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ACBL publishes the private Email of all Unit and Districts officers. Ironic given their privacy policy.

To see them all: https://web3.acbl.org/unit-officers/?unit=XXX

Replace XXX with your 3 digit unit number.

For example: https://web3.acbl.org/unit-officers/?unit=138 is Unit 138 in Mississippi.

Hover over a person's email and you will see that person's private email.

You do not need to be logged in to access the information.

When I was on my Unit/District board (7+ years), I created a unique email address that was a forward only email address. It was forward to my private, non public, email address. I changed my ACBL email address each year. I filtered all email sent to that unique address to go to a specific folder.

Once your email is published on the Internet, it is no longer private.

(As part of checking this, I found I have 400+ emails that are forward only - many of them may have been one-time-use only emails addresses).

Given that ACBL publishes these emails on its web site, all these email addresses are public, easily scraped, and subject to all forms of attacks, including spam.

If you are on a Unit/District Board, I recommend the use of a forwarding service as ACBL are going to publish your email.
July 13
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Has been _potentially_ compromised. Subtle but important point. Access to encrypted passwords does not mean actual compromise. But if your password was simple, probably so.
July 13
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The general rule is that you need 2 sets of boards for an even number of tables; 3 sets of boards for an odd number of tables. See Jon's diagrams at http://www.bridgescoreplus.com/bridgescoreplus/library/web_movements/all_tables.pdf for an explanation of which board sets sit at which table and how they are moved. These diagrams are the best explanation I've seen of how Web movements work.

You can create alternative Web movements (not going to describe how because you shouldn't), but even=2 sets, odd=3 sets. . There's more to running a web movement than you originally know. Always thank the club manager for running a web movement - they spent some extra time to make sure you had an enjoyable 3 hours playing your favorite game. The better club managers know how to make sure you had a good time at their club.

i.e. the better club managers/directors will have created 3 board sets beforehand , irrespective of the number of tables they end up with.
July 11
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Population is about 190,000,000 (~ 1/2 of USA). About 1/2 population lives on under USA $2/day.
July 11
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Mitch is CIO; not director of security. For anyone that has ever been a CIO; you will know that phishing attacks are common, virtually daily. If you sent out a warning every time someone received a phishing attacking, you would daily be emailing all possible recipients. You become the boy who cried wolf if you do that. Personally, I probably get 2-5 a day (but there are historical reasons my receipt will be higher than yours).

ACBL exists to provide bridge services; it's not a nanny.
July 11
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Gary: It is trivial to fake the “From:” header. It is trivial to send multiple emails, but send each one so it appears that you are the only email recipient. I've been doing Internet Security/Computer Security since 1989. Couple of network security patents. Set up security of first Internet bank. First person to break into on-line bank (all white-gloved). I could go on, but Internet security is my specialty. If you want an email that appears to come from the White House (or ACBL); it is trivial to send one.
July 11
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In case you don't know who we are talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_EHlzd63R8
July 11
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I wouldn't say this was the best comment on Bridgewinners. But it is in the top one … Brian.
July 11
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There was so much work done on ACBLscore+ that I hate to see any of it wasted. Jon did work on some of the code; but he kindly donated this work which was done before he was hired. It helped many people understand the basics of how web movements operate.
July 11
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Web movements are the way to go.

Here's some diagrams that may help you: http://www.bridgescoreplus.com/bridgescoreplus/library/web_movements/all_tables.pdf
They were originally created by Jon Gustafson who kept the copyright but allowed the ACBLscore+ project (and Bridgescore+) to use them. Covers ‘standard’ web movements for 14-25 tables.

There is a difference in movements between odd and even number of tables. Once you see the pattern for even (divide the section into two equal halves) and odd (“Mitchell-esque” for first 13 tables, split excess tables over 13 into two) then the movements make sense.

The disadvantages are:
1) Hard to add players to movement once event has started
2) If players/directors screw up the movement, can be very difficult/impossible to correct.
July 11
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Bridgescore+ does this (timing). It ran a 2 session Swiss event at a Regional. TDs enforced time penalties. By the 4th match (last in session 1), the worst offender (prominent D7 board member) complained so loudly that there were no late penalties assessed in session 2.

Of course…. none of the late penalties were ever their fault - always the opponents. All 3 matches.
June 29
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He bids 3NT on 6 out of 8 hands. On 5 of them, earns 98% or better.

Standard bot bidding. Open shorter, weaker minor (even a singleton) to avoid that as a lead.

Rely on bot mis-defense during the play.

You need to both bid this way AND play the cards well (which, looking at the records, he does).

Nothing unusual with 1 player v. 3 GIB bots.
June 25
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The CEO salary has risen significantly over the last few years. Does anyone have the 10 year data on this figure?
June 22
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Chuffed that you enjoy the finer things of life.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chuffed
June 17
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Wikipedia entry at https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mark_Gordon_(bridge) for those that want to add more information.
June 16
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Software can handle various requests, including what you suggest.

The issues are 1) Get changes to CoC approved. It's probably a BOD issue. 2) DIC approval. Up to the local DIC. Given those two, the option for the lowest team in Bracket 1 to drop to Bracket 2 becomes a non-issue. The DIC has the option to do what she wants.

Most KOs are not always a multiple of 16 (or 8) teams; the DIC currently has full flexibility of deciding the bracket cut off points. Given the DIC has the cut-off decision, she can decide which teams are in which bracket.
June 14
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It can. I wouldn't post otherwise. Bridgescore+ has completed all of its ACBL required tests so is ready for use at tournaments.

The issue however is not software; it is the Conditions of Contest. Can the DIC move teams up (or down). If so, by how much? What are the criteria?

It seems that most are willing to allow a national junior team to “play up”, what about other teams? Once we allow a larger group to ask to move up/down, then we are changing what a bracketed event is.

The OP seems focused just on national junior teams. This seems a reasonable request. It is a change to the CoC that needs to be made. The software piece is easy.
June 14
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Next event we are both at; I'll show you.
June 14
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Kevin: you are welcome to try Bridgescore+ at your next tournament. At Gatlinburg we handle 300+ teams with no problems. KO + Bracketed Swiss. Including lots of special requests. Assignments of all teams is within 2 minutes of last sale/last change.
June 13
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All of these problems have been solved by software. Just ask to use Bridgescore+ at your next tournament.

You can use caddies for data input instead of an expensive TD. It's entering 4-6 ACBL player numbers into a form - it's not as difficult to use as ACBLscore. If done properly, and teams have pre-registered or played before, it's entering a 6 digit unique team ID.

You can have multiple input stations if needed.

Pre-registration of teams is also possible. As is pre-selling. Both used in Gatlinburg this past year.

FYI: Based on experience, the set of players wanting to play up is small (most likely national juniors as in OP); the set of players wanting to play down is larger - it's the set of teams that want to play in a KO, but don't want to play in bracket 1 if there are ‘pro’ teams in the field. They will hang out close to the TD and if, about 60 seconds before game time, they find they will be probably be in Bracket 1, ask to go play pairs. There is also a set of players that are “better than their masterpoints” but how much better is up for conjecture. Meet anyone at the partnership desk that they will tell you they have X points, “but play much better than that”.

Joel: if you want to try it at your next tournament, PM me.
June 13
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