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Nicolas Hammond
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Bridge player. IBPA member. CEO Hammond Software. Hammond Software developed ACBLscore+, now known as Bridgescore+.

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“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
@Avon: I don't have much data on Eugenio Chiaradia and Massimo D'Alelio. They rank #548 based on the amount of data I have on each pair. As such, their results may be subject to more statistical variation than others. I was to put this pair in the top ...
“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
@Tony: "It is dangerous to get too excited about opening leads, as a passive leader will "find" partner more often than an aggressive one. With or without help." Absolutely (dangerous). I cover the different styles of opening leads in the book. I was chatting to Bob Hamman yesterday. He has ...
“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
@Avon: "Nicolas: We were certainly looking at different things. I searched for deals where Blue Team players made a lead that: - almost no strong player would choose - suited partner very well indeed" Absolutely. But you are now getting into subjective opinion on what strong players would do. Some people make ...
“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
@Richard, "Not that much difference between Avarelli and Belladonna when playing with each other. The difference between Belladonna partnering Avarelli and partnering Garozzo is eye-catching. How was Garozzo partnering (a) Belladonna, (b) someone else?" In order for statistical analysis to be valid, you need a large data set. I only ...
“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
@John: "Hadn't realised ZIa and Meckstroth were quite that bad..." Obviously, I deliberately chose a famous player/pair close to them in the rankings. Detecting cheating on opening leads is quite complicated. One possible approach is to check for how successful the lead, which is the data I presented ...
“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
@Avon: I took the data from the top 200 pairs from the top tournaments. This includes Belladonna-Avarelli. I sorted the 400 players based on the percentage of safe leads, i.e. leads that did not give up a trick. Avarelli ranked #268, two spots above Zia, playing with Michael Rosenberg ...
I met Ken Lebensold last night
I met him as well. He has a PhD from MIT. He's still working on new mathematics.
“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
See http://www.detectingcheatinginbridge.com for details about the book, include from snippets from some chapters and some of the figures in the book. "Next: If I understand things correctly, it should now be possible to inspect the hands that WILL be used for individual tournaments, identify boards that the ...
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
Microsoft Ready and Inspire 2019 convention (40K attendance) finishes today. Presume it might free up a certain person to come and play.
Bridge in modern media: Kotaku article and BFF Youtube Series
I did start with WBF, not ACBL... Last time I complained about something with the ACBL, they changed their By Laws.
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