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Mike Cassel
Mike Cassel
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
6 hours ago
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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Ben Kristensen
2 over 1
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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
2 over 1
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Two over one
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Comedy of errors: how do you straighten it out?
Against opponents who I do not know I often look at their convention card on this auction at the point when 3 is alerted. If they are playing Puppet then I will know whether to double the coming 3M showing four of the other. A few weeks ago my ...
Passed hand jump to 2NT
Also that 1M 3 is diamonds? Right side the part score ... or rare game.
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if you didn't have an immediate cuebid to promise GF values I posit your response structure to be quite inadequate. You might be making some guesswork at the four level or worse if your LHO jumps raises. You get to force your partner to bid at the two level ...
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OP states that E would have doubled to show hearts had the overcall been alerted I posited that a partnership playing a strong club system ought to have the wherewithal to NOT PASS with GF values after RHO overcalls partner's forcing club opening. It really doesn't matter what ...
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Something is very fishy if East, opposite partner's strong, forcing, and artificial opening takes no action over RHO's overcall. Opponents are white and you are red. You aren't going to sit for a reopening double. Your side has ample values for game. Are these players really strong ...
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: 6 9752 A72 AKJT3
Typically wouldn't 3 be the fit jump and 4 a splinter raise of hearts? I've not heard of a fit double-jump.
Should partner have made 3N?
Leaving the A9 as a tenace threat would be quite farsighted. I'd be likely to think the lead was not from 4 and play for 3-3 diamonds 654 on my left and QT8 on the right. Even if I did so would I, after the K & J play a ...
As regards the recent request re ATB I really think that you can unlink 'blame' from any personal aji. It's an established fact that we all fall woefully short in our pursuit of bridge perfection. My skin is not so thin that I shrink from admissions of hopefully decreasing ...
Doesn't East want to know if West has the A? Wouldn't 3N whether serious, non-serious, or frivolous get West to show that card? Once West bids 4 reaching slam is not difficult. In my 'serious' partnerships 4 denies a club control.
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: 6 9752 A72 AKJT3
Even in a casual partnership I don't think a 3 call can be construed as natural after opener's LHO has made a takeout double.

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