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Fred,

I got it here: http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/a-proposal-from-world-bridge-productions/?cj=232857

I suppose in retrospect his wording makes it a little unclear whether his idea was exactly what you were working on just that you were working on an electronic solution, but he certainly could have been clearer that it was speculation.
Sept. 27, 2015
Dan Wolkowitz edited this comment Sept. 27, 2015
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Gary, why didn't you just go to where the video was streaming online and see what it looked like from there?

I actually think the ACBL video is better than much of the EBTC video in terms of being able to see what the cards are. I think the camera angle of the ACBL video hides too much of the players, and so it does less to stop cheating and would only be useful for watching the play without vugraph, which isn't very useful considering you won't know what the players hold until they physically play the cards.

My guess is that in most of these situations, which the exception of the Polish Premier League, the authorities buy “a camera” without first making sure that the video quality of the camera is sufficient to accomplish the task they have in mind. Then, someone is tasked with setting it up but is overworked and doesn't have the time to make sure the quality is where it should be. But as long as they set the camera up, the governing body is happy.

What ends up happening even more often than the camera being moved is that the lighting and glare in the room stop the video from being very useful or the video and audio quality reduces how effective it is. Perhaps in the future now that some people have been caught from these videos they will understand how important it is.
Sept. 27, 2015
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I didn't realize that 45% of bridge players either cannot read or were under the influence of one or more mind-altering substances at the time of completing this poll. It's true that USA1 might only be 40% to actually win the whole thing, but to say anyone else is the favorite is truly incredible in that when I hear you say it, I don't believe you.
Sept. 27, 2015
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There was some discussion on one of the enormous threads that Fred Gitelman was working on an alternative solution. If you look on Hamman's “proposal by WBP” thread, Rodwell claims that it's a prototype of a tray that passes electronically. I have no reason to doubt that.
Sept. 27, 2015
Dan Wolkowitz edited this comment Sept. 27, 2015
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If they play 4-handed it may be unfair to the teams to play then at the beginning when they're more fresh
Sept. 26, 2015
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I believe pigs find truffles by scent, not sight.
Sept. 26, 2015
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One thing I noticed in Norway and Sweden this summer was how much people there love their classic American cars. I saw more examples of them in two weeks than I would expect to see here in a year. And remember that gas costs the equivalent of about $9 a gallon, which is roughly $1 per mile…
Sept. 23, 2015
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It makes sense to me that doubling quickly shows a clear double. It doesn't make sense to me that passing a clear double is demonstrably suggested by the UI. As is, he had two trumps and pure defense in trumps, which goes against the UI.

What if he had doubled slowly and then his partner had passed with this hand. Then it surely would be rolled back. So now it seems like if he shows a clear double or an ambiguous double it should be rolled back either way?

I understand calling the director and the procedural penalty, but I don't see how the UI would have helped him.
Sept. 21, 2015
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A three-year-old hits another three-year-old and gets a time out. An eight-year-old hits another eight-year-old and gets sent to the principal's office. A thirteen-year-old would probably be suspended and an adult could be arrested or even sent to jail.

Cheating isn't all the same. Not because we're not all adults but because bridge players have different levels of understanding of the rules and why certain things are tremendously wrong vs. pretty wrong vs. somewhat slimy. Your example is a clear cut one, but hesitations and using UI is a much trickier case.

There's also the fact that these pairs were being hired to play and were representing their countries (or other people's countries) in serious international competition. Surely you'd agree that throwing a spitball or using illegal amounts of pine tar in a pickup baseball league is much different than cheating in Major League Baseball.
Sept. 21, 2015
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Partner doesn't have to have a 3-card major, although surely if he's 90% or more to, that's a tendency that the opponents are entitled to know about.

Similarly, if you play a 14-16 notrump and regularly upgrade your 13-point hands with 5-card major and/or good spots, you should state that in your notrump range. Some players disclose this, but many players, including many of those at the highest level, do not.

I don't buy the claim that “This hand evaluates to 14 so I don't have to disclose it.” Notrump openings are not like suit openings. Even old club players who pass many 12's will open some 10-counts when they have good shape and honors. The fact that your opponents employ a possibly inferior yet normal practice of counting their points to determine their notrump ranges should not deny them the knowledge of the rules you and your partner employ.
Sept. 20, 2015
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Yes, I also wanted to bid 5!N, in case partner bid 6 (in case some earlier bid was wrong, as unlikely as it would be to mess up the initial shape response).
Sept. 19, 2015
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Still one at the bottom of page 6
Sept. 19, 2015
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Ken, if you're going to police Vince's English, you should at least do it in perfect French.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Will this conference be live streamed?
Sept. 17, 2015
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Julian,

Yes, I heard that exact comment made at nationals.

Karthik, I think what Julian means is that he probably DID black out, in the sense that he forgot to take the action that anyone else would take at the table when they held two aces against a slam.

Dan
Sept. 16, 2015
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Ken, sometimes I just don't know what to say…
Sept. 15, 2015
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True, but I would bet that if every other team in the Bermuda Bowl refused to play at all until the matter was settled, they'd have to do something.
Sept. 14, 2015
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You might want to keep your eyes where they are a little longer…
Sept. 14, 2015
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…To those in the underworld of bridge, he was known as John “Dead Link” Diamond…
Sept. 14, 2015
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You could look at whether they click their pass cards against the wood of the tray or place them silently.
Sept. 14, 2015
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