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@Debbie: My partner (has played internationally) requested and received a one time waiver for the BRP. I don't know about the mini-blues.
Dec. 11
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Assuming that North enters the score after each board, you know how long each board takes.

You can now ask the players after the match is over why one board took so long, or compare with the result from the other table.

Or… you follow the ACBL rules and issue penalties to both teams if their final board is reported late. The penalties get progressively worse the more often you are late.

Once you have and use the technology, you see ways of using it to improve the game.

The NABC Swiss events were routinely taking 70+ minutes per round.

When D7 implemented the late penalties, we had one slow player (board member) who unfortunately thinks he is a fast player. First three rounds his team was late. It is always, “the other team” never him. Complained so loudly to the TD that they stopped issuing penalties.
Dec. 11
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The problem is that the crowds are too big and always around the directors entering the scores making it difficult to turn in results.

Much better is the same but done electronically. This way you can see the rankings change as scores are reported. It is the same; but much easier to see how rankings change when scores are reported. See Bridgescore+ at the next regional where it is run and you will see what I mean.
Dec. 11
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Foreign players are typically allowed a one-time exemption. This is usually handled by the tournament DIC (Ken in this case). It is rare for foreign players to be given a two time exemption. (My partner in the BRP was foreign and we had to get the exemption, but he won't be allowed next time).
Dec. 11
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Simple. Run software with electronic scoring devices. For example, Bridgescore+ records the time that the boards are entered. If the last board is entered late; there is a penalty. We did this at a Regional. The slowest players happened to be on the District Board. And… you can guess what happened next. No more penalties.

It is trivial to enforce slow play in Swiss events with technology. Just takes some political will.
Dec. 11
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If someone wants to update her Wikipedia page, please do so: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Meltzer
Dec. 9
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Bridgescore+ has been offered to ACBL for the last few NABCs. It is run at some regionals. Displays all results and assignments on a projector (or monitor). All assignments are done by computer. Players enter scores through Bridgemates or monitors. TDs hardly do anything. Runs ACBL Swiss events about 20-30 minutes faster per session. Requires far fewer TDs to run, particularly for the larger Swiss events. Can have multiple projectors throughout the room and also multiple input stations throughout the room.

ACBL did run one day of the National Swiss at one NABC. Each session finished about 20-30 minutes quicker than normal. The problem is that once it is set up at round 1, it requires almost no TD intervention so the TDs had little/nothing to do.

Bridgescore+ has been certified by the ACBL to run Swiss events.

Can create ACBLscore game files at the end of the session.

See http://training.bridgescoreplus.com. See the set of videos on Swiss.

Gatlinburg (ACBL's largest regional) has used Bridgescore+ for team games for last several years.
Dec. 9
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The DBV and WBF made procedural mistakes during the W-E case(s) which effectively negated the case(s).
Dec. 1
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Make sure you congratulate the DIC of the event. They are the ones that will have made this decision.
Dec. 1
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It's statistics. Nothing can be 100%; similar to Fantoni/Nunes.

However, as more boards are added, the statistical probability of this being a false/positive can be calculated.
Oct. 14
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Yes. There is. I wrote a book on it.

Shameless plug. http://www.detectingcheatinginbridge.com

Finding the best algorithms to detect cheating was difficult/time-consuming. But the software correctly identifies the known recent cheaters (FN, BZ, FS, Doktors, PS) as well as identifying pairs such as Buratti/Lanzarotti as a cheating pair. It also identifies some other pairs that I suspect will be found guilty soon…

The differences between top players is very small making the work difficult, however the different between cheating players and top pairs in certain parts of the game is measurable and quantifiable. Given sufficient boards and the right software, cheating pairs can be identified.

See http://www.detectingcheatinginbridge.com/selections.html and look at the snippets from Chapters 13, 28, 29. The data is best presented in charts/graphs not tables.

But… it is very important to understand the data behind the data.

There are pairs that have exceptional tournaments. This is statistically expected. What is not statistically expected is that you can identify a pair that will have a statistically exceptional tournament before the tournament happens. I did identify a pair to WBF before Wuhan. This pair did have an exceptional tournament. I should not be able to do that unless this pair was cheating. We will see what happens next…

And…. at some point I need to start listing some of the ACBL based players who have statistical “anomalies”.
Oct. 14
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She also had 11 second place finishes. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beth_Palmer

(TL/DR. Beth's Wikipedia page was created in 2014. At the time she had 26 NABC wins. No-one had updated the page for her wins since 2014. Anyone can edit Wikipedia. There are many other players/events that are in need of updates).
Oct. 3
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Beth had 29 NABC wins, not 26. I updated Wikipedia.
Oct. 3
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@Daniel. “Did the ACBL do a cost/benefit analysis before funding the movie?”

ACBL did not fund the movie.
Oct. 3
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@Barry: “they're questioning the ACBL and the Educational Foundation in funding a movie that wouldn't necessarily promote bridge”

ACBL did not fund the movie. ACBL and the ACBL Educational Foundation are completely separate entities.
Oct. 3
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There's more explanation on page 16 of https://cdn.acbl.org/nabc/2019/02/bulletins/db2.pdf
Oct. 1
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Why are Mitch Dunitz and Barbara Heller listed as Executive Producers?

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hs_10C9p-FQ

Was this a requirement from the ACBL Education Foundation?
Oct. 1
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I published some statistics at http://www.detectingcheatinginbridge.com/statistics.html. Once the contract was set, Cecelia played fewer “wrong” cards as declarer than any of her competitors (with a minimum number of boards required).
Oct. 1
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I did a Google search for ACBL and “Kids Table”. It found some entries at acbl.org.

If you go to http://bridgefeed.acbl.org there is a search option. Type in “Kids Table”. The URL ends up as https://bridgefeed.acbl.org/?s=Kids+Table

It listed four separate stories: “Movie is a hit”, “Film to premier”, “Screen team”, “Jackets required” going back 18 months. I had said that it would not be a surprise that you could not find anything on the ACBL web site because this is an Education Foundation project, not an ACBL project. However there are at least four different stories on an ACBL web site.

The ACBL By-Laws state that one of its purposes is, “To develop, promote and support programs that encourage participation n the game of bridge” I believe that listing this movie on four separate occasions over 18 months certainly does that.
Sept. 30
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