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Mike Cassel
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
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KO bracket sizes
The small bracket format was designed to eliminate the single handicapped bracket that was throttling the life out of regional four-session KOs in smaller regionals. IMO, the experiment, now codified, is pandering, as the OP states, to the the base hunger for masterpoints. Hunt Valley had two KOs toward the ...
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emphasize MINI-lesson sometimes one's eyes glaze over at that 'onerous' word lesson
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Hand Evaluation Jeff Rubens' principle of in and out evaluation. why honors in long suits make your hand more offensive and honors in short suits make your hand more suited to defending. don't overload new players with too many concepts at one time.
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
The BOD Item 192-15: 4-Session Regional Events Second Reading Codification Chapter XIII – General Tournament Information - Appendix 13 B - Masterpoint Computations, Sectional/Regional Tournament Events, C. - Regional Events – Unrestricted Events, 3 - Four Session Regional Event is amended as follows: For those unrestricted ...
Soliciting ideas for a spring event preceding the NAP flight B and C finals
1. Flip flop the International Fund month (Sept) and the Grass Roots Fund month (May) 2 Use September to promote both Grass Roots events: the pending NAP district finals and the start of that year's GNT cycle. 3A Hold an ACBL-wide Grass Roots Fund Game during the month WITH ...
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
I can generally agree with many of your points, Steve, but find the tenor to be a bit paternalistic. The membership skews intelligent. We do a disservice by assuming that we can decide for them what kind of top down smaller BOD decision making is best. I am orders of ...
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
For many years there has been an oligarchic quality to how the ACBL is directed. I think the league could do well to randomly poll the membership on a regular basis on topical issues like governance, offering daylight NABC+ events (Senior or SuperSenior?), prime motivating factors encouraging tournament attendance (hotel ...
Foreign Competitors in ACBL masterpoint limited events
Lebioda He was a gentleman at the table in 2008.. and a rock. http:// deleted and certainly someone who should not have been eligible for a MP-limited event. Lukasz LEBIODA Poland WBF Code: POL&500346 Playing Record (Team Events) [code]Year Event Rank Team 1970 28th EUROPEAN TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS Estoril ...
Foreign Competitors in ACBL masterpoint limited events
Mike raises a good point re. foreign juniors who have represented their countries. Where do you set their level of attainment? Georgiana a distinction without a difference? Foreign players who have represented their countries in WBF Open competition should be non-eligible for ACBL limited point events, not because they it ...
in Q3 of the Spingold SF Blass vs Spector Driver took 8' at T4 after his J held T3. Then Joel took 10' after winning the A at T4 to lead the singleton he held in partner's first chair preempt suit. Shortly thereafter one table in the other SF ...

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