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Steve, sarcasm certainly weakens your points. It's the penultimate resort of someone losing an argument.

What did you expect? “We see that the internet and BW have arrested and judged them, so we'll be happy to hang them from the showerhead in the men's room the next time they dare to show their faces around here.”?

Get real.
Sept. 17, 2015
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As a “morning person”, I have always hated the evening schedule at tournaments. In fact, I sincerely believe that the reason they have existed for so long is that only “night people” have a chance to do well and thus “night people” have the influence to keep them that way.

I put up with it for a while when I was younger, but frankly that was one of the big reasons (the other one was cost) that I simply quit going to tournaments at all. I'm simply not interested and I don't have the endurance to try and play at a time of night when my body thinks I should be asleep.

If you are a night person and tournaments were held at 6 am and 10 am, how would YOU like it?
Sept. 17, 2015
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No, I don't find it insulting at all. I think it is a well-worded statement of what is actually going on, said as clearly as possible while protecting the rights of everyone involved. Maybe a little slow in coming, but otherwise exactly what I would have hoped to see from an organization with global oversight and indirect control.
Sept. 17, 2015
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Chris, this is all very well said, and I agree with you.

There is, however, one culture issue that still remains a problem. There are some parts of the world where the overall prevailing culture has different values, where trickery, cunning, deception, and clever deceit are more highly valued in the society than are honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.

That means, at an international level, we must still have up the guards (or better yet, the preventions) against both sociopathy and alternate cultural value systems.
Sept. 17, 2015
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Bridge is a game in which you are SUPPOSED to think. Even the ACBL Speedballs on BBO are hardly worth playing, simply because not having time to think through a hand carefully ruins the game.
Sept. 17, 2015
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Roger, yes, once John took over, it got better. That's why I carefully used a code word that only okb players from those days would know. :)

But by then, I had given up and left for BBO, anyway.
Sept. 16, 2015
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Andrew, you've hit one nail right on the head. OKbridge (at least when I was there) was a cesspool of cheaters, and reporting them got nowhere. Each of them was paying $100/year, so why give that up just to police a bunch of card players?

I reported one pair of cheaters that I actually witnessed, at their home, using side by side screens where they could see each other's cards, and was told by the okb fish in charge of abuse that I had no proof.

True, it wasn't the ACBL, but the principle is the same. “They pay us money and if we boot them, they won't pay us money.”
Sept. 16, 2015
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I like this whole plan, although 10 seconds may be too short.
Sept. 15, 2015
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I recall people saying, “The day I'm forced to use a bidding box is the day I quit bridge.” They didn't, of course, and today it's hard to imagine playing without them. Same will happen with electronic means of playing a great game.
Sept. 15, 2015
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If the remaining waves are anything like these have been, there are some people who will need to look for a new career. Any suggestions on a good second career choice for bridge ex-players?
Sept. 14, 2015
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Michael, I believe Machiavelli said it first:

http://design.caltech.edu/erik/Misc/Machiavelli.html
Sept. 14, 2015
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Exactly why I said SHOULD in the previous post. Instead the Laws allow opponents to use such information and forbid anyone from deliberately trying to counter that. Idiocy.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Dustin, YOU may think it beauty, but some (like me) consider it borderline cheating to use such information.
Sept. 14, 2015
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I'm still a huge fan of PREVENTION, not of ways to catch the cheaters after they've been at it for a while.

Yes, videotaping is working great right now to clean up the mess, but for the future, I'd rather work out a way to prevent any mess needing to be cleaned up.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Not sure what “par contest” means, but if it means by BBO with unimpeachable monitors, I'd vote for that.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Something that clearly has not worked.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Craig, I could not disagree more strongly with YOU! Those are precisely the aspects of bridge that make cheating easy, and many of the body language methods that you mention SHOULD be considered cheating.

An electronic playing environment is exactly what is needed to return bridge to a game of cards and logic, instead of a game of “reading the table”. If you like reading the players, poker would be a great game for you.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Can anyone say, ELECTRONIC play? It's time has come.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Have you guys looked past the opening lead itself? I just watched the first three sets of boards and it looks to me like 3rd hand is continuing the signal system.

If opening leader or dummy is winning the trick, 3rd hand plays vertical to show an honor in that suit or horizontal to deny.

If 3rd hand is winning the trick, vertical shows another honor in the suit.
Sept. 13, 2015
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As I recall, the story was that they moved to Monaco because they had not been included on the Italian national team, or some such thing. Do you suppose they were passed over for a reason that should have been taken more seriously at that time?
Sept. 13, 2015
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