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Was 2 forcing, or can overcaller pass with four hearts and 5+ diamonds? What would double of 2 have been last round? If takeout, better pass now since partner will never expect this hand.
April 16, 2019
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That, and never ask him why he revoked.
April 16, 2019
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The goal is to reduce (or avoid having to increase) fees for most players and thus increase the size of the membership, which will satisfy the egos of our champions whose titles won't be very meaningful if membership shrinks too much (which is why it's fair to structure this so they subsidize the growth).
April 16, 2019
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I don't think it's a growth idea to appear closed to people who don't live within commute distance of an ever-dwindling number of clubs.
April 16, 2019
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What about using David's numbers shifted by a day, so that day 1 is $50
April 16, 2019
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That makes sense to me!
April 16, 2019
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I'd bid if the opponents were vulnerable. A hand where their vulnerability matters more than ours.
April 16, 2019
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I don't think it would work. If you are playing the Spingold, do you care about winning MPs or winning the event? Also, you didn't understand the proposal which was a straight up purchase after the result was known.

What might work for Spingold and Vanderbilt is to have an expensive bracket that is properly seeded and places 3 teams in the semis, and a regular price bracket that is best plays best / worst plays worst seeded and places one team in the semis.
April 16, 2019
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Over 35 is not a protected class. Over 40 is.
April 16, 2019
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This is 2019. If you are selling NABC+ entries at a table, that's a problem. Maybe the surcharges wouldn't be practical for the side games.
April 16, 2019
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Maybe you should study the difference between socialism and capitalism a little more carefully! ROTFL
April 16, 2019
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Since she's heard her partner's explanation that X was penalty, we may be getting a score adjustment if she pulls the XX.
April 16, 2019
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(1) You do well, so you care whether the event continues to exist. Novices are more likely to play if they get a discount.
(2) It's an abject failure if most bridge juniors are from wealthy families. Why do you think that is? Will we have enough bridge players if that (assuming it's true) continues to be the case?
(3) You can turn this into lower entry fees for the vast majority of attendees. It doesn't have to result in more profit from the NABC.
(4) It's pretty simple to have a requirement that doesn't offer this discount to players who have frequently changed their address. This is basic stuff. Easy.
(5) Not on the wealthy. On those who have a lot invested in NABCs and therefore more at stake in their success and ability to perpetuate over the next 50 years. Also maybe you ought to reflect on how your point (5) completely contradicts your point (2).
April 16, 2019
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Pretty much only pros and their clients would be paying the extras. If most NABCs are as solvent as you say, we could lower the base entry fee, so it would be cheaper for most people. And a LOT cheaper for youth, so that our game has a future.

As for the BoD, reduce the size from 25 to 8, elected by the membership in groups of 3 districts. That should cut board-related expenses by at least 2/3 and lead to better and more accountable decision-making. But that is a separate topic.
April 16, 2019
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RR, absent the UI, I'd be thinking 3X might not be passed out if I don't redouble.
April 16, 2019
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David, your diamonds are AQx which is as good as partner can hope for when you showed a club one-suiter. Bid your hand. If he was fooling around he will pull since he can't expect better, but if he was fooling around he will pull whether you redouble or not. On the other hand, if I don't redouble, he might pull even when he really has diamonds, thinking they are stacked over him. After all, maybe the other pair are on unsure ground about their double. Yes, RHO might run, but since it's not clear either partner or RHO have anywhere to run to, I'd rather RHO ran than partner.
April 16, 2019
Christopher Monsour edited this comment April 16, 2019
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The clients are also prime targets for higher prices. Lots of seeding points is an excellent proxy for both, which is the point of my proposal. There is no possibility of resale.

Geography applies as there aren't perfect substitutes for NABCs. (Also, the price for locals needs to be above marginal cost, so maybe 50% is too steep a discount, but you definitely want to give them some discount, to keep the table count up for marketing purposes, among other reasons.)

On the other hand, I don't see how selling expensive entries at the last minute will help. It will just mean closing down the partnership desk. Everyone else will shift when they buy, and no one wants to pay a stiff premium to play with a pickup partner.

Making the premier games carry too hefty a premium for those who have very little chance to win will just cut down on entries and on participation in the NABCs. I don't think that's what we want. We want more revenue without losing participants.
April 16, 2019
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It's hard to win the Spingold if it's not being held. It's easy to explain to someone that they need to pay a little more because their district is never the host.
April 16, 2019
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For that matter, the ACBL already offers youth or student discounts (just not yet for the 26-35 set), so it's not as though they don't already practice price discrimination. They just need to do it more effectively now that they are under financial pressure.
April 16, 2019
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I don't think you are aware of everything the airlines do. For example, they can make deals available only to people who purchase through certain distributors. They can offer you an upgrade at a higher price if you have shown an inclination to purchase that upgrade in the past, than the price they would offer to someone who has not. They certainly vary pricing by how desperate they are to sell a seat. Anyway, price discrimination is easily defined “the action of selling the same product at different prices to different buyers, in order to maximize sales and profits.” I think we can agree airlines do that.
April 16, 2019
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