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Congratulations Dennis. Very well deserved!
Jan. 26
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4H
Oct. 23, 2019
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extras, s/t. not overly defined.
Oct. 21, 2019
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chip and I would play that 4S here is RKC for diamonds since that is our last bid suit. 4N would be a diamond s/t if 4D weren't forcing, but since it is 4N is natural.
Oct. 21, 2019
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It is true that the person who asked is quite close to an influential board member. That person argued strenuously against the rule change.
June 1, 2019
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The original request was from a woman who wanted to play with her husband in the mixed but didn’t want to lose her chance in the women’s to do so.
Perhaps she was looking for an extra paycheck, but that was not the impression of the board.
June 1, 2019
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And to the best of my knowledge it has not.
June 1, 2019
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all teams are fully funded
June 1, 2019
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Steve, this is simply not possible. For one, the open and seniors take more than a week. and a seperate week cannot be allocated to the women's alone–the field is too small. However, there is at least one committee focused on these scheduling issues. I'm sure they would welcome your joining. Please let me know and I can add you as a member.
June 1, 2019
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Adam, I don't understand. Anyone who wins Open cannot enter a new event or be added to another team under current rules. Are you suggesting that some players cannot enter a new event even if they lose in the open?
June 1, 2019
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BTW, I am the only open sponsor involved in this and I was against there being an exception for the open.
May 30, 2019
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Because there were people who preferred to play in the seniors, for example. Karen macullum won the women's but prefers to play in the seniors if she wins that.
If there were some obviously correct answer we would have come to that.
May 30, 2019
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I have no problem with people disagreeing with the ultimate decision.(I'm not saying that we could have been better about publicizing the forums.) But dozens of people spent countless hours on this issue.
Anyone who feels that the answers are so simple that any rational person would come to the same conclusion as they have should just lie down until that feeling goes away.

By the way, no one on the USBF board has entered multiple trials.
May 29, 2019
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Per jeff Meckstroth's comment:
1. Winners of the open trials were not eligible for a future event
2. Even, if #1 were not true, if Jeff won the senior trials he would be ineligible to play in the Bermuda Bowl. I presume his team would be unhappy about this …
May 29, 2019
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The USBF made this decision after the rule change was requested by a member. It was debated at the technical committee level, then by the board on several occasions. There was a forum on bridge winners where everyone could weigh in and vote. If you were going to be outraged by this, you had your chance.
May 29, 2019
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Between now and then we plan to have a good time and win a few events.
March 5, 2019
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Hampson-Greco told me that they will be playing with the Nickell team as of July 2020. This was very disappointing as they are great players and terrific teammates and friends.
We are thrilled, however, that Thomas Bessis and Frederick Volcker have agreed to join Chip Martel, Brad Moss, Joe Grue and me.
March 5, 2019
Martin Fleisher edited this comment March 5, 2019
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It's strange that the ACBL singles out the NAP and GNT as things in which players not in good standing cannot compete. Why can those players enter, say, the platinum pairs and the Vanderbilt.
Jan. 12, 2019
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This really is a terrific article max!
Jan. 5, 2019
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In 2013, I was POY with 746. This year, 5th with 809.
Dec. 6, 2018
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