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In the Iceland match that Greg mentioned, this was the hand:

http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/handviewer.html?bbo=y&linurl=http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/vugraph_linfetch.php?id=34206

Board 18. FF places the pen after the auction 1D(!) (!=2 diamonds). The tray is passed under the screen. FF has no idea who has bid what. FF has AKQJ103.
May 5
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If there is enough video from the 2013 World Mind Games of F/N on defense; and they appearing to be using the same cheating opening lead pattern as other events (horizontal/vertical etc.), then someone should compile all the video and submit to the World Mind Games. I am sure that they would want to know that there were cheating pairs at the event.

For the same video as above, watch at 3:12:40. B/Z are playing against F/N. Both are cheating in the event. For B/Z signals, see https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/bz-signals-and-codes-explained/ At 3:12:40, B is showing four hears to the queen.
May 4
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http://www.bridgescoreplus.com/data/ebtc_2014/pairs/Claudio%20Nunes-Fulvio%20Fantoni.html has all the details including hands and video URLs
May 3
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment May 3
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Gatlinburg had 2 session Fast Pairs (5 min board) on Fri/Sat/Sun.

Come back for 2020 and check it out.
May 1
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If your team has 3500 MP each, your team MP would be about 14K. For the Saturday BSwiss, you would be in Bracket 5.

For the Mon KO, you would be in Bracket 3.

There were some pro/semi-pro teams that trickled into Bracket 2. Rest were in Bracket 1. I don't know the players well enough in brackets 3-5 to say if there were any pro/semi-pro players.

The higher payouts are a myth. The KO formula has not changed in the last 4-5 years EXCEPT for the removal of the “Gatlinburg penalty” which only affected the lower brackets.
May 1
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Bracketed Swiss on Sunday was introduced a few years ago.

Bracketed Swiss on Saturday more recently.

There is no full KO that starts on Saturday any more. For those teams wanting to leave early, this was an option. Start at 9am, play through final.

There are some that go to Church on Sunday. I was there early Sunday morning (8am ish) and one of the players/volunteers had to leave for church to get back for the 10am start.
April 30
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@Don: The old MPBOOK stated that the bracket ‘n’ would always be 5% higher than bracket ‘n+1’. However it was implemented in ACBLscore the other way round. Bracket ‘n’ would be no higher than 95% of bracket ‘n-1’.

It was common for TDs to put non 16 teams brackets in the middle of the event. Let's say there were 12 teams in bracket 10.

Bracket 10 has a factor based on the number of teams.

Bracket 11, with 16 teams, would be capped at 95% of bracket 10, even though the calculation for Bracket 11 would be higher than Bracket 10. This could cascade for several brackets.

The equivalent teams playing in a different regional would be awarded more MPs than at Gatlinburg.

This “Gatlinburg penalty” (it was the only regional affected) was changed about five years ago.
April 30
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment May 4
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Gatlinburg attendance at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gatlinburg_Regional

NABC data: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Bridge_Championships

There was a National in 2012 in Memphis. Gatlinburg attendance that year was up compared to previous year.

Edit: To fix typo, thanks David.
April 30
Nicolas Hammond edited this comment April 30
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You failed to show up along with your usual entourage?

We missed you.
April 29
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I know. Will probably put it in a book for later this year. Can actually do this using computers and some statistics. Detects all of the known cheating pairs so far. Plus some more to be announced later…
April 23
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There is no legal doubt or question about ACBL having to adhere to the CAS ruling. They don't.

ACBL found F/N guilty of cheating in ACBL events based on ACBL video. F/N are currently expelled from ACBL.
April 22
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If you are a representative of a District or Unit and want to see how Swiss events are run with BS+ please stop by one morning (Tue-Fri) and I will show you.
April 21
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@Ed: CAS did not say the process was flawed. Or that the prosecution should try again.
April 20
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Did you try VirtualBox? Free product from Oracle. You still need to download/install a Windows OS inside your Virtual Box.
April 20
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Use hotels.com, set the rate to $0-$50. There is still some available with 1.5 miles of the Cosmopolitan for duration of tournament, e.g. Serene Vegas. 3 star hotel. To see more choices, increase the price range.
April 20
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For those providing teams, please keep sending them. I have several so far.

If you want to choose a PG13 team name for your Swiss/KO team, please do so. DIC has final approval on any team name. Nothing political. Witty/punny acceptable.
April 20
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The Bridgescore+ Pairs is not quite ready for prime time. Yet. ACBLscore is very good at handling all of the possible errors that can occur in a Pairs game. BS+ has a little work to do in this area. Probably 1-2 months of development work. Not going to waste the time unless I start to see some use of Bridgescore+(BS+) in team games.

Second issue is training. Bridge scoring is easy - when everything works well. It is handling the exceptions that requires programming effort to make sure that they are easily handled. My view is that TDs/users would be trained using the team games, and then transition to pairs games.

BS+ has been used at sectionals for 5+ years.

After ACBL certified BS+ to run games, ACBL then changed its policy making it very hard for tournaments to run any ACBL-certified products that were not owned by ACBL. For example, ACBL won't provide a member database. ACBL now won't allow BS+ to create ACBLscore game files. It remains to be seen if ACBL are serious about moving off the ACBLscore platform and keeping the players in the 20th century.
April 20
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The Board doesn't pay much attention to the By Laws so why should things change?

Note that the By Laws state that, “The Board shall employ a Chief Executive Officer to manage and conduct ACBL business in accordance with policies and regulations established by the Board of Directors.”

ACBL has been without a CEO for several months and the Board of Directors seems to have no interest in hiring one.

For those that care, ACBL By Laws are at http://web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/about/Bylaws.pdf
April 19
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Appoint all the current Board of Directors to run the partnership desk at the Regionals at Sea. That gets rid of all of them.
April 19
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It is window-dressing. Appears like they have done something, but not really. Wait until ACBL starts getting cases of non-foreign players. Then see what happens.
April 19
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