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Mike Cassel
Mike Cassel
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Member Since
June 24, 2010
Last Seen
June 21
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
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Ben Kristensen
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Mike Cassel & Harry Sapienza
Forcing Club
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Terry Lijewski mx1920
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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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Selena Pepić's bidding problem: JT98762 A 8 Q764
2 runs a significant risk of missing game when partner has a couple of black suit honors. The hand doesn't have enough losers. Ax and KJx and you might make 11 tricks. The colors seem right to immediately put the opponents on the last guess.
Steve Weinstein's bidding problem: T8xx x K9xx KQxx
KJ9xx xx Qxxx Jx not joking. Lead directing opposite a passed partner. Why go minus when you might go plus? Why make a unilateral call when you can make a flexible call? It is also possible that partner has chunky spades and better defense: KJ9x KJx Qxxxx J where the ...
Steve Weinstein's bidding problem: T8xx x K9xx KQxx
In most of my partnerships 1, opposite a passed partner, can be made on very limited values for lead direction. I would NEVER hang my partner with a game raise here. Is one reason why I would choose a cuebid rather than a mixed raise.
Putting pressure on opponents quickly versus taking the most chances
The failure to draw trump by leading a spade at T2 could be an interesting gambit: Is declarer advertising a desire to not let the defense signal in trumps.. thereby 'brazenly' inviting the diamond switch? Or coaxing that switch by not pulling trump? Is it an admission of weakness or ...
VPs for the 8th Qualifier at the EBL Championships
Paul was right re. the initial range... But I'm not sure why.... 8th place had been running in the 59% area regression to mean? exhaustion? past history? Any comments on this table? [code] Round Max 1st Delta 1st % 8th Delta 8th % VP VP VP Sun 6/10 15 300 ...
Would you roll this back?
Dan must not have read Steve's post. North could easily have a solid diamond suit and a 17 ct where 3N rates to make on any number of leads. Any poll that engages pollees who aren't conversant with precision sequences is going to be flawed.
Which 8 teams will qualify for 2019 Bermuda Bowl?
I do not believe that any of the 6-8 squads can feel comfortable. If any of them fail to get 30VPs tomorrow they will probably not make the 'elite 8' [code] 30 to57.5%=379.5 %available to get there 1 ISRAEL 385.80 2 RUSSIA 385.76 3 NORWAY ...
Which 8 teams will qualify for 2019 Bermuda Bowl?
Has any team during the course of this event averaged 16VPs over 6 matches? I would think that 66% of the last 6 would do it. That would make 385 the cut line.
Which 8 teams will qualify for 2019 Bermuda Bowl?
Were the byes distributed randomly? Or did the higher 'seeded' teams get their byes earlier in the RR. None of the current top 14 have a bye in their last six matches. Will 58% get you into the top 8? That's ~383VPs Right now the last spot, Italy, has ...
Another BIT
I'm with Marion here and I applaud her willingness to let many people have their say before replaying. Once again find Ed's comments officious. A congenial atmosphere at the club can be immediately lost when less experienced players have the director called on them. I believe there are ...

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