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I suggest all interested parties should read the appendix to the CD-R where the various Etihical Violations are listed along with the suggested punishments. A clue can be found perhaps in these suggested punishments. Guilt was found and E13 cited. Not any of the others were cited.

Also, isn't it true that a deal yet to be played by the other half of my team could fit the adjective prearranged?

For those one or two of you who may remember me, please remember I have been retired since 2010 and don't really know what changes if any have been made to hearing procedures
Aug. 21, 2015
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Your remark has credence.
Aug. 21, 2015
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OOPS. CD-R not CCR
Aug. 21, 2015
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To clarify a bit. Section 3 of the CCR is titled GROUNDS FOR DISCIPLINE
3.20 (Not E20) reads Cheating and similar ethical violations

The NABC Daily Bulletin , when stating the 3.20 part read " 3.20 (Erhical Violation) and then stated E13 Prearrange a deal or part thereof.
Aug. 21, 2015
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There are several committee members that might recuse themselves when the charged party is a friend or teammate or high profile etc.
Aug. 20, 2015
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It is an automatic REVIEW by the ACBL Appelas and Charges Committee. If the disciplined party wished not to appeal the REVIEW would still go forward.
Aug. 20, 2015
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At the time of my retirement from ACBL I was the Disciplinary Coordinator working under the supervision of others in higher positions. One of my duties was assembling and distributing various documents relevant to an upcoming hearing. The distribution list included all parties to the hearing. Some of the documents were standard notices that you might expect such as Notice of Hearing (time,date, location). Other documents were more unique to the case involved such as the Charging Letter stating as I recall who was the charging party and citing the relevant sections in the CD-R underpinning the charges.

In the days leading up to the hearing the charged party could submit documents to be included in the “packet” of information which would be Maied to all parties prior to the hearing. I may not have this right but I believe submissions were reviewed and approved for inclusion by league council.

After the hearing was over, these packets were collected from the committee members. I believe the charged party could do as they wished with their packet

I retired 2010. Don't know what procedures may be in place now.
Aug. 19, 2015
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Indeed.
Aug. 17, 2015
Rena Hetzer edited this comment Aug. 22, 2015
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I would say from the langauge of the motion that the makers of the motion believe being out of the WBF picture would be a good thing. It will be interesting to see how the current 25 BOD members vote. I guess it was voluntary in that the then BOD agreed to pay the upped amount of dues as assessed by WBF.

And of course we never know what is discussed and agreed upon in smoked filled rooms.
July 19, 2015
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Oh, the reason as best I can recall, was that WBF would be creating programs promoting bridge that would benefit all concerned. Sort of casting our bread on the waters.
July 19, 2015
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Ed, I can't remember and time is flying these days. It may be as much as 15 years ago. I have been retired for 5 years.
July 19, 2015
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I remember when the dues paid to WBF by ACBL went from around 16,000 to the present day 165,000. As an ACBL retiree whose job duties included service to that upper 1% of our membership I have often contemplated the rightness or wrongness of this high jump on our dues. I offer this straw poll taken amongst our local Memphis players, new and old.

When the Vandebilt, Spongold or World Championship events are going on and available for viewing on BBO I ask all my opponents if they are watching. It is rare that the answe is yes.

I find too that most of the top level players have little name recognition at the local dupe.

I am of the opinion that the best money ACBL spends is its advertising subsidy to teachers and other expenditures that supports teaching and nurturing newbies to the game.

It is very expensive to put on a world championship in the style the 1% desires.
July 19, 2015
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Farewell to a beautiful man.
Jan. 11, 2015
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Jeff was the best. Smart, funny and always getting the job done right.
Dec. 31, 2014
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I am compelled by love of my city to say that once the Memphis NABC reservation snafu at the Marriott was resolved, it is my belief that almost all who were affected and almost all who were not were happy with just about everything and will happily return to Memphis in the Spring of 2019.
Dec. 4, 2014
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So far I don't like the new presentation of results. Mainly because there is no list of event leaders.
Nov. 29, 2014
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Hooray for Kerri, a lovely lady. Hooray for Jack too.
Oct. 17, 2014
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I was not not his partner, not his teammate, just an ACBL employee who had the good fortune to get to know him through work. He never failed to ask about how I was and never failed to tell me that if I ever needed anything to let him know. What a lovely human being he was!
June 14, 2013
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Lets hear it for the Trials held in Memphis where many of the expenses cited by Jan didn't exist or were greatly reduced. I would like to think it is also where Steve Bloom et al were “treated like royalty.”
April 19, 2013
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Meanwhile, Barry did not answer the question of what he would do on the auction that occured and Gavin, you have not done so either.

This hand was very interesting to me and since I am an average bridge player I am delighted to have the input from players of note (whoever they may or may not be). I think my thinking at the time was that opening 2C would cause us to be at the three level before discovering where my partners values might lie. It seems to me that that the auction we had allowed us to play off the oponents bidding (the diamond cue bid) which made the leap to 6C possible. Not having the tools available and certainly no intricate partnership agreements available I felt it was great that the auction worked out as it did. I was mainly interested in knowing if experts – given the auction that occurred – would pass the jump to 6C over 4D and of course interested in an “expert” auction.
Sept. 24, 2010
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