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Mike Cassel
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Member Since
June 24, 2010
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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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F Stewart Critique of Gambling 3N
Kokish seems to be in favor for the power 3N in my neck of the woods. 3N by third or fourth chair is unconstrained... you are on your own and is not the subject of this thread. I would concede that the 2 opener who has tricks but not ...
F Stewart Critique of Gambling 3N
P.F.F. Paul "Font" Friedman a never ending source of the wondrous and arcane i do wish we could be released from preempt strictures
New KO formats
A followup on Linda's comment re. the 10 team bracket not allowing for a complete RR: The teams that finished first and second in the RR portion of the top bracket of the Fri-Sat KO in Hunt Valley never met each other. You can say that this was just ...
F Stewart Critique of Gambling 3N
doesn't 2 -2, 3N describe a hand that wants to play 3N?
F Stewart Critique of Gambling 3N
The Belladonna-Garozzo Precision & Superprecision offered the Sharif 3 opening as, IIRC any solid 7 card suit. It never seemed to gain favor. I thought it's weakness was allowing lower intervention by stronger opponents. I rather like the idea of G3. I guess one would have to weigh ...
Can someone suggest how to run a team game with six pairs?
the BW community at its best Ask and you shall receive
New KO formats
"Way better", for me, is halting the destruction, over time, of the long match regional KO format NOT the number of entrants in an event. If we hold the concept of international team events, like the recently concluded World Youth Team Championships, the Vanderbilt and the Spingold as representative of ...
New KO formats
but how do you advertise a maybe?
New KO formats
I have queried both Sol Weinstein, Russ Jones, and other ACBL BOD members who have run the KO experiments re. the Hunt Valley "Soloway-style 4-session KO" structure. I noticed this just by accident on Friday night. Rich is correct in that the original proposal was to salvage the 4-session event ...
Isn't 2 NMF suggestive of 5? If your NMF response structure asks for 4 hearts before 3 card spade support then you don't need 2 to promise four card length. I suppose 2 could show a GF raise of clubs. You could distinguish the ...

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