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Gary, in today's world, I think those characteristics DISQUALIFY Eugene for politics! (Sorry if I am being too political; could not help myself!)
4 hours ago
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Why not just have enough rooms so those who would like to attend - be it for 3 days or 12 - can get a room?

And please note; I have never had to do this in my life …so I am quite certain that there are all sorts of complications and difficulties of which I am unaware. ONLY stating that the GOAL should be to get as many people as possible attending (and having a place to stay) - irrespective of how LONG they are able to be at the tournament!
4 hours ago
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Gene, plenty of big things in life that need fixing and aren't as they ought to be.

Maybe we could avoid bitching and moaning about the teensy weensy items that aren't exactly to our liking?

Can't speak for others, but when I do this, I am a happier camper!
9 hours ago
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Paul, I play this range (14+ to 17) and we always state it as such. I do think it's wrong when pairs who also frequently upgrade still say “15-17.”

That being said, I do now and then have a hand with lots of 10's and 9's that I will upgrade also. And they often make the difference!
11 hours ago
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Call me crazy - but - I often am a big believer of simplicity and am here, too.

Isn't it easiest to have everyone announce their range - even what might be considered “most common.” Then no need to wait to see if someone has forgotten - or grab the CC, etc., etc. Everyone just says “x-y range”. Easy, peasy.
12 hours ago
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Nigel, BAM would be a very different contest. And as for luck - what about those who win because they are earning 430 instead of 420?

Each format has its own “luck” - no?
16 hours ago
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Yep; that WAS the Hog, Jack!
17 hours ago
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WD, Phil. All fine players!
Aug. 21
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One of the best sites ever. (Not sure if I can come up with one that was superior!)

And - thank you so much, Bahar, for such a thoughtful letter that addresses concerns swiftly and sensibly!
Aug. 21
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One of the best sites ever. (Not sure if I can come up with one that was superior!)
Aug. 21
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A very fine honor! Much deserved, BW!
Aug. 21
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Richard, you surely make some valid points. Let's put it this way: what I believe is that the ACBL COULD handle what I have mentioned. But - that would only happen with change; big change.

Is the League up to it? I dunno. Honestly, if they don't put some significant changes into place, I do see more troubles down the road.
Aug. 21
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Richard, perhaps I wasn't clear in what I think can/could happen. I do not see much “mixing” of these groups. But, I do think that the ACBL could have venues and events - and varied rules - for the two groups.**

**In reality, really more 3 groups. “Social players,” who enjoy playing and don't mind learning a little, but will be unlikely to reach “expert” status - for whatever reasons. “Expert” - people who can play quite well, but not in the third class: “World class.”

I see no reason why the League couldn't adjust to having these 3 groups and meet their needs, as required.
Aug. 21
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Yu, I understand your concerns. I do think, however, that the ACBL COULD do it - IF they were to choose to take this on as a goal. It would be different from what we've had, but - I do believe it is possible to achieve.
Aug. 21
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Chris, I personally think one in particular is very tough: transparency. Yet, that being said, it seems endemic to politics, per se, in general. Too many want to protect their turf, are afraid of being blunt and open, yada yada yada.

Yet, it surely seems in the bridge world at least, many of us do yearn for far more transparency! I know I do….
Aug. 21
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Michael, your example of the Hog demeaning you for “butchering the hand” is a prime example of how (alas) some very talented players feel the need to resort to low tactics like that in an effort to win. So - not always sexism; sometimes just “nasty-ism”…
Aug. 21
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Yes, the Hog was excellent at this, but let's it forget George Jacobs! Many a time I've been doubled over when George has the microphone.
Aug. 20
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Ed - the Hog was who he was.

Actually, my experiences with him were a pittance in contrast to many others in my area. He lived both in Iowa and the Twin Ciites; for years, I heard stories that occurred before I knew what “bridge” was.

He could be very funny and entertaining, and he was a talented player. I will admit, however, what he did to some of the lesser players (and I don't mean just playing really well against them) was not so much to my liking!
Aug. 20
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“I wish the people who try to pick everything apart had better things to do”

HA! Good luck with THAT thought, Barry ……. :D
Aug. 20
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