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I think making the fuss at the start of the match, rather than bringing it up many hours earlier, and throwing a tantrum “I won't play against them!!” as the complaint method is the problem. A simple word of suspicion to the director and documentation to the proper authorities would be the adult approach.
Sept. 11, 2016
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Is one required to disclose in their CC an objective measure of their aggressiveness?
Sept. 11, 2016
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I don't really understand why this fuss by Spain at the event … if they believe this to be the case, just bid as though it's true, then file formal complaints later through real channels with documentation. Giving up 32 or 10 or even 1 IMPs to make a scene about it is nothing but a temper tantrum.
Sept. 11, 2016
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That's the general rule, not normally needed in spades :)
Sept. 10, 2016
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5N shows the Q and a king in a suit above the trump suit. 6 shows the Q and no kings.
Sept. 10, 2016
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 10, 2016
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Your wording has reminded me of a situation years ago. We had a deaf player in our local club, and when bidding boxes first became available, he immediately purchased a set for his table.

One of the other players stated outright that he “could not be bothered using it” and that it was “too distracting”.

So, the director sat next to him at the table and played the bid cards as he spoke his bids, while the rest of us tried out the bidding boxes.

After that one session, he decided it was more trouble to object than to use the bidding boxes.

I hope you can find such a simple solution :)
Sept. 4, 2016
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Mark is not responsible for anything except what Mark did (or didn't do).
Aug. 31, 2016
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Steve, don't you have the ability to disallow certain types of ads? What if some porn ads started showing up, can you disallow them with your provider?
Aug. 28, 2016
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Giovanni, systemic and long-term cheating is done by those with a value system that does not include honesty.

A bit of incarceration, a couple of years ban, or a big fine will do nothing to change their value system. It might scare them into hiding it better but it won't prevent further cheating.

That is the reason why I usually post for extreme penalties such as never let them play again.

I recall one of the early ACBL-caught cheaters was allowed to return, caught cheating again, and is reputed to have actually said something like, “you might as well ban me permanently because I cannot play without cheating”. That was probably the most honest thing he ever said.
Aug. 26, 2016
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The main problem with not allowing undos is a legitimate danger of a mouse misclick. Those should be able to be fixed.

The main problem with allowing undos, and it's a BIG one, is that people abuse it. They ask for undos when they made the bid or played the card they intended and then realized it was a mistake.

Undos should be ONLY for mouse mistakes, not for brain mistakes, not for reconsideration of the action, and not for recovery from a bad play.

Unfortunately, there is no real way to distinguish these two situations. Anyone can claim a “misclick” for a “brainfart” and it's usually hard to dispute it, even if you are sure it was the latter.

I voted for allowing undos, but I wonder if it might be worthwhile giving a little pre-tourney speech about the ethics of undos. Then watch and see – if they are still being abused, turn them off.
Aug. 24, 2016
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Don't you just love little kids who run around chanting, “I know something you don't know …ha ha” :)
Aug. 23, 2016
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Can't say about your group, but we all start at Flt C (or did when I was there, maybe lower now).

So there is no rule that Flt C players have to be poor, only that they have to have few masterpoints.
Aug. 22, 2016
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It's a long way from a Grosvenor, I've done it and it's been done to me (which is where I learned it in the first place). Try it sometime, it works occasionally :)
Aug. 22, 2016
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It's not at all wacky. I've done it myself more than once and it's worked more than once, including when I was back in flight C. Reasonably well-known ploy when you need the tricks, although more common against NT than a suit contract.
Aug. 22, 2016
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If Mark or P/S had come forward and admitted the whatever-he-did BEFORE it came to light in other ways, I might have some sympathy. Admitting and/or withdrawing after an offence is discovered by others isn't particularly commendable.
Aug. 19, 2016
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My personal definition of “class” here would have been reporting the incident the instant he became aware of it.
Aug. 18, 2016
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Are you saying that having deliberately failed to report a cheating incident, then withdrawing from an international team when that fact comes to light, is the “high road” and “sacrificing his own interest for the greater good”? How about just reporting the cheating incident in the first place? THAT would be “high road” in my book.
Aug. 18, 2016
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When action is required by the Laws, knowing so and not taking that action is a commission, a willful and deliberate act.
Aug. 18, 2016
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Steve is touching on an important point. The “NBO” is not an actual entity, it is merely an organization of individuals.

As such, the “NBO” consists of a set of individual people who take independent actions in their various roles.

The “NBO” can never be at fault for anything – only the individuals who comprise it can.

If we want to force the “NBO” to police their members, we need to force those individuals to do so.

To me, the way to do that is to

(1) require policing procedures such as recorder reports, documented investigations and assessments of those reports, and documented actions based on those assessments, and

(2) identify individuals in the organization who take that responsibility and who are nonfeasant if reported cheaters are not dealt with properly.

Make this the responsibility of people, not some nebulous “NBO”.
Aug. 17, 2016
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Suppose the double shows a long strong diamond suit. Now what do you do? :)
Aug. 16, 2016
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