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Mike Cassel
Mike Cassel
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Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
18 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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Ben Kristensen
2 over 1
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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
2 over 1
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Two over one
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David Neiman's bidding problem: 6 J54 5 AK865432
RHO has a preempt and you have 7 hcp. Cannot imagine this hand getting passed out.
Why is this day different from all others?
There are guidelines for ACBL directors re. how brackets are set for these events. We had an issue last May that would have severely disadvantaged teams with ~8,000MPs who were slotted into the top bracket of a two session 'Bracketed Swiss'. I believe the assigned directors were following a ...
Why is this day different from all others?
A bracketed Swiss doesn't have to be a complete RR. Instead of sets of three ways, troikas, or RRs whatever the directors could accommodate a team wanting to play up. It takes a little extra work. otoh, the ecology of the game being what it is, don't we ...
David Neiman's bidding problem: 6 J54 5 AK865432
Pass and await developments. If I bid now and later partner doubles I will be worried that I won't be providing more than 1 defensive trick. If it is partner that reopens with a double I can offer up 5.
Pre Alert for Lite (HCP wise) opening bids
the ACBL convention card has a checkbox for very light openings and lots of space below 'General Approach' If your approach to opening is more focused on losers than 'average high card strength' (11 or more hcp as your cc evidently describes) I believe that deserves a pre-alert a la ...
Matchpoint Teams
We have run Club Appreciation Team Games in two sections where B&C pairs sit in the same seats at the same number table as their A teammates. The scores are entered with bridgemates, but there has not been an automatic way to combine the net imps (or in your ...
Help with Bridge World Binders
I took a couple of each sized BWs to Office Max (now Office Depot) in our area and found the best fit among their mailing boxes. You bend & fold them and they close without having to tape them. A magic marker on the edge facing out from your bookcase with ...
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
50% only based on hearts breaking reasonably.
Comedy of errors: how do you straighten it out?
Against opponents who I do not know I often look at their convention card on this auction at the point when 3 is alerted. If they are playing Puppet then I will know whether to double the coming 3M showing four of the other. A few weeks ago my ...
Passed hand jump to 2NT
Also that 1M 3 is diamonds? Right side the part score ... or rare game.

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