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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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My personal experience with someone on the BoD is that they really really wanted to be on the board and they spent many years lining themselves up for it politically. They will not ever do something to jeopardize their position. However, once you get past that they do want the best for bridge and the fact that they are all usually very old and political seems like a symptom rather than a specific issue with this board. Calling for them all to step down won't happen and might not solve anything if it did. That's why I think the crowd sourcing idea is so important. Not only is it an extremely effective method for helping people feel involved and ideas move forward on merit, but it also removes blame/fallout from any BoD member if it goes poorly. Many (most?) companies do this in some manner even including the federal government which tends to adopt things very slowly.
March 19, 2016
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While I've had criticism for the ACBL, I'm not sure this “open letter” does anything positive. It calls for a bunch of people to step down which is unlikely and even if it did happen its not going to move things forward. Its easy to get people outraged and unhappy or whatever, its a lot harder to make improvements especially when committees are involved. Committees tend to move glacially. Being an IT director is hard when you can't pay market rate. Its hard to find good people in a certain who location who can do the job AND play bridge (a very useful qualification imo) when you are headquartered in a certain spot. I'd far rather see letters asking for specific actionable things rather than stirring the pot and being unhappy as that might help move things forward.
March 18, 2016
ATB
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Oops, updated directions
March 15, 2016
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I don't get the point of taking a spade finesse w/ dummy entries being less than ideal and preemptor in front. I'd rough the first trick in dummy with the J, A of Spades. When K drops, cross in spades twice to rough a diamond, cash A of diamonds (pitching heart) and lead towards clubs planning to insert the 9.
March 1, 2016
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I pick, more for aesthetic reasons than anything else. A single card feels neater/cleaner and has less risk of getting a pile sliding to confuse the bids. I especially like it w/ screens and don't want to alter behavior between no screens and screens.
Feb. 18, 2016
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I think my favorite hand was after RHO opened 1NT 15-17 (not a psych) and we had a reasonable uncontested auction to 6c making 6. I don't remember the hand specifics or the auction but remember being impressed with ourselves that we got there.
Feb. 17, 2016
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1st hand: double seems overly unilateral. I described my hand, I have no clue what partner has. Spot cards don't seem to overly defense. Happy to pass and let partner decide whether to X since they know whether they are super shapely, somewhat defensive, etc.

2nd hand: P, but I would be fine w/ a partner who X'd it. I think a run to 4NT is unlikely but possible. I'm very likely to take 3 spade tricks, but that could be it. An X also makes it a lot more likely they will play spades correctly.
Feb. 3, 2016
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I'm surprised they haven't started adding more achievement style stuff. Its been incredibly successful for video games but instead they just do a little bit more of what they have been doing for decades.
Jan. 6, 2016
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