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Melanie: As to your proposal, District 4 has adopted a modification of the KO approach you suggest – NO TEAM is eliminated after 1 round.

I am Tournament Chair in Unit 140 (central NJ). 20 years ago, on Sunday, we ran, concurrently, A/x, B/C/D and 299'er Swisses. With reduced attendance, we changed to a Bracketed Format, which is EXTREMELY popular. (We are blessed with excellent ACBL Directors, and I ask them to make logical breaks in the Brackets, based on total team mp's. (We are not rigid about 8-team brackets, and all teams are invited to join the top bracket, irrespective of points.)
We have been lucky enough to have the Princeton collegiate team participate in our last 2 A/x Swisses, and I have been advised by their coach (a NYC professional bridge player) that they have feel they have benefited from the rigorous competition, and had long discussions about hands played.
July 19
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I find the discussion interesting… My take is: Since the ACBL has been almost UNIFORMLY unsuccessful for the past 7 years in hiring any top management position, why not try something new???
June 2
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Rainer: I agree that psyching against inexperienced players is the worst of sins. At our club, I have no qualms about an occasional psych against the best pairs in the room, but I would NEVER do so against a “C” or even a “B” player.
May 28
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I abstained, because I objected to the form of the question – it depends on what system you have agreed to play, not doing a ranking. With most of my partners, I play SUCTION (which would show a 1-suiter in d's, OR both majors). I agree that in the absence of discussion, you are asking partner to lead a club if on lead, or shift to a club if he gets in.
May 28
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Don: In response to your query, the answer is NO. D3 schedules 4 regionals per year (only 2 of which “break even”, or better). Over the past 6 years, several sites
(7 tournaments) have incurred huge losses for the District (over $10k each), and I fear that another large loss will be incurred in June, which will lower their cash reserves to 40% of our Unit's. As the largest Unit in the District, I have scheduled the maximum permitted 4 of 6 Grassroots sessions per Sectional for some years, so that some of our cash flows to the District. Unfortunately, that revenue is only a drop in an ocean…
May 24
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TY, Ed. I'd like to think we have one of the hardest working and active Unit Boards in the East, for a Unit with 3000 bridge players. In addition, although our District is in deep financial trouble, 140 finances are in excellent shape, despite the attendance loss at Unit-wide events experienced by us (and nationwide).
When I was Unit Prez last year, I had to insist that the Tournament Chair accept the aforementioned $100., when I knew he had spent, without asking for any remuneration, more than 3x that much.
May 21
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To Ed and Steve Bruno: Ed, your cynicism is unwarranted. In Unit 140 (central NJ) board members receive no remuneration (except for an “optional” $100/yr to the Tournament Chair, whose expenses for transportation and other items are 2-3 times that amount); I hardly considered a bagel during our Sat. 9 AM Board mtgs to be a “perk”. The owner of the club at which we meet contributes the coffee, at her own expense.
Our 21 member Board not only does the “usual” things, but has one of the largest Youth teaching programs on the east coast, active in 10 middle and elementary schools.
For any person who does charitable or community service, virtue should always be the sole reward.
May 21
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Mike: I cannot speak for your unit. In our unit, 140, Central NJ, all nominees to the Unit Board must be approved by the membership at the Annual Meeting. Quite frankly, our most difficult task is getting people to agree to serve on the Board. We have a 2-term limit, so that the same coterie of people do not continue to serve ad infinitum.
Most of our Board members are over 70 yrs old - age is not an excuse. Rather than complain about it, if you have something to contribute, DO SOMETHING – one can contribute by making suggestions for constructive change.
May 11
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I'm with Steve on this one. With the ACBL median age (not average) over 74, and the most of the “new” members being retired people, as opposed to young people, the fact that such people are not willing to travel to such an “out-of-the-way” (90 min. drive from nearest airport) regional as Gatlinburg is not surprising. One thing nor raised by Steve, which also affects numbers: those newer retired members do not have the same goals as we did, when we joined the bridge community. It is just recreational for them, not an endeavor with most of a lifetime to seek improvement of skills.
May 10
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Len: Since almost none of my regular partners would play that 1nt is natural here (and, BTW, I agree with you that I would never do so, even if it were natural, with Ax of d's), I assigned all the blame to South, as I would have cue bid either 3c or 3d, depending on (which partner or) partnership agreement, as partner could never picture such a powerhouse with such great clubs.
May 10
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Len: I made my comment, before reading the full thread. Please q.v. my comment above.
May 10
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I agree completely. In a suit contract, this hand, with 9.5 controls, is a g/f opposite a response. However, IMO, the lack of intermediates negates a 2n opening under ANY circumstances. At imps, changing the hand slightly to AT9, AQJx, AT9x, Ax, and I would risk it.
May 10
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John: I agree it is not alertable. However, if asked, you should state it promises three, unless opener is precisely 4-5-2-2. Under the ACBL's “post-Alert” procedure, the same explanation should follow if asked after the auction is concluded.
April 28
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Ken: Unfortunately, the answer is “yes” – you are barred from the bid in all but the highest NABC championship events, as the ACBL does not consider “length points” in its calculation. With less than 10 HCP, it is considered a “psych” of an artificial bid.
(As an aside, I would never open Flannery with a 5-loser hand – looks like a one bid to me.)
April 28
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I would agree with Ray. Many Sectionals, such as our Unit, #140 (Central NJ), offer a 50% discount to juniors. (Regionals tend to vary in their approach.) Since it is likely that the intent of the original Board resolution was for a 50& discount, if there are any Board members reading this, why not propose a new Resolution, stating: “At any NABC, any Junior player under the age of 20 may play in a regionally rated event for free. Any Junior player playing in an NABC event may receive up to a 50% discount on the entry fee; however, if the Junior is NOT playing with another Junior, and the entry fee for the pair would result in an amount that would not be in ”whole dollars“, the entry fee will be ”rounded up“ to the next highest dollar amount (e.g, $37.50 would be come $38.00 for the pair).”
If desired, the language could be changed to “rounded down to the next lowest dollar amount (i.e., $37.50 would become $37.00 for the pair)”, and the words “up to a”
eliminated.
April 28
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Tracy: Assuming you are correct, you should take them aside, and gently remind them “just because there are no longer stop cards in the bidding box”, they still must wait 10 seconds after a skip bid. Since the ACBL abolished the “stop card”, this is, unfortunately, a frequent occurrence.
April 15
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Len: not that it matters, but your psychic window must be open, since you claim to know my two major partnerships better than I – it would be nice if you were correct. Sam would always open the hand 1nt, but Dennis, at mp's, would ALWAYS open 1d at mp's, and would probably do the same at imps, based on the reasoning I posited above (although he would say he would have no objection to a 1nt opener).
April 12
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Richard: In addition to the comments in the 2nd paragraph, this is a hand-type (4-4 majors, suit oriented) that very often plays better in 2 of a major rather than 1n, and with less than invitational values and a major, partner will always pass 1n - at imps, I always open 1d with this hand.
April 10
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I agree with Craig, except for the last paragraph. After 2nd chair opener, with a good 7-loser hand, a 4th spade, 2 of the top 5 spade honors, a possible ruffing value in h's, and all of my points in 3 suits, I would always force to game with the West hand.
April 10
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John: I agree with your position. There was a recent article by Jeff Bayonne, entitled “Is bridge dying…”, on which I commented about the Youth Bridge Program of Unit 140 (central NJ), which focuses its entire effort in that area to programs for elementary and middle school youngsters. You may want to take a look at that thread, and my comments therein.
March 20
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