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My understanding is that the rule in question was put in effect to restrict strong pass systems that used “one level wonder bids”. For example, at least one of the strong pass systems had a 1c opening that showed either

8-12 HCP with 0-2 clubs OR 10-12 HCP with 6+ clubs

Similarly, the 1D opening either shows 0-2 Diamonds or 6+ Diamonds.

As such, I would interpret the worlds “length” as 6+ or maybe 5+ rather than “three plus”.
Aug. 3, 2016
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I'd like to think that the leadership of the ABA has taken a look at the clown car that is the ACBL and decided that they are better off keeping the ACBL management as far away from their $$$ as possible.
Aug. 2, 2016
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FWIW, I am badly torn about this whole bro-ha-ha and (unfortunately) find that my opinion might rest upon a technicality.

First: I am a strong proponent of “Innocent until proven guilty”.

To date, the members of the two teams have been accused but not convicted.
For better or worse, the ACBL has decided to postpone the hearing until Orlando.
I don't like the thought that a player might be denied the right to play under the presumption that they are guilty.

Second: Balanced against this, the format of the Bermuda Bowl is such that you can't determine who would have won had team Foo been absent. KOs are great for figuring out who is first, but not so good at figuring out how the other pairs are ordered.

Putting a team into contention when you know that there is a real chance that they might need to withdraw “after the fact” seems like a very poor decision.

Here's where the technicality figures in:

Let's assume that all members of the two teams are found to be in violation of the rules and suspended for one year.

Does anyone know when the suspension becomes effective? More specifically, does the clock start ticking at the moment that the offense took place or the moment that the sentence was handed down.

If it were the later (and I have no idea whether or not this is true), then technically the players on the teams are all members in good standing until they are convicted (and, since said conviction would not be handed down until after Poland, there would not be an issue with their playing)
Aug. 2, 2016
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https://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1149.txt

A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers
Aug. 2, 2016
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>> Why would the ACBL say no to preduped hands for a regional swiss?

> Probably just a local issue. But the first ACBL response to the request was no.

Alternative hypothesis: The ACBL does not object to preduplicated hands, but doesn't want to work with Nick…
Aug. 2, 2016
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Looks like an improvement over the current system.
Aug. 1, 2016
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It would seem that the sample size is too small and the records are too spotty to ever reach an adequate conclusion.
July 29, 2016
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This is all well and good. However, I'll be much more impressed if ACBL were to come up with a reasonable approach to deal with electronic communications.
July 28, 2016
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> I wrote my thesis on Constitutional Law, so
> I am very familiar with “Due Process” as it
> is defined in U.S. legal system.

It just occured to me… If you wrote a thesis, it should be on file with your University. For example, mine is available at:

http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/16990

I'd be most interested in seeing yours… (Not that I have any particular interest in reading it, but rather I doubt that this account is anything more than a sock puppet)

Here's your chance! Prove me wrong!
July 27, 2016
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Good 5 level preempt in either clubs or diamonds
July 27, 2016
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It would be interesting to see how online robot events skew the statistic
July 27, 2016
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> I wrote my thesis on Constitutional Law, so I am very familiar
> with “Due Process” as it is defined in U.S. legal system.

So, when you did that thesis, did you study the differences between the U.S legal system and the Code Napoleon? (You are, of course aware, that the Swiss legal system is far more relevant here than that of the US)
July 27, 2016
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Where to begin…

>If there were such irrefutable proof, where was it and where
>were all their adversaries all these years?

The widespread dissemination of video feeds from major events is a relatively recent innovation. There were rumors that F+N and F+S were cheating for years. Once the video feeds became available, folks started to notice irregularities in card and board handling (relatively) quickly.

> The EBL, contrary to what many have written did absolutely
> nothing here. They have no structure or personnel to even
> examine a legal proceeding.

I agree with you. Neither the EBL, nor the WBF, nor the ACBL seems adequate to the task at hand. Worse yet, these organizations seemed far more interested in avoiding the appearance of impropriety than launching any proper investigation into these matters.

You might dislike the fact that the crowd sourced investigations didn't follow due process as defined by US constitutional law. (Let's leave aside the question whether or not the US legal system should have any bearing on the matters at hand) Personally, I am more aggrieved that virtually every major international event over the past 15 years is irrevocably tainted. Simply put, due process doesn't work if the process itself is fundamentally broken. Regretfully, we appear to be living in such a state.

I am extremely happy that

1. An alternative to due process existed in this case
2. The alternative system produced high quality findings

Last, but not least,

> An investigation was started and prosecuted on vague
> Internet videos put together by a young, presumptive
> and obviously jealous boy. No formal complaint was
> ever filed, or if it was, it was done as an after thought
> to make it look official.

The strength of your convictions is matched only by the depth of your ignorance. You don't appear to know the first things about how these events unfolded.

From my own perspective, I might wish that this could have been prosecuted somewhere other than public internet forums. I don't see a practical alternative. (For example, the WBF refuses to treat with individuals). With luck, one of the changes that we might see moving forward is a return to regular order, however, I'm not holding my breath.
July 27, 2016
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This sounds like it was well thought out.
July 26, 2016
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If we are serious about wanting to improve seeding, the first step needs to be dramatically improving record keeping.

Rather than “just” recording the results for matches, we need to start recording results for each board that is played.
July 26, 2016
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any estimate regarding head count?
July 26, 2016
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I'd be interested in understanding how the card fees have changed vis–à–vis other expenses associated with traveling to Nationals…

I certainly agree that card fees have increased, however, my gut says that this change really isn't material compared to changes the various costs associated with travel.

Even if card fees have doubled and travel costs have only increased by 20%, I expect that the change in travels costs would swamp the card fees.
July 25, 2016
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> Lots of talk about clients being cheated. Though I haven't – yet –
> seen one complain about it, by members of their teams or opponents.
> Not Pierre Zimmerman, not Jimmy Cayne, not anyone I can recall.

How might a legitimate journalist respond to such a quandary?

Some of them might go out and interview some of the individuals directly involved and see what they actually think about this issue.

Other might try to draw inference.

1. We know that Cayne and Zimmerman can't be happy about what's going on
2. We haven't seen much in the way of public statements expressing their displeasure.
3. It would appear as if these individuals are keeping mum

The worst type of journalist would post sloppy and biased innuendo…
July 25, 2016
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July 22, 2016
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So, from the sounds of things, the set individuals who were harmed the most by the cheaters (i.e. the other pros and the sponsors who were competing directly against them) care more about their own ability to misrepresent their tax liabilities than they do about punishing the folks who were cheating them.

If this is truly the case, I find it really hard to care…
July 22, 2016
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