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Don't forget that the BoD had a policy goal of NABCs being a profit center, with an annual “profit” of at least $500k. I don't know if that is still in the current budget and operating plan, but it's something to remember.
11 minutes ago
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If your unit does not hold a board election where unit boards are chosen, they are operating outside the regulations of the ACBL. Now…it may be that they only have X number of candidates for X number of positions. In that case, an election is unnecessary.
14 minutes ago
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I believe that a new meeting planner has already been hired. I know of no other details.
16 minutes ago
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And, for another source of info on Italian amnesties, perhaps one might inquire to:

president@worldbridgefed.com
Oct. 16
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Ira Corn being a major exception.
Oct. 14
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Look at the concept of a “derivative suit”.
Oct. 14
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Depends who the opp is. Gotta bait those traps.
Oct. 14
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Absolutely correct, Nick. And sadly so.
Oct. 14
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This reminds me of years ago, when bidding boxes had the following cards:

There was a red card with a large “D” for double.
There was a blue card with a large “RD” for redouble.
Finally, there was a brown card with a large “TD” for when a tournament director was to summoned.

After the introduction of the new bidding boxes, the cards were a red card with “X” for double, blue with “XX” for redouble, and an orange card with the spelled out words “Tournament Director”.

A lady was complaining vociferously about how she hated the new boxes. Told me that it was making bidding far more difficult. Curiously, I made the error of asking why. Her response:

Well, with the old boxes, doubling was so much easier. When I used the red card marked “D”, partner would know it was for penalty. And when I used the card marked “TD”, they would know it was a takeout double. Now with the “X”, how can you tell?
Oct. 13
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From my time on the BoD, I heard “can I be personally liable?” said way too many times by board members. The former legal counsel often said that his primary role was to prevent the ACBL from being sued. And that litigation-adverse mindset overwhelmed the desire to do the right thing in the big picture.

I especially found this strange, as I would have thought that a former national champion would be more concerned with the integrity of the game. Oh well.

I know, as does Steve, that there are members of the BoD who take the integrity of the game very seriously. And unfortunately, there are lawyers on the board who care more about risk avoidance then doing the right thing. And they tend to hold sway with the gang of 25. (Never mind that one was at the heart of the WBF debacles.)

What did Shakespeare say about the lawyers.
Oct. 13
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Kieran - and if you can know what that committee score would be, while still playing the session, my hat's off to you.
Oct. 13
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“League Counsel Linda Dunn convinced the ACBL Board”


Winner of “Most depressing thought of the morning.”
Oct. 13
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Avon and Bill - it's full ostrich mode. Put the head in the sand and hope it's all gone when you pop your head back up.

When one starts with the premise that major bridge regulatory authorities would rather have silence and a lack of disruption rather than a confrontational grappling with the problem of cheating, it all becomes clear.
Oct. 12
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Two choices….follow Ray Yuenger's advice, as it gives the best chance to catch them with actionable evidence.

Or, coldly look at them and say “I see that you learned to play bridge the same way as XXXXXX” (XXXXXX=noted convicted cheat who copped results).

While #2 may be more satisfying, #1 is more likely to clean up the game. Your call.
Oct. 12
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Always remember…they come from the standpoint where they are dealing with OPM….Other People's Money.

And since a former CEO could blow over $2 million and not only keep his job, but get a raise, why would anyone worry about a measly $375K?

Of course, there is also that “holy grail” aspect to the pitch of CRM – we can better “manage” the relationship between the ACBL and its members. Failing to recognize is that the primary relationship of bridge players is with the club they play at (and often think they are a “member” there) and sometimes their unit. Rarely is the relationship axis running player to Horn Lake.
Oct. 12
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With due respect, Steve, I don't think that this is in any way something the EBL should “help” with. In my view, it's quite binary - either Monaco wants to keep the title and they say nothing OR they don't want to keep the title, in which case they should simply renounce it with a formal declaration of such to the EBL and WBF.

Both actions speak volumes, and both should be solely the “statement” of Monaco.

What the EBL would do with any such renounciation is a separate question, but it should not impact the first decision noted above.
Oct. 11
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Potential??
Oct. 9
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David Harris is from the UK, IIRC. So, even with all of the differences that the Atlantic Ocean has facilitated, I doubt that there was any such error.
Oct. 7
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"David Harris replied that we need to comply with the rules of the CAS, even when these seem contrary to our expectations. The WBF has introduced a clause into our disciplinary code which would compel the CAS to appoint an expert (taken from the list of top 20 World Grand Masters) that would aid the tribunal who might not understand the complexities and specific needs of the sport of bridge."


Go back and read those two sentences one more time.

The WBF yielded to the supremacy of the CAS in the past. And now, they reaffirm their fealty by saying that they need to comply.

Now let's move on to the next line, where, having attested to their subservience to the CAS, they now are going to compel the CAS to follow their wishes. What rhetorical contortions!! Even moreso, what arrogance to believe they can compel the CAS to do anything.

Talk about trying to split the baby. In my view, these statements, combined with the continued pursuit of the Olympic Nightmare, demonstrate the complete delusion of those at the helm of the WBF.

I'm not even going to start on the news that disciplinary cases were “quickly dismissed”.
Oct. 7
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Why does the old WC Fields line come to mind…..“Scram kid, you bother me.”
Oct. 6
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