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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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1. Yes. ACBL has video. It was used to prosecute F/N by ACBL. Not sure how much is public.

2. EBL focused on data from their own tournament. They did not need additional data as there was more than enough. However, data/video from WBF events was mentioned and submitted in advance of the CAS hearing. The CAS judges stated that they could not tell from these videos if leads were H or V. This was probably part of the problem.

3. It could have been appealed. EBL chose not to.
April 19
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F-N were convicted by ACBL. The ACBL report is private. F-N were found not guilty by CAS. The EBL report detailing the evidence has not been made public. There is plenty of material published by Kit Woolsey back in 2015 that is more than sufficient for any reasonable person to decide how guilty F-W were.
April 19
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Good start, but … any motion passed by the BOD can be replaced with a subsequent motion later passed by a future BOD.
April 19
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The word “bracketed” could/should be added before the words “Open KO”, similar to how Swiss teams are advertized. I'll mention it to the D7 TOC next week. As Steve points out, it is described in more detail on page 2.

D7 also runs a seeded KO at some Regionals, hence the probable use of the word “open”.
April 18
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It would be nice.

I don't get a member database until a couple of hours before the tournament starts so can't offer anything online. Therefore, no link…

ACBL policy. Complain to your DD. The BOD sets policy.

If your team is Bill, Brian, Doug, William, then I have your information from last year and will pre-register that team. I can't give you your team ID until Monday morning. Come see me behind the selling tables before 12:45pm on Monday and I will have your form for you.
April 18
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“Hammond Software” not “Hammond Services”.

ACBLscore+ software project was just under $1.5M. ACBL wrote off approx $2M. The other 500K was $100K for a a prior Java effort (2010??) to re-write ACBLscore, $100K (??) for a consultant to look at ACBLscore+ (the report was buried because… um… they liked the software and its implementation - ask your DD for a copy) and an estimated $200-300K for lawyers. Apart from the ACBLscore+ number, the other numbers are approximate. The ACBL took the opportunity to write all this off on their books at the same time. For example, the ~ $100K on the Java version should have been written off a long time ago.

The constant dig at “Industry standard” is because ACBLscore+ had a web-based architecture. ACBL and BOD can use the term without having to explain what it means because it has a nice sound to it. ACBLscore+ also used a SQL database. What's industry standard about that? Look at some 2014-2015 era postings from ACBL/BODs trying to discredit ACBLscore+. They used the same jargon back then - some of you fell for it, but it you are remotely involved in technology you know what is being said. Remember…. all of the technology decisions were approved by ACBL before the work on ACBLscore+ started.

For the last 18 months, Whipple has been trying to discredit ACBLscore+. I heard at some forums, he was stating that the “ACBLscore+ didn't work” - not true. Draw your own conclusions on the reasons why.

Here's the current state of affairs….

Bridgescore+ (the renamed version of ACBLscore+) has been certified by ACBL to run events. It is the only non-ACBL product to be certified. I had to spend 26 days on the road at ACBL tournaments for this to happen. ACBL are now doing everything they can to stop clubs and tournaments using it. Bridgescore+ runs in the cloud (I only wish that some other industries would come up with that so it becomes industry standard) - it requires a member database to run events (duh!) - ACBL refuses to provide its member database, even in stripped down form (I don't care about members email/phone - I do care if they are life masters/paid-up etc) so that clubs can use the software. I have clubs that want to run Bridgescore+ but ACBL won't provide a member database to let the clubs run the software. Happy to do everything under NDA, but ACBL refuses to provide.

Bridgescore+ is about to run over half the events in Gatlinburg. (Don't ask/won't tell about the ACBL member database).

You cannot refer to this as a “technology loss”, as the software is there to be used. The “technology loss” was a “legal loss”. The reason ACBL didn't use the software back in 2014 is because they negotiated away the Copyright in 2011 and an external law firm told them in 2013 and again in 2014 to throw the software away if they didn't own the Copyright. Ask your DD for full details.

Chris: you are a lawyer - chat to anyone who was on the board in 2014, particularly the board members who are lawyers - about the Copyright issues - they will explain it to you better than I can. IANAL.
April 18
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@Steve. The CAS argument on statistics was different. I was in the room for part of the hearing, including the summing up by both the defense and prosecution. The issue wasn't the statistics. There were other issues.

Separately…. the amount of data you need to “prove” cheating depends on many factors, including how high a threshold is “beyond a reasonable doubt”, which is not defined statistically. It is possible to look at past data and deduce the known cheating pairs using statistics.
April 17
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@Richard “> one million dollars from Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to
> teach bridge in schools and colleges in the US.

1. Were those grants every spent? If so, by who and on what?
2. Were those grants contingent on Bridge's status as a ”sport“?”

I happen to know these answers:

1. Yes. Various, including some individual programs. I am personally aware of at least one individual program. The balance was given to a single entity. Since all spent.
2. No.
April 17
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No screens.
April 16
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They are in there. The book is out for review at the moment. The charts make it much easier to see who is cheating than just tables/lists. Probably later this year before it is published.
April 16
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