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Mike Cassel
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Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
8 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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Mike Cassel & Barry Purrington
2 over 1 see sheets for midchart 2!C/1M and 2!H/1minor
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Ben Kristensen
2 over 1
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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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Open Memphis Discussion Thread
The table counts across the league in almost every category have been dwindling... i hear. But the entry field for the 10K Swiss this weekend was the largest ever for the Spring event. Over 80 teams. The number of quality teams seemed greater from my perspective as well. Wondering if ...
Is pass forcing?
maybe you should post your hand as a bidding problem to see how many double to begin with vs. making a simple overcall.
Is pass forcing?
Hi Mike You have been falling victim to "Why don't you...yes but"itis On this auction your side bid game, but was never in a game force. You've been invited, sort of, to chime in at the five level. You have already described an offensively oriented hand ...
Open Memphis Discussion Thread
Just into town. B'day dinner at Rizzo's. 492 S Main St, Near the end of the trolley just up from Lorraine Motel ( [b]Lobster Pronto Pup[/b] appetizer (ask for sauce on the side) Scallops with Bacon Buerre Blanc !! Smoky Shrimp & Crawfish Etouffe [b ...
The Longest day
I believe the point is that regular club players, most of whom are older adults, are regularly, if informally monitored over time by their peers when it comes to an assessment of their competence as opponents at the table. I'm pretty comfortable in stating that the incidence of the ...
The Longest day
Social connections and intellectual activity A number of studies indicate that maintaining strong social connections and keeping mentally active as we age might lower the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's. Experts are not certain about the reason for this association. It may be due to direct mechanisms through ...
The Longest day
Supplements Won’t Prevent Dementia. But These Steps Might. ... there are other ways people can reduce their risk of dementia. Two prestigious panels, reviewing many prevention studies, recently came up with several recommendations. The more conservative report, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in 2017, relied primarily ...
Memphis Board Journal
It has been brought to my attention that my choice of wording 'the little people' was a poor one. I let my frustration with the ACBL BOD get the better of me. Phyllis & I are on opposite sides of believing in the GNTs, but I get a failing grade here ...
The 3 word challenge
Social Brain Gains
Terry Beckman's bidding problem: Axxx --- QTxxx Txxx
anything could be right. I hope they bid 6H and I can double that.

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