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Louis, if nobody wanted Poland, they know why…

Anyway, I know that Sweden has good chances to hate their choice.
Aug. 20
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The problem is that they are very “legitimi” and intangible…
Aug. 20
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You managed to enter exactly when the site was in update. Try again.
Aug. 19
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I use a very convenient structure for this board. 1nt-3c (transfer to diamonds)-3d-3h (natural, implying a 6-4 hand). In the last 20 years I've never needed it.
Aug. 14
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And what about all the rooms around with the air conditioning on, to share happily the foul smell ?!
Aug. 9
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Nice example, Ed, but the difference is that the cop lost the others, here director should catch the other two. There's no other way.

The OP doesn't give director's name. I understand. A professional player could fear future biased rulings. I wish it won't be that way, but it is.

ACBL should have in place beside the recorder system for the players a similar recorder system for the directors.
Aug. 5
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And what about the other two phone calls which were not prosecuted ? The director applied selective policy. Do you agree to that too ?
Aug. 5
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For the record, the robot transferred to 3S and bid 4H. The 2NT hand was 2-2-4-5 and the correction to 4S was not a success. The contract drifted 1 off for -9 imp. The 4H contract makes with an overtrick.
Aug. 3
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Congrats Matt !! Way to go !!

And if you don't remember me, I'm the one who insisted on calling you Mr. Smith at some World Championships, only to see your puzzled face… And for the ones not getting it, it was during the years of The Matrix movies.

Looking forward to see you running the show.
Aug. 2
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Selective policies ruin everything. Bridge is no exception.
July 31
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Way to go, Sharon !! The bridge star of the biggest business stars !!
July 31
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Among those silly things, it happened to me that when opener bids two suits, forcing, the robot bids a new suit with 4 cards and zero points instead of preferring one of the suits with 4 card support !!! This is one of the worst software “holes” of GIB, and is so bad that even a 10 days beginner will do better.

I have to admit that I've thought to forget about robot play when encountering such nonsense, but I've finished my tourney anyway.
July 31
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Actually, I don't know for sure anything about that player, or about anybody else for that matter.

I only ask myself why (if emergency exit is not called for) someone don't want to finish the game.

Perhaps if a player is interested in points only and the game is going bad, starting another one gives him/her another chance. After all, is his/her money.

I, for one, am finishing scrupulously each game I can not regarding the score, because I enjoy each and every board. Seems to me that this is not specifically right for everyone.
July 30
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Logically, you should be right. If his results are discarded, so the game had one less player, then no harm done to others.
July 30
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I think that retiring in the middle of the game, or not finishing it, falsifies results, so everyone is inconvenienced.
July 30
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Actually, is happening to me too. Sometimes the TV next to me is so interesting and time consuming that I forget about the game. Usually especially when I'm first or second with 75% plus, then I have not time to finish the game. Grrrrrr… But those are unusual situations.

We're talking here about willingly not finishing a game.
July 30
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Hihihi… Many thanks for the free consultation, Dr Taylor :).

Do you have any other (better) explanation/insight on this ?
July 30
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Richard's recollection is 100% correct.

That was in response to this proposal “I'll pay to you 1$ for every 10 players under 1000 and you pay me 1$ for every 25 players over 1000”. Richard wisely declined to accept that bet.

I remembered kind of salad from all that, but the bottom line is that he was closer to reality than me.
July 27
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We had opposed opinions on how many entries will be. Richard proposed to pay to one dollar for every entry over 3450 and me to pay one dollar for every entry under 3450.

Even thou I was sure that I'll win (proved wrong by the actual number of entries) I decided not to take the bet (good for me…).
July 27
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I have to admit that I didn't gave this tournament the amount of attention it should have received. I played too fast (each set under an hour) with my TV open next to me and plenty of other distracting items around.

In consequence, I misclicked a few times, opened twice 1 minor when it was clear to open 1NT and promptly payed for that, etc. This fast and furious debacle peaked with me tucking in LHO to return whatever at trick 12 into the jaws of my last two trump holding (J and 9) with only one trump outside (the 10). Guess what. RHO ruffed with his last trump and I underruffed with pride. I felt so bad that I've blowed away very unprofessionally the next two boards.

I finished deservedly 600 and I know why. Next time:

1. Play each board slowly and steadily, make sure the card you click is the card you want to click.
2. Never hurry. You don't receive any advantage by running madly ahead, on the contrary.
3. Arrange for sterile surroundings and concentrate on the game only.

There were only 2510 participants, so Richard Willey would win his bet and I would lose. This is an event who deserve to be studied and I hope ACBL and BBO will do exactly that.

Some thoughts :

1.I think the price was too high. I received .32 points. I need usually only half a dollar to win that online in half an hour. Even halving the price would still reward enough the organizers.
2. The robots' software should be improved. Fire up a few games like this and use the money to improve robots.
3. Stratify the event and give anyone the possibility to choose where to play. Monitor those who clearly are out of their league and deal with them next time.

Wholeheartedly congratulations to Nikos and to all the leaders :)
July 27
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