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I am repeating myself but why not a score reconciliation ten minute period after the game where you return to your home table. Are given a printout of the score, reconcile it and then sign it if it is correct. If it is not correct then report it. The directors can then work out any corrections. This may take some time if there is a discrepancy re the actual table result rather than a mis scored board with no discrepancy. So be it. Scores are not official until everything is resolved , even if it means tracking down someone.
Sept. 29, 2016
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I don't see why top level bridge can't follow top level golf . If you sign off on an incorrect score you are penalized. Secondly in today's electronic age contestants could be sent the score file and hand record for their session and expected to reconcile it under threat of penalty.
Sept. 19, 2016
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Nothing here
Sept. 18, 2016
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Richard Pavlicek has played split 2d for years
Sept. 18, 2016
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There should be an automatic penalty for forgetting a convention. Like a foul in basketball . Then any further adjustment based on damage
Sept. 12, 2016
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ACBL should allow drop ins to semi final events when they schedule Major events that overlap
For example the 4 losing Spingold and Vanderbilt Quarter final teams have nothing to play in on the weekend because of decision to expand the Jacoby and Roth Swiss events to 3 days . Just wrong and mean spirited not to allow them to play in day 2
July 26, 2016
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Nice
June 20, 2016
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how do you know?
June 18, 2016
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My experience with Mr. H over the last 40 years is that he is a man of,impeccable professional character ( as well as being considered one of Canada's most esteemed lawyers). There are very few ,if any ,who combine bridge expertise, legal talent and personal integrity as does Mr.H . Bridge winners is fortunate to have his comments from time to time .
June 13, 2016
Allan Graves edited this comment June 13, 2016
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Attitude , count or suit preference are the three signals. Some work some hands , some others. I prefer attitude leads vs game NT. standard vs other NT . Every dog has his day.
June 12, 2016
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Well let's not throw the baby out with the bath water but this particular CBF decision was very poorly though through . They can't run their CBF tournaments in direct competition with Canadian regionals . That being said we don't know the whole story and whether Kingston was consulted and no compromise dates for either tournament ever made it to the negotiating table .
May 28, 2016
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it was also played opposite a venerable classic regional in Kingston. The CBF should not be trying to run old time classic tournaments out of business.
May 26, 2016
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What is the point of allowing them to play again ? If it is in the name of compassion then it is “ idiot compassion ” in the nth degree. If it is because they will be rehabilitated then that is extremely nieve. No one has a “ right ” to be a member in good standing of this or that bridge organization . Rather , it is in fact, a great privilege .Their consistent flaunting of the most fundamental rules of fair play can no longer be tolerated . They will never be members “ in good standing” of any self respecting bridge organization .
It is a kindness to them and every member of every bridge organization to bar them for life. That is the natural consequence of their behavior .They can then get on with their lives . They can still play bridge of course , just never in any official tournament anywhere in the world . They have worn out their welcome in organized bridge .
Forever.
May 20, 2016
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This has been a good discussion. “ it would be too difficult to set it up ” is simply not an option. Cheating the public perception of cheating will destroy the game. It is imperative that we get this done as soon as possible. The panel has to be the very best players in the world since the “ comfortable satisfied ” would be that there were indeed, a pattern of illogical bids or plays or both , made over a sufficiently large sample of hands to warrant sustaining the cheating allegation. Even slightly lesser players would not the playing the analytical experience and skill to have the “chops” to command the respect required. Certainly more than a majority would be the standard. Remember we are saying that they are indeed cheating, not that some think they are, or are not, cheating.
May 19, 2016
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Well you make a good point. There would need to be an “ August commission ” from the world's governing bodies/ NBO that is mandated to investigate cheating wherever and whenever. They would create this panel and insure that its findings would be respected. This commission would be such that it would command the utmost of respect. The entire process must be seen to be above reproach. “ If it talks like a duck and walks like a duck then its a duck ” . This approach cannot be, nor seen to be ,corrupt in any way.
May 18, 2016
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This a good step in the right direction . Imagine a panel of 7 bridge players selected from the worlds absolute best who were also respected for their sportsmanship in every way . After thoroughly reviewing a large sample of hand they were “ comfortably satisfied ” that the pair was cheating , the you can rest assured they were cheating . This is exactly what we need . Ideally part of entering a tournament you sign off in some way on being governed by such a process .
May 17, 2016
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you could play fancy, A attitude K count ( partner would lead King I expect ( or use just simple, attitude on either the K or Ace, normally signaling continue when you can ruff third round. or you simply want partner to continue. So here simply low as you wish him /her to continue.
May 17, 2016
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i agree
May 17, 2016
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I should have said, forget an alertable agreement but I must confess that I am inexcusably vague minded regarding what is or is not an avertable agreement and all the stuff re alerting above 3NT . I realize their are some bugs in my suggestion re automatic penalty but I think the idea is valid. It is equally valid for newer players as well as more experienced because far too many newer players load up with conventions they do not understand and cannot remember and far too many experienced players agree to play unfamiliar conventions and then forget them in the heat of competition. Automatic penalties would significantly interfere with this trend.
As to Kits very valid point we would and should make not disclosing agreements via the proper procedure as a very serious offense, much more so than it is now. For example many Precision paris essentially play 1D as forcing. I have no problem with this in open competition but unsuspecting pairs are constantly tripped up by this and clearly some prior discussion would be useful.
April 8, 2016
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Three points
1. It is long past time for an automatic imp or mp penalty for forgetting an agreement.
2. The ACBL has failed to adequately address the loss through quitting the profession , retirement , or death of a large number of excellent directors and tournament organizers .
3. You owed it was to team 3 to appeal and you owed it to everyone to hold this director to account for their incompetence . They are paid employees not doing their job , not overwhelmed volunteers .
April 7, 2016
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