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Actually no - I misspoke. It was the group hired to make Dynamics work with the 400.
Oct. 13
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Jill is 1000% spot on.

Send a demand letter and follow it up with a complaint if necessary. Negotiate vacation of cheating results in lieu of damages.

Not only will the league give in (risk avoidance and all that) but there is NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE that is going to challenge the league and try to enforce the awards.

If there's a sponsor who challenges this they will be ostracized out of the game.
Oct. 13
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I think the technical solution is feasible.

Knowledge of the table structure, existing objects and file layout would need to be understood, but a new object would need to be created that would handle the following for pairs or swiss events:

1. Allow a search the recap files for <known cheating pair> and compile the affected records.

2. Delete the record for the cheating pair or team.

3, Reindex the finishers, as well as their masterpoints. This works fine for rest of the overall finishers, but the highest non-finisher would move up to the last overall spot (maybe not easy).

4. Compile the masterpoint adjustments for all participants and append their totals. Note the masterpoint totals at the time need to be used; not the current formulas.

Hopefully the league has a sandbox where this can be tried out.

For KO events, the solution seems a LOT more tricky and would require some built-in logic (difficult). Using the metric in the recommendation:

A. If the team won,

2nd place moves up to 1st
One of the 3/4 teams is now 2nd
One of the 5/8 teams is now 4th
One of the 9/16 teams is now 8th
One of the 17-32 teams is now 16th
One of the 33-64 teams is now 32nd

In most other cases, if the cheating team finished lower, this same ‘cascading’ effect can be applied.

My WAG for this type of work is probably in the $30K range. There might even be a retired AS400 developer that would be willing to take this on.

The other thought is that you can crowd-source this work, but this type of development work is something of a lost art.
Oct. 12
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Oh man, you ran this for nearly a full year? Oy!

I think ours was roughly three months - which included a playoff.
Oct. 12
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Richard: See my comment upthread to answer your 3rd question.
Oct. 12
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Barry and Tom are right. Trying to adapt Excel for a CRM tool is a complete LOL and does not speak to the functionality of CRM solutions.

Proposing that it run on O365 is even funnier.
Oct. 11
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Any bets on the table count? I would not be surprised if it does not surpass 8,500.
Oct. 11
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More specifically to Steve's post….

Dynamics needed to integrate with the DB2 tables that the legacy AS400 uses. A 5 minute search will tell you that Dynamics can be used with DB2 but it requires a substantial amount of configuration. On the other hand, there are Out-Of-The-Box CRM tools that play nicely with Z/OS that do not require any kinds of special configuration.

In spite of AS400's being 40+ year old technology, there is a cottage industry of IBM partners that provide solutions like CRM. A few years ago, we installed Cilasoft (http://www.syncsort.com/) that generates reports needed for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

My understanding was the $375K was for an implementation team to fly into Horn Lake. I don't know how large the team was, or how long the engagement was.

Nor do I know the relative involvement between the ex-CEO and the CIO, but they have been both dismissed.
Oct. 11
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This is a lifesaver:

http://bridge-hand-player.appspot.com/
Oct. 9
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I'd bid 3 but its hard to be objective when I saw the component hand earlier today.
Oct. 7
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Hi Finn:

1. I think it's pretty standard to bypass spades holding 4=3=3=3.

2. After 1 (or 1 when we have 4-4 in the blacks), it's not a bad idea to play:

….a. Rebid 1N with 4-4 in our suits- at IMPs. 1 would promises at least 5 (or 4=1=4=4 if you like opening 1 with 44mm).

….b. Rebid 1 with 4-4 - at MPs.

I have found that discovering the 4-4 spade fit often leads to an extra trick for part scores which is important at MPs. It is also important to be able to compete to 2 when we have 8 of them; bypassing spades makes that difficult.

At IMPs, that isn't as important to play a spade partial vs NT, and responder can checkback with 44MM if he likes.
Oct. 7
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Great match - nice job!
Oct. 6
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Gavin my comment wasn't directed at you - especially since you took the time to do the work yourself.
Oct. 6
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I filed a PM after Atlanta. It was an online form that took about 10-15 minutes. If you have some basic PC skills it isn't terribly difficult.

Here's what happened.

1. A received a confirmation (probably an automated response).
2. A few weeks later I received a personal email from Robb Gordon stating the results of their inquiry.

I was quite happy with the communication. The time I filed a report (also Atlanta - 2013?) there was NO follow up.

I'll tell you what. The next time you feel like complaining here about getting railroaded during a game, use the energy and fill out the memo.

Also, I do not think it is the responsibility of the directors.
Oct. 6
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that's true.
Oct. 5
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Tim, only when I was being charged $1.99 a minute for certain phone calls.
Oct. 5
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If we are taking a technological leap, I think I would rather see “smart” tables that can read the bids and cards played.

Both tablets and smart tables can keep track of slow play offenders are, but for now, I still like the sensation of cards in my hands.
Oct. 5
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Or 4 - might fetch a spade cue.
Oct. 3
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Michael: It's also a reasonable meta-rule to state,

“when double would be penalty, 2N is takeout”

This fits the auction:

(1x) - pass - (pass) - double
(2x) - dbl / 2N

where many prefer a penalty double, and not a takeout double.

2N would fit your auction as well.
Oct. 3
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When we defend they will rarely have 8 trumps. I do not ever remember giving up 180 here but I distinctly remember many 300's and 500's (and giving up the same). Even then -180 won't cost us the match.

This is a terrible auction to balance into. Frequently responder will have close to an invite and the partner of the balancer is flat broke a lot.

If you are giving them a free pass you are just getting stolen from.
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