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Mike Cassel
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Member Since
June 24, 2010
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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
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Mike Cassel & Harry Sapienza
Forcing Club
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Bill & Sue Treble
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Mike&Peter 15May15
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Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
I don't think drop-ins would displace the last 8-12 day 1 qualifiers. Something like that did happen in the WBF Imp Pairs in Philly leading to very hard feelings.
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
The average entry field, not counting 2018, in the BRP over 15 years is ~158 tables. Let's say 300 pairs. Day 1 of the BRP will have been diluted by the 32 -48 pairs that were playing Soloway R16. A case could certainly be made that allowing the drop ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
I respect the proponents of drop-ins and their logic. Why can't they understand the optics of catering to the elite? Has Chris analyzed who isn't playing in regionals? In our Spring regional it is the 700MP-1700MP player. Regionals that aren't large enough for viable mid-flight events may ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
Very few newer players, raising themselves up thru Gold Rush events, who may have a BRP qualification, have your kind of mindset. The event, is plenty tough without catering to another big handful of elite pairs who are granted ‘the MasterCard mantra that rank has its privileges’ You conveniently seem ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
Drop in logic makes sense like incentives for coal mining Our future, be it the only world we inhabit or the card game we are passionate about (in which cards may also be an endangered species), is at risk. How might we encourage casual club players to be more ____ ...
Drop ins to the Blue Ribbons
Maybe NABC regional players and BRP day 1 non qualifiers can find themselves competing against Soloway QF losers in regional events on Wed and Thurs. What a thrill to compete against them in a lesser event. Maybe more attendees will enter the BRP because a few dozen of the top ...
In the Well: Jose Damiani
Will a transcript of the Burgay tape ever see the light of day?
Tempo question ( too fast over a jump)
If, as a number of posters mentioned, opener was following through on the bid that was in his mind, 5, as soon as partner bid 1, the assertion that the jump to 5, says zilch about heart control: K xx KQ AKJxxxxx You can't know what ...
Tempo question ( too fast over a jump)
not when you remove 4 to 5 not trotting out Bwood. Steve, if this is what you believe then you should have no trouble letting South raise to 6. Maybe the poll doublers don't have such stringent requirements for the jump to 5
Tracy Brines's bidding problem: AT9854 Q4 A432 Q
How many of the doublers are wondering why opener didn't cuebid 4 on the way to 5. The opponents don't have to have 11 hearts.

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