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This is BW. Even the acronym is not original.
Aug. 13, 2016
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For people who do not stay at the site hotel, the earlier times are surely much preferable.
Aug. 13, 2016
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Thanks for putting it this way, Michael. While I agree with others that it's OK for the contents of the confession not to be public, I do agree with you that the EBL ought to define what they mean by “full confession”.

Does it have to start with “Bless me, father, for I have sinned…”? :)
Aug. 13, 2016
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Or a handful of people willing to use physical intimidation. For example, putting a human chain across the men's room door when one of those players is in there between rounds so he can't get back to the table. Clumsy opponents spilling coffee on them at every table. Things like that are possible…
Aug. 13, 2016
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No, I don't, Don. I also don't think you read my post carefully if you need to ask that question.

But just to make it clear, those other pairs are a clear danger to play again if they hadn't gotten lifetime bans by the ACBL. They also had been caught cheating in ACBL events, which P/S hadn't. (I'm not saying they didn't cheat in ACBL events.) And, as others point out, they never confessed.

It would be nice if the EBL would uphold the ACBL's lifetime ban on players like F/N and F/S, don't you think? Cooperation has to start somewhere.
Aug. 13, 2016
Christopher Monsour edited this comment Aug. 13, 2016
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Yes, please do that. Spend hours typing it really slowly so you don't get any sleep tonight.
Aug. 12, 2016
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I'm not sure why jet lag is relevant. Surely the first main day of nationals, the events would need to start later (to make travel easier), just like events always start and finish early on the last day. It's the week's worth of days in between that are at issue.
Aug. 12, 2016
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@JoAnn, Don't you think a lot of people have been griping about the CEO and about Brad and about not having enough facts without doing a little bit of fact-checking on their own first? Why don't you do us all a favor and look up the WBF sentencing guidelines yourself before continuing to gripe?

And thank you to Ray for posting light rather than heat!
Aug. 12, 2016
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If I understand that right, then, Ray, the ACBL's CEO had no discretion in the P/S case and had to do as he did. And Brad's comment about the WBF being the real problem comes across clearly as well.
Aug. 12, 2016
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So, Richard, would you say you are encouraging honest American bridge players to exercise their second amendment rights?
Aug. 12, 2016
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I think Nat makes a very sensible point. If Piekarek and Smirnov are unlikely to want to take up bridge again, then four years is enough. The cost of holding a hearing would not be the cost of the hearing itself, but the political cost of breaking with the EBL when we don't need to, on an EBL evaluation of conduct in EBL events. After all, I'm sure the ACBL would like the EBL to uphold punishments the ACBL renders in most cases.
Aug. 12, 2016
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I agree. And, reading between the lines, I think Kit does, too.
Aug. 7, 2016
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Suggestion to anyone from ACBL listening. This one time, fix something before it leads to a committee ruling.
Aug. 6, 2016
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Your phrasing on page 6, paragraph 2, suggests that if declarer is 5=3=1=4 then partner has three hearts. Actually, in that case, partner has two hearts. So it would be even less surprising than you indicated for declarer to have a singleton Q.
Aug. 6, 2016
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The potential to miss +620 in 4 at IMPs seems like a compelling reason to me.
Aug. 6, 2016
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But at least they had covers for their woods.
Aug. 6, 2016
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Yes, but there's a different way to think about that hand. Namely, declarer is planning to take the club finesse all along (since it also requires a 4-2 break to set him when it's offside), but he may as well run one heart honor first, since he can afford to. In fact, running the Q as he did is a strict improvement vs taking the club hook before playing any trumps, since East might (unlikely from the opening lead, admittedly) have had a singleton club and the singleton king of hearts.
Aug. 4, 2016
Christopher Monsour edited this comment Aug. 4, 2016
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That's because satellite radio is a failed business model, so who cares. Be careful what you wish for…
Aug. 4, 2016
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Well, if people try to get the ACBL and ABA to merge, then perhaps we'll find out what the Department of Justice thinks….
Aug. 3, 2016
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I remember 20 years ago at Miami nationals several events had to deal with incompetent directors who put some boards through the duplicating machines 180-degrees from the correct orientation…
Aug. 3, 2016
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