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Richard, is there a measurable decline in Chicago-land club attendance over the four years? Different in degree between daytime and evening games?

As for the insularity of the measured population, seems the next step would be to see how the club-derived ratings hold up in the same four years with Chicago-land Sectional/Regional competition.

All this data-crunching is most excellent as real progress toward a useful rating system; thanks to both you and Ping.

There may be useful data that can be mined from Jay Whipple III's possibly Florida-centric http://cloud.bridgefinesse.com/Chart.php.
Feb. 17
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The comment to dwarf all others!
Just hope that Sneezy didn't cover his mouth with his cards!
Feb. 14
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I seldom play with or against my peers; filling in at my club games (with the last unpaired player, to avoid having a movement with a sitout) gives me a partner no one else there wants.
Feb. 13
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ACBL gets more exposure when we members share these videos ourselves. I've posted links to the NTBC video intro to school clubs, the Zack Grossack video, and the Jeopardy James videos on my personal FB page, my Unit's Facebook page, and my club's Facebook page. I'll send the links in my next club e-mails as well.

I'm pretty sure that among its 160,000+ members, ACBL has some with successful marketing experience, but I'm unsure that there are any looking for work and willing to relocate to the Greater Horn Lake area. I'm even less certain that anyone currently on ACBL's payroll knows enough about marketing in general and Social Media marketing in particular to effectively sign off on ideas and supervise their implementation.
Jan. 22
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Chris,

Do you have access to tweener+ kids out there in the desert such that you could produce a similar/identical video?
Jan. 22
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New Tricks Bridge Club does NOT have deep pockets. I would be surprised if the video was not shot at an actual event.

It DOES point out to me that it would be good if Bridge organizers and would-be organizers working with the primary/secondary level student demographic could use similar studies from the current decade and with a larger base.
Jan. 21
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Jan. 22
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Rather that the URL Chris provides above, use https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3na9c69nFCw&feature=youtu.be&t=165 to start where the yoga instructor begins.

Sitting through twelve boards of a KO match, at 7.5 minutes per board, is 90 minutes of hard mental work, focus and concentration, and can leave the Bridge player as tense as a seamstress. After comparing scores with your teammates, you're back at it again, another up to 90 minutes. In the break before the next match is an excellent time to do some of the recommended yoga.

Playing Swiss Teams, six-board or seven-board matches? If your match is among the early finishers, once you've reported your scores, do some of this yoga to prepare your body for the next match.

Thanks, Chris –good stuff. How did you come across this?
Jan. 19
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At the Gold Rush and Flight C level, these are the stars of the present!
Jan. 12
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not to mention giving the site another major separation from the “ACBL-centric” label!
Jan. 12
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local (commuter) players and players who can stay for free with friends or relatives may be on do-not-pay-hotel-bills teams; most others will be expected to pay hotel bills or equivalent somewhere. Some players will be on mixed teams.
Jan. 11
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I enjoyed my wine in the hospitality suite while celebrating most evenings; rode back to offsite accommodations with a tee-totaling driver. There was more than enough time for good meals between afternoon and evening sessions.

I've been to Regionals with morning-afternoon main events and those with afternoon-evening main events. If you can't stand one schedule, by all means stay away from tournaments with that schedule – but just because the two camps may not agree any time soon is no reason to kvetch unless there are no tournaments with your preferred schedule.
Jan. 11
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Jan. 11
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Congrats on your new intern! Trust him to do the editing?
Jan. 11
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Better publicity (ACBL turned down a Bridge show on ESPN??) and a few more NABC+ team wins on the Levine team, and another BB or two, and the market ($$) for a Meck Tells All (or a Meckwell Tells All) Bridge autobiography will grow, and the book may be well worth your while.

You have more than enough Bridge hands to delight and entrance the dedicated players, and a treasure trove of anecdotes and stories covering the first 15 years of your career and the four (?) decades of Player of the Decade at NABC's to delight the casual players. Add some teaching as Schenken did in his autobiography and even beginners will line up to buy the book!

A worthy addition to any player's library, standing proudly after The Education of a Bridge Player and The Lone Wolff: Autobiography of a Bridge Maverick; the trio showing stories of top-level Bridge from before Vanderbilt to the 2030's.

In the fourth decade of Player of the Decade, the stories about the revival of top-level competition and competition in general in North American Duplicate Contract Bridge will be fascinating; perhaps even the important part that Meckwell and the Levine Team will be playing in that revival!
Jan. 11
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Jan. 11
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Thank Rusty Krauss of https://advisor.janney.com/kraussinvestmentgroup/ for the free commuter parking; he has done similar for DC NABCs, Philadelphia 2018 NABC, and DC-area Regionals, among other ways he supports Bridge.

Rusty will also probably continue winning the occasional 10K event at NABC's until he surpasses 10K.
Jan. 7
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Jan. 8
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ACBL Plastic in use at Regionals have shown themselves much less durable than either BB variety; and being thinner, they fall out of even the old aluminum boards far too frequently.

I bought three dozen but I'm not planning on using them any time soon, or with any frequency once I do put them in boards.

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Jan. 7
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Cone of Silence, anyone?
Jan. 6
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Hi Randy,

Thanks for your part in creating the ACBL hotline! I've appreciated the help I've received from people answering the phone there!
Jan. 6
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Jeff,

Isn't one of your goals for a full-service-clubs organization to affect the way ACBL resources are allocated? Once this org has the relevant data and crunches the numbers, doesn't that give what's needed for your organization to affect – or at least attempt to influence – ACBL's resource allocation?
Jan. 6
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You can follow these races (Ace of Clubs as well) at the ACBL level, the District level, and the Unit level. More publicity not just of overall, but of the various categories and geographies, might result in more Bridge being played in November and December. Masterpoints do have value in that they confer bragging rights.

ACBL makes the data available; Districts and Units can provide publicity if they want. Alas, few do.
Jan. 6
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An “In Memoriam” for clubs, in addition to the one for players. Both appear to be trending larger; there are only so may pages that Bridge Cruises (land and sea) and Bridge Tournaments can support with the ad revenue.
Jan. 5
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