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Just had to do it again. :)
Feb. 4
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Fascinating topic. How do you define optimal bidding? In my experience the success of a chosen strategy in competitive bidding often hinges on how well you know your opponent(s) or how well you judge what frame of mind they are in. How can AI take that into account?
Feb. 4
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Perfect explanation, Max. You can have the job of explaining our bidding any time! ;)
Jan. 3
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Thank you, Max, for this article. It is very exciting and inspiring to feel your enthusiasm.
Jan. 3
Sabine Auken edited this comment Jan. 3
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Regarding parking at the Cosmopolitan https://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/parking
Question: Are there any discounts for Marriott Rewards members?
Answer: Not at this time, but registered hotel guests receive complimentary self and valet parking.
Dec. 28, 2018
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We do not know the legal ramifications and possibly this recent EBL announcement was an inevitable consequence of the lost CAS case. Trying to take a positive stance let’s look at the possibilities this opens up for all the teams, federations, and players involved, those who have been awarded titles and medals with players on their team that have been found guilty of cheating by the bridge authorities.

They have the option to renounce those unearned titles and medals. All players that have joined the #saynotocheats movement will have a chance to let their actions speak by choosing carefully which tournaments they are going to attend, foregoing the ones whose organizers are not helping to clean up our game.
Oct. 12, 2018
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@Michael thank you for correcting the timeline. I wonder what happened to Peter's memory. Maybe Barnet and you had the same accent back then and that confused him. :)
Oct. 9, 2018
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I hope in my article I gave credit to both Debbie and Michael and I definitely didn't mean to leave any of the rest of the team out either. To pull off this success I feel certain everybody must have contributed. Unfortunately, because of (unsuccessfully) playing myself and other reasons I did not get to watch much of the actual bridge played. But @David since you apparently did, may I please encourage you to show us some of the hands where Debbie played lights out. I, for one, would love to see them.
Oct. 9, 2018
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Melanie, from a private conversation with Debbie and Michael I know how proud both of them were of your performance and attitude. Please accept my full admiration and congratulations.
Oct. 9, 2018
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Awesome performance. Many congratulations to all the heroes of our game!
Oct. 9, 2018
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I am not sure I understand how this could be construed as gamesmanship. It is one of the legal options provided to you when you call the director.
Oct. 9, 2018
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Martin, if you tell us what alternatives the DBV had at their disposal, I will gladly give you my opinion.
Sept. 23, 2018
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Debbie, I did not hear of any update regarding play requirements. As far as I can see the relevant website did not get updated either http://www.wbfmasterpoints.com/MPRules.asp Also it says on that site “If the total number of hands played is not divisible by three, the exact number of hands required must be specified in the Conditions of Contest relating to the tournament” The semi-final e.g. will be played over 56 boards. That is not divisible by three. Yet I cannot find any specifications in the Supplemental Conditions of Contest for this event.

As to the seeding I had heard that it was based on a team's TOTAL number of WBF masterpoints (meaning you get a better seeding, if you are 3 pairs instead of 2). I found that hard to believe, so wanted to hear whether anybody had any insight. Since then our team's seeding (we are only 4 players) has moved up some spots. So maybe it has been changed. I do not understand how this cannot be regulated in the Conditions of Contest.
Sept. 23, 2018
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Regarding brackets in the KO-pase of the Rosenblum and Mixed Teams the Supplemental Conditions of Contest http://www.worldbridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Orlando2018_SupplementalConditionsofContest-1.pdf state this:

“The top 16 teams at the end of the Swiss, choose their opponent from among the bottom 32, then the rest of the bracket is automatically assigned using the original seeding of the left-over teams.”

I don't seem to be able to find anything indicating how the original seeding is performed. Does anyone have any insight into this?
Sept. 22, 2018
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Thank you, Marion, for expressing so eloquently what has been weighing on the minds of so many. Courts and judges with zero insight in the intricacies of the game of bridge have given players a freepass, that were found guilty of cheating by the bridge authorities whose verdicts were based on the findings of true bridge experts.

Many bridge federations do not have a choice and because of their monopoly position have to let these players participate in the national tournaments. But organizers of other tournaments do have a choice. They can make their tournaments by invitation only, just like WBF and EBL, and prevent undesirable players from participating. Personally I consider players that have not accepted the verdict of the bridge authorities and instead used bridge ignorant courts to sue their way back into the game as highly undesirable.

#saynotocheats
Sept. 22, 2018
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Done. ;)
Sept. 15, 2018
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Al, anybody that is a Marriott Rewards member and has added their Rewards membership number to their booking, got their booking added automatically to their Marriott Rewards online profile. In the profile it says that a $25 daily resort fee + tax will be added to the final bill. This may have caused some confusion.
Sept. 15, 2018
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Let's just say I've seen that movie before. ;)
Sept. 15, 2018
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When I made a reservation at the Marriott on the dedicated landing page a long time ago, the booking details stated no resort fee (for bookings before August 31). That information is gone now. But I took a screen shot then. Drop me a note and I can send it to you.
Sept. 15, 2018
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Thank you very much again, Al, for your continuous efforts to keep us up to date. Is there any chance you would be able to shed some light on the minimum play requirements to qualify for WBF masterpoints? Maybe I missed it, but I do not seem to be able to find anything about it in the (Supplementary) Conditions of Contest.

I did find some regulation in the Masterpoint rules here http://www.wbfmasterpoints.com/MPRules.asp. But it doesn't extend to events in which the KO phase consists of round of 64, round of 32, eighth-finals (round of 16), quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

In order to avoid any misunderstandings it might be good to have this clarified before the start of the event, especially since the Supplementary CoC do mention that “For drop-in purposes, the players must have fulfilled the minimum play requirements for Masterpoints.”
Sept. 12, 2018
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