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I had the pleasure of playing against Carolyn and Mike at a regional in Valley Forge, PA, this past June. Despite the result at the table, it was a very enjoyable match.
Oct. 1, 2015
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As another lawyer, I agree with John. I was considering posting something like John did, but I didn't want to distract from the substance of the thread. Of course, so many others have gone off on tangents that it hardly matters now.
Sept. 30, 2015
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“I have been told, if you got nothing nice to say about a person, don`t say anything at all? :-)”

Apparently, Hermod, you do not understand the internet. :)
Sept. 30, 2015
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As a bridge player and a poker player, I can't begin to decipher the point being made here.
Sept. 30, 2015
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“And would you have found plausible one month ago that 3 teams would withdraw from BB due to cheating and that 1 pair would have its credentials removed ?”

Yes, but I would not have found it implausible that the pairs causing their teams to withdraw or the pair that had its credentials removed deserved that fate.
Sept. 30, 2015
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“Perhaps Mr. Wolff is a paranoid man who sees cheating everywhere.”

Perhaps that is because cheating is everywhere - you see it if you know what you are looking for. I would accept Bobby Wolff's take on the situation above most others.

Remember, just because they say you are paranoid doesn't mean that they aren't really out to get you.
Sept. 29, 2015
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What you are referring to is an adhesion contract - a contract where one of the parties has all of the bargaining power and can dictate the terms.

The language on the ACBL entry form could be looked at in that manner, except that the participant has the obvious “out” - he doesn't have to enter the tournament. The ACBL doesn't have any power to force the participant to enter and ACBL sponsored tournament. And, if the participant chooses to enter, the ACBL certainly has the right to dictate terms for participation.
Sept. 28, 2015
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I would interpret “or publicized” to include distribution of videos made in furtherance of the enforcement of the rules and regulations of the ACBL. So, yes, in answer to your question, for the limited purpose of enforcing the rules and regulations of the ACBL, the contestant does give up his or her right to privacy as it concerns the filming and recording of his or her images.

Whether that includes distribution to other NBOs and to the WBF is far from clear, but the 1983 regulations state that it is up to the discretion of the ACBL as to how such images are to be publicized. If this provision were interpreted in the context of a legal proceeding, I am sure the Court would impose an obligation of reasonableness in the use of a contestant's image. So, for example, handing over a video of a contestant's alleged unethical conduct to the WBF or other NBO would make sense if that contestant was known to be competing in events run by the WBF or other NBO, but putting the images of a player on the 6 o'clock news under the heading “Bridge Cheater Exposed” might not be considered to be reasonable.
Sept. 28, 2015
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Been there, done that.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/newsweek-speaks/
Sept. 28, 2015
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Hank may like being referred to as “Hunk,” but I assure you that is not the case. :)
Sept. 28, 2015
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If I qualified for the Bermuda Bowl and, upon arrival, was told that I had been “disinvited” by the Credentials Committee, you can bet your last dollar that I would be screaming loud and long about why. Any player that makes it to this level has the approval of his or her local organization and NBO and, presumably, no objection from the WBF. But on arrival to be told that he or she is no longer welcome in the event? There had better be some very good reason. The WBF Credentials Committee may be within its rights to disinvite a player for no reason, but as a practical matter it cannot do that. No one would stand for it.
Sept. 28, 2015
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Does anyone have a copy of the language on an ACBL entry form? That might answer Mike's question.
Sept. 28, 2015
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There is something to be said for that.
Sept. 28, 2015
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You are playing with a robot. While I don't know what 5NT means to the robot, I know for sure it is not bid suits up the line.
Sept. 25, 2015
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Adam: We could get into a long discussion of the opinions that you set forth above.

Innocent until proven guilty is a concept of criminal law. While FS may be deemed to be criminals in the bridge sense, this is not a criminal proceeding. Suspending them from all bridge activities under the auspices of the IBF while the case is pending against them is entirely appropriate. They are not being deprived of their liberty - they are merely being deprived of their ability to play bridge. Furthermore, it is at least partly within their power to speed up the proceedings. It is counsel for FS that asked for more time to prepare their case.

Analogizing their suspension to keeping criminal suspects behind bars is not accurate. Accused criminals are entitled to bail (with the possible exception of capital crimes). There is no concept that it is better to keep innocent people behind bars rather than allow criminals to “run free.” If anything, that is an anathema.
Sept. 25, 2015
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Anyone familiar with legal proceedings knows that this type of order is not uncommon. FS asked for more time and the Special Ethics Committee granted them more time. Presumably, the exact length of the additional amount of time granted will be disclosed shortly.

Reading into the grant of additional time to prepare a proper defense that this shows any bias for FS on the part of the Committee or any unwillingness to proceed is completely unfounded.

There is a lot at stake here for all concerned, and proceeding slowly, while annoying to those of us who want this resolved ASAP, is the right course of action.
Sept. 24, 2015
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I disagree. North does not have a perfect-fitting total maximum. If North held the Q instead of the J and no Q he would have a perfect-fitting total maximum and game would be on a 3-2 heart break at worst.
Sept. 22, 2015
Art Korth edited this comment Sept. 22, 2015
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I would make a 3 game try with the South hand.
Sept. 22, 2015
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While it is true that New Jersey casinos cannot bar you for being a card counter, they can toss you out for being an undesirable person. And that is what they do with card counters.
Sept. 9, 2015
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This used to be a staple of Creights. However, since so many people know the rules of Creights it is sort of pointless not to reveal them now.
Sept. 8, 2015
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