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If a pair disputes the actual trick result then the process to resolve this must be clear and efficient .
For eg a requirement pairs remain for the entire ten minutes and some efficient way to find each other. The idea is not to punish people but rather to ensure the results are accurate . At some reasonable point the result is official . This point would be different IMO for a pair event than for a KO match . The famous Canada Germany travesty should never have occurred as well as the 2015 Spingold quarter final where Scwartz lost to Cayne by 1 imp even though Cayne player Lotan Fisher agreed he had misclaimed an extra trick . Regardless of the infamous committee ruling giving Cayne 2 imps for a 1 imp win . The official result should have been a tie and a short playoff for the match . The idea is that if at all possible determine what actually happened and then adjust things accordingly . However Changing procedures to include a score reconciliation period would remedy almost all of the foreseeable problems regardless of the event . If Boye and I had the habit of score reconciliation as the norm we would have spotted the false claim after we had imped the 15 board session .
Sept. 30, 2016
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With the mandatory 19th hole scoring reconciliation eithe Sabine and Roy or the polish pair would have found the error .
Sept. 30, 2016
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Lol I doubt Canadians would do that .and that scenario would not be allowed . Yellowknife is not in a province but I would modify my proposal to allow territory players to participate in their nearest province .
Sept. 30, 2016
Allan Graves edited this comment Sept. 30, 2016
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The grassroots event would attract a lot of interest . It would reinvigorate bridge on a local level across the country as provincial play down would include some incentives to participate locally throughout the year . To say that This or that province is the National champion would be a good and meaningful event. The trials would basically stay the same as far as I can see except many of the players who have little to no chance would much prefer to compete locally to be the provincial champion . The international trials would be for those who seriously wanted to do that. As things stand now participation in CBF activities is extremely low . You , for instance , could form a BC team and try and win the National championship and also play in the international trials on a different team of your choosing . As I said I would imagine no entry to international trials would be turned down. I think you misunderstood my proposal and for that I apologize .
Sept. 30, 2016
Allan Graves edited this comment Sept. 30, 2016
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well at important tournaments if you don't keep score then you can't play. That would cut through that. The process would not be optional.
Sept. 29, 2016
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Head and shoulders ? Oh Please. No thinking Canadian bridge player considered the trials result an upset. There was no clear favourite .
The CNTC method of combining a grand national with a international trials is , has been , and always will be a poor method of selecting. In Canada, much better would be:
First for the “ Grassroots” component a Country wide team championship modeled after the Briar( Curling for the heathen reading this ) 1 team per province. Play a 10 province tournament along with the Canada summer games athletic competition which is provincial. They may even get some provincial money for it.
Secondly For the international team ; A completely different process.
those teams who want to be considered to be Canada's team simply apply. The committee that made those decisions would be beyond reproach and not involved as players. Almost all applications would be accepted I would think and the international team committee then sets things up that would result in a 4 team final each year. If more than 4 teams applied there could be a winnowing process that was convenient for the teams involved. These matches and the finals could be played at a bIg bridge club. . The final four would play long matches, over in 3 or 4 days. Maybe you could mandate 4 man teams with a selected pair from the last 4 teams. Any rational method based on my opening suggestion would be better for an international team.
The Briar model for the country wide championship would undoubtedly re invigorate bridge across Canada. For instance teams that played together and won in sectionals or regionals could get seeding points into the provincial final. you could have flight A and B. Therefore everyone could participate at the provincial level ,It would bring people together. . Clearly some provinces would have a much stronger team than some other provinces, but so what ? Selecting the provincial champion would have been good competition for those involved and the final ten provincial teams would have an excellent time together . It would be great for all Canadian bridge players wherever they lived.
Any good player who had the time and money required to play internationally for Canada ( The CBF is not wealthy so expenses are only partially covered. ) would simply be involved on a team of his choosing through the application process. Two completely different events.
Sept. 29, 2016
Allan Graves edited this comment Sept. 29, 2016
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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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