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I think that it would help if there were more transparency about what is going on with the ACBL.

For example, what caused the former CEO to be fired suddenly after serving less than one year? Why is another large IT-related write-off occuring?

Without knowing more about the overall picture, it is difficult to empathize – although, despite all of my complaints, I do find these serious financial difficulties of the ACBL troubling.
Oct. 18
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I appreciate the fact that Mr. Kamras has taken the time and trouble to post here on BW, thus opening himself up to questions and criticism. It is certainly a refreshing change.

However, I must disagree on one point. Flawed as national systems of justice may be – and the U.S. court system is flawed, of course – I just find it difficult to believe that any of them would be a worse system to hear a case than the CAS.

The CAS showed not only stupefying ignorance about bridge in its decision, but it is also believed by knowledgeable persons (such as the attorney of one or more Russian whistle-blower athletes), that, unfortunately, corruption has infected the CAS. Of course, the Russian whistleblower athlete case is a completely separate and different type of case. But, is it not possible that if the CAS may have been affected by corruption in that case, that there is some chance that it could be affected by it in other cases?
Oct. 15
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Just based on relevant life experience (not in bridge but in other arenas of life), I have a strong opinion that there should be efforts to correct the record – whether by working within the system, creating a separate Wikipedia page, or by other means.

I disagree that it's done, it's in the past, so just try to forget about it. It will fester, and fester, and fester.

Even if efforts to change or correct the record are not entirely satisfactory in the end, I don't think giving up is a good plan. It does matter. It will be worth it to make the effort.
Oct. 14
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Randy,

John did not say that he thinks Mr. Zimmerman knew in advance that he was hiring cheaters.

John wrote that it has been determined that 40% of the people he hired were cheaters.

And, John has stated that it shows a lack of sportsmanship to refuse to address the issue of renouncing certain titles.

Why has Mr. Zimmerman not renounced those titles? Why has he not made a statement that he regrets hiring those found guilty of cheating by bridge authorities?
Oct. 13
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That reminds me – I still haven't heard whether the “coughing doctors” prefer cherry, honey-lemon, or menthol. It seems as if it may be worth it to provide their favorite flavor of cough drop, if indeed they are not only being permitted to continue to compete, but to do so as a partnership.
Oct. 12
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Just FYI – here are some comments about working for the ACBL:

https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/American-Contract-Bridge-League-ACBL-Reviews-E355830.htm
Oct. 12
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Usually, the ACBL's annual membership meeting is held at the summer NABC.

That would be Las Vegas in late July, 2019.

Whatever is going on at that time, I agree with Max that it would be a good idea to organize to try to get a quorum of the membership there. I know we didn't have one in D.C. a couple of years back.
Oct. 12
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I'm sure you are right, Dale (and Max, and others).

So, then, the plan would need to be to organize to bring a quorum to the next annual membership meeting – which, if I recall the one in Washington, D.C. correctly, is not well advertised.
Oct. 12
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Jan Kamras has just commented (see above) that he shares our dismay, and may comment more fully in a few days. He is the head of the European Bridge League, I believe.
Oct. 12
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It seems that we are moving closer and closer to a point where the choices are four (at least four – others can probably think of more).

Figure out a way to unwind bridge from the Olympics movement and thus the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Also figure out a way to deal with any lawsuits in individual countries more effectively, in terms of explaining to courts how certain players have cheated.

Stay with the current system and have a corrupt game rife with cheating which, as Boye Brogeland has written, is an embarassment to us all.

Start from scratch and create a new international bridge federation.

Give up on international bridge.
Oct. 12
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That's strange that you were prevented from attending on those grounds.
Oct. 12
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While it is up to the Europeans, of course, I would hope that there is a way forward to unwind the connection with the CAS. The CAS does not understand bridge.
Oct. 12
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Those four players should, indeed, publicly renounce this title.

Will they?
Oct. 11
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Or, it could be that they had more money for lawyers.
Oct. 11
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The poll choices are not perfect, but since the bid was near the table and all of the players saw it, I don't think it could be rescinded at that point.
Oct. 11
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I think that the tournament directors have to make that decision, yes.
Oct. 11
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That's too bad – I thought the rule was that you can find a substitute of comparable ability.
Oct. 11
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In the version of Puppet Stayman that my partner and I were using in Orlando, the auction might have gone: 1NT by South, 3C by North, 3S by South, 4S by North.
We play that the 1NT opener shows a 5-Card major or bids 3D, then Responder can bid the 4 card Major he does not have, in order to ask if opener has the relevant 4 card major.

Of course, if I had been North, I would have had to both remember Puppet and then decide to use it. We were not playing matchpoints, so different circumstances.
Oct. 11
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There used to be a saying, I believe, that one should never bid a Grand Slam in a mixed event (the implication being that none of the other mixed pairs would be bidding it).

Well, those days are definitely gone (if they ever existed). There was one hand in the Mixed Teams Round of 16 in Orlando where the Vugraph commentator said that 9 pairs bid 7 Diamonds, 2 bid 7 Spades, there was one sacrifice of 5 Clubs doubled, plus a few pairs rested in 4 Spades. My own teammates, Debbie and Michael, bid the riskier 7 Spades contract, which required spades to break 3/2 . . . they did!
Oct. 11
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