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Debbie, I think you'll find that the “A-Team” operators will be on the higher-profile matches likely to attract the larger audiences so I'm quitely confident that popular matches will be covered well. I also think China has quite a depth of competent operators now that so many major events have been held there in recent years, so hopefully we'll all be in for a good show.

See you in Wuhan tomorrow!
Sept. 12
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Has anyone been to the venue yet who can report on whether or not screened tables are setup and available for warm-up matches?
Sept. 12
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I think the correct order of priorities is: 1. stable internet connection; 2. competent operators; 3. competent commentators.

In relation to #3, the current method of Yellows and/or operators gagging and ungagging people will be quite unworkable with 32 tables so I expect we will only have commentators for a few matches each round.

I think it's great there will be 32 tables of coverage (assuming the infrastructure can cope with it) as it will greatly increase the chances of the match that you want to watch being on BBO. Also, the data capture (including video of all of those tables) will be quite a disincentive to employ any collusive cheating techniques thereby improving the integrity of the event.
Sept. 12
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Most countries have strict rules on granting visas for people with criminal convictions. For many countries, merely having a DUI on your record can make it very hard to get a visa. The laws of a country to control who can and cannot enter is an important sovereign right and I don't think China is out of step with the rest of the world in how it applies that principle.
Sept. 12
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The BBO schedule (https://www.bridgebase.com/vugraph/schedule.php) indicates that there will be coverage of 8 matches each round, so I think it's reasonably to expect that four or five of those will be from the Open series and the restricted events will generally get one match each.

The results will be available at http://db.worldbridge.org/Repository/tourn/wuhan.19/microSite/Participants.asp. As with all recent WBF events, I expect that there will be real-time running scores across all matches in all series.
Sept. 11
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If a convention is adequately disclosed and opponents are given a reasonable opportunity to prepare their countermeasures, people should be allowed to play it.
Sept. 10
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Other. Multi should be allowed in any game that describes itself as “bridge” and written defences should not be allowed.
Sept. 10
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The author's comment was completely inappropriate.

The lady's response was acceptable, but not for the reasons stated in the poll - hence “other” as my second choice.

The required polling option is “The lady's response was appropriate, and the author should learn that unsolicited bridge advice is very rarely welcomed”.
Sept. 5
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Wasn't this hand played on BBO? In which case, self-alerting applies.
Sept. 5
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Where's the “Other” option?
Aug. 29
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Other - all of the above. As East I don't mind 4, but I would bid 4 to make it clear that I don't have control. As West, the 7 bid is just a straight gamble.
Aug. 28
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“reasonable possibility” would take its ordinary meaning in the English language.
Aug. 27
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The response I was looking for was “The original Alerting Policy could be improved, but as it stands is superior to the alternative Alerting Policy”.

I think the key omission from the alternative Alerting Policy is the requirement to alert calls which whilst natural, carry additional information that you opponents may not reasonably expect.

My preferred Alerting Policy is: “If there's a reasonable possibility that your opponents won't know the meaning of a call, including negative inferences from other agreements, that call must be alerted”.
Aug. 26
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I made a set of “experimental” screens for the Australian Bridge Federation from corflute which I think is a similar product but they weren't overly successful as they are bit floppy and also somewhat translucent in certain light conditions.
Aug. 18
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These screens were in use at the recent Asia Pacfic Bridge Federation Championships in Singapore and they were quite OK.

If you plan on moving your screens around a lot, I think these would be a good choice and the pricing seems quite good also.

If your screens are going to be staying in one place, I still prefer solid timber screens which can be frabricated fairly easily from a single sheet of MDF, plywood or OSB for well under US$70 per screen.
Aug. 18
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My general guideline in WBF events is that if one needs to ponder whether or not something is alertable you should alert it.

I'm yet to see anyone get in trouble for alerting a bid that the TD considered non-alertable, but I've seen many rulings go against people who under-alert.
Aug. 18
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I'm playing a .
Aug. 15
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Isn't there a Bridge Winners policy about making political comments?
Aug. 15
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I've heard Qingdao will be the host city. A sleepy little village of about 9 million about half-way between Beijing and Shanghai.

Qingdao has direct flights to and from several cities in Europe, North America, Australia and the main hubs in the Middle East; so I'd be surprised if there would be anywhere in the world that couldn't get there with a convenient one-stop connection. Qingdao is also about to open a new airport with significantly greater capacity so I expect more direct international routes will be added in 2020.
Aug. 15
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I don't think it's a coincidence that so many WBF events in recent years have been held in China.

China enjoys significant government and corporate financial support for bridge, has excellent infrastructure and is well experienced in convening major bridge events.

China is well serviced by a myriad of international airlines with travel times from Europe, North America and the Antipodes generally under 15 hours and no more than one stop.

China is also a very inexpensive place to sleep and eat if you are willing avoid the major international hotels.
Aug. 15
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