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General Data Protection Regulation
The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union and the European Economic Area. It also addresses the transfer of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation
Title:Regulation on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (Data Protection Directive)
Made by:European Parliament and Council of the European Union
April 15
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There used to be such an event; its trophy is now used for the Keohane Swiss.

Why not an individual?
1. no sponsor to pay the pros to compete
2. Not enough Masterpoints (one of the factors in the Masterpoint formula is currently 1.25 for Pairs, 1.0 for Swiss, 0.75 for Individual)
3. In large part because of 2., you don't find Individual events at Clubs, Sectionals, or Regionals.
March 30
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Any New Zealand players would be BIWI Kiwis!
March 28
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The Schenken magnum opus (the first Bridge book I read and learned from) is written for an audience which already knows Standard American Goren-style. My lack of that basic foundation hindered me for decades (current partners might say it still does!)
March 25
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Pam Granovetter's Learn to Play Bridge in Nine Minutes – and ask Pam why she doesn't yet have an e-book version!

Then play!
March 24
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Not even NYC's Borough of Richmond, Jeff?
March 24
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both partners need to be on-line simultaneously to register, but do not need to remain on-line until game time.

BBO has been known to increase the table limit for the games; the 2 hours gives them time to both measure their load and increase the limit before start. Yes, they want to do their best to impress the newbies, but they also need to continue support their existing customer base as well.
March 23
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Chris,

You say "All the Board needs to go is set a direction and get the hell out of the way! We'll take it from there.

When was the last time you heard of the ACBL Board of Directors ”getting the hell out of the way?"
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Well? Think hard!
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Yeah. Never happened. Ain't gonna happen now, either.
March 23
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Tanya's “good people.” Not only is her in the right place; often her s and s and s are as well.
March 22
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Board of Directors
Rearranging the deck chairs;
Ship rapidly sinks
March 21
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I linked a specific comment, Ray. Read that and your complaint will fade.
March 20
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Yes – under the current setup BBO will not pay the clubs. They pass the $$ to ACBL, which is responsible for paying the Clubs.

As for the proposed Club-run online games where the Club gets the Club share, I've seen nothing yet. But I'd bet any amount that that money too will go through ACBL, so ACBL can extract its table fees before sending what's left to the Clubs.

See https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/acbl-bod-reorganization-passes-first-reading/?cj=931227#c931227">https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/acbl-bod-reorganization-passes-first-reading/?cj=931227#c931227 for some of the gruesome details.
March 20
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Club treasuries are growing as players support their clubs – for instance, an activist Club member can contact other club players, amass a collection of checks from them, and mail the collection to the Owner/Manager/Director (often all three are the same person). Any readers here doing this yet?

Other than that, the “majority” (currently 80%) of $$ collected by BBO in the “Support your clubs” games om BBO will be sent by BBO to ACBL. Once ACBL figures out how to equitably share that out among the clubs (they already know how they want to do it, but they have to program this so the computer can do the calculations – and for some number of the participating players, the calculations will show no club eligible for the club share) – once all that is done and the computer does calculate how much money is going where, ACBL will begin distributing the money.

Official details of the above from ACBL:
The $4 per club will be sent to the ACBL, and we will run reporting on the players that have played in these specially formatted games to see what clubs they have played in over the past 12 months. Based on those reports, we will distribute the funds accordingly. If you had played 75% of the time in Club A and 25% of the time in Club B, then each time you play, Club A will get $3 and Club B will get $1. For players with no club history, we will be working on a plan for this as well, but the final details are not yet available.

Club owners/managers know not to hold their breaths waiting for ACBL to distribute club shares of the money coming in; all they can do is pray that ACBL programmers are quick and accurate, and that BBO is quick getting the money to ACBL.

And since ACBL is the hand that will be feeding the clubs, the owners/managers know not to “bite the hand that feeds.” By the time any Club sees a check from ACBL, the April rent will be long overdue. Probably the May rent as well. And I wouldn't bet against the June rent also being overdue before a check arrives.

edit: added Official details of the above from ACBL and the actual details lifted from their website at https://www.acbl.org/clubsupportonlinegames/">https://www.acbl.org/clubsupportonlinegames/
March 20
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Said proposed organization has an empty treasury and no power of taxation. Other than that, it's an excellent idea.
March 20
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Politicians know how to respond to questions with answers that sound great but say nothing.
March 20
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Reporting BBO problems here in Bridge Winners educates/warns players who read Bridge Winners;

Reporting BBO problems to support@bridgebase.com might get them fixed – or at least looked at.
March 20
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Not everybody on Pacific time slept in. See who won for E-W at link a couple of comments downstream!
March 20
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