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Mike Cassel
Mike Cassel
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Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
17 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
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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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Alpha Go the movie on youtube
thank you SO much for the link. i set the speed on 1.5 I never made it to shodan, but consider GO to be the pinnacle of a game that shows you yourself, too tight, too loose, too aggressive, too passive. May you find an eye-stealing tesuji in your ...
What is your opinion about skipping 1!D after partner opened 1!C?
if you play XYZ you can bypass 1 with an invitational hand (in NT) by bidding your 4 card major, bidding the XYZ 2, then "raising" 2 to 3. 1 1 1N 2 2 2Major would need a definition as well
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: Q9 A QT9852 Q972
good point re. LHO if unpassed.
I'd Support SYC Games... With a Tweak
you think it is judging. when I play against opponents who have screen names that don't identify who they are I like to learn their names. i like the community part of the idea. played against savdisrish? and told him i liked his moniker. don't remember his skill ...
I'd Support SYC Games... With a Tweak
The point of this post and the comments it might engender was not to criticize the SYC concept but to tweak it so that it would make for a better 2hr experience. i would participate in a mentoring game format, or an 8 is enough type team game of moderate ...
I'd Support SYC Games... With a Tweak
Data mining: recent hx on BBO performance on ACBL Live and Live for Clubs ACBLScore DB for MP hx perhaps weighted for avg MPs/yr giving more weight to recent performance and avg MPs earned/yr for lifetime achievement tempered by personal appeal to play up/ or down if you ...
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: Q9 A QT9852 Q972
With a GF hand you can qbid 2. Partner opened but did not take a call over the passed hand's t.o.X. I subscribe to fast arrival concept here. The two step shows this hand: too good for simple rebid and not good enough for GF qbid ...
Mike Cassel's bidding problem: Q9 A QT9852 Q972
Why double? You are going to remove partner's spade call to diamonds or raise partner's club rebid. Any port in a storm allows you to pass their 1N call playing imps when there isn't a game? Doubler is a passed hand and your RHO couldn't? didn ...
Robert Schachter's bidding problem: A8 Q63 JT53 QT73
would you really rebid 2 with this? K Q 9 7 6 3 A 9 Q 4 A K 2 You can't jump to 4 with this suit Rebidding 3N doesn't appeal I cannot imagine anything other than 3.5 spades :)
Robert Schachter's bidding problem: A8 Q63 JT53 QT73
I would not force upon opener exactly KQJ. I would suppose that if one of those honors were elsewhere in the hand the percentage of success for NT might increase. I very much appreciate the sim runs If you have the hcp strength and not the KQJ what are you ...

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