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Many congrats to my fellow Montrealers!
May 11
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Randy - I won't get into specifics but we currently receive very few player memos.

Which is a welcome change.

Because there was a time when, over a period of several years, we received, on an intermittent basis, memos in respect of a particular pair that had what the English refer to as “form”.

Based on that accumulation of memos we contacted other Units this pair was known to regularly frequent and shared our findings. Several other units also had memos on this pair. All of the memos pertained to incidents which strongly suggested illegal communication.

We were in the process of drawing up disciplinary charges when Nature intervened and the partnership ended in permanent manner.
May 6
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James - I am the recorder for Unit 151.

Memos sent in respect of club-level shenanigans of the type Max references are compiled. An accumulation of such memos can trigger CDR 2.1.1(d) - (d).
May 5
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Sabine - section 2.7(b) of the EBL's General 
Conditions of Contest (“GCOC”) should have eliminated this problem:

First, Section 2.7 provides as follows:

Credentials Committee 
Pursuant to the By‐laws of the EBL, the Executive Committee has appointed a 
Credentials Committee, whose functions shall be
  
(a)to determine all questions relating to the rights and eligibility of players and other  team  members  whose  names  have  been  submitted  by  an  NBO  for invitation to compete. These names must be transmitted to the President, or 
his designee, in writing, as prescribed by the relevant SCoC; 
(b)at its discretion, to refuse to invite any player or other team member whose
name has been submitted for invitation by an NBO, as aforesaid, to participate. 
In  any  such  case  of  refusal,  no  reason  shall  be  given  by  the  Credentials 
Committee. 

Secondly, the Preamble to the EBL's Special 
Conditions of Contest (“SCOC”) for Istanbul provides as follows:

The EOC will be conducted under the auspices of the European Bridge League (EBL). Unless stated otherwise in 
these  Regulations,  the  EOC  shall  be  governed  by  the  2017  Laws  of  Duplicate  Bridge  and  the  EBL  General 
Conditions of Contest (GCoC). 

The EOC will consist of Pair and Team medal events in the categories Open, Women, Seniors and Mixed as well 
as other Pair and Team events. All events will be transnational and there will be no restriction on the number of 
entries per NBO. 

Thirdly, Section 1.1 of the SCOC provides as follows:

1.1 Right of Entry
Bridge players (registered members of WBF NBOs) from all WBF zones, in good standing with their Federation, 
are entitled to apply to participate. 
All participants are bound by the regulations contained within this document. Invitations for pair events will be 
issued to 2 players and invitations for team events will be issued to teams of four, five or six (comprising at least 
two men and two women in the Mixed event). 


Finally, the fourth paragraph of section 1.3, entitled Registration, provides as follows:

The names of each pair and the names of the captain, coach and the other members of each team, as submitted 
to the EBL website will be transmitted to the Credentials Committee for consideration of invitation to participate.   
Only accredited people can enter the venue of the Championship.
May 2
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steve - I suggest adding “The Spouse” to your cast.

We don't have particularly comfortable furniture, so I'll leave it to you provide the character-sketch.
April 30
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John - “to stifle” means, among other things, “to prevent something from happening, being expressed, or continuing”.

There is absolutely nothing in anything that Ray has written that reflects an intention to place constraints on your ability to write whatever you see fit, regardless of its merits.

Instead, his comments focus solely on the quality of your remarks on legal issues.

And the fact that Ray was staff counsel to an appellate court renders him eminently qualified to identify erroneous statements made by laymen on what is, and what is not, the law on a myriad of issues.

There is a world of difference between criticism of the substance of your comments,and preventing you from expressing same.

And there is some irony in the fact that you appear not to recognize that your last reply to Ray is an example of the latter.

Indeed, it's difficult to avoid the conclusion that your request that Ray stop expressing his views, as a particularly experienced lawyer, on your comments on legal matters, is nothing more than an attempt to stifle negative criticism that you clearly resent.
April 26
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Avon- as the late, great Mike Royko memorably put it, “no self-respecting fish would allow itself to be wrapped in a Murdoch paper”.

Mind you, some of them still have bridge columns.
April 26
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Ray - many thanks for expending the time and effort required to provide an informed assessment of the legal issues.

Although past experience should have taught me otherwise, I am still surprised each time non-professionals who would never presume to speak definitively on medical questions, or engineering matters, have no qualms authoritatively expressing their unique views on legal issues.
April 25
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And the vulnerability seems to be all white.
April 10
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“For insurance purposes, I never let on to the underwriters how potentially dangerous the floor of a bridge sport's club can be.”


Jeff - for insurance purposes that is what Courts describe as material non-disclosure.
March 28
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Robb- while I agree that a *great* number of these cases can be addressed via player memos, Debbie R.'s particular beef is not so easily dealt with.

In this neck of the woods we once had a very experienced pair who were able to smoothly and effortlessly solve most skip-bid problems (3-4 seconds max).

So when they had a 7-8 second pause it was a really big deal - provided you knew their tendencies. If not, you hadn't a clue that this was major UI situation.

And even if you knew that 7 seconds was an eternity for this pair, how did you record that belief (which was a subjective perception based on extensive history that had nothing to do with this particular hand) on the player memo in a manner the recorder was going to find credible?
March 27
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Jeff - one of the more obvious difficulties with your reasoning is that the economically superior party will be tempted “roll the dice” because it knows the other party may well not be able to absorb the time and/or expense required to engage in litigation. This is particularly true in employment relationships.

Which is one of the reasons why the Courts of a great many jurisdictions hold that employment contracts include an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. In other words, both parties have a duty to act in good faith and to deal fairly with each other at all stages of the contractual relationship.
March 27
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Fully agree John.

The patently untenable ground of dismissal invoked by the League is an embarrassment.

And it's lack of transparency is a disgrace.
March 27
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Meckstroth
March 25
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That’s not the theme I was thinking of….
March 17
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Ray - take a gander at the exchanges in the thread entitled “Gratuitous Question”; a theme is emerging…..
March 17
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John -it was a felony because Texas has enacted section 66.023 of the Texas Parks & Wild Life Code, entitled Fraud in a Fishing Tournament.

Good luck trying to bring this charge without the statutory provision.
March 15
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Definitely an ethical issue, but one that can work to your advantage.

IIRC, Al Roth gave the following eminently practical advice. When playing unknown opponents he would take fake finesses as early as possible in the match (e.g. when Roth hold KQx he would table the J from dummy's AJT) in order to get a sense of whether RHO was the type of player who engaged in the conduct described in the OP.
March 15
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Eduard - since your organization's viability appears to be dependent in no small measure upon public funding, it must necessarily be acutely sensitive to the requirements that have to be met in order to obtain such funds.

While the CAS issue is more complicated, is your organization able to petition the national sports federation for relief from WADA requirements that are not clearly relevant to the “sport” of bridge?

By way of exaggerated example, Ben Johnson's steroid of choice,stanozolol,is on WADA's list of proscribed substances. But unless you have a particularly intemperate partner,anabolic steroids do not confer a bridge benefit.
March 13
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Addictive Captivating Exhilirating
March 9
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