Join Bridge Winners
All comments by Jonathan Cohn
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ... 18 19 20 21
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
It may well be worth getting the ACBL Patron membership just to avoid all these reservation problems and to guarantee the host hotel discounts.
Jan. 16
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
For at least the last two NABC's there has been no guaranteed bed type. You have been able to state a preference but they will not “guarantee” it. For San Francisco, I had to do some last minute begging to get my room switched to the double I requested.
Jan. 16
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
The Encyclopedia of Bridge has player profiles on its accompanying cd rom disk. It might have some of this information. I'd check but I no longer have a cd drive on any of my computers.
Jan. 16
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I'll admit I usually play transfers here over 2NT which may have biased me towards pass as I can't normally bid 3.
Jan. 10
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Better to bid the stiff so the NT hand that has not exactly described its shape can play the moysian when its right!
Jan. 5
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I think three spades followed by 4 spades if partner bids again, will make it clear I really have spades. I'm concerned that four spades direct could be misinterpreted easily.
Dec. 20, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I think Don Mamula makes an important point. Holding all these events has a cost and it is a large one. The NABCs could be held using a much smaller convention or conference space without all the regional and side events. This would allow the ACBL a LOT more flexibility on where events can take place. It would likely result in a less expensive national, IF the ACBL could or would adjust accordingly. Of course, there wouldn't be as much to play and many of the rank and file would have no need or desire to attend.
Dec. 20, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I was playing against Warren Buffett for the filming of Bill's Brain when he discussed his match of industrialists vs House of Lords. He said one of the Lords mentioned that the Lord was the only person legally allowed to muster his own army other than the Queen and her government. Mr. Buffett thought it was a bit intimidating to be told this at the beginning of their match.

Sadly, Buffett and Gates were unwilling to play for 1% of our respective networths. I'd say they are both a kind of American Royalty.
Dec. 18, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I appreciate the ACBL and its volunteers. I was a Unit President for 3 years and on a Unit board for 5. I have held several volunteer positions.

BUT, is there room for bridge outside the ACBL? I say yes. My goal would not be to replace them or significantly compete with them. When I say "them', I mean us. We are the ACBL.

BUT, can we think of events that people would want to attend run by someone other than the ACBL? The Cavendish did so successfully for years. I would like to discuss what kind of events might be worth thinking about. Perhaps:

US Amateur Championship? Limited to those who do not consider themselves a pro and who do not make a significant amount of their income from being payed to play bridge with sponsors.

Swiss Pairs scored at mps with cash prizes? An event that is rarely run in the US and paying out cash prized which the ACBL doesn't do. Perhaps run it as a backgammon tournament over 3 days where those cut from the field one day, enter a consolation Swiss Pairs day 2 with an opportunity for prizes reduced from the main event.

Strong Invitational Swiss Pairs. Create an event with no entry fees and free rooms for 10-20 pairs of grand life masters. Auction of the remaining entry spots online or hold satellites. People who love playing against their heroes can in a different style of event. Pay bounties when the GLM's lose matches. Pay a prize to the winners.

I'm just spit balling here but I'd love to hear the ideas of others. Does this provide a threat to the ACBL? Of course it doesn't. It could prove that non-acbl events are viable though. Some other organization might be willing to let us issue their version of masterpoints: BBO, SWAN Bridge, or the ABA?
Dec. 15, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
No one likes individuals. It couldn't make money, let alone break even. It died.
Dec. 15, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Allowing multi would be trivial but I doubt it'd add many attendees. I am thinking of a model where one or two tournaments are run yearly without being under the ACBL umbrella. This would not be a replacement organization. Think of it like the Cavendish or the old individual league that ran for two years. An organization trying to run a few events per year that would be of interest to bridge players. Is there room for such events? I see very little need to run a tournament that is exactly like one of the hundreds run every year in the ACBL system.

What could differentiate such a tournament? I'd love to hear other ideas but some I have spit balled are: having prize money, restricting the event to certain groups (amateurs,experts, professionals, winners of an online progressive, etc.), playing different types of events rarely played (barometer, swiss pairs, ???, etc.), using different technology (bridg+ more, Bridgescore+, tablets, online etc.), using an unusual schedule, using an unusual pricing model (room and entry fees all bundled together), or maybe some combination of the above.

Thoughts?
Dec. 15, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I really meant, “How to start a non-acbl event in the United States that bridge players would attend and enjoy.”

Your recommendations look like general ways for tournament bridge to increase.

Is there room for a non-ACBL bridge tournament? Who would want to come and play? Why would players want to do so? These are questions that are interesting to me.

As an organizational point, I like the idea of a tournament that is a single event with one set of winners. This type of tournment would likely be easier to organize as it could be played at a smaller venue than many NABCs or regionals. It might be able to be a bit less expensive because of the increased number of venues that would be opened up.
Dec. 15, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Some conferences inflate the price of the hotel in their contracts and keep some of the extra money. My wife has been to several medical continuing education classes where the host hotel price was higher when booked through the conference.
Dec. 14, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
How to start?

1. Find out what kind of event would attract players

2. Find out where players would want to travel to play said event

3. Figure out logistics: Host hotel, Pricing, Director, Computer stuff, Tables, etc.

4. Budget, Advertising plan, Feasibility.

Other stuff?
Dec. 14, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
What type of events would attract players? What is the ideal length of time? How many people would need to attend to break even?

I like the idea of a tournament with one event at a time. It might require less floor space too. That would help make it more economically viable.

What weekend would have the least amount of competition?

Richard I like some of your out of the box ideas but I think the GNT shows that qualifying KO's are not very popular. Starting with a stand alone event seems the best idea to me.

Working with BBO perhaps an event that started online and finished in the real world could still issue BBO points.

I'm with Melanie. I'd do some work and perhaps contribute some treasure to work on this idea but I'm not signing a contract for space without knowing darn well people are going to show!
Dec. 13, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I understood Peg's comment about the ACBL having a monopoly on tournament bridge in the US and why she said it but there have been several challenges to the ACBL in this area. The ABA is one but the Cavendish run by private owners in Las Vegas was a non-acbl tournament as well.

Like Jim Perkins suggested, I am sure that if someone wants to do the work and arrange for an event geared for good players and offered a great product people would attend. Is it viable as a business idea? I highly doubt. The risk would be large and the reward few.

The Nebraska Regional this year grossed North of 100,000 dollars. It lost about 5000 after all was said and done. The Unit has a revolving three year contract with the host site. I can't imagine a private, for profit, business taking the risk to commit to running such a tournament.

I think some private tournaments are a great idea. I think prize money would be fun. If anyone would seriously like to help organize a private tourney, PM me.
Dec. 13, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
The idea that the ACBL is a monopoly seems wrong to me. ACBL members are blinded by their love of masterpoints. You can hold your own tournament tomorrow. You can play at the kitchen table. TONS of bridge happens in games that have nothing to do with the ACBL. The ABA even has structured bridge that competes with the ACBL by issuing some type of masterpoints. BBO has games where it issues its own masterpoints and thousands of people play BBO with no masterpoint awards at all. I would guess BBO has more tables of unsanctioned bridge every year than the ACBL has sanctioned tables.

Monopoly: exclusive ownership or exclusive possession or control.

One of the things that made bridge popular is that no one has exclusive control over it. It can be played on a regular deck of cards. No one owns it or has a copyright. Anyone can use the name for advertising tournaments. Its not “owned” like Settlers of Catan, Magic the Gathering, Uno, or Monopoly.
Dec. 12, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I sympathize with Paul Linxwiler's viewpoint. It is easy to criticize and difficult to help make positive change. To those working at headquarters “making the sausage”, I can only imagine that some of the bridgwinners discussion looks less than productive.

To those who volunteer in the ACBL, work at headquarters, or work as directors, I thank you. I also hope that you can be part of future solutions. I hope the same for our many bridgewinners posters. “Something is rotter in the state of Denmark” but I know many people who'd like to find a way to make it better.
Dec. 11, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
You can still psyche 1NT but it needs to be a gross misstatement of the hand. If it is close to a 1NT (i.e. 5431 14-18 without a stiff AK or Q) then it will be ruled an illegal deviation.
Dec. 11, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
If the 1NT for take out is pre-alertable, I would love it if you could point me to a source that says so.
Dec. 11, 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ... 18 19 20 21
.

Bottom Home Top