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Jeff - I suggest you read further; the studies expressly emphasize enjoyment of the activity:

“Finally, a majority of respondents indicated that playing bridge brought benefits to them personally in the form of the game having a competitive element, facilitating socialising with friends, and
– most commonly – being mentally stimulating and deriving enjoyment from the activity; this is the case for all ages in our sample.”
Dec. 22, 2018
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Jurgen - while your point re delivery vehicle is valid, it could undoubtedly have been made without a) erroneously, and gratuitously insulting Al Levy, and b) without blithely ignoring - via a cavalier “whatever the reasons” - the actual cause of Mr. Ginsberg's absence from the bot championship.

Al has spent a great deal of time and effort with the bot side of bridge - he deserves courtesy and acknowledgement, not inaccurate cheap shots.
Dec. 22, 2018
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Jeff - seems to me you would be interested in reading Samantha Punch’s post on the academic work being done in this area.
Dec. 22, 2018
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Ironic that a League which has as one of its core functions the development and maintenance of “standards of membership, conduct and ethical behavior” (ACBL Bylaw 1.2.4), might soon be disciplining ACBL members who decline to play against convicted cheats who have systematically lied to the League about their guilt over a multi-year period.

You couldn't make this stuff up…..
Dec. 20, 2018
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Samantha - interesting to learn of the results of the surveys you took on why people play bridge. Impressive number of responses.

Are the papers referenced in the interview available online?

ps-kudos on qualifying for the Venice Cup.
Dec. 20, 2018
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Lying to the committee is grounds for discipline under section 3.13 of the 2018 version of the ACBL's Code of Disciplinary Regulations: 3.13 Knowingly and/or intentionally submitting, or causing to be submitted, false information to an ACBL Official or a Disciplinary Body.

Presumably a comparable provision was in effect in 2014.
Dec. 19, 2018
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Given that Mr. Lanzarotti appears to have adamantly refused to admit his guilt until 2018, it is surprising the ACBL has seen fit to place weight on the FIGB's July 11, 2012 report which “rehabilitated” Mr. Lanzarotti because of his “effective and consistent good conduct as shown by positive and consistent facts of repentance”.

Hard to believe the ACBL didn't ask the FIGB how it reconciled Mr. Lanzarotti's stubborn, multi-year refusal to admit guilt with its 2012 finding that he engaged in “positive and consistent facts of repentance”.
Dec. 19, 2018
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Peg- some of the replies to Michael Roche's article entitled “You Call the Director” suggest that your article should be re-posted with a catchier title….
Dec. 15, 2018
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Not the point I was suggesting…..
Dec. 6, 2018
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Seems your list of “perhaps” is not quite complete …
Dec. 6, 2018
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Not quite sure how your reply addresses the point that certain players who are far more representative of L/W's skill level (Kit W being the obvious example) hold a completely different view than you.
Dec. 6, 2018
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But you assert that L/G suffered no damage because you adamantly believe that they share *your* belief that the D lead was 100%.

It's very difficult to understand the basis for your belief as to their belief given that a number of world-class players have flatly contradicted what you think is clear.
Dec. 6, 2018
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Don - it will be interesting to see how the carrier responds to a claim if it is established that members of the BoD fought against document disclosure in order to maintain the pretense of plausible deniability.

If that is true, the carrier may well assert that this was a factor that significantly increased its exposure, and which should have been disclosed. The failure to disclose information material to the underwriting of the risk may give rise to the nullity of the coverage.
Dec. 5, 2018
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Kudos to the winners, and congrats/condolences to Mittelman & Co. who were edged at the wire for the second year in a row/
Dec. 3, 2018
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Thanks Don - was that change approved by the BoD?
Dec. 3, 2018
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Mark/Kevin - presumably the BoD requested and received legal advice from the League's counsel on this issue. What did counsel advise?
Dec. 3, 2018
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As a general rule no.
Dec. 2, 2018
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Поздравляю.
Nov. 29, 2018
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Peter - I suspect your scheme will have no impact on the many who are price-insensitive. They will always pay $$$ and will laugh at those who opt for the far more meaningful penalty, namely percentages of boards.

And 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.

Lorettta Young (“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.”
Nov. 29, 2018
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Nedju - my question was pretty straightforward. Have you read any of the judgments?

Or is your assertion that “the authorities expressed their view on the issue in their verdict, and such a view is very modern, MM century”, not based on your having actually read what the “authorities” in fact said in any written judgment?
Nov. 29, 2018
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