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This post is going to generate good discussion. What we'd like to do is collect your questions, prepare an FAQ and post a link to it on Tuesday. Thank you for helping us clarify this policy.
Aug. 18
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Hi. We're so sorry we missed your email. Please email sue.munday@acbl.org and she'll see that your question is directed to the right person. Thanks.
July 17
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Article edited for clarity. Thank you.
June 14
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We select A: The article was wrong. The ACBL is not an NBO. Our apologies for the confusion.
March 17
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Over the weekend, our web server experienced corruption problems. Members may have had intermittent difficulty accessing the ACBL website or specific pages.
We used automated tools to rebuild the environment, but missed certain configuration files containing the redirection links. Those old links have since been replaced and should now work. We recommend, however, that any bookmarks be updated to go directly to the Club Results server at http://clubresults.acbl.org/
Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.
Jan. 23
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There are, as Jonathan notes, three host hotels for the Toronto NABC – the Intercontinental, the Fairmont (Royal York) and the Westin.

The Intercontinental, attached to the convention center, is by far the smallest of the three properties and sold out quickly. Given the favorable exchange rate and the excellent room rate, this is not surprising. There is, however, plenty of availability at the other two host hotels.

We have a process in place to try to accommodate those who require disability access.

The majority of staff is staying at the Fairmont and, as we have done in the past, we will be asking Board members to relocate as well.
Jan. 17
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While it’s simple to use Big Deal to generate hands, it’s more difficult to revamp an entire operational process based on a proprietary format, and do it right. The ACBL’s old proprietary tool did more than just pre-deal boards and create hand record files with double dummy analysis. The tool also generated data in file formats compatible with back office processes supporting the assignment of tournament deals, the distribution of these deals to tournament directors and the display of hand records in ACBL Live.

We developed a procedure for replacing old deals assigned to a tournament with new deals generated by Big Deal. This process was honed as we swapped out all the deals previously created for the Fall NABC.

Sectional and regional tournaments pre-duplicate deals in advance of tournaments and there is a cost to these efforts. Before determining the cutover date, we reached out to units and districts to better understand which upcoming tournaments had completed this. We decided not to force an immediate cutover due to the cost that would fall on districts and units as compared to the risk.

If a sponsor of a tournament running in December has security concerns about the deals they are scheduled to use, the DIC can contact us and we will generate new deals.
Nov. 22, 2016
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Congratulations, Ben, and thank you for your poise and class in the handling of this issue. Our thanks to your advisor for his close involvement, and to university officials, as well, for the speedy reinstatement of the club.
Oct. 28, 2016
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Thank you for calling our attention to this, Ben. We will be calling the University tomorrow.
Oct. 23, 2016
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We investigated and learned the following: The initial file that was uploaded mistakenly contained the results from only the first eight rounds. 45 minutes later, this error was discovered and the corrected file with the results from all 13 rounds was uploaded. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Sept. 26, 2016
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In June 2016, the European Bridge League Investigation Committee concluded that Josef Piekarek and Alexander Smirnov were guilty of violating the provisions of Law 73B (collusive cheating) during the 2014 European Champion Championship in Opatija. Based on the players’ admission of guilt, the EBL Disciplinary Commission barred Piekarek and Smirnov from individual competition in any EBL-organized event for four years and permanently banned them from playing with each other.
Under the ACBL’s Code of Disciplinary Regulations 2.2.3 (f), the CEO honored the discipline imposed by the European Bridge League. Individually, Piekarek and Smirnov are barred from participating in ACBL-sanctioned events for four years and the pair is permanently prohibited from playing together in ACBL-sanctioned events.
The ACBL has not stripped Piekarek’s and Smirnov’s ACBL masterpoints or titles. CDR Section 4.1.8 provides in part that “any participant(s) in an ACBL-sanctioned event convicted of premeditated or collusive cheating or any participant(s) who admits to such action or actions shall forfeit all masterpoints, titles and ACBL status ranks or other ACBL related awards by said participants through participation in all ACBL events.” Applying the rules of statutory construction, the conviction for collusive cheating applies to a determination that cheating has occurred at an ACBL-sanctioned event, not an EBL event.
This does not preclude the ACBL from taking further action should evidence of collusive cheating at an ACBL-sanctioned event by this pair be presented in the future.
Aug. 23, 2016
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Internet problems in Horn Lake are impacting ACBL Live. We are working to resolve these issues soon.
July 26, 2016
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Three-year term. Thanks for the proofing help!
June 4, 2016
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We are aware of the situation. We are working with the printer, and we anticipate receiving new forms later this week. Anyone who received a faulty batch may contact the Club and Member Services Dept. at 800-264-2743 or email club@acbl.org.
Jan. 13, 2016
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Yes, minutes will be published.
Oct. 22, 2015
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