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Am I the only one tempted to try 5N?
June 22, 2015
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As I understand matters, the statement “You don't preempt over a preempt” describes the strength of a jump overcall of a preemptive opening.

If the opponents open with a preempt, your jump overcall is best used to show a strong hand rather than a weak hand.

As a practical example

(2) - 3 shows a single suited hand with hearts that is too strong for a two level overcall and unsuitable for a double followed by a heart rebid.


June 20, 2015
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I've said it before, I'll say it again:

If people want to get serious about dealing with cheating, then you need to switch to an electronic playing environment. This allows you to separate the members of the pair with enough physical space that you have a chance to detect electronic communications. The improved record keeping will give you a large enough corpus of hands that you can perform real statistical analysis.

Anything else is rearranging deck chairs on the titanic.

June 16, 2015
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Could have sworn that the K+R evaluator was intended for unbalanced hands and that the authors prefered HCPs for their NT ladder
June 5, 2015
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I'd go with

“C”: He really should have figured out whether he can pull down a real salary before deciding to have a kid.
May 22, 2015
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There are good arguments in favor of taxation but no representation…
May 7, 2015
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FWIW, I think it is a mistake to require the new version of ACBLScore to maintain an active connection to a database.

I currently work for a company called Akamai within the companies Information Security group. I spend most of my day trying to come up with new an better ways to harden our systems against various types of external adversaries.

I don't know any reason why anyone would direct these sorts of attacks against a hypothetical ACBL database. With this said and done, the world is full of petty destructive individuals, one of whom might decide that it would be amusing to DDOS the ACBL database during nationals.

It would be nice to minimize the consequences of such a event…





May 5, 2015
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I think that you are confusing the game of bridge with the ACBL. I am all for promoting the former.

I think that the latter needs a stake through the heart forthwith before things in North America pass the point of no return. In all seriousness, if I look at the ACBL, I see

1. An organization that has pissed away generation after generation of prospective players. The success of collectable card games like Magic the Gathering clearly show that younger generations like to play cards even in the age of video games. What they don't like to do is play bridge (which I largely attribute to the stupefying nature of the game in North America)

2. A group that lurches from financial crisis to financial crisis. (The recent ACBLScore idiocy is but the most recent in long series of cock ups)

2. A organizational structure that is grossly incompetent at codifying and legislating the game. (Compare how the game is managed in Great Britain with the idicoy that we need to put up with)

I love the game of bridge as much as anyone. However, from my perspective, the complete and utter collapse of the ACBL is the best thing that could happen to us. Worst comes to worst, we can petition to join the EBU and piggyback off a group that is actually able to publish a rule book.




May 3, 2015
Richard Willey edited this comment May 3, 2015
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I am not offering the ACBL a solution. I am stating that I don't think that the organization deserves to expect our continued support.
May 3, 2015
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> Methinks the real question might be: what are “you”,
> meaning whoever the commenter of the moment might be,
> doing about the matter personally?

Praying that the ACBL enjoyed a quick and peaceful death as to allow something better to emerge in its place.

In all seriousness, the existing organization is too dysfunctional to deserve to survive.

May 3, 2015
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I don't think that one needs any particular expertise with survey design to note an obvious source of bias…
May 1, 2015
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I've only skimmed the thread, so I apologize if someone else has raised this point:

How was the survery conducted? In particular, did the organization use an internet only survey to ask about internet usage?
May 1, 2015
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The question is moot.

Let's back away from the question of regulations and consider instead the fundamental Laws of the game. In theory, those are supposed to be universal and inviolate. (I am well aware that North American doesn't work and play well with others, but that only involves a couple minor discrepancies).

More specifically, let's consider the question of the right to psyche which is enshrined in said laws. Even so, multiple national organizations ban players from make psyches at all levels of play.

Universal laws or regulations are meaningless unless one has the ability to enforce compliance.

We obviously can't enforce compliance for the laws. Why would we expect to be able to do the same for regulations? Moreover, given that the regulations actually impact players directly and will force them to change their hidebound ways, people are going to be much MORE resistant.


April 29, 2015
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Why not just run your trials online using BBO?

You'd need to have good proctors available to make sure that not one was cheating, but this has to be better than cancelling the event.



April 28, 2015
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It's hard to imagine a more important issue.

Please note: The dynamics of a sudden unexpected decrease in membership can be really ugly. Consider the following:

1. The ACBL books its Nationals several years in advance
2. As I understand matters the ACBL promises the host hotels a certain amount of business and is liable if people fail to show up.

The membership loss is going to be a double whammy. Not only are you going to have a sharp decrease in revenue, some of your expenses are going to starting increasing…


April 24, 2015
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I'm now going to bring up what might be the elephant in the room…

Is it more cost effective for the ACBL to be hiring permanent programs or re-contracting with Hammond to complete ACBLScore+? (I honestly don't know the answer, but I think that it needs to be asked)

Don't get me wrong: I think that the ACBL desperately needs to have better technical staff available. However, I don't know the right way to bootstrap this process. I wonder whether it might not be better to get a storng CTO in place before adding permanent employees.

April 24, 2015
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Well done. Sounds like a good path forward.
April 24, 2015
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Because failures in the system provide as much information as anything else.

Personally, I find it interesting that the ACBL is (allegedly) doing a major mind course correction before the members of the Technical Committee have made an official recommendation.

(Meant to say mid course correction)
April 23, 2015
Richard Willey edited this comment April 23, 2015
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I recommend reading the following comment from Don Mamula which offers some perspective on why the BoD voted down the motion in question.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/april-3-technology-meeting-minutes-are-out/?cj=180732#c180732
April 15, 2015
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My comments about “rich old white folks” was not meant in jest.

With respect to the DDOS comment, I wasn't suggesting launching an attack against the local PCs, but rather against the ACBL database back at Horn Lake. I'm not in any way experienced with ACBLScore, but I have to believe that there is someway that the local copies of ACBLScore are able to synch with the ACBL database. In turn, this means that other things can do the same…
April 11, 2015
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