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BL1: NO
BL2: NO
BL3: NO
BL4: NO
Oct. 3, 2015
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Post here for results from when Mr. Balicki is on lead.
Oct. 3, 2015
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I take BZ1.
Oct. 3, 2015
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Post here if you are going to look at when Mr. Zmudzinski is on lead. I wrote “ZL” as the list, but then posted as “BZ”. We will use BZ. Sorry about that….
Oct. 3, 2015
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I take BL1-BL4
Oct. 3, 2015
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Post here if you are going to look at when Mr. Balicki is on lead:
Oct. 3, 2015
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I've created a separate thread at http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/crowd-sourcing-bz-hypothesis-1/ for people to analyze the EBTC 2014 videos.
Oct. 3, 2015
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The problem is that everything is under a cloud of suspicion. Boye gave information to WBF a few hours before BB started. Boye has leaked this information to lots of people. No-one has been able to publicly prove a hypothesis about BZ (that I am aware of) and back it up with data.

A hypothesis is now “public” (widely known through Boye sending to 100+ people).

I assume that the WBF, EBL and PBU will conduct an investigation, if they have not already started. We can all help by cataloging one tournament. This will provide the investigators with the information they need.
Oct. 3, 2015
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For the first bid, put ‘edge’ if it is next to the edge of the tray. Most first bids are. There is a hypothesis that with their Polish 1C bid that leaving a gap signalled something. Once we have the data into a spreadsheet, I have the list of opening bids so this can be reviewed.
Oct. 3, 2015
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Just write down bidding of BZ, not their opponents. Write in order that they each bid.
Oct. 3, 2015
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It took me 15 minutes to do the first two boards. More than I thought.

When it was BZ turn to bid I slowed the video down to 0.25x (see Settings in bottom right hand corner of youtube). Even then for 2-3 bids I had to replay.

One of the bids was still unclear from the video.

Am asking you to write down the size of the gaps without knowledge of what their hands are.

Use your best judgement. Small is usually 1-2cm, large is 5+cm.
Oct. 3, 2015
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BZ1: edge:edge:small:large:medium:medium
BZ2: edge:edge:large:small:small:small:unclear
Oct. 3, 2015
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Post here when you are ready to report results. Results only.
Oct. 3, 2015
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I take BZ1, BZ2
Oct. 3, 2015
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Post here when you select some videos to watch.
Oct. 3, 2015
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There are lots of comments about re-arranging dummy. If you watch several matches from the EBTC you will see things that are ‘improper’. I am talking about all pairs, not just BZ.

Remember that a lot of these players know each other, socialize together and there is a collegial type atmosphere with some of these matches.

Things which should be frowned upon - showing dummy your hand, peering over to see your opponents cards if you are dummy, rearranging dummy's cards are common. You will see this in a lot of videos. Some of those that are calling for more ethics are sometimes the worst offenders.

I am assuming that with more video, and more knowledge that video is being watched later, that these habits will stop. But for the EBTC 2014 videos, this behavior is common.
Oct. 3, 2015
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For consistent nomenclature, we have been calling the diagonal lead pointing towards declarer as a “declarer” lead and a diagonal lead pointing towards dummy as a “dummy” lead. Note that this refers to the angle (45 degrees) of the card, not that it is pointing towards dummy or declarer.

Depending if sitting NS or EW this is either parallel or perpendicular to the screen.

A lot of player seem to lead somewhere between horizontal/dummy. The other 4 cases are common. As part of the crowd source work, this lead has been recorded.
Oct. 3, 2015
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Try looking for bids with narrow gap. Most commonly after a forced bid, e.g. take out double.

The original hypothesiser is choosing to remain anonymous (it's not me) at the moment.

The only way to do this is a detailed study of all boards played. I"ll see if I can get this crowdsourced.
Oct. 3, 2015
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I suggest we start with the list I posted above, number them 1…52 for when Mr. Balicki is on lead (B1), number them 1..54 for when Mr. Zmudzinski is on lead. Someone acknowledge that they will take 5 at a time to avoid multiple people looking at same video and report the results below.

I have a Unit board meeting to attend; I will open up the web site that has details on all players after I get back.
Oct. 3, 2015
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See some videos. See competitive high level auctions. X=pass or pull? It is difficult to know if a player expects the auction to end.

Assumptions about what a player is expected to do should be ignored.
Oct. 2, 2015
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