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Interesting. That's the version that I prefer to play as well. Sadly, I am barred from doing so here in the United States because the ACBL's Convention Committee refuses to sanction any defense to the one level opening bids and is using this to neuter the Midchart.

From the looks of things, you've managed to sidestep this requirement in Canada. The CNTC conditions of contest appears to allow players to submit suggested defenses to their own bids and play what they want regardless of whether a defense is present.

Wish that I had the option to do the same…
May 25, 2016
Richard Willey edited this comment May 25, 2016
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Rolf, once again, its quite pathetic when grown men need to resort to penis references in an attempt to score a point. Most people outgrow this type of behavior in their early teens.

In any case, in answer to your question, you originally wrote the following

> They are only banned from participating in EBL events or
> activities for a period of 5 years.

You listed “EBL events” at the start of the sentence, suggesting that your primary complaint is the geography of the ban, rather than the duration of the ban. If your primary issue is the duration of the ban, you should list that first.
May 24, 2016
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I'm curious what your limited open bids look like and what the responses are. (BTW, agree that you need to be practicing much more if your auctions are taking this long)
May 24, 2016
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> To those of you that cheer because you think Fisher and
> Schwartz due to this verdict are banned from bridge for 5 years.

> They are only banned from participating in EBL events or
> activities for a period of 5 years.

I was unaware that the EBL had the authority to dictate the behavior of other organizations. Indeed, were the EBL to tell - say - the ACBL that the ACBL could allow F+S to compete in ACBL events, I suspect that folks over here in the US would have a good laugh and then go on and do whatever they damn well please.
May 23, 2016
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> And I'm still not sure how this would impact Superflight.
> We simply do not have a lot of healthy, eligible players in
> our district that are over 6,000 points.

One of the consequences of the ACBL focusing its recruiting efforts on retirees will be a collapse in the expert game.
May 22, 2016
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I fail to see the problem.

The reason that larger events pay more masterpoints is that, cetris paribus, it is much difficult to win a larger event and, in theory, this is a better indication of skill.

Masterpoints are not some kind of payment that you receive for driving a long way nor something that people give you for showing up. They are supposed to reward a real accomplishment.

(Then again, if things are so dire that your superflight competition is reduced to two teams, its probably very certain that the top team will emerge at the end of the day)

BTW, I find it kind of amusing that you are critiquing the thought of electronic bridge tournaments in one thread and claiming that people find it too difficult to travel in another.
May 22, 2016
Richard Willey edited this comment May 22, 2016
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Comment 1: If you go into this with a laundry list, nothing is going to happen. The discussion will fracture and you'll lose all momentum. I think that you are better served by identifying a single issue that you want to focus attention on.

You could call for Hartman's head.
You could ask for reforming the districts
You could focus on cheating

However, you need to decide what you care about most.

Comment 2: If I were going to ask for any one thing, it would be the following:

The ACBL needs to commission a thorough demographic analysis of the membership base and commit to publishing the results.

I think that this is small enough that it can get acceptance. I think that the results of this type of analysis are necessary to decide to what to do going forward and will help galvanize change.
May 22, 2016
Richard Willey edited this comment May 22, 2016
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I once pissed on someone in a French airport for smoking in a non smoking area. I doubt that I did much for Franco-American relations, however, it was deeply satisfying.

(In my “defense”, I did ask first and got flipped off)
May 20, 2016
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I am saying that it is better not to let the camel get its nose into the tent.

Once you allow people to apply their own subjective / relative and external aesthetics to determine what team they will/will not play against you're going to have to deal with people using other sets of external aesthetics, and in so doing, all hell is going to break lose.

I think that it is better to avoid the entire issue by not allowing teams to exercise any judgement. Either a team is in good standing, in which case you must play against them or the team is not in good standing in which case they aren't permitted to participate.

(FWIW, I think that the whole charade that we go through with various Arab teams suffering inane scheduling mishaps each and every time they are scheduled to play against Israel is ridiculous. If you are going to participate in the tournament, you are expected to play against everyone. If you continually screw this up in a noticeable fashion, you're out of the event)
May 19, 2016
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fixed it. thanks for the catch
May 19, 2016
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> Richard said a little upstream: “And of course, you're
> going to have all sorts of fun as teams now get to refuse
> to play against Israel”.

> Huh ?! Where does this come from ? Can you please explain ?

You are allowing people to use external aesthetics to determine who the choose to play against. It is naive to think that everyone's aesthetics mirror your own and improper to insist that yours are correct and others are incorrect.

(On a more practical basis, today teams refuse to play against Israel even though it is explicitly forbidden to refuse to play against any other team. This proposal would allows teams to refuse to play against team “Foo” because they feel that they are a cheat. I think that this would hae the effect of lowering the bar for all sorts of behavior)
May 19, 2016
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Thanks for the clarification.

I agree that there is nothing that requires one to enter and event. If it were possible to pull this off, it might be workable.
May 19, 2016
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I forsee an enormous number of problems with any system that allow players the discretion to refuse to play against a pair or team based on some external criteria.

For example: Suppose that everyone refuses to play against Fisher because they want to blackball him. Fisher wins ever match, and subsequently wins the event.

You decide to fix this by assigning averages for rounds where players refuse to play against Team “X”. Next time I draw Meckwell, I get to cite the bathroom incident, refuse to play against them, and get a much better score than I deserve.

And of course, you're going to have all sorts of fun as teams now get to refuse to play against Israel.

For better or worse, I think that punishments need to be “official” bans.
Otherwise, stuff will quickly spiral out of control.
May 19, 2016
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From my perspective, the analysis comes across as biased

I think that you would have done better with a more neutral approach. In particular, if you are going to start your pieces with a paragraph like the following

“I do have views and opinions, and those are set forth in Sections IX-XV, which anyone is free to skip over. My minimal notations in other sections are intended only to shed factual light on the matter being addressed.”

Then you really want to avoid obvious bias because it discredits your basic claims.

For example, you made a deliberate choice to draft this as a narrative written from Darter's perspective. This is a none to subtle attempt to get the reader to sympathize with one side
May 19, 2016
Richard Willey edited this comment May 19, 2016
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I know that this is much more prevalent outside the US. I see pros and cons to this both approaches, but on balance I think that I prefer the way things happen in the US..
May 18, 2016
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I find that part of the sentencing rather offensive.
May 18, 2016
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>Rising sea levels and warmer temperatures will create winners
> and losers. Cutting back on fossil fuel consumption drastically
> enough to make a difference will create winners and losers.
> Nobody ever talks about the winners in the former case or
> the losers in the latter

Let me tighten this up for you

“Conveniently, most of the losers are brown people so we don't have to care”
May 18, 2016
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Out of curiosity Steve, do you expect that you are better at reading your partner's hitches or those of some total stranger who has just sat down against you?
May 18, 2016
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I think that long distance travel is going to become much more expensive. The rich will consume less of it. The middle class will consume much less.

International competitive bridge will become even more of rich man's game than it is now. (It would be interesting to track the total total card fees for the winners of the Vanderbilt or the Bemuda Bowl over time)

May 18, 2016
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<BTW. I will be interesting to see how this thread evolved. My experience is that Climate Change is a far far worse topic to discuss than politics or religion>
May 18, 2016
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