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Gatlinburg historical table counts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gatlinburg_Regional

NABC table counts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Bridge_Championships

Gatlinburg is over 6 1/2 days. NABCs are 10+ days.
12 hours ago
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Yes, Board 150 not 120. Sorry. I have the data in one screen and have to manually type into BW. Fat fingers.

There are examples from other Bermuda Bowls (4-2 fits). I only looked at 1959.

Bridgescore+ has the ability to import data from multiple sources so I have data on most of the major championships going back to the 1950s. Bridgescore+ has a cheating detection module. Bridgescore+ also have advanced tools to search for different features. So it is easy for me to find things like 4-2 or 3-3 fits.

There are also examples of US players in similar 4-2 fits from that era.
12 hours ago
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@Avon: You forgot to mention 3-3 fits:

Board 120. Belladonna/Avarelli. 2. Q106:K53.
http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?bbo=y&linurl=http://www.sarantakos.com/bridge/vugraph/1959/s9.lin
18 hours ago
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The decision on Hawaii was made in Fall 2011. http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/about/1103-exhibits/2011_3_Seattle_board_minutes.pdf Search for Hawaii. 6 directors voted against it: 1, 2, 4, 5, 12, 15. Retek, Janicki, Robinson, Fairchild, Arlinghaus, Harlan.
Most, but not all, of the current board, and all of the current ACBL C-suite staff, were not involved with this decision.
At the same time, Kansas (Spring 2017) and Tampa (Fall 2020) were approved unanimously.
Toronto (Summer 2017) was also approved. 5 and 12 voted no. Fairchild, Harlan.
Jeff Johnston was still alive and presumably negotiated the contract.
19 hours ago
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Wikipedia is edited by volunteers. If you believe something is missing, and can provide sources for any statements you add, please do so.
Oct. 16
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Congratulations Jan on your EBL victory. The set of those that can give *informed* criticism is small so hopefully there will be no further comments on BW (ha!). EBL/FN had its day in court; FN won. I think everyone on BW disagrees with the verdict, but everyone has to accept the legal outcome of this ruling in other to move forward. There were certainly lessons learned on the way; but the CAS ruling has to be accepted. EBL/WBF are based in Europe, therefore European laws apply; a lot of the posters on BW only know the ACBL model.

The CAS model is supposed to ensure that there is fairness to both sides. No-one on the CAS board has other responsibilities in Bridge; therefore they are supposed to be impartial.

One lesson unfortunately learned was the cost of pursuing the cheaters. I know EBL has shouldered the lions share of this cost.
Oct. 15
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ACBL have never brought a case against B or Z. Both B and Z have let their ACBL membership lapse.
Oct. 14
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Wikipedia has no authority. I'm someone who edits Bridge Wikipedia articles. There are other Wikipedia editors that work on Bridge related articles. If you have any interest, please join the group on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia exists to give encyclopaedic information. If ACBL/EBL/WBF states that a team won an event, that is what should be on Wikipedia. Wikipedia does have an article on cheating in Bridge.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheating_in_bridge

Anyone can edit it.

Be warned: if you edit and put your own personal opinion, it is likely that the edits will be reverted.

There are individual pages on cheating by F/S and F/N.

I encourage anyone to add to the Bridge related pages on Wikipedia. They are lacking compared to other sports.

Please note it is Pierre Zimmermann (2 ns). James Zimmerman (one n) is the former president of ACBL. There are plenty of other well known sponsors that have hired F/N or F/S (or B/Z) in the past.
Oct. 14
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I know the folks that work on the WBF web site. They work hard, and long hours.

As anyone who has ever had to maintain a web site - myself included - you want to minimize the amount of down time. Any down time looks bad. Setting up mirrored sites is non-trivial.

The default error message when the system is down (actually it's up because you are getting a message, but it can't access the data it is supposed to so it is displaying an error message) is not something you normally test because…. the system is never down :-). Updating the default message is not as trivial as you first think (the manual is a little hard to read). Besides, no-one ever does this because… the site never goes down!
Oct. 13
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http://db.worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/orlando.18/Microsite/Asp/BoardAcrosspairs.asp?qboard=1&qtournid=1547&qroundno=3&qgroupno=1

12 of 13 pairs bid 3NT. 1 bid 3. Assuming these players are all experts, that's about 92%. I don't know the auction at the table that stopped in 3.

3NT goes down 1 on a low spade (or club) lead. 5 tables led a low spade, 7 tables (including me) led a low diamond for an easy-ish 9 tricks.

Of the 5 tables that led a low spade, declarer still made her contract at 4 of the tables. In other words, at some point the defense erred. Petra and Hemant were the only pair to set 3NT. They did it against the eventual 3rd place team. If the contract makes, they switch places in the final standings.
Oct. 13
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I sent the admin a message. He replied “some maintenance”. I expect back soon.

The message you see: “The server encountered….” is the default message when setting up a web site so you can ignore its contents.

The results are kept on http://db.worldbridge.org - that's up. It did go down once during Orlando, but overnight so most people didn't notice.

If you are looking for results, an example is http://db.worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/orlando.18/Microsite/Asp/TotalPairs.asp?qtournid=1544&qroundno=1&qgroupno=2

Change the qtournid to the value you want (1544-1547) were Pairs - Open/Senior/Women/Mixed.
qroundno is the round number. groupno is fun; 1=final, 2=qualifiers, 6=semi final A, 7=semi-final B.

Occasionally web sites will go down for maintenance, installation of new software etc.

Larger organisations will have the ability to switch different servers so the maintenance is hidden from users. But it comes at a cost.
Oct. 13
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In the first session, there were scores for 6 boards (10-16).

In the second session, there were scores for 10 boards (17-26).

In the third session, there were scores for 10 boards boards (1-5, 7-8, 10-11, 13).

Add your scores for these 26 boards. Each board was worth 2%. For a quick calculation, subtract 5 (one average board) from your score and multiply by 4 then divide by 10. This is your % score. (We have assumed 25 boards scores, each worth 4%, hence the multiply by 4).

The winners has a 62.67% game. Second place was 57%, third was 55%.

Some missing scores:
In the third session, for board 1, score 1 if you did not bid to 3NT.

There is some luck in matchpoints. Some boards you make the luck, sometimes it just happens. The dice rolls are approximate (rolling 11 or 12 with 2 dice is 1 in 12, some actions only occurred once at a table, 1 in 13).

If you didn't feel lucky that day, don't do the following. If it was your lucky day, then…

Session 3. Board 1. Roll 2 dice. If you bid 3NT, and roll 11 or 12, add 4 to your score. You were the pair where the opponents doubled 3NT and you made it.

Session 3. Board 8. Roll 1 dice. If 5 or 6, add 4 to your score. Declarer misplayed it. Only took 10 tricks. Other tables took 11. Nothing to do with your defense.

Session 3. Board 9. Roll 2 dice. If you roll 11 or 12, add 5 to your score. Declarer misplayed it. You were the only table that set 3NT. Only took 10 tricks. Other tables took 11. If you roll less than 5, add 3 to your score - at your table they did not bid 3NT, so you score well.

Session 3. Board 16. Roll 2 dice. If you roll 11 or 12, add 4 to your score. Your opponents were tired and mis-defended and let 3NT make.

You should probably add in some luck factor in a negative way. Sometimes you guess wrong. But there were not many hands with a two way finesse for a queen, so for this day, you don't factor this in.

For a more accurate calculation… add all your scores including the “luck” factor. Each board was worth 2% of the total, so double your score (each board is worth 2%). Divide by 10 (converts the board scores from 0-20 to a range of 0-2 corresponding to the percentage value of each board). Add this to 24 - which is the average you have for the 24 boards where scores were not listed.
Oct. 13
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@gary: you are supposed to click on the URL, not type it in.
Oct. 13
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Taking no sides, and to help with the discussion:

This is Board 99 in the open room, NS are Canadians but close enough.
http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?n=sQh754dA1095cJ10975&e=s10643h93dQ6cAK432&s=s9872hAQdKJ843cQ8&w=sAKJ5hKJ10862d72c6&d=S&nn=Eric%20Murray&en=Benito%20Garrozo&sn=Sammy%20Kehela&wn=Pietro%20Forquet&d=s&b=99&v=e&a=P1SP3SP4SPPP&p=CJCAC8C6CKCQD2C5H3HAH2H4D4D7DAD6D5DQDKS5HKH5H9HQSASQS3S2SKH7S4S7HJC7C2S8D3H6D9S6STS9SJC9

This is Board 99 in the closed room:
http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?n=sQh754dA1095cJ10975&e=s10643h93dQ6cAK432&s=s9872hAQdKJ843cQ8&w=sAKJ5hKJ10862d72c6&d=S&nn=Giorgio%20Belladonna&en=Al%20Roth&sn=Walter%20Avarelli&wn=Bill%20Root&d=s&b=99&v=e&a=1DX2D2SP3SP4SPPP&p=D4D2DAD6D5DQDKD7S2SJSQS3CTCAC8C6H3HAH2H4D3H6D9S4H9HQHKH5

Board 100 in the open room:
http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?n=s108743hA103d76cA85&e=sAJ5hJdK10852cJ762&s=sKQ92hK982dQJ93c9&w=s6hQ7654dA4cKQ1043&d=W&nn=Eric%20Murray&en=Benito%20Garrozo&sn=Sammy%20Kehela&wn=Pietro%20Forquet&d=w&b=100&v=b&a=PPP1D1H1SPP2C2S3C3S4CXPPP&p=D7D8D9DAH5H3HJHKC9C3C5CJSAS2S6S3S5SQC4S4D4D6DKD3SJSKCTS7H4HTC2H2D2DJCQCAC8C6S9CKH6HAC7H8D5DQH7S8H9HQSTDT

Board 100 in the closed room:
http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?n=s108743hA103d76cA85&e=sAJ5hJdK10852cJ762&s=sKQ92hK982dQJ93c9&w=s6hQ7654dA4cKQ1043&d=W&nn=Giorgio%20Belladonna&en=Al%20Roth&sn=Walter%20Avarelli&wn=Bill%20Root&d=w&b=100&v=b&a=PPP2CP2SPPXPPP&p=HJHKH4H3C9CQCAC2C5C6S2C3SKS6S3S5H2H5HTSJSAS9C4S4D2D3DAD6D4D7DKD9
Oct. 12
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7 pairs played in clubs on Board 13. http://db.worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/orlando.18/Microsite/Asp/BoardAcrosspairs.asp?qboard=13&qtournid=1547&qroundno=3&qgroupno=1

We were EW; I don't remember the auction at our table. Can't remember if N opened or not.
Oct. 12
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We had not discussed it - first time partnership. We each may have had our own opinions on if this was forcing or not. Just documenting situation at the table. We didn't have many (any?) bidding misunderstandings - kept it simple. I had the North hand. Fortunately, she kept it simple for me.
Oct. 12
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