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Some people cheat just to show they can get away with it. Years ago I was playing in a barometer final at a local tournament and the opponents' auction on the first board of the round began something like One Club - One Heart - One Notrump - Two Notrump. Opener, needing only to decide whether to bid Three Notrump or Pass, suddenly went into a five-minute tank, and it became obvious that he was simply waiting to see if he could hear someone at another table whisper “making three” or “down” before he made his call. This was an individual to whom this event could not possibly have mattered enough to cheat to try to win, and it wasn't going to be of any monetary value, and it's not someone I would consider a sociopath (well, not away from the bridge table anyway). Other than proving that he could get away with it because no one would take the resulting complaint seriously if we had made one, I can't imagine what other motivation there could have been.
Sept. 29, 2015
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Just think of how much coverage there was in Chennai a couple of years ago for Anand-Carlsen. Here in the US I was getting on line early some mornings to see some of the games streamed. And I'm not actually much of a chess player. And there were press conferences after every match.

I don't think that artificial bidding should be more of an impediment to appreciating bridge than opening theory is for chess. In fact it should be less. Just imagine how much you need to know about an opening to play against it vs how you only need to know the basics of a system to play against it (since you get explanations). The audience only needs the same knowledge that an opponent needs…A good commentator with a little bit of pre-study can easily supply this. (Of course, if someone is texting him the explanations from the table, that helps too.)
Sept. 27, 2015
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GIB actually does seem to reliably reproduce actions in the robot individuals. And that's a very good thing because it makes many of the hands direct declarer play tests against the other human participants (same auction, same contract, same flight B defenders). It also helps you quantify the impact on those flight B defenders when you got to the field contract by an unusual auction, or when you tried a cagey line of play.
Sept. 27, 2015
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I think the OP probably meant to imply that if you have used your credit card to renew your ACBL membership online, you might want to view your next credit card bill(s) carefully.
Sept. 27, 2015
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It would be really nice if these videos were streamed live (for the open rooms anyway), potentially with commentary (like the old VuGraph rooms). I don't mind “watching” a match on BBO, but it's a lot more fun to actually see the players and listen to commentary, and now that the internet is up to streaming that much content, why not?

This would have the side benefit that we could tell our non-bridge playing friends that this was the primary motivation for the video, rather than that bridge had a hugely embarrassing cheating scandal. It could be made to be more interesting than WSOP if someone with the right talent at commentary put their heart into it. (Pre-disclosure of system notes to the commentator would be enormously helpful.)
Sept. 27, 2015
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It will probably get you a suspension. A disqualification from an event you refused to play anyway in wouldn't be considered much of a punishment. I knew some players 20 years ago who suddenly withdrew from a regional KO because one of the team members had a family event he wanted to attend (and the scheduling of which had been a bit hazy), and they were suspended for several months (the whole team, not just that individual)–and they weren't committing the further crime of casting aspersions on their opponents.
Sept. 27, 2015
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If you are prepared to behave immorally because you are revolted at the idea of playing against card cheats (with all due respect, “a cheating pair” could easily mean something else), why would you stop at prearranged signals rather than, say, physical intimidation? And that's why the opponents' cheating can't be an excuse for your cheating: It would need to be punished, just as assault would need to be punished.
Sept. 27, 2015
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How likely is it that a German court would get involved, given that the document says that disputes will be resolved in Swiss courts, given that the event is physically taking place in India, and given that the entity publishing the video is unlikely to be in Germany? And even if the German courts did get involved, how could they prevent the publication of such recordings in any country other than Germany?
Sept. 27, 2015
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You do realize the economic irrationality of that? You're essentially saying that a bet plus a gold coin is no longer a bet. There's no actual difference between (1) paying a pro player $20,000 with an additional $10,000 performance bonus for winning the BB, and (2) paying him $25,000 while betting him $5,000 that the team won't win.
Sept. 26, 2015
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It would be interesting to know whether the WBF would consider performance bonuses to be a form of betting per paragraph 18.
Sept. 26, 2015
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Question, Timo: What if my opponents' post mortem badgering of each other over bad results CONTRIBUTES to my enjoyment of the game (possibly because I think they may play less well next hand, possibly because it's affirmation that our side has drawn blood)? What would I call the director to put a stop to it? And I certainly think I'd have a right to be annoyed if a kibitzer did so. After all, if they don't want to kibitz a thunderstorm, they have other options…
April 13, 2014
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Some suggestions for those attending summer nationals:

(1) Parking is free at most places in Vegas (you might want to check that this is still true at LVH…It was still the Hilton when I was last there), so renting a car is an especially convenient option.

(2) However, I'd suggest reserving a rental car from the rental desk at LVH (or at the hotel you are staying at…many have rental desks), since the last time I tried returning a rental car at the Vegas airport, I literally waited over 60 minutes for a shuttle to the terminals. (Shuttles were running constantly, there was just a very long queue.) Taxi is a much more convenient way to get back to the airport for your flight. Also, you might decide you don't need a car for the entire stay and save some $$.

(3) LVH appears to have a mandatory resort fee that will be added to room rates. The Grand Geneva (where many D13 regionals are held) also has a resort fee. There were a number of years (it all seems straightened out more recently) when D13 and the Grand Geneva appeared not to have a clear understanding as to whether the resort fee was included in the negotiated price or would be added to it. Someone from the ACBL should probably clarify this with respect to LVH.
March 30, 2014
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I think there could be more transparency from the ACBL as to what they requested the hotel / convention center change, so that the membership can see whether: (1) the ACBL is not passing along reasonable requests; (2) the ACBL is making reasonable requests and the site is not acting; (3) the ACBL is passing along unreasonable requests.
I worry a bit that (2) isn't what is happening, since the climate control issue is something that should have been easily fixed without creating ill-will with the site. It's a routine request any conference using that space would make, especially considering many conferences require business attire that makes those high temperatures even more problematic. (And, if you think falling asleep in a card game is bad, imagine being at a podium speaking while your audience is falling asleep from the heat.) On the other hand, the cost of concessions is generally not going to be worth complaining about because doing so will make the ACBL appear to be a difficult customer.
For what it's worth (I was only there two days), I thought everything except the climate control was better than average. (Broken escalators and drained water kegs seem to be a problem at every nationals, so I can't single out Dallas as a particular offender.)
March 30, 2014
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It's interesting how the logic reverses if you change a small heart to a small spade (to get K875x xx xxx xxx or K875x xx KJx KJx). Now that attacking spade lead becomes more attractive with the stronger hand, and the heart lead more attractive with the weaker one.
March 25, 2014
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There doesn't need to be anything hectic about short matches. Just use the same format that board-a-match competitions use, and matches of four or five boards are no problem at all. I don't recall our current format for GNTs in D13, but many times in the past we used this format if round robins were required. It's much fairer than having the movement be like a Swiss, since teams don't actually know their standing during the session, so no one has the random luck of facing a last round opponent who no longer has incentive.
March 25, 2014
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If they wanted to do away with byes, they could. I don't imagine there could be a serious objection to the preliminary round consisting of roughly equal-sized divisions (grouped to be balanced according to seeding) playing a round-robin in the afternoon, with all but the bottom two teams getting the evening off….while the bottom two teams from each round-robin play a 32-board elimination match the first evening. With 72 teams, you would run eight eight-survivor 9-ways, with 56 teams getting the evening to rest, but no one getting a complete bye. (Note that although I like this proposal, I don't think there's anything seriously wrong with the current setup.)
March 24, 2014
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