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Do they rent by the hour?
July 22
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Richard,
There is plenty of evidence that simple social interaction is enough to have a very positive effect on mental health. There is evidence that cognitive thinking over a three hour period raises T-cell production which is helps the immune system. Together bridge provides a strong one-two punch.
BTW: What is YOUR feeling about this? Bunch of crap or it is beneficial?
July 22
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Since that's not about to start soon, I like my idea.
Doesn't have to be exact or even close. But if the results are dramatic enough, which I believe they will be, that may start the ball rolling.
July 22
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Perhaps ACBL should conduct their own study on the incidence of dementia among serious bridge players. Serious as in calculations based on bridge players playing a certain minimum number of duplicate sessions a week or month. Maybe also take into consideration whether the players consider themselves to be more the social player than the competitive one. Losing one's mind on any particular board should not weigh heavily in the overall calculations.
I've been told that the incidence of dementia among the general population increases dramatically with age. It may be in this area that the significance of bridge's long term benefit would be most evident. I've seen figures as high as 30% of people over 80 having some form of dementia. Honors, Cavendish, and Aces have quite a few players over 80. We would certainly be aware of this occurring at that rate if indeed those percentages existed at our clubs. They do not. Not by a long shot.
July 22
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Frank,
Since AARP sells insurance, why not approach bridge from that angle? Think how much the insurance industry would save if more of their policy holders played bridge. Being able to lesson the incidence of dementia or delay the onset of Alzheimer's, however modestly, would add greatly to any insurance company's bottom line.
July 22
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Sorry, I missed 2D as being strong. Maybe I do have the hands confused. At our table the 2D bid was not alerted as inverted and as recall, when tabled, it turned out to be more a mixed, rather than limit, raise.
July 20
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David,
You know how often I play. I believe this was one of those times. North also chose to pass first then double 2D. At our table the auction veered from there. If memory serves, I believe 4Dx makes. With what South was actually looking at that outcome came as a complete surprise. I still don't much care for North's initial double. I don't want this comment taken down, so I want tell you what I think of that 2nd double.
July 20
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STaC events stink. Always have. Players looking for Silver gravate to the weaker venues. That makes these events worse than the crap shoots someone compared them to.
I suggest that the major event or events for the day be held at a single site just large enough to accommodate the expected turnout. These major events need not be limited to the top Flight. In NYC we recently started a special all-day two session 299er event. That game could join the top Flight event for the day at the special location.
The other Flighted events should each be held, in their entirety, at different clubs. For example: The Thursday B Swiss at club #1, the C Swiss at #2, the B-C Pairs at #3, etc.
July 18
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Was Bahar abusive or demanding of his staff? Did Carol complain? There was no mention of abusive behavior to staff in the court papers. Abusive behavior is grounds for dismissal. At the very least it should have been documented and included in the filing.
It wasn't. To this day I'll bet the Board that fired him has no clue why they did. Residence? Ridiculous. The ACBL attorney should have been let go by now for signing on to that. Why hasn't that happened?

Possible real reasons for his dismissal:
1. Abusive behavior - not mentioned in the court papers.
2. Hawaii - Not under his watch. Also not mentioned.
3. Wasteful spending - “Failed” roll out of the CRM. Also not mentioned. Also not started under his watch.
4. Some of the 100, yes 100, things he was working on were unpopular with certain Board members. Things like lowering the number of pet Regionals and Sectionals. Not documented, but much discussed. Also not mentioned.
5. He wasn't incompetent. Also not mentioned.

Bahar touched a nerve. He was brought in for change. When confronted with what that would look like, the Board recoiled. Good old Joe was brought it to preserve the status quo. I must say, he and his now very happy Horn Lake staff are doing an excellent job of doing just that.

By the way Barbara, have you ever looked into how Carol got along with Joe? Carol was competent and demanding and “knew where the bodies were buried” and got fired. Do you see a pattern here? I'll bet, if asked, she could shed light on the real reason(s) for Barhar's dismissal. I don't believe for a minute that it was for “abusive behavior” or residence requirements and you shouldn't either. I'll bet she got fired for knowing too much.
Something's rotten in Denmark.
July 16
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I've decided to skip Vegas. No Bahar, no me.

I'm sure Joe is a nice guy. Unfortunately we are way past needing a nice guy to head the ACBL. We needed a tough guy with drive and ideas. I've heard Bahar made Horn Lake personal uncomfortable because he was demanding and didn't suffer fools well. Since when is that a reason for firing someone who was hired to shake things up?
Bizarre. Totally bizarre.
No Bahar.
Clueless BoD.
Think I'm wrong?
Okay, let's see what ideas Joe Jones, Russ Jones, and the whole kit and caboodle of them come up with without Bahar.

If the Board doesn't spend the majority of time addressing falling attendance, the aging of our population, and the fact that we do not have any clue how to promote our game through social media, then shame on them. If the Board tries half baked ideas that we sanction holders know will do nothing but delay the inevitable, then shame on them too. If they spend 1/2 the time in Vegas on Master Point re configuring and the other half on cheating, then shame on them.
25 Board members, not one major club owner among them. Shame on us for perpetuating such a clueless system.
July 15
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Social bridge at Honors refers to our supervised sessions. We have ten a week. The players make of it what they wish. Some come as a table and simply play cut around without asking for supervision. Most come in ones and twos. We put tables together. There's supervision. We often have them use hands from a previous duplicate. We include the results from that session. They get to compare how they did versus the experienced duplicate players.
July 15
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It's the harsh sounding DIRector that may have a lot to do with it being abrasive.
How about let's try finding a more soothing sounding substitute, one that speaks to the director's helpful, calming side.

Suggestions please.
I think a prize, funded by the ACBL, the Units, the Districts, and our 2,800 grateful sanction holders, would be in order.
If each of us chipped in a buck, you're looking at several thousand dollars.
July 13
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Other:
1. In 2030, for profit business, long scorned by the League, was officially prohibited by the Board. The vote, held in Hawaii, was 20 to 5. At that same winter session, the 25 member Board continued to work on ways to reduce waste but, by voice vote, agreed to shelve further discussion until their meeting in Dubai at the 2031 Spring Nationals. There was one sad note. Two members on the committee to study membership growth, begun in 2019, passed away quietly at age 92 and 93 respectively. Their hard work and their keen insight will be sorely missed.

2. In 2040 the last volunteer turned 100.
July 12
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Ed,
If Lazarus Long thought 2542 was boring, how do you think he would would have felt if he picked up 4333 all the time?
July 11
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The good news is that it's 2040 and so many people have passed away these past 20 years leaving money to the Ed Foundation, that their coffers are filled to the brim. We anticipate that any day now they will get an idea on how best to spend that money.
July 10
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I like it, except:
What happens to all the ‘A’ players not willing to change clubs? Will they be permitted to play in the STaC event?
July 8
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You don't have to be a pro-client.
Why would the IRS be dealt with any differently than say on the poker tour?
July 7
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I haven't played much tournament bridge at the Regional or National level in many years. Professionalism was not an issue back in the eighties. There were few pros, few pro teams. Maybe we need look at what we think the impact that professional bridge has had on Flight A players, maybe on all competitive bridge. Honors White Section manages to separate the stronger pro-client partnerships from the rest of the field and most everyone seems to like this arrangement. Those who want to play up can. And since it's a handicapped event, Master Point awards, for those pairs doing relatively well against tougher competition, are within reach.

I'd like to suggest that tournaments be set up to cater specifically to pro-client partnerships, stratified by the Master Point holding of the client. Maybe even charge a really hefty entrance fee, say a couple hundred or so, and offer prize money. Of course, non pro-client partnerships would be more than welcome to play up (also at a couple hundred a pair).
July 7
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Steve,
3-3.5 hours may be too long.
Maybe not.

For evening players, that may be the case. For my afternoon crowd, if the actual playing time is kept to 3 hours, it seems just about right. They do bridge. It is how they choose to spend their afternoons. Lunch, chit chat with friends, connections made. All in the hour before game time. Most players arrive about 45 minutes early for just these reasons. That makes the overall CLUB experience a good three and a half hours plus. I've been to afternoon club games in different parts of this country and others. It is the same everywhere.

Contrast that with the wishes of our evening “crowd”. Here it gets tricky. Some want the three-hour, 24-board afternoon type social experience. Some don't. Family and work intrude. Half get to the club early. Half arrive a few minutes before game time, grab a bite, and get down to business. I so want to experiment with ways to accommodate these two groups, but even at Honors, I don't enjoy a large enough evening field for that to happen.
July 7
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Hello BW commentators.
You know you are preaching to the choir.
Of course you all would have given your eye teeth if, in your formative years, you had the opportunity to play against top competition 24/7. This is who we are. But let's be real.

What percent of the bridge playing population would you guess are like us?
A) Half.
B) A third
C) A tenth
D) Other
July 6
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