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Mike Cassel
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Member Since
June 24, 2010
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Member Type
Bridge Player
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Grow the membership?  How about nurturing the members we already have who are at the bottom of the MP totem pole.  Find out how we can help them better appreciate the game, attend local, regional, and national tournaments.  Let's recast the special events, particularly the GNTs so that newer players learn to play imps and enjoy the difference between imps and matchpoints.  Reward districts who hold club qualifying events for Flight C players.

Our special events could be driving participation to a much greater extent than they are doing.  Live tournament bridge will sputter if we don't engage new club players to enjoy play in a larger venue. It's time for a new grass roots approach: North American Swiss Pairs. Qualify during the Grass Roots Fund month in May and earn the right to play at the fall NABC. The grass roots events, NAP and GNT, should be designed to excite newer players, not just reward those who are already coming to the NABCs


Start the 6K Spingold on Day 2 of the regular Spingold. Structure the NABC+ events in a way that encourages folks to play up.

Lobby your ACBL Board rep to move the 10K event at the start of the Spring NABC to Sat-Sun rather than starting on Day1 of both the Platinum and the IMP Pairs. Bueller?  Bueller?  Hello?  Strive to schedule the start 10K events on day 2 of 3 day NABC+ events whenever possible.

Scheduling a 10K event final that falls on day 1 of a new NABC+ event is WRONG


The ACBL doesn't need a one size fits all policy for team entry fees.  If you want 100% of the masterpoints then you pay your 100%.  A 6 person team willing to receive proportional overall awards, as we do in Swiss team events, can pay the 4 person team entry fee.  We already track the sitouts.  This is not rocket science

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
23imp pickup in Vegas mini-Spingold; a club game this year with a 15 top and no matchpoint score lower than 6 (40%). first time in 35 years of membership with no bottom or average minus
Bridge Accomplishments
Editor for the Gopher Regional Daily Bulletin and weekly Minneapolis Grand Slam Club Bulletins
Member of Bridge Club(s)
D14 GNT Coordinator
Favorite Tournaments
any one with Web Movements and level playing fields
Favorite Conventions
Xfr advances/1MX, Def vs. Michaels(majors), Reverse Smith, 4way 2H/1m, 4way 2C/1M
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
Officer's Club Mentoring Team Card
2 over 1
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Mike Cassel & Barry Purrington
2 over 1 see sheets for midchart 2!C/1M and 2!H/1minor
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Ben Kristensen
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Mike Cassel & Harry Sapienza
Forcing Club
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Bill & Sue Treble
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Mike&Peter 15May15
2/1 GF
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Mike Kamil Gabby Sherman Mike Cassel
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GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
We require all four semi finalists to pay for 2 sessions There is no 1session team game as our ‘primetime’ is a.m. & aft. We discussed allowing semifinal losers to play in the side game But decided no
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
In an 8 team RR q’ing 4 you can use a Thurner Play 7 4bd matches in each session You can predupe bds and have hand records At the break you are at the halfway of each match A third pair can come over in after rnd 3 The ...
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
Keith A sample chart might have sufficed Common match lengths 6 8 10 14 24 28 32 Can we presume that ACBLScore can produce Them? Jonathan Custom or precedent does not trump the CoC Rules? You jest Given your history I find your lack of respect for the nature Of ...
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
John K confirmed my question I asked if the RR converting imps to VPs was intended only for the qualifying day He said NO You owe me an apology
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
BELIEVE IT OR NOT IT WAS NOT A KO BY CONSCIOUS DESIGN according to the CoC & given that the VP scale used was valid The adjudication, focused solely on OP item#4 Means Gupta won Life isn’t fair It will be different next time If you want to challenge ...
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
Art: A valid VP scale for the length of the matches were applied on Sunday night. The integer scale for the longer match turned a win for Kolesnik, probably 11-9 or 12-8 from the inappropriate scale into a 10-10 VP tie for matches of 28-36 boards. Before the advent of ...
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
Ya can talk, ya can talk, ya can bicker, ya can talk Ya can bicker, bicker, bicker, ya can talk, ya can talk Ya can talk, talk, talk, talk, bicker, bicker, bicker Ya can talk all ya want but is different than it was Charlie No it ain't, no ...
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
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GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
The integer scale isn't obsolete. It just isn't used for important events: e.g. NA Swiss, GNT Qualifying Swiss at the summer NABC, finals of 10K Swiss. The appendix K link states: [i]At the option of the sponsoring organization, Swiss Teams scored by Victory Points (VPs) may ...
GNT D. 22 GNT Fiasco. The official ruling
No one contacted them directly soon after because it was deep into Sunday evening, after the DIC returned home, that the event was recalculated using the integer scale found at: Had the ACBL posted a link to the widely used continuous VP scale ...

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