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“Computer games, video games, or other competing recreation” should not be one of the choices in this poll. It does not belong to the same family as other choices.
Every game eventually will die because it will not be able to compete with other available recreation activities.
It is immediate reason, something that is on surface.
Other choices are underlying reasons why it may happen, why bridge can lose to other activities.
July 11
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Congrats!
May 25
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How about this:
No lifetime bans but simply require not only “fully confess and express remorse” but also fully recover all damage caused by the action.
Lets consider every tournament there convicted player participated before spoiled by his action for every other participant and for organizers.
It is a direct damage.

For example: Lanzarotti played in Reisinger in 2004. We consider that his action null out the results of the tournament for every player who played there. How many players played there? How much each of them spent to play in average? Multiply these two numbers and add ACBL spending's to the amount. Make the same calculation for every other ACBL tournament he spoiled and ask him to cover damages.
Do not reinstall until he paid. :)

Of course it is equivalent of lifetime banning, but looks much nicer.
Dec. 13, 2018
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Sorry, not sure if my translation make sense, I heard that joke in Russian only.
Manager of some company complains that whatever he done he cannot improve the number of customers. Consultant reviewed managerial decisions made by company and asked: “Have you already tried to use crop dust against customers?”
(Based on decisions by management the consultant decided that management goal of that company is to get rid of all customers).

Bridge is such a great game that even ACBL management is not able to kill the attendance … at least so far … but nobody can say they are not trying.
Nov. 8, 2018
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Seem I were right about what ACBL will try to do. Cannot say I am happy about it.
Nov. 8, 2018
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“The length of a “minute” depends on which side of the toilet door you are on.”
There is no necessary people lied about their behavior, they may honestly did not notice the hesitation. It does not mean they did not use it subconsciously, so you are right (of course) in calling director, but not right in being upset with their ethics.
Nov. 4, 2018
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Mike, I believe you are absolutely right.
If you are losing money because you cannot sell your product the normal business would try to minimize loses by selling it with discount, so your proposal to give discount on entry fee for people who booking in the host hotel for that particular NABC seems the right way to go … maybe to late.
Unfortunately, my experience suggests that it is not a way ACBL will ever consider, but applying additional fee for participants may look very appealing for the ACBL management.
Oct. 17, 2018
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Sure, increasing the entry fee and giving discount to people who booked in the host hotel will work. It will likely cause some decrease in attendance, because some people will find they cannot afford to participate (or more fair to say the cost of participation for them became higher than benefits of participation).
I guess it is not a problem for ACBL too, they can compensate loses from decreased attendance by increasing entry fee one more time … and one more time … and finally problem will be solved because booking of large amount of playing space will not be necessary anymore.
I am sure it will be nice games with very high level playing field in the perfect conditions. Pity, I will not participate, I already cannot afford more than one NABC per year.
Oct. 17, 2018
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Hi Michael, correct me if I am wrong.
You proposal is to increase the cost of attendance for people who cannot afford to stay in the host hotel by increasing their entry fees as a punishment for not staying in the host hotel?
Oct. 17, 2018
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20 years ago I moved to USA as a proud owner of 5 Russian masterpoints. :)
I was assigned 1400 masterpoints. My partner (a bit more experienced than me at the time) was assigned 800 masterpoints. I guess difference was caused by the fact that I am wearing glasses that cost 600 ACBL masterpoints. :)
Sept. 30, 2018
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There are three different situation.
1. You play with your regular or semi regular partner. Even if you did not discuss particular situation you probably have some meta agreements or some understanding how partner will understand your bid. In that case you should alert and provide opponents information you have.
3. You play with complete stranger and have no information how partner going to understand your bid. (Very often case for BBO games). In that case you have nothing to say to opponents besides “no agreements”. This is only correct explanation, any other, including description what you mean by your bid, is misinformation. You duty to discribe your agreements,not your cards.
2. In between case. The hardest one. If I believe I have an idea how my partner going to understand it, I will let opponents know but my explanation will include words like “I guess”. If I have no idea, no agreements.
Sept. 26, 2018
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Additional question: what about dummy? Does he/she has a right to see the defenders' hands?
Sept. 14, 2018
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If I found a correct board bidding there was:
Pass - pass - pass - 2 -
3 - pass - pass - Dbl
3 - dbl - pass - pass
Pass

Result down 6 and 100% for topic starter.

Based on bidding (and also on declarer play), I would assume there were no agreements about meaning of 3 bid - unexpirienced played had expectations not shared by her equally unexpirienced and the most probably picked up partner.
July 1, 2018
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“Basically, nothing ever happens” - Sorry, it is not true. I reported 2 pairs to BBO abuse and they both not playing in ACBL tournaments anymore, as far as I can see.
March 21, 2018
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It was not very hard to find the board in BBO archive. For the last month opponents in that partnership played in 4 ACBL tournaments with following results:
-3.70 Imps;
14.66 Imps;
49.99% Mps
-4.89 Imps
They also play in different partnership with approximately the same rate of success. (very small plus in average)

In the same tournament they meet the topic starter they missed slam and bid no chance 3NT instead of claimer 5 clubs.

Of course it is possible that they suddenly decides to cheat in that particular one hand, but I would say probability of it is very low.
March 21, 2018
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Well, Silodor Pairs is the part of NABC, so ACBL alert chart applied.
Lets read it: http://web2.acbl.org/documentlibrary/play/AlertChart.pdf
“If played as natural, a direct cue-bid of a natural opening bid” is alertable"
So, if 1 was a natural bid, missing alert on the natural 2 is infraction.
March 19, 2018
Oleg Rubinchik edited this comment March 19, 2018
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Congrats!
March 8, 2018
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Funny.
As far as I understand situation is:
1. NS pair has different agreements about they 2 bid over 2 opponents intervention after their 1NT opening:
It is for takeout if 2 promises or to play if 2 promises unspecified major.
2. EW pair has different agreements about they 2!intervention after opponents 1NT opening:
It shows after weak NT or unspecified major after strong NT.

All agreements were pre-alerted.

East claimed he did not see alert on 1NT opening, so took it as strong and bid 2 as unspecified major, that happened to be .

So the crux of the matter for me is the following: If pair has an agreement that depends on opponents agreement - do they have a responsibility to make sure about opponents agreement before explain their own agreement?

Logically they should. Actual agreement of EW pair is “if strong NT something if weak NT something else.” If East decided to explain the only part of the actual agreement it should be his responsibility to make sure he provides the “right part.”
Feb. 13, 2018
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Absence of interesting team event is just one side of the coin. Entry fee is another one. Seems like about 75% of the open teams field have to pay 1600$ for just 2 days event,; as of now there is no free entree to any games for people knocked out of teams. Is not it just too expensive?
Feb. 5, 2018
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Sorry, could you help me to understand about entry fees. I see that player entered in Rosenblum and eliminated in early stages could drop in in pairs; but I can not find if he needs to pay fee to play in pairs or entry fee paid to entry in Rosenblum covers following events?
Jan. 31, 2018
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