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A little difficult, given the absence of a qwerty keyboard, yes?
Aug. 11, 2013
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I follow your point and think that you make a good case.

We agree that all matters regarding offensive comments, gloating, attempted bullying and intimidation etc, should be dealt with via a call for the Director.
Aug. 11, 2013
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I just don't follow any of this. Rudeness and bullying are violations of Law 74.

If it happens to you, don't complain to your friends and family. Don't grizzle on FB. Don't post anything on Bridge Winners. Don't do anything but raise your hand and say, DIRECTOR!

Do that once for every offence. It works.

Aug. 11, 2013
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I am in favour of the Recorder process if and only if the defendant is provided with the opportunity to answer the complaint.

I am aware that some jurisdictions have a “secret” Recorder system - entries are made on a file and, if malicious or foolish complaints have been made about you, you may never know…
Aug. 11, 2013
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SLIGHTLY different, and I see nothing wrong with that wording.

I strongly suspect that if someone were to say, “The earth is round”, you would indignantly direct them to:
http://theflatearthsociety.org/cms/
Aug. 11, 2013
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“Throughout the ordeal I kept trying to figure out how these women could torment me for hours on end.”

How could they do it? Because you let them. I draw your attention to LAW 74: Conduct and Etiquette.

A.Proper Attitude
1. A player should maintain a courteous attitude at all times.

2. A player should carefully avoid any remark or action that might cause annoyance or embarrassment to another player or might interfere with the enjoyment of the game

If an opponent violates this law, call the director. If they do it again, call the director. Keep calling the director until they shut up. My record is six director calls during the first board. The rest of the match (against a notorious loudmouth) was conducted in silence.
Aug. 11, 2013
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Aug. 11, 2013
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As for the AU govt travel warnings - large grain of salt required.

You will find a complete list here:
http://smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/

Where they say “Do not travel” (say, Somalia or Syria) I would take this seriously.

The “Exercise a high degree of caution” (say, Thailand or Sri Lanka) is often complete rubbish. Its purpose is so that the Embassy can say “We told you so” to the drunk Australians who pick fights with the locals and end up in trouble.

Bali is on this “high degree of caution” list.

I am currently in Asia in one such “high degree of caution” country. The people are kind, courteous and honest. I am much safer here than in any major Western city. Yes, I could hunt down some nutty extremists and get into hot water. And I could head to Alabama and find some white supremacist group if I tried.

Where I am, I can walk for 3 hrs in any direction and never see a Westerner. On the way I could eat amazing food at any one of hundreds of street stalls for under US$2. If I went to a bar and left my money, passport and camera behind, it would be there the next day. Try doing that in the US or UK and see how you go.
Aug. 11, 2013
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Aug. 11, 2013
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Garozzo's defence (1979 Bermuda Bowl) is discussed in Bridge World, June 1993 (Garozzo's Secret) and Aug 2012 (Defend with Your Memory).

What BG did had a slightly different theme: playing back a suit where declarer has the equal of Ax opposite KQxx, which ruins the entries for unblocking another suit and crossing back.

Still, this current hand is very good and worth filing away.
Aug. 10, 2013
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You remind me of Reese, who was guest director for an Australian Bridge Magazine bidding forum in the mid-70s.

Panelist: 3. What else?

Reese: What else indeed! What on earth are the other 23 panelists thinking of?
Aug. 10, 2013
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Mr Sapire:

I side with Mr Lowell and Mr Pokorny; I think you have the 75% rule upside down.

If you are in possession of UI, you may not choose from amongst reasonable alternatives one that MIGHT have been suggested by the UI.

If 75%+ of those polled agree with your action you are off the hook; ie your choice of calls was close enough to “auto”
Aug. 9, 2013
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Kirsten:

Have you not seen the several postings below that discuss the DOZENS of bridge players refused visas to play in WBF events in the US?

No visa is required to enter Antarctica. The level of crime there is close to zero - no Bostons!

The solution is obvious.
Aug. 9, 2013
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Mr Swinkels:

There was a Punch cartoon of the '20s, set at a party:
Ardent feminist: Generally speaking, women are…
Cynical young man: Yes, they are
AF: Are what?
CYM: Generally speaking
Aug. 9, 2013
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Fair enough… if you have one rule for all that is a very good start. Approve.
Aug. 8, 2013
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Mr Willey writes:
“Throughout this sordid little affair I have maintained that the host country (Indonesia) has an obligation to grant visa’s (sic) to any player participating in the championship”

I repeat from a posting by Peter Gill:
“The number of bridge players banned from obtaining visas to go to the 2010 World Championships in Philadelphia was 32, ref http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/last-world-championships-for-the-us/. That link was written by Jason Feldman, Immigration Attorney and expert bridge player”

Mr Yates writes in further down the page:
“When the World Youth Championships were held in Fort Lauderdale in 1999, the US State Dept refused to issue a visa for one of the Pakistani juniors. That team was therefore unable to attend.

This happened during the last year of the Clinton administration and before “security concerns”. It probably would have been good for more US bridge players to have raised a fuss to help out those kids out back then. That way, at least we would look consistent when we rally for Migry.”

Mr Willey, what is it that you maintain regarding “the host country” (USA)?

Count me with Mr Yates:
“It probably would have been good for more US bridge players to have raised a fuss…”

That prevents the potential charge of hypocrisy.



Aug. 8, 2013
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Mr Deegan writes:
“We didn't start this conflict. Imo, bridge now must fight back in order to protect its own.”

I don't know about “conflict” and “fighting back”, but I refer Mr Deegan to a Peter Gill quote above; in part:

“The number of bridge players banned from obtaining visas to go to the 2010 World Championships in Philadelphia was 32, ref http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/last-world-championships-for-the-us/. That link was written by Jason Feldman, Immigration Attorney and expert bridge player…”

And I refer Mr Deegan to Mr Yates' posting:
“When the World Youth Championships were held in Fort Lauderdale in 1999, the US State Dept refused to issue a visa for one of the Pakistani juniors.”

I conclude that bridge's “own” does not include youth players from third world countries.
Aug. 8, 2013
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J K-W writes in her blog, 7th Aug:

“I have been randomly watching another site… several of the ‘users’ (both those who post and also comment) have, IMHO, gravely overstepped their bounds. When I first questioned their ‘Support Group” (ha! ha! – more of an Unsupport Group), I was advised that the tone of some of the renderings (one individual’s in particular) wasn’t ‘appalling ENOUGH to require action’… As a stone gathering moss, this character garnered some support from persons of apparently like moral fiber. Whatever is said immediately is aped by his fellow “follow the leader” sidekicks.

Unsurprisingly, Bridge Winners is the ”another site“. Could J K-W be so good as to list the people who are ”side-kicks“? I wish to see if I am guilty of ”aping“.

More from J K-W's blog:
”Bridge Winners has fallen from grace… should institute (and demand) a requirement of civility and mutual respect“.

From J K-W's postings:
”I.. stopped reading your unending diatribe… Your blathering… Get a life!“

”…(You) type away as if your brain and fingers were under the influence of a compelling laxative."

So, J K-W thinks BW should do one thing while she does quite the opposite. Interesting.
Aug. 8, 2013
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J K-W writes:
“Why should a bridge site have to suffer ANY type of ‘appall?’”

Unfortunately, what one person finds appalling, another finds quite mundane.

Col. Buller regarded cue-bidding an ace to be a form of cheating and advocated that the card so indicated should become a penalty card, there being no difference between “showing” an ace in the bidding and displaying the card to the table.

And if J K-W finds herself “sad that she tuned in” as a result of someone's comment, she is free to use the Ignore feature she will find under that person's profile.

That method is preferable to censorship, for censorship has the disadvantage that it requires a censor.
Aug. 8, 2013
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Further to US-initiated bans…

Peter Gill wrote in the Banned in Bali posting:

“The number of bridge players banned from obtaining visas to go to the 2010 World Championships in Philadelphia was 32, ref http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/last-world-championships-for-the-us/. That link was written by Jason Feldman, Immigration Attorney and expert bridge player….

In 1989, Australia banned one of the USA's Bermuda Bowl players from obtaining a visa, so he didn't come here.

In 1999, USA banned various players and one npc from entering USA for the World Junior Championships in Fort Lauderdale. I should know, as I offered to fill in as unofficial npc substituting for the missing npc, and was accepted, but I had little to do in that role, given that the team had only 4 players left after their other players had also been banned from obtaining visas to USA.”

Mr Yates (previous comment) is spot-on:
“It probably would have been good for more US bridge players to have raised a fuss to help out those kids out back then. That way, at least we would look consistent when we rally for Migry.”

As well, Mr Lel writes above:
“Well after Boston obviously the USA is out as a venue. So where do you suggest it be held?”

So, the matter looks to be a little more complicated than, “So-and-so has been banned! Let's move the event away from that terrible country!”
Aug. 7, 2013
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My observations of the corporate world lead me to conclude that any time we are told that some office holder says he wants to “spend more time with my family”, the auditors are not far behind.
Aug. 6, 2013
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On concessions and playing on: I like Sydney player Michael Courtney's approach.

He says, “If I'm getting smashed-up by some team, the last thing I want to to is concede. I want to see more boards and more of what they're doing right that I'm doing wrong. I might learn something useful.”
Aug. 6, 2013
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