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Marty - in practice a substantial amount of the legislation is based on drafts written by teams of lawyers working for lobbyists.
Oct. 2, 2017
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Joann- just to be clear, I am not concerned about the weak, “social” pair that has been playing together for 95 years and routinely break tempo because they have been doing so since before the Great War.

The kind of pair I am concerned about is the experienced, competent pair, playing capable methods, and who are aware of their ethical obligations.

We are all familiar with this type of pair - they never get a competitive decision wrong because they “know” , via tempo, whether their partner was min or max for their overcall, double etc.

I recently swapped horror stories with another Unit Recorder on this issue- his bête noire was a pair that played a very simple version of FanTunes in club games as well as sectionals and regionals. They cheerfully relied on tempo to resolve the strength/length ambiguity inherent in the two-bids.
Sept. 30, 2017
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Joann -.I quite agree that the *isolated* fast return or break in tempo is not the same thing as collusion. And the last thing I'd want to receive is a barrage of player memos on that issue.

As you note, that type of annoying conduct is a “club” problem which is to be dealt with at the discretion of the club manager

My concern is a related but distinct problem, namely the *pair* that consistently engages in the same type of conduct but on an industrial level such that they are routinely and deliberately breaking tempo to illegally convey information.
Sept. 30, 2017
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Thanks Joann - but I think we are talking apples and oranges.

The statement I was not inclined to take at face value was your blanket assertion that “there is no recorder system for club games unless it is a Unit wide or sectionally rated game.”

The FAQ extracts you have cited clearly state that the recorder system *does* apply to club games, regardless of type, in the context of collusive cheating which is the very topic I have been writing about. In my view *partnerships* who routinely and deliberately take advantage of tempo to illegally convey information are engaged in collusive cheating.

And that is a problem that can only be resolved by player memos sent to the Recorder.
Sept. 30, 2017
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Joanne - Appendix C of the “RECORDER REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES” provides as follows:

“A Recorder should inform club managers, tournament chairpersons and tournament directors of the proper procedures for delivery of Player Memos to the Recorder.”

Can you please point to the regulation prohibiting the submission of player memos in respect of incidents that occur in club games.


Barry - unfortunately I do not recall ever having seen a player memo submitted in this type of circumstance, at the club level. Consequently,over the years, certain pairs (fortunately only a small handful) routinely transmit information via the tempo of their play, knowing full well what they are doing. I have seen a very limited number of memos submitted in respect of this type of conduct at the sectional and regional level.

The frustrating aspect is that I can recall numerous occasions on which pairs have verbally complained to me (yet again) about the tempo of a certain pair, but they won't take the time to file a player memo despite having been told that the problem will not go away by itself.

(edited to clarify the distinction between the submission of memos at clubs as opposed to sectionals/regionals)
Sept. 29, 2017
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Barry - education only works for that subset of offenders who are not aware of their ethical obligations.

Unfortunately, based on the many years I have spent as a Unit Recorder, my sense is that there is small subset of hard-core offenders who are aware of the rules, but just don't care: filing recorder forms is the only long-term method for dealing with these miscreants.
Sept. 29, 2017
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Bahar - congratulations on this very positive initiative. I have no doubt that BW members will provide you with invaluable input.

I also suspect that you will soon have a greater appreciation for Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia who was unable to ever satisfy certain publishers.

As Hizzoner once said "If I walked on water across the Hudson River, the next day's headline would be Mayor Can't Swim!”
Sept. 27, 2017
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Joe Gilliam.
Sept. 27, 2017
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Ken - kudos on your yeoman efforts having yielded fruit. You missed your calling as a forensic investigator. The world's money launderers would have blanched at the prospect of being subject to a “full Deighton”!
Sept. 18, 2017
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Alan - I'm guessing the filter had a problem with the terms “clinton” and “…moron”
Sept. 13, 2017
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A hurricane event might become the stuff of legend - WBF marketers looking to boost global awareness of the game need only persuade the World Meteorological Organization to change the current #2 on its 2018 list of names for the Carribean/Gulf of Mexico/North Atlantic hurricanes from “Beryl” to “Bridget”…..
Sept. 11, 2017
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The late-great Helen Sobel often partnered Goren. She was once asked by a kibitzer “what's it like playing with a great expert?”

Helen replied “I don't know. Why don't you ask Charlie.”
Aug. 30, 2017
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Ray - thanks for the new word (“Koan”)- I am looking forward to using this in a pleading.

Eugene et. al. - thanks for yet another indirect benefit courtesy of Bridgewinnners.
Aug. 28, 2017
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“And perhaps there was less discussion of the result than I'm used to.”

I suspect that this factor accounts for the great bulk of the difference.
Aug. 26, 2017
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Well done USA 2!

And kudos to the Rosenbergs, pere et fils, for their unique double header.
Aug. 26, 2017
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Not to take anything away from Allan's terrific achievement, but George also won gold in this event in 2002 in Montreal, in partnership with Bo Baran. Diane Holt and Joe Godefrin completed the team.
Aug. 25, 2017
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Mr. Gidwani - thank you for taking the time to provide direct and detailed feedback to the members of this site who participate in ACBL events.

I am confident that the great majority of the relevant members of Bridgewinners are delighted to have the opportunity to engage in constructive exchanges with ACBL management on a forward-going basis.
Aug. 22, 2017
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Terrific articles Ben - you did a great job of conveying the team's peaks and valleys.
Aug. 19, 2017
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Patrick - per Article 7 of the WBF Constitution, the Executive Council elects the WBF President:

7. The officers of the WBF shall be elected by the Executive. The officers shall include a President, one or more Vice-Presidents, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The Executive may also elect such other officers as it may deem appropriate for the administration of the affairs of the WBF. The respective officers shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as may be provided by the By-Laws or as the Executive may prescribe.

The membership of the Executive Council is set out at Article 9:

9. Members. The Executive shall consist of as many zonal representatives as are authorised by the By-Laws, plus the President of the WBF, who shall for his first term be elected from the members of the Executive and, upon assuming office, shall resign as a zonal representative. Additionally, two members of the High Level Players Commission shall also be members of the Executive. Each member of the Executive, including the President, shall be entitled to one vote on all matters within the Executive’s jurisdiction.

Per article 6.4 of the WBF By-laws, a candidate requires 75% of the votes of the entire Executive in order to be elected President:

6.4 Voting Requirements.

If action is proposed to be taken by the Executive Council in respect of a) election of a new WBF President, b) change in zonal boundaries or recognition of new zones, c) change in the WBF Constitution or By-Laws, d) approval of the members of the WBF Management Committee, or e) changes to the number of voting members on the Executive allocated to any zone, then in each such event, notwithstanding any other By-Laws provision to the contrary, the proposed action shall require the affirmative vote of 75% of the whole Executive.

The procedure for a Presidential elections is set out at article 7 of the Bylaws.

7.1 Officers.

The officers of the WBF shall include a President, one or more Vice-Presidents, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a General Counsel. The Officers, other than the General Counsel and the President, shall be elected by the Executive at its regular meetings every four (4) years held in conjunction with each Bridge Championship commencing in 1978. Commencing with 2009, and every four years thereafter, the President shall be elected, but the term of office shall not begin until the end of the Championships the year following such election. The terms of the officers shall be for a period of four years and until their successors are elected and qualified; provided however, that if an election for President results in no successor being elected because no candidate has received at least 75% of the votes of the whole Executive, then the incumbent President’s term of office shall end without his successor being elected and qualified. Any two or more offices may be held by the same person, except the offices of President and Secretary. Each candidate for office shall be nominated and seconded by members of the Executive. Election of Officers shall be by secret ballot only if there is more than one candidate for the office. Newly elected officers shall assume office on the last day of the Championships at which they were elected except that if an office becomes vacant during the term of the officer, the newly elected officer shall assume office as soon as practicable after the predecessor officer has vacated the office. Election of any officer shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Executive present at any meeting at which a quorum is present; and if there are more than two candidates for any office and none receives a majority vote on the first ballot, then those two candidates receiving the largest plurality of votes shall continue to stand as candidates with any others receiving a lesser number of votes being eliminated as candidates. Upon an officer (other than the General Counsel) ceasing to be a member of the Executive, such person shall no longer continue as an officer and the office shall be vacant until filled by the Executive.
Aug. 17, 2017
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Don - Stephen Sondheim tells a story about Ethel Merman (“EM”) that usefully illustrates the futility of monetary penalties.

EM, who was known for her frequent use of coarse language, was booked as a guest on the Lorettta Young show.

LY was a stickler for decorum, and warned EM that she'd be fined a quarter each time she used ‘unladylike’ language during rehearsals.

After paying out fifty cents for minor transgressions, EM shoved a bill in LY's hand and barked ‘Here’s 10 bucks, now f…off.'
Aug. 7, 2017
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