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Mike Cassel
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Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
38 minutes 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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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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New Convention Charts: Artificial? 2 Level Responses
I cannot speak to the procedures in the Twin Cities area for limited MP games, 199r, 299r, 499r, but there are no restrictions on conventions in the open games. If someone wanted to play a multi-2 as a bleak two in a major or some kind of forcing pass ...
New Convention Charts: Artificial? 2 Level Responses
only in Open & Open+ as I read the the charts
New Convention Charts: Artificial? 2 Level Responses
Under basic+ you can justify only 2 of the 4 possible hand types on an auction 1 2: SJS in hearts or a diamond raise
New Convention Charts: Artificial? 2 Level Responses
if it is allowed at Basic (where I saw the language) then it has to be allowable in more restrictive events the old mid-chart allowable were built on the GCC allowables the Winter Carnival Sectional Flight A is 2500+. So it looks like Basic+ is the operant condition
New Convention Charts: Artificial? 2 Level Responses
ty Mike I just completely missed: "Bidding Agreements are allowed unless they are specifically disallowed."
New Convention Charts: Artificial? 2 Level Responses
Kxx Qxxx AJx xx 1 2* multiple possible 2 ? 2 3cd limit raise hand concludes +110 defense call director & claims: 2 wasn't natural and we would have bid clubs or doubled if we'd known it might be only two and artificial or would ...
Director call vs. fun
It's not the number or a percentage... it's the nature Toward the end of a NABC, when folks are tired and/or frazzled, tempers seem to flare and the nature, tone/tenor of the calls for "DYRECtor" increase the stress level of the room in a fashion that ...
Slow double - should I pull anyway?
at the other table the auction was [code] 2 P 3 P P 3 P 4[/code] down 1 I chose to violate our wk 2 structure in the belief we didn't own the spade suit the gambit worked. East thought West should bite the ...
How penalty-oriented is this double?
I think I would announce on bw if 1N WASN'T forcing.
Slow double - should I pull anyway?
Has a tempo break designed to force a partner to pass, when you want them to pass, ever been adjudicated when it became clear that the very slow double was simple and clear-cut?

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