (other than double). Note, we play criss-cross as limit raise in the minor and inverted minor as game force. Thus, over 1X call, I would bid 2X to show limit raise in the minor.
Aug. 5, 2017
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I hate sitouts….and if bots can keep them from happening, so much the better. Only problem, it means that the clubs must have wifi and 2 laptop/desktop computers available. Unfortunately in my area, such is not the case. Perhaps this will encourage clubs to upgrade. Although I must admit, in my area, upgrades may mean leaving traveller's behind and going with bridgemates and hand records. Such is the state of bridge in many outlying areas.
Aug. 4, 2017
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I am far less cynical, but perhaps that is because I tend to be naive. What I generally do not argue with are metrics. Are there metrics available on the attendance and location of various NABC events. Have such metrics been presented to the membership? I do know that Kansas City hotel rates were superb, the location okay, and the playing condition rather good. Toronto, I thought was excellent. The offsite rate was great (if procured ahead of time) So both medium and large metro centers can work out okay. I would, however, like to see something done about the mass of no fault cancellations made…it stiffles those who would like to come to the NABC's.
Aug. 4, 2017
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Congrats and well done!
July 31, 2017
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Great story! Congrats on a fantastic run.
July 28, 2017
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I've learned quite a bit regarding what some folks think are standard opening leads. Yesterday in the open pairs, at the NABC, I asked, please tell me your agreements about opening leads. The response: standard. So of course I continue. Please tell me what standard means in the context of your partnership in a no trump contract. Huh? I continue, do you lead 4th best, 3rd and 5th, what is your standard? Oh, says opponents. We lead 3rd from odd and low from even. I said thank you. Is that standard where you normally play? I guess not; sorry.

Amazing. Guess I just didn't know that I was entitled to ask more. Live and learn.
July 21, 2017
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There are two additional links indicating the qualifiers: this: http://live.acbl.org/event/NABC172/GNTO/2/qualifiers lists the qualifiers, in order. While the this link: http://live.acbl.org/event/NABC172/GNTO/2/summary lists the hometown of each of the team members (thereby giving an indication of the district to which the team belongs). It would be nice if ACBL added a column to identify the District represented into the mix. Although most will know their districts team members, it might help to easily identify the districts that others belong to without consulting a map.
July 20, 2017
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The only way the rules get changed is when folks are vocal about changing them. Yes, people know the rules…when someone does not like them..and clearly states so …and equally states/implies the reason for their dislike, others (sometimes) take a look at the rule and reevaluate it to determine if the rule still serves the purpose for which it was initially promulgated. Bravo, to the one brave enough to put her name up to challenge the rule!

It has been said that the ACBL loses a disproportionate number of its members shortly after they become life masters. If allowing such folks to remain in the GR events keeps them in the ACBL a bit longer, then the rule may be serving its purpose. But please let us not close off dissent by stating the obvious; people deserve their chance to voice their opinion.
July 17, 2017
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I'd like to know to which forum I am posting. A few times now, I thought I was posting to the Intermediate forum…Id'd signed in there…only to discover that I was posting to the main forum. If there are any indicators which might help me see where I am posting, I'd appreciate it.
July 17, 2017
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