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who were the other candidates?
May 25, 2016
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B then A (in private, after the game) seems like the correct approach. Or ask to speak away from the table. Humiliating someone isn't going to lead to anything good.
April 11, 2016
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I was fully aware of the date, but didn't think it was funny if so and possibly was true so was willing to just trust the site owners. Some thought it was funny, so whatevah no long term harm done. It was definitely not as bad as google's mic drop.
April 3, 2016
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Advertising being terrible isn't very surprising. Social media is much more persuasive in this day and age than print advertising. People frequently “trust” the people they follow and you hit on some of the same personal touch value with a tweet but it can scale to thousands. I'm not a great writer, but I did a comparison of MTG and Bridge on medium and it jumped to 1600 views quickly after a tweet by an MTG player. No clue how much that will actually result in new bridge players, but hopefully more than 0. If the ACBL could get Felicia Day or Wil Wheaton excited about bridge and tweeting, that would have way more impact than 1000 print advertisements.
April 2, 2016
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In this day and age, is the location really all that important? Tools for working collaboratively from disparate locations have exploded and taken giant strides forward even in the last 2 years. With Slack, Hangouts, ScreenHero, and a variety of other tools: location is no longer nearly as relevant. I live in Seattle and build mobile apps for companies in 5 different states with a business partner in PA using developers/designers/QA in many other locations. Instead of hammering on “Why did the ACBL pick Horn Lake?” I think a better question is “Why does it matter?” and “How can we help the ACBL adapt to the digital age?”. I would personally rather have the ACBL hire people who love bridge and are very good at what they do regardless of location than worry about whether Vegas or Horn Lake or Oz was a better choice.
March 31, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment March 31, 2016
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Whether this situation calls for attitude or count seems like one of those things that always gets discussed early in any serious partnership (aka more than a 20 minute discussion about card). We play A w/ Q popping in dummy as always show count unless there's clear reason that they would want attitude. Haven't had an issue yet.
March 30, 2016
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bah, I thought it had increased but pulled “The Silver Ribbon Pairs is an ACBL event with national rating for players 55 years of age” from the ACBL page.
March 28, 2016
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Added that as an option
March 27, 2016
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Another event seems fine, but I'm not sure I understand the bracketed KO suggestion. Isn't that essentially what happens w/ regional KOs? Bracketed KO against peers and NABC+ seem like incompatible concepts.
March 27, 2016
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Moving the imp pairs back a day also seems like a great solution.
March 27, 2016
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Good point, I assumed the same qualifications other than age for the Green but didn't state them. Will add clarification above.
March 27, 2016
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For sectionals: how far away it is. Anything that doesn't require a hotel is a gimme, anything further it'd depend on how interested we were in the location.

For Regionals: If we are going to travel to a regional, then it is probably also going to double as a vacation so strong preference for spots that are nice vacation locations that I can fly to nonstop from Seattle. Extra bonus points if they have a schedule that makes it easy to do stuff during the day and then play at night like the Bermuda regional. I wish the Hawaii regional did something similar.

For nationals: How far of a flight, how much interest we have in the city, how expensive it is, how much we like the event schedule, how busy we'll be around that time, and if any partners/teammates are wanting to go.
March 23, 2016
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The person who got fired. I would presume that they would prefer not to have it broadcast so that everyone, even those without context, can see that they were fired. I don't have enough information to judge the current CEO, but getting upset over leadership not publicly humiliating someone seems misguided.
March 23, 2016
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I don't understand redoubling here. I would choose to pass but would understand if partner bid 2 . They didn't know about a diamond stack to the left and 2S on a 5/2 might be a better place to play, at least my spades will have some value and it puts the stronger hand on lead. XX makes partner guess as to your exact shape.
March 22, 2016
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Regardless of whether the 5 was count or attitude, the switch is clearly wrong.
March 19, 2016
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Creating a new league sounds hard. If anything, a better approach (imo) would be some sort of BridgeWinners council that is elected here and then has the entire community unite behind them and then have them approach the board similar to what happened to the technology committee. I have no clue what is going on with the tech committee but I do trust Greg and Uday and the others involved to intelligently represent the interests of the membership. I don't think the ACBL as a whole is actively against young people - I received a lot of support as a junior and money to travel to Slovakia and a bajillion well intentioned (if exhausting) “it's so nice to see young people playing bridge” comments. It isn't old vs young, its progress vs the reality that political committees move at a glacial pace. The older members and reps aren't an enemy, the inertia that the exists within the current process is.
March 19, 2016
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What would be your advice on the best way to advocate for the Green Ribbon Pairs?
March 19, 2016
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Wil and Felicia are celebrities in the gaming world. Both are hugely popular because of their love of gaming paired with their open engagement with their fanbases. At conventions like Pax, they are a huge draw and Wizards of the Coast (the makers of MTG) have wisely started paying them to host events and play MTG with people or in shows like Spellslingers.
March 19, 2016
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I meant for voting for ideas, bidding and lead polls are great :) It might be a little ACBL centric for BridgeWinners though so the best solution would be the ACBL implementing it as a way to understand what's important to their membership.
March 19, 2016
Eric Sieg edited this comment March 19, 2016
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Re: crowd sourcing: it could also be a great addition to bridge winners
March 19, 2016
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