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Odd question:

Suppose that I were a well heeled sponsor and believed that I have been cheated out of a title.

I can easily demonstrate damaged (look how much I spent hiring X, Y, and Z)
I can easily demonstrate pain and suffering

Why not go after F+N with a series of civil suits?

I have to believe that their collective resource base is much smaller than “ours”…
8 hours ago
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> Apparently there is such a thing as “natural” universal
> laws that stipulate that one always must have the right
> of appeal somewhere

Great! Where do we appeal the CAS decision?

Equally significant, if this is the case, if there is a requirement to have an appeals body, why not constitute an official appeals process.
8 hours ago
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Hi Roy

> Instead, how about a footnote stating that a team
> containing proven cheaters were actually the winners
> at the table, but the title was taken away and they
> were expelled from competing in future events because
> they violated the most sacred rules of bridge.

From my perspective, labeling “cheats” is preferable to editing these individuals out of history.

With this said and done, this is a (series of) lawsuits waiting to happen.

Assume for the moment that we live in a world in which the CAS does not exist and organized is actually able to label F+N, F+S, B+Z as cheats; even here this type of public shaming campaign is going to run into real problems with the legal structure in different parts of the world.

For example, consider the “Right to be Forgotten”… I can see some real conflicts between this and suggestions like this.
Oct. 14
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> See my comment upthread to answer your 3rd question.

Just to be clear, do you mean the comment about the “implementation team”?
Oct. 13
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This is one of those situations where I have a clear preference, but honestly as long as things were well considered (and it looks as if they were) I'm fine with whatever gets decided.

Good luck with the next steps…
Oct. 13
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Nice job. Well written doc. Easy to understand. The recommendations makes sense.

As is oft the case, there are portions of this that I don't necessarily agree with, but I suspect that I am in the minority on these. Most of my quibbles are with how to adjust the results of matches in which cheaters participated.

Consider pairs events: This document recommends that the Cheaters are removed and other pairs are moved up in the standings. To me, this makes sense if we don't have good records for the event, however, presuming that we still have scores, why not treat the rounds that were played against cheaters as if they were byes and rescore the event? To me, at least, this feels more equitable.
Oct. 13
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Few quick thoughts

1. Thanks for posting this

2. I have seen far far worse in the way of strategy documents. For example, I think that they are doing a decent job laying out both the mission and the vision. I think that its depressing that replacing ACBLScore is a critical part of the strategy rather than a footnote, but the world is what it is.

3. From my own perspective, that data point that I would be most interested in understanding is WHY did the CRM system fail. I would bet dollars to donuts that there is nothing actual wrong with the Microsoft CRM product. Rather, the critical problem will boil down to a fundamental mis-match between the requirements necessary to operate the software effectively and the skill set of the ACBL employees who are expected to be working with the system. Associated with this, I wonder whether writing off the software is the best course of action and whether hiring someone with the right skill set might be a better path forward.
Oct. 12
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I like Toronto (even in winter)
Oct. 11
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Its almost as if the ACBL is grossly incompetent at adjusting to modern technology…
Oct. 11
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In theory, given the system that Hans set up, it should be possible to regenerate hand records based on (now) public information.
Oct. 11
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Speaking for myself, I would only be willing to contribute to such a project if there were an appropriate creative commons license in effect.

Personally I think that the @sharealike license is closest to what I would be comfortable with.
Oct. 9
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> I for my part am aghast that known cheats can be allowed to take part.

If you really object to to “cheats” taking part in tournaments, there is a simply solution. If F+N or whomever show up at a tournament, beat the living shit out of them. Once this happens a few times, I think that the offenders will get the message that they are not wanted.

Conversely, if you are unwilling to “break the law” in order to achieve an end that you care so deeply about, then stop complaining the the folks running the tournaments decide that they aren't willing to buck the legal system.
Oct. 7
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I seem to recall that there was a (fairly long) video documenting some of the Canadian Junior players a few years back. (Sorry that I don't remember more, but I'm sure someone else will)

Are you completely sold on videos?

From my perspective, some light short stories like the Monk's of St Titus or the Menagerie might work just as well.
Oct. 6
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I've always thought that - if you really value security - broadcasts need to be time delayed
Oct. 5
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All other things being equal, I agree that smart tables have advantages over tablets, particularly in the short term.

However, I expect that simple economies of scale will strongly favor the use of tablets rather than smart tables.
Oct. 5
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Very glad to see that a National organization is experimenting with this.

I wish them success, look forward to hearing of their experiences, and hope that their results - whatever they might be - are generalizable.
Oct. 5
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I am not a lawyer.

My understanding is that, when it comes to sporting events like Major League Baseball games and the like, raw statistical information such as who was pitching or what was the score in the 4th inning is not covered by copyright. However, commentary surrounding these statistics can be protected.

If I were to extend this logic to a bridge hand, I'd argue that the hand itself can not be copyrighted, nor could a line of play that occurred at the table. However, an idealized line of play designed to illustrate some point feels like commentary to me.
Oct. 3
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Interesting concept. I like the idea. Needs some thought…
Oct. 3
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Years back, MS had a well deserved reputation for poor product quality.

I think that they've made very significant improvements since then.
Sept. 29
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> Its insane and down to Bridge being linked
> with gambling like Poker etc.

The best thing that could happen to bridge would be a strong association with poker.
Sept. 28
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