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It's not how many close. It's how many don't. What happened in Westwood is playing out all over the country. Landlords unwilling to work with their tenants are having the keys tossed back at them. But that's not necessarily bad news for the tenants. When this is eventually over, new long leases should be possible at much lower rents. After all, it is estimated that almost 30% of small businesses will fail during this pandemic. That's a lot of empty space to be had when the right time comes.
June 1
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Thank goodness for virtual clubs.
May 20
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Bet they will be opened way before movie theaters.
May 19
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I think I'll know when my players will feel safe to return to the club. It will be when Broadway announces that they will be having their reopening gala evenings and when movie houses open their doors. Three criteria need to be present for Covid to really do its worst and bridge clubs, the theater and the movies have all three. Enclosed space. People congregating in close proximity. And for an extended time.
May 19
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Play.
May 11
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Sorry for your loss John. We have a tight community of older teachers in NYC. I would not want to lose any of them. We are all too few.
May 7
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The smaller number of boards, the more random the results.
Want to give out 50 Gold for these 18 board sessions go right ahead, but it cheapens the result of the tournament, and cheapens the results of all those who came before. Who made the decision to have 18 boards? Can't sit for that long without a break? Have a break! How about four sets of 12 with a break of 15/20 minutes between the first and second sets and then again between the third and fourth. Treat them as two 24 board sessions.
That way Grue and Gillian can win by 500 points, but it won't be as random.
May 5
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Rather not go there….yet. Let's give the algorithms and the experts looking into keeping our game safe a chance to get back to us.
May 4
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Reasons: The Skill of the players the level of competition.
May 4
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750 event should top out at say 20.00
299er maybe 10.00
99er maybe 5.00

It has to be proportionate to the number of MPs i.e. the strength of the field. Not the size. Once you achieve a certain size, the lower ranking awards need to be adjusted upward based on size. Size would still be very important, but this craziness of awarding even 50 points for a 750 game has got to be rethought.
May 4
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Ellis,
Social distancing in social settings, by definition, is impossible. It doesn't matter if the occupancy is 25% or 100% these people came to be with other people. There is a very important article about the death of evening business in NYC, perhaps for as much as the next ten years, if clubs, bars, restaurants, the theater, and movie houses aren't treated differently from everyone else. We are all, in what Richard so indelicately puts it, special cases. We need to, and will be, the last to open. An office can open tomorrow. 25% of the staff could return, practice social distancing, take all the necessary precautions, have 75% work from home, and have that make good business sense.
We can't.
Bridge clubs are looking at six months, or maybe more, of being shuttered. B&M clubs, will be looking at that many back rents that need to be satisfied. And, when they open, they must still meet their monthly rental obligations, plus cover their per session costs of staffing, etc. In most cases that would mean that they would have to return to the level of business they had just before they closed. But we all know that's not happening, not right away, and probably not within years, now that online has reached the audience it has.
So what devastating bills and future will bridge clubs, night clubs, the theater, restaurants, social meeting places in general, be looking at when and if they do reopen? Six to eight months of back rent and no guarantees about what the future holds in store for them. That's what. Exactly who are we counting on to reopen?
In our world, it will only be those B&M clubs run by its generous members or only those sole proprietors with deep pockets and an overriding interest in keeping the game they love alive. For almost everyone out there who used to play in a B&M establishment, unless something is done to mitigate these rent accruals on some state by state or national level, look to be playing in your churches and senior centers this time next year.
May 4
Jeff Bayone edited this comment May 4
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I don't know. It was in our top echelons just a short time ago.
May 3
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Absurd. Can we get real? Are there no grown ups left?

We must set limits on how much an event like this can award. Size doesn't matter when the fields are skewed and the ability to cheat is beyond description.
Make these fun events and not serious events. Don't cheapen all that's come before.
May 3
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After the rules begin to be relaxed, I have no idea how much longer it will be until those rules will be relaxed enough for bridge clubs, movie houses, and the theater. Restaurants will come before, but with conditions (and fines)…out doors, with 25% to 50% occupancy rules. Do I even want to try to open if my maximum capacity is 25%? I have two clubs that hold about 25 tables each. 25% of 25 is 6 tables. Would you expect that people will be clamoring to play in these 5 or 6 tables games? Does it make economic sense to even open these sessions?
Again, I intend to let the players decide. They will anyway. I'll email, they will respond, I'll know when it's right.
May 3
Jeff Bayone edited this comment May 3
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My conversion rate is bad, is that six feet? If it is, how long are Australian's bridge players arms?
May 3
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I'd think a committee should be empowered to look into every facet of the reward's schedules, wouldn't you?
May 3
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Ray,
All of it. i'd change every part of the formula. Makes zero sense when the fields start to get up towards areas where the rewards are enormously out of proportion to their skill level and the drop off way too steep. 1st 20.00, 2nd 19.90, etc. makes way more sense to me.
May 3
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I don't think I'll be making that decision, my players will let me know when they think it safe. Most likely there will be a gradual return. I'm planning on opening one of my clubs and testing the waters. Those who have the antibodies, I'm in NYC where already 25% of us do, will be back. Younger players may say, “what the hell”. Then again, we all may say, “Our community has been extremely cautious till now. We are all one big family and as such, we will all be safe”.
Even so, short of masks, everything that can be done to keep the club as safe as possible will be done. We stayed open until the restaurants closed. We learned how to sanitize. Proof in point, as far as we know, no one contracted the virus from being at our clubs. This may have been dumb luck, or it may have been the steps we took. Probably a combination of the two.
May 3
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Genius, yes. But the true genius remains to play itself out. I'd like to start to focus on the role that online play and teaching will be making after we come out of this, assuming we do.
May 3
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I think you know what I would like to do with any formula that awarded 27 Gold for playing in a 750 game. I still remember winning a men's pairs (yes they had them then) in NYC in the 80's, beating out Sontag on the last round. Got me all of 8 point something Gold.
May 2
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