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“A marathon for your mind” - what an amazing metaphor by that youngster. The ACBL needs to trademark that immediately.
Aug. 1, 2017
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Absolutely not.
July 31, 2017
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Any potential BIT was not what I was referring to as UI. If opener forgot their agreement or they hadn't discussed outside cards, then the explanation is UI.

“If partner thinks I don't have a side king and can still bid 5, then maybe I should be 6.”

With that being said, I find the arguements that IF there was a BIT that it doesn't carry a connotation or even suggests passing over bidding to be wholly unconvincing.
May 4, 2017
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I think you may have missed the main point with the director which is whether the raise to 6 may have been based on UI.
May 1, 2017
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I've been looking for the live streams of the tables on YouTube and haven't found them. Will they be coming in future rounds?
April 30, 2017
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Not at all. As Chuck notes in his comment, slam is a possibility. But Roland hit the bullseye. At the table this particular time, 3N was dicey and 4 (even with partner having only 3 hearts) was simple.
March 30, 2017
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This discussion sounds a lot like an argument for implementing an ELO-based system for awarding seeding points. Fivethirtyeight has used this for ranking many types of competitions.

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/complete-history-of-the-nba/#cavaliers
March 22, 2017
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I disagree. The captain is the person I would expect to present his/her team's side of a situation. By presenting the facts of the situation as well, Oren is filling a gap that tournament officials should be doing. The WBF championship website mentions the late start but give no information as to what the situation is.
Sept. 11, 2016
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Go Illini!!
July 28, 2016
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In my opinion, the existing policy against bogus allegations is what allowed the recently exposed cheating pairs to flourish for so long.
Oct. 22, 2015
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Joanna's suggestion has been tried. It's called YouTube comments, and it's a cesspool.
Oct. 20, 2015
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How do you think community standards are enforced?
Oct. 17, 2015
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You stated that you don't believe in monitoring because you are not a fan of censorship. To me that sounded like you were equating the two, especially when you said censorship is described “by some as monitoring”.

But then you said that that not all enforcement of standards are censorship. And to me it is clear that enforcement requires monitoring.

So my confusion is whether you think that BW is entitled to have a standard of conduct and to enforce that standard of conduct by monitoring its discussion forums for violations without being accused of censorship?

(Edited for typos)
Oct. 17, 2015
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Then I am confused as to how your reply above is consistent with your reply to Gary. How are community standards maintained unless there is monitoring for violations?
Oct. 17, 2015
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@JoAnna - are you truly of the belief that all community standards (and the enforcement of those standards) are the equivalent of censorship?
Oct. 17, 2015
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@Jeff - it is a sign of respect, but certainly no surprise.
Oct. 3, 2015
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@Gonzalo - You are correct about F/N. But the statement above from Nirmal was about Smirnov and Piekarek. There has been no such statement regarding them that I am aware of.

If you are suggesting that there is a parallel between the two, that is possible. But Nirmal did not include any such qualifier in his statement.

Perhaps what Nirmal says did happen, I would just like actual evidence before accepting it as fact.
Sept. 20, 2015
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@Michael - So you do not believe that redemption or rehabilitation is possible?
Sept. 19, 2015
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@Nirmal - You said “Alex knew very well that if he doesn't confess even now evidence would be tabled soon. So he thought by admitting to his guilt he would get some sympathy from many and a sort of a lenient view from the trial”

What evidence to support your conclusion do you have? Are you in possession of information that has not been presented here?
Sept. 19, 2015
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Is there an RSS feed of this podcast?
Sept. 17, 2015
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