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Mike Cassel
Mike Cassel
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Basic Information

Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
20 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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How Bad Is This Line of Play?
And you don't need to exhaust yourself of trump to play for 9 onside. If you get the distribution wrong and lose to Hx RHO may have a winner to cash
How Bad Is This Line of Play?
The line of play to make 12 tricks is a trump squeeze that eliminates all but diamonds over the first ten tricks. Then a low diamond to the J allows you to make the hand when the 9 is not in front of the 8 pretty ...
How Bad Is This Line of Play?
great play when they have Kxx not Qxx
How Bad Is This Line of Play?
reading the opening lead as 3/5 wouldn't a heart pitch disguising the 'idle fifth' make some sense. why help declarer count?
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the tinyurl url links to the hand i guess you have to copy/paste my apologies y, a heart lead will scuttle 4 I was looking at our hand where partner was in 2 and I failed to notice that not all GIB leads were +2
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Here is the hand the defense to defeat 3N is pretty unlikely passing 1 will not be a success par play leads to +100 EW bidding 1 will not be a success 4 is cold here is the traveler for the theCommonGameatNight https ...
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No question but that Pass should have been an option. Which brings up Jan's original Q. What if the CoC was IMPs? I will post the full hand in a day or two after responses dwindle
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K&R (A9 AK965 A7 KJT7) = 21.85 I would pass before bidding 1
Advancing Partner's 1N Overcall
One of the pairs in our game used 3 for majors forcing. The extra space is valuable. You & I can get there more slowly. It's more difficult to find the best fit or slam (not so much on this hand Steve Bs construction not withstanding) when you can ...
Advancing Partner's 1N Overcall
good point tougher problem if South is unpassed hand

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