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Congratulations, Boye, well done!
Oct. 3, 2015
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For what it's worth, before I knew anything about what the code was supposed to be other than it was during the auction, I watched 4 videos from EBTC.

I had concluded that the signal was the spacing of the second call (bid or pass) and gave the information that the bidder's hand was min/avg/max based on tight/avg/wide spacing, relative to whatever call he actually made.

I don't see similar things with subsequent calls, only with the second one.

I made screenshots from one of those videos and was going to do matching screenshots from the vugraph bbo play, but I don't really want to spend all that time to duplicate what others are doing.

Any chance of someone organizing the search so we don't waste a lot of time duplicating efforts?
Oct. 2, 2015
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Occo, I recall someone posting (Boye, maybe?) that the WBF DID start an investigation and in fact have a mathematician doing statistical work on the evidence.
Oct. 2, 2015
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Wow, Ken, and you don't actually know where that saying/story came from?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judgment_of_Solomon
Oct. 2, 2015
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Alan, all of us want to know what happened, but “directly involved”, get over yourself, you are nothing special. You'll find out when the rest of us find out.

Your “… nobody knows why…” is patently silly – the people who matter in the issue know why. That you think you are entitled to know everything right now just so you can feel important is just a little bit arrogant (ok maybe a lot arrogant).

And that goes for everyone else who keeps screaming “tell me, tell me, I demand to know everything right now”, it's getting very tiresome.
Oct. 1, 2015
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What I noticed today is that there are two problems (probably related).

1. The field of view is too blocked by the BBO window inserted into it. You cannot see the players themselves nearly well enough. Not to mention that the browser BBO window is miserable compared to the old windows client view, so if you are going to overlay something, use the old client BBO versions.

2. The ability to distinguish bids and cards is much better than in the 2014 opatijs videos, and that is very nice. However even that is affected by trying to put too much into the scene, because the camera has to be too far back to allow room for the BBO window overaly.

Yesterday, the videos were much better without the BBO overlay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7LZV4fB3vw This view was much nicer!!

So if you want to have the BBO play overlay, then please make it (preferably with windows client version, but at least) much smaller and less intrusive.
Sept. 30, 2015
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This would be trivial with electronic play.
Sept. 28, 2015
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Of course you would not, Peg, and neither would I. And precisely because of that, neither of us could possibly know why others would cheat. We can only speculate, and even most of the speculation has been nothing but reiteration of what Martin listed to start with.

In fact, the most common thing I hear from people I have discussed the cheating with is “I can't understand why anyone would do that.” THAT is an honest opinion.
Sept. 28, 2015
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 28, 2015
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Exactly why I have said that this thread is absurd, and why I asked what it would take to make YOU cheat. You cannot possibly know why someone would cheat unless you have at least tried walking in those shoes yourself.

Actually, I think this thread is not about opinions at all. I think it is Martin's psychologist way of finding out why each respondent here would cheat. After all, if you say you think it's money (or fame or whatever), that is most likely what you would want yourself.
Sept. 28, 2015
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I sincerely hope you are wrong, Gonzalo. I am just waiting for the software and system to be developed, tested and debugged for the elite tournaments, and then work its way down to regular tournament games. As soon as it does, I'll consider going to tournaments again.
Sept. 27, 2015
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What's wrong with being predictable? Predictable is good. :)
Sept. 27, 2015
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Josh is much too young to remember Watergate :)
Sept. 27, 2015
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This “I know but I'm not going to tell you” is getting a bit old.
Sept. 26, 2015
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@Oliver: I couldn't care less about football, only about bridge. How football chooses their teams has absolutely nothing to do with bridge.
Sept. 26, 2015
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If the ratio of USA teams to other countries is 2:1, what is the ratio of total bridge player members of those same countries? Are there twice as many (or more) in the USA than in, say for example, England, Monaco, Germany, Italy, etc.?

Why should players in the USA have to compete against tens of thousands of others for a spot when players from, again for example, England only have to compete against thousands?

Shouldn't the number of teams to the World Championships be based on number of officially registered players in the country?
Sept. 26, 2015
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I think the correct quote is “Love of money is the root of all evil”. Money itself is simply a means of honest exchange of value.
Sept. 26, 2015
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LOL @ Harald, don't you know the ♦7 is called the beer card, and is good for a free beer if it is not trump and wins the last trick of the hand. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_card Maybe you have been reading too much about cheating lately to understand the humor. It's ok to lighten up a little :)
Sept. 26, 2015
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 26, 2015
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Dave, how can an extra card at the end of a hand accomplish anything, other than maybe a free beer? :)
Sept. 26, 2015
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 26, 2015
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of course it's a theoretical one, as I stated clearly. My point is that a whole lot of people are posting why someone cheats and so far not a single person has been able or willing to make it personal. Unless you are willing to look at it that personally, you cannot possibly have any insight into why anyone else might cheat. That's why I think Martin's whole question and list of answers is useless.
Sept. 25, 2015
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I made no assumptions, nor do I plan to guess or hypothesize (Martin already did that). I just asked the question.
Sept. 25, 2015
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