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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
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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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Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
Two of the four districts in Flight C that sent two teams to Las Vegas (13 & 21) found both teams surviving to the quarterfinals.
Richard Lawson's bidding problem: --- KT9632 --- AJ87643
I'm a 4N bidder on the assumption that this shows two places to play, but the bid is not without risk. Where are the diamonds on this hand? No lead directing advance? Partner could have a big diamond hand with a spade stopper and less than adequate support to ...
Motion to Authorize Hybrid Sectionals
i have no idea how many sites there are. I've played in those three venues in the past. If by sites you mean metro areas around the country I don't know that either
Motion to Authorize Hybrid Sectionals
What matters is a flight B player knowing which area clubs will have the smallest turnout and a history of the weakest games and arranging to play with my best B partner so I can take advantage of more boards played against less experienced opponents. I'm not going to ...
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
Can you guess how much pushback we received when we floated the idea of eliminating the Open Flight? That would allow districts to boost their support for the other flights by 33%. How much more participation would there be if district Flight C GNT Champions received $2,000 from the ...
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
Walter, my clicking on your links only show the eighth round pairings, not the results. Nor does my browser for acbl live show the final VP results of the Swiss
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
One of biggest regrets from the days of the GNT/NAP Coordinator forum was our inability to convince the league that supporting a position to centralize and disseminate Best Practices being employed around the country would pay dividends. Offering the GNT Flight A second place squad a subsidy to play ...
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
Y, could not believe that a VP score in low 60s could Q for the final 16
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
In my district a number of former Flight C GNT champions became regular NABC attendees having never been to a National after they won a trip as a GNT champion. "Win a Trip" does provide an incentive to compete.
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
This is the first year that districts with GNT district final fields of 8 or more teams can send a second team to the national finals in flights B & C. There are 41 B teams and 26 C teams in the Swiss today. Two districts fielded no C teams. Only ...

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