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At whatever price permits paying the director what you yourself would charge to do the job.
June 11
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disposable income . . . I would comment, but it would just get taken down virtually immediately.
June 10
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I didn't want to hurt Kit's feelings, MR.
June 10
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Well done.

Sontag (teamed with my mother, who against all odds ended up owning his book despite it being way, way over her head) corrupted me before I learned even a shred of standard bidding (“Power Precision”). And thanks in large part to BW, MR is among my most revered bridge pundits today.
June 10
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Once upon a time Bridge had bleachers full of spectators.

Then we formed the ACBL.
June 9
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I told them it was not my club so I didn't care.

Partner, whose club it is, felt we should not complain since he blamed his own bidding, not their tactics, for the missed slam.

I am torn between wanting the recorder system to work and thinking that making any bidding agreements illegal is idiotic and contrary to the (general) spirit of competition. (“If you can't compete against my methods, stay home and cry.”)

All I want to do is find my own balance between competition and fairness. And my point here is that perhaps I have been erring too far on the side of fairness.

Perhaps.
June 9
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My point, and I have been consistent about this, is that there are better directors out there, I am sure. You are paying unreasonably low card fees, which translates directly to unreasonably low director fees, so yes, your right to complain is suspended.
June 9
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I believe LVBW applies Open+.
June 9
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With the unit's first NAP qualifier going in a few hours, Columbus was the topic of some discussion in a recent email exchange with a partner. And while I may have started it, the enthusiasm for Columbus was . . . Diminished.
June 9
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At the rates that bridge directors, and even moreso administrators are paid, I think expecting breathing is about the limit.

Edited to add:

Just to compare the cost of bridge to the cost of another popular card game, poker:

Last year 7,874 players paid $600 (taken out of the prize pool generated by a $10,000 buy-in) for the right to play at most 10 days in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. That is $60 per player per maximum days. Using this obviously faulty assumption (that all 7,874 players play 10 full days) this approximately equals the cost of current NABC card fees on a per player per day basis.

However, one might argue that 10 hours of poker = more like 3 sessions of bridge, than 2 and so perhaps the poker players are getting a discount? Not so fast.


For 1,941 players no more than 10 hours of cards (equivalent to 3 sessions of bridge max) were played = $200/per session.

For another 3,147 players no more than 20 hours of cards (equivalent to 6 sessions of bridge max) were played = $100/session.

For another 1,604 no more than 30 hours of cards (equivalent to 9 sessions of bridge max) were played = $66.67/session.

For another 872 no more than 40 hours of cards (equivalent to 12 sessions of bridge max) were played = $50/session.

For another 562 no more than 50 hours of cards (equivalent to 15 sessions of bridge max) were played = $40/session.

For another 201 no more than 60 hours of cards (equivalent to 18 sessions of bridge max) were played = $33.33/session. And now we have arrived at approximate parity with the cost of NABC bridge in the range of $60/day, $30/session. That leaves 109 players out of 7,874 original entrants paying perhaps less in card fees than bridge players and over half of the entrants paying north of $100/session (in card fees – subtracting out the prize pool funds) for the privilege of playing cards.

I can't really figure out USChess.org's schedule of tournaments and entry fees, but I don't think anything there is less than $100/day.

It's been an eternity since I played golf (in my early teens), but I have heard that green fees are north of $100, at least, if not double that.

Bridge players enjoy cheap entries. And to the extent there are complaints . . . get what they pay for.
June 8
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LOL Ray “It's not that I don't have my own set of complaints about bad rulings.”

From me: “I was upset because table 4 is cheating. Again. As she has been for 10 years.”

From partner (much newer to the game but as will be seen wiser about many other things than me): “Jim if it were 10 days, or even 10 weeks, then yes, I would say, ‘Get upset.’ But after 10 years getting upset is just attacking yourself.”
June 8
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Clearly low and away called a strike.

Obvious pass interference unflagged.

Runner beats the throw and is called out.

Four steps but no travelling call.

I can't even start on the travesties involving things that truly matter due to bw policies on outside issues.
June 8
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Read about a dozen comments (up to Shore's).

I would never direct or organize any event that any of you played in. So consider yourselves lucky on that front.

And if you're all so damned perfect, organize your own tournaments.
June 8
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Whatever it takes to prop up a tender ego.

Even bridge.
June 8
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And how many would we lose earlier to discouragement.
June 7
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In the new Open+ chart opening 1 of a suit in 3rd seat is natural even with zero points. Or else I am reading the charts wrongly.
June 7
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Does E's assertion that this is a 100% action that “everyone would take” justify a recorder form? I have yet to find any live person that condones 1 here even in 3rd seat even White v. Red and E seems to admit (with pride) that that is their (seemingly secret or at least undisclosed) agreement.

I, too, see these sorts of opportunities quite often, but almost always forego them in the name of fair competition and full disclosure. For example, NV v V where we play 10-12 NT. P (P) to me and I hold Jxx, xxx, xxxx, xxx (or approximate – but the 1 J is accurate).

I know that LHO has 20+ points, I know that partner, as a PASSed hand will not go wild over my 1NT and I . . . PASS because this is a club game and not BRP and I am saving my psyche for something that matters.
June 7
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E is insistent that N would open in Ws situation “100%”

Which I suppose is a compliment.

At the least N is finished passing these sorts of holdings for ethical reasons.
June 6
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3-10 years (for most) isn't enough? I would blame the customer experience team (that is, other players).
June 6
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If you can't hook them in the time it takes to make LM, you were never going to hook them anyway.
June 6
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