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My Dad has been a proud member of AA for over 50 years. That's the UK Automobile Association (AA). He always wonders why Americans won't help him toast his 50 year member badge and safe driver certificates.

The ALZ use of funds are at https://www.alz.org/about/finances/use-of-funds

Charity navigator (independent analyser of charity funds) is at https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12848#
March 19
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Horn Lake, ACBL's headquarters, is 17 miles from Memphis. They have an excellent Bridge museum. If you have the time I strongly suggest a visit. Includes all video clips, library.
March 19
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One of F/N witnesses at the CAS hearing spoke about the “Prosecutor's fallacy” and the claim was that this applied to F/N. The EBL bridge expert could not cite a hand where they cheated, i.e. made use of the transmitted information. F/N introduced cases where statistics had been shown to be false: the Sally Clark case being cited. You are welcome to google “prosecutor fallacy” and “sally clark” for more details.
March 17
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There is statistical evidence. There is video evidence. They can be separate. From the video evidence, you need some statistics to determine if it is random or not. If cheating the signal can be forced, e.g. F/N orientation of a played card - every played card has an orientation, or can be dynamic (B/Z rubs chin). For F/N the volume of the data is such that the statistics can be minimal - it becomes obvious after seeing ‘n’ hands. For B/Z, you need to watch enough videos to convince yourself that it is not random. The threshold of passing to “beyond a reasonable doubt” is not defined and up to the observer.
March 16
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March 9
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Napoleon was not short. He surrounded himself with tall guards giving the impression he was short. He was average height for the era. Failure to correctly convert French measurements to English also created the myth.
March 8
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Gatlinburg Regional has similar costs. Entry fee is $12/person/session. http://web2.acbl.org/Tournaments/Ads/2019/04/1904009.pdf. Registration gift. Event staff. Transportation/logistics etc.

It does not have screens; but ACBL charges extra for events with screens.

Gatlinburg will be bigger than Hawaii NABC. No requirement to stay in a host hotel.
March 7
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It was not $2,000,000 on bad software. Peter Rank negotiated away the Copyright before initial contract was signed. Half way through the contract, ACBL's outside lawyers said they needed the copyright. ACBL wanted it back for free. Ask your DD to see the report of an independent outside consultant they hired post ACBLscore+ to review the software. See what they said. Ask your DD to review the letters from ACBL's outside counsel on ACBLscore+ starting one year into the ACBLscore+ contract and continuing through the end of the contract. Jay Whipple liked the software so much that when he was running the ACBL Technology Committee, he transferred some of ACBLscore+ to his private company to improve its products - ask him.

Last week, Bridgescore+ (ACBLscore+ successor) ran team events at Chattanooga Regional. Next month, BS+ will run all (most?) team events in Gatlinburg. has done for last few years. I'm playing two sessions a day; events run themselves when set up properly. Gatlinburg is bigger than some NABCs. Last several NABCs I've offered to run all team events at NABCs, ACBL has declined. I'm not making these offers because the software is bad.

Bridgescore+ did run Senior Swiss one day at Atlanta NABC last year. Sessions finished 15-25 minutes faster. Needs fewer TDs.

Technology isn't going to make a small 8 table Swiss run much faster; but significantly improves larger events. Ask your local TD how bad the current back-end is; how complicated it is to figure out masterpoints. How much time they spend repetitively typing names.

The focus on ACBLscore+ needs to be on the legal issues, not technology. ACBL management tried to cover up the legal problems. Ask any DD that was on the BOD during the ACBLscore+ project what happened.

I will continue the protect the reputation of those that worked on ACBLscore+, including myself, any time anyone makes false claims/statements about the software and what happened.

I'm a bridge player myself; I want to see modern technology used. This year (and several previous) I wanted all team games in Gatlinburg to run with Bridgemates, pre-duped boards, hand records etc. etc. All possible with Bridgescore+.
March 7
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I put some pictures in the status report, but these are mainly for D7 and Gatlinburg as trying to decide best equipment to use.

Jonathan Steinberg also posted a couple of pictures: http://imageevent.com/jon911/2019chattanoogaregional?p=44&n=1&m=20&c=5&l=0&w=4&s=0&z=2
March 6
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http://www.bridgescoreplus.com/status/190226-chattanooga.html

Executive Summary
Bridgescore+ (BS+) started/ran all the team games (except BAM) and the very small Swiss events. There were no problems.
Players entered scores for Swiss events. Automatic assignments for each round. Events needed fewer directors to run. Directors can run more tables per session. Players love the ability to see assignments and rankings. Names were transferred from BS+ team IDs (TIDs) to ACBLscore using a namefile.
March 6
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Again, double dummy, but after winning the ace of spades, declarer needs to play a low club to hand and finesse the jack winning with the nine of clubs in hand at trick 3. Doubt anyone will do that single dummy.
March 4
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Double dummy, it says South (Hans) has to switch to the J or 10 at trick 2 to set the contract. Once he leads a spade at trick 2, declarer will make.
March 4
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If you look at the BW comments from some of the top players in August-October 2015, you will see that the top players did not know who was cheating.
March 4
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Correct; only one d required.
March 1
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I am writing a book on bridge and statistics (I expect it to be a huge seller!). Most of the book is already written. Some of the answers OP wants are already in the book. I'll add answers to some of the other questions from this post.
Feb. 24
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BS+ knows exactly when each team's assignment is posted. It knows exactly when the last team assignment for a round is posted. That's the official start of the round per ACBL. Because players enter scores, it knows exactly when the score is reported for that round.

BS+ can report the late plays down to the second.

Enforcing the late plays is up to the DIC, not me.

I suspect that for the first Swiss, they will be generous - new technology, new ways of entering scores, players have to learn etc. etc.

But for the second session of a two session Swiss, all captains should be familiar with the process.

Finding a DIC willing to enforce the ACBL rules for late plays is hard. We'll see. Sadly in D7, we have some board members that believe that they are fast players; but are actually slow players because it's always the other team's fault. Every time. First time TDs enforced the late plays, some vocal D7 board members complained.

Running the events and making those decisions is up to DIC/TDs/D7/tournament chair, not me. Just letting you know that the software has the ability to track late plays and enforce penalties.

BS+ also does early assignment; similar to ACBLscore. ACBL won't provide their early assignment algorithm, so BS+ has its own, which has worked well for 3+ years.
Feb. 23
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Running all KO and all Swiss, including Bracketed (Round Robin) Swiss.

BS+ has logging so it knows the exact start/end time and can be queried after the event. D7 has been doing manual metrics at tournaments without Bridgescore+ so we can compare

At Gatlinburg last year, the morning Swiss was Bridgescore+; the equivalent number of teams were in the evening Swiss run by ACBLscore. Morning sessions finished 25 minutes quicker than evening sessions - same number of teams/boards/rounds etc. See http://www.bridgescoreplus.com/status/180422-gatlinburg.html for details from Gatlinburg last year.
Feb. 23
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