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Why not post on YouTube?

1. doesn't get local involvement

2. doesn't get “intro Bridge classes available immediately” followup

3. provides zero income to producer
Sept. 17
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Party Hearty! :)
Aug. 23
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Gordon Rainsford videos are “how can I help you,” found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoyKIYm7k1h0fa97p9aeoPw
Aug. 23
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you may be able to! If not, appeal to Eugene for a fix
Aug. 21
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Steve,

All replies for #3 in poll show up in the first of the rwo options, and at least one should be in the second.
Aug. 21
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Clubs may continue to use them.

Kitchen tables, too!
Aug. 21
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"The only thing that will turn a new player off more than a list of do's and don't is a bunch of know-it-all officious players that play more for the controlling aspect of the game than for the love of the game.

So, so, true! How many Club Directors (or TD's, for that matter) truly enjoy the ”Bridge Lawyers“ who inhabit their games?

I refer sadly to the players ”who forget how to smile when they have cards in their hands."

So you postpone that moment until they graduate from the 99ers, and then? Maybe they are too addicted to quit by that point?

Or do you have some way to prepare them for that watershed moment in their Duplicate Bridge careers?
Aug. 21
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Larry Cohen and Gordon Rainsford both have excellent YouTube videos, which I have used in teaching the 0-20 Newcomer group at our Unit Game.

A possible approach (I haven't done this) is when presenting the laws; e.g. “You have to follow suit. If you can't you may discard or ruff. BUT, suppose your Spade is mixed in with your Clubs, and you don't notice it when Spades are led, and you play a Club or a red suit. Then what?”

I have exposed beginners to http://www.omahabridge.org/Library/mh_BRIDGE_ETIQUETTE.pdf (now somewhat out of date WRT skip bids).

They have also been taught from https://www.bridgeteacher.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ChRONicles-of-Cardplay-BridgeEtiquette.pdf, which neither you nor I have permission to copy.
Aug. 21
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Bridgemates work well with ACBLscore only for BAMs.

I use the combination of the two for round-robin teams, with the first step being to set up and run a B-A-M game scored by IMPs.

Then I have to set up a second event, Swiss Teams. I manually compute the IMP margin for each separate pair of teams from the B-A-M; that's the IMP result of their head-to-head match. I enter this into the second event as the match result.

I can take portions of the B-A-M results produced by ACBLscore and add them to the team results, providing board-by-board result comparisons. This beats anything ACBLscore produces for Swiss/Round Robin output, but takes lots of cutting and pasting with “raw” HTML files.

Benefits:
+ pre-dealt boards with post-game hand records
+ no wasted time for shuffle-and-deal
+ no wasted time for post-match scoring and comparison
+ no wait for table assignments for the next match; B-A-M movement gives all N-S pairs stationary, and Bridgemate provides next destination table for E-W pairs.
+ match awards for winning team in each match (disappear when team makes the overalls) provides more players with more Masterpoints than a B-A-M event where only overall scratchers get Masterpoints

Other:
+ players compare (or go home) only after the last round, so no suspense about team standings after each match
+ Matches are played asynchronously (your N-S plays their E-W at a different time than their N-S plays your E-W)
+ time to convert B-A-M IMP results to Round-Robin (Swiss) matches results is much longer than most of the players are willing to wait for, so they get results from the Internet the next morning
+ don't hold your breath waiting for the software to convert from BAM-by-IMPS to Round Robin with Match Awards. This will NEVER be added to ACBLscore and how many years will it be until ACBL provides a robust $FREE ACBLscore replacement? Holding your breath that long could be harmful to your health.
Aug. 19
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As for Bridgemates, I use the reset feature when players are having problems with the devices at beginning of game.

I also have Joe Steele's number on speed dial on my cell phone.
Aug. 17
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I clean my Dealer4 as often as weekly (used for eight board sets most weeks) but usually bi-weekly. Triggers for cleaning:
1: “It's been awhile, might as well do it now while I have the time”
2: repeated error messages

Cleaning is mainly applying a rag (old sock works for me) with isopropyl alcohol to the rollers, removing gunk from them.

www.dealer4servicecenter.com is a go-to for info and hints.
Aug. 17
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Arguendo, Ray, it is not beyond you to create such a poll yourself!
Aug. 14
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John N,

I have Life Master players who ask “How many points does it take to …?” and say things like "I couldn't do …, I only had nn points." They've been STUCK with counting points since their first set of Bridge classes, decades ago! Imprisoned and never learned how to escape, to think outside the points!
Aug. 12
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Bridge Teachers at some point near the beginning of the hand evaluation lesson, introduce the Work 4-3-2-1 Point Count, and the use of High Card Points as an initial and primary hand evaluation tool.

Players spend far too much of the remainder of their Bridge careers trying to escape from High-Card-Point Prison!

The correct answer to almost any question beginning with “How many high card points does it take to …” is “It depends.” Players cannot abide by HCP guidelines and be successful – they must learn/be taught to THINK!

What wins tricks? Aces and other well-placed high cards, and an established suit's long cards.
Aug. 10
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@RY, and @BH, 36 tables is two 18-table Web sections with two-board or three-board rounds, (four board sets 1-26 or 1-27) or 4 nine-table straight Mitchell sections with three-board rounds (four 1-27 board sets). I can run a 17-table Web section or a 19-table Web section if necessary; don't need a full third board set for either. For the 17-board Web, I need two sets of 1-26, and extra boards 1-2 (use 33 & 34) and 13-16 (use 29 - 32). For the 19-board Web movement, need two sets of boards 1-26 and extra boards 1-4 (use 33-36) and 13-18 (use boards 29-34).

So for a total of (12 + 11 + 11 = 34) tables, run two 17-table WEB sections, need a total of four board sets (with renumbered 29-32 as 13-16 and 33-36 as 1-4).

The even-numbered Web movements have .MOV files that come with ACBLscore; get the others from Tim Hill.

For all the details, get Tim Hill's information and external .MOV files from https://www.bridgewebs.com/westwood/, check under the “For Directors” in left margin.
July 29
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Noel, go to ACBL's “Find a Club” at https://my.acbl.org/clubs/directory

Set “District” “is equal to” 99

You will find the eight ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge clubs which are not in any of the 25 ACBL Districts.
June 22
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Welcome to “Share Your Gripes!” Last week was my turn, this week it's Jeff's turn. Maybe it's you next week?

We have good ideas, and our are in the right place. We're frustrated, maybe even a little mad. How many of us does it take to reach the

"I'm mad as he*! and I'm not gonna take it any more!"

stage before we give up and walk away, or maybe – just maybe – we get something positive out of Horn Lake and/or the Board of Directors, followed by something more positive, and a little winning streak starts!

Optimism, anyone?

Tell me about it when you return from Las Vegas next month!
June 22
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Linda, did you give up on getting ACBL management to install vulnerability inserts in all boards used at NABC's?
June 20
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