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Mike Cassel
Mike Cassel
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Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
9 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
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Grow the membership?  How about nurturing the members we already have who are at the bottom of the MP totem pole.  Find out how we can help them better appreciate the game, attend local, regional, and national tournaments.  Let's recast the special events, particularly the GNTs so that newer players learn to play imps and enjoy the difference between imps and matchpoints.  Reward districts who hold club qualifying events for Flight C players.

Our special events could be driving participation to a much greater extent than they are doing.  Live tournament bridge will sputter if we don't engage new club players to enjoy play in a larger venue. It's time for a new grass roots approach: North American Swiss Pairs. Qualify during the Grass Roots Fund month in May and earn the right to play at the fall NABC. The grass roots events, NAP and GNT, should be designed to excite newer players, not just reward those who are already coming to the NABCs


Start the 6K Spingold on Day 2 of the regular Spingold. Structure the NABC+ events in a way that encourages folks to play up.

Lobby your ACBL Board rep to move the 10K event at the start of the Spring NABC to Sat-Sun rather than starting on Day1 of both the Platinum and the IMP Pairs. Bueller?  Bueller?  Hello?  Strive to schedule the start 10K events on day 2 of 3 day NABC+ events whenever possible.

Scheduling a 10K event final that falls on day 1 of a new NABC+ event is WRONG


The ACBL doesn't need a one size fits all policy for team entry fees.  If you want 100% of the masterpoints then you pay your 100%.  A 6 person team willing to receive proportional overall awards, as we do in Swiss team events, can pay the 4 person team entry fee.  We already track the sitouts.  This is not rocket science

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
23imp pickup in Vegas mini-Spingold; a club game this year with a 15 top and no matchpoint score lower than 6 (40%). first time in 35 years of membership with no bottom or average minus
Bridge Accomplishments
Editor for the Gopher Regional Daily Bulletin and weekly Minneapolis Grand Slam Club Bulletins
Member of Bridge Club(s)
D14 GNT Coordinator
Favorite Tournaments
any one with Web Movements and level playing fields
Favorite Conventions
Xfr advances/1MX, Def vs. Michaels(majors), Reverse Smith, 4way 2H/1m, 4way 2C/1M
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Emerald Life Master
Officer's Club Mentoring Team Card
2 over 1
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Mike Cassel & Barry Purrington
2 over 1 see sheets for midchart 2!C/1M and 2!H/1minor
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Ben Kristensen
2 over 1
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Mike Cassel & Harry Sapienza
Forcing Club
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Bill & Sue Treble
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Mike&Peter 15May15
2/1 GF
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Mike Kamil Gabby Sherman Mike Cassel
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This isn't "Just bridge"? USBC Appeal #2
what about this is rare? I'm more concerned that an experienced world class pair doesn't know what they are doing. They surely face Multi where the opening 2 might be an even weaker weak 2. Surely they know their sequences in response to strong takeouts. I would ...
This isn't "Just bridge"? USBC Appeal #2
Clearly, from the comments so far, the sequence is not “just bridge” and I didn’t intend the OP to imply this during the appeal
This isn't "Just bridge"? USBC Appeal #2
In xfr leb what would 3 followed by 3 imean by West? What about starting with a 3 qbid (xfr?) then 3N? If you are playing “trans” leb on FOC is it reasonable to think this partnership never discussed its application over preempts?
To Record or Not To Record, That is the Question
If EW are earnest and advancing they will appreciate that opps who are white vs red will often try to muck up opponents who are known to have the BOP. Woolsey & Bramley suffered a 10 imp loss at the hands of Ginossar and Willenken in their USBC QF with 4 ...
Mystery of Barry Crane
I believe I can lay claim to the worst record possible against Barry. He was late for the first round at a regional around 1985 in the Philadelphia area. Can't recall if it was Cherry Hill or Lancaster. I was playing with my father, a competent player, who wrote ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
BRP Day 3 Carryovers if inserted at 33% [code] tbls top 54th behind leader dy3 c/o of78 0 c/o @33% 2017 SD 39 100 14 2.6 2.2 2016 ORL 39 84 15 2.2 1.6 2015 Den 39 89 15.6 2.3 1.9 ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
A lot of 'very fine people' don't make it to day 2 of the BRP. Let's build on Mike Shuster's idea from the poll thread: Soloway KO QF losers and any of the very fine pairs who didn't Q2 for day two of the BRP can ...
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: KQT3 5 AJ654 A73
Apologies 3 is pure invite Slammish 1suiter starts with 1m - 2
4M vs 3N after no XYZ
My XYZ is an outlier but it IS what it is There are many many more hands where responder’s clarification with invitational values comes up than secondary jumps asslammish hands Our 2 over 1minor will disclose those slammish 1 suitors 2 over 1minor is also a strong ...
4M vs 3N after no XYZ
Opener will rebid 3 with 5-6 in spades and diamond

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