Paul Cronin

Curiouser & Curiouser

A couple of interesting results from two recent club games:

(a) coming second in a 13 table open game paid  0.91 master-points

(b) coming second in a 2 1/2 table game the next day paid 1.25 master-points 

It’s easy to forget how sacred master-points are, and good that events like the above

bring us back to earth.

On a unrelated note, the Hawaii NABC looks like it will come in at slightly over 6,000

tables……for a loss of over $600,000. Combine that with the $2,000,000 Score fiasco

loss, and the subsequent IBM software incompatibility loss, and I wonder if fees will be

going up.  Maybe the committees could stop working on  CDR changes, or bringing

in new allowable convention charts, for a while and concentrate on getting the financial

house in order. 

On a more positive note, there can’t be many headquarters people left to fire….stability

is good! 


Judy Kay-WolffDecember 3rd, 2018 at 4:34 pm

Yes, Paul, the going-ons become more nauseating each time I turn a bridge page. It is absolutely pathetic and I see no relief in sight! What happened to the administrations of yore where furtherance of the majesty of our game was the focal point!!!!

This is not the game to which I was introduced over six decades ago!! Alas no more!

paul croninDecember 3rd, 2018 at 6:59 pm

Hi Judy,

Great to hear from you! Hope you and Bobby are well and that all finesses are working, Final table count for Hawaii came in at 6034.5, the lowest since Winnipeg in the 1980s. And another top level event, the Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs, being won because of an appeal which flipped the top two pairs. Would love to hear Bobby’s thoughts on the appeal.

bobbywolffFebruary 26th, 2019 at 5:00 am

Hi Paul,

Haven’t heard of that appeal, and if you or someone sends me the facts, (keeping all personalities out of it (both pairs involved and of course the administrators who were involved).

Hope all is well with you.


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