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There are ways to do exactly as I've wrote upstream, without violating the rules of the game.

On the other hand, we (all) need to do whatever we can in order to be sure that our NBO updated clearly the rules to cope with cheating, cheaters and their possible post-condemnation appeal to outside authorities.
2 hours ago
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…Aggressively…
Dec. 13
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Refusing individually to play against cheats is like Xerxes beating the sea waves. Amounts to nothing.

Only when a sizable part of the players will do that, the matter gains some weight.

So, I'll play, nastily and deliberately unfriendly as possible, and making sure they wont enjoy the game even a tiny bit.

On the other hand, shame on any NBO who didn't already change the rules, in order to deal with the cheats and with the cheats' ability to use the legal system to clean their act.
Dec. 13
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Timo, if that contract exists, there should be, allegedly, an end date to it.

Those professionals who continue to play for the cheat know very well that this will backlash severely against them in the future. They should have made clear that they play only by that contract.

If they didn't do that already, in my eyes they are accomplice to crime and should be treated as such.

Cheers to Kandemir and Kolata. They did the right thing.
Dec. 13
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Chilling and revolting in the same time.
Dec. 13
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I happen to know at least two players which do this (or some other kind of resembling monkey-business) voluntarily, in order to mix with the heads of opps. They are surely convinced that such a thing will help them.

Even at the world stage, I met people who call the TD for some nonsense at the first board of a team match, just to show who is the top dog at the table.

Ed, I don't think that the lady from Forth Worth was doing this on purpose, but you managed it the right way.
Dec. 4
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…Notwithstanding that you cannot trust any of those cue bids…

Just yesterday, I open 2 clubs and GIB, after signing off in 5 spades which was doubled, resuscitates itself with a cue-bid of 6 clubs (also doubled) and sign off again in 6 spades (doubled, one down). His hand was something like jxxxx, xx, xxxx, Ax. Big swing. I barked at the PC so furiously that my dog run away.

For better understanding, here is the bidding:

2C - 2D
2H - 2S
4S - 4NT
5C - 5S (dbl)
pass - 6C (dbl)
pass - 6S (dbl).
Nov. 27
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Well done Alon and Dennis, congrats to all the finalists :).

I note the very high placing of the French pairs, giving a hint at the strength of their national team.
Nov. 27
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After reading all the comments, it's still unclear to me that the last version of the Disciplinary Code of WBF is covering all bases.

If WBF suspends today a player, a pair or a team, is there a chance that another stupid judge (I say stupid mainly because the German judge voided the right to appeal to a higher court), will oppose this based on WBF's “schweitzer cheese” rules ? And if the answer is YES, then why WBF is paying mr Harris ?!
Nov. 19
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Even so, the question was asked way too late. I feel that it was some kind of two shot try, like “heads I make, tails I hang you if I don't”.

There are a lot of understandings, especially playing Precision, to such situation. If declarer was eager to know, he could ask from the beginning.

IMO, The Director (if called) should have decided that result stands.
Nov. 13
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I have a beautiful gem from yesterday's Royals and Masters tournament. I had a great 21 HCP hand, x-AKQJx-Axxxx-AK, and opened 1. Opps bots overcalled in and I had time to bid 3 and 4 vulnerable. My last bid was double over their 4. My bid was like Superman, Chuck Norris and Hulk combined, at least.

My bot pd had xxx-x-Jxxxxx-Qxx. I can be off a specific card, but you get the tune. The bot passed 4 doubled!! With 11 trumps, we were lucky to make 6, but 5 vulnerable would score great as well. We scored 100 for 4 doubled one down.

My conclusion is that the competitive high level bidding module of the bots needs an urgent overhaul.
Oct. 29
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This is one rather interesting situation. The bot should make each and every time the same play in the same situation…but we know that it's not so.

I would be interested on a more basic situation, when I bid 2 suits in competition and the bot (with 3 or 4 cards fit in one of my suits) bids a new 4 card suit instead of giving preference. That happened to me a few times. It's simply criminal… Surely a logic bug, but a very stupid one.
Oct. 28
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…And then correct that to “awesome job”…
Oct. 27
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Best wishes to all recorders, and especially to Robb, for doing their essentially important job.
Oct. 10
Paul Weinstock edited this comment Oct. 10
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Exactly, and the law permitted it, in Spain. I doubt that a similar approach will be available elsewhere.

On the other hand, such kind of matter could (should ?) be arranged and settled out of court. The tax authorities are doing that all the time. I hope we won't see H&H actually doing time…
Sept. 24
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According to detailed CofC, updated for every venue (only to make sure that new problems emerge, notwithstanding the old ones…) there are drop-in rules from the Rosenblum (the fully open and transnational team event at the start of the first week) to the pairs events, at each and every stage.

An article on the wheeling and dealing of dropping in the Open Pairs final from the last stages of the Rosenblum Cup could be of interest here.
http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/how-to-play-in-a-world-pairs-championships-final-or-bridge-as-sport/

Even the pairs that have been kicked out of all main events will have strong and interesting side games to attend.

The second week is the same, based on mixed teams and pairs.
Sept. 12
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I wish you were right…

It was actually the hand of my usual pd playing in a high stakes robber game. This second set-up is not the actual game situation, just for checking what the people say with that hand in another situation. The answer is clear.

At the table, the situation was as the other poll.
Sept. 8
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Actually, pd had two spades, more precisely Kx. That solved the spades problem, which was only one of the guessing lottery problems here.
Sept. 8
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At least, with raising the fees, the bots will be of the better kind ?

Actually, I've made that business decision long time ago. I can play 8 boards with the bots for $0.25 or 12 boards for $1 (now $1.25 and counting). My decision was clear, especially since ACBL points mean nothing to me.
Sept. 1
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Playing an unusual Stayman sequence, I would expect the partnership to know exactly what this double is.

Without any pre-agreed arrangement, the double shows (for me) spades. I feel that this approach covers more possible hands, including those when a penalty double is needed.

If you play this as T/O (allegedly with 4 hearts), you reduce the maneuvering options of the partnership.
Aug. 30
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