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I think that reasonable people can disagree regarding where precisely the boundaries should lie regarding what conventions should be permitted at what level of competition.

With this said and done, I think that it is readily apparent that the system that the ACBL devised to regulate conventions is about as efficient as the one that they used to replace ACBLScore, the one the used to detect cheating in high level events, and any number of other of the clusterfucks that Memphis has presided under.

Feb. 26, 2016
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> Er, why?

Marty Bergen used to preempt a lot
Feb. 26, 2016
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> this was a 3 day event with a total of 4 directors there.

Have all four directors brought to the table and ask them what happened. If none of the directors can confirm the story, start disciplinary proceedings.

This really doesn't seem that difficult.
Feb. 26, 2016
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>Without an appeals committee review and ruling, my team would
>have had a huge swing against us - and the guilty party getting
>away with stolen goods.

I have some nice little laminated cards that I take with me for just such an occasion. They read:

“I have a lawyer on retainer and will find some way to sue you personally”
Feb. 25, 2016
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If the director “looks the other way” they shouldn't be allowed to direct.
Work towards getting them fired.
Feb. 25, 2016
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> Do you really think these penalties are justified merely
> for playing a home grown convention?

If I believed that the pair in question had made an honest mistake, I'd be fine with having no penalty what-so-ever.

The severity of the punishment that I suggest is based on

1. Knowingly breaking the convention regulations
2. Lying that they had received permission to do so

Once pairs are willfully breaking the laws and telling lies to conceal this fact, they deserve to be drawn and quartered.
Feb. 25, 2016
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This may be a different type of cheating, but it is still deliberate cheating and should be treated as such.
Feb. 25, 2016
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If a pair is deliberately playing an illegal convention and LYING about receiving permission, then they are deliberately cheating.

Their actions are equivalent to (F+S) or (F+N) or (B+Z) are currently accused of. They didn't have the opportunity to void a world championship, but the offense is just the same.

I don't think that they should receive leniency just because they are cheating in a sectional.





Feb. 25, 2016
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From my perspective, the key issue is to determine the conditions of contest for the event.

This method is not allowed at the GCC level. However, it is possible that a director gave the pair permission to play the method. Before anything else, you need to determine what world you are living in.

If the pair did, indeed, received permission from a director to play these methods, then I have no problem with this decision. If, however, the pair is

1. Knowingly playing methods that are not allowed
2. Lying about asking a director for permission

then I will do my best to have them expelled from the event and banned from playing together as a partnership for the next sixth months or so. (And if the directors are unwilling to take this seriously, I'll do my best to have their certification yanked)




Feb. 25, 2016
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Year / month / day format makes sorting much easier
Feb. 24, 2016
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I think that this one depends a lot on the nature of the game try that the partnership is playing.

Assuming that the partnership is not playing a style in which JTX is a typically game, then I can easily believe that this was intended as a lead deflecting bid.
Feb. 24, 2016
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> Debbie, I think it would be VERY difficult especially
> for non expert players to hide erroneous communication
> if someone is present to observe the match

I would think that the recent cheating scandals would storngly suggest that

1. Human observers working in real time are virtually useless in detecting cheating

2. If there is money involved, people are going to cheat.
Feb. 23, 2016
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>No doubt the decision is in their courts (WBF EBL & ACBL) with great
>interest from the smaller organizations which are in charge around the world).
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>There is no choice but for those three organizations to dive into the evidence.

Hasn't the WBF already washed its hands of this?
Feb. 22, 2016
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I personally think that the Israeli's are doing a better job than any of the other groups that are trying to deal with these issues. I has some quibbles around the edges on the way that things are being done, however, I applaud the Israeli's on their efforts at transparency.

I will be interested to see what is what once some of the documents are translated into English.

(FWIW, my biggest concern about the Israeli proceedings is that there does not seem to be the equivalent of a prosecutor)
Feb. 22, 2016
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“Security theater” may be public, but it is hardly positive…
Feb. 21, 2016
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While I applaud the effort, I think that the method being chosen is badly flawed. This strikes me more as “security theater” than anything that will have a serious impact on cheating.

As the discussion around the cheating scandals indicate, a biased set of “strange” hands isn't sufficient for anything real. Rather, one needs a comprehensive corpus of hand records covering a given set of time.




Feb. 20, 2016
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One minor point: I think that you are using the word “director” when what you mean is “proctor”.

With this said and done, I agree with your main points

1. There seems to be a gross discrepancy between the funding being awarded and that being used to secure the games

2. Diverting money to cover travel expenses to Nationals and then having KO determine the winner would seem to be a worthwhile change
Feb. 16, 2016
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You have much more faith in authority than I do.
Feb. 15, 2016
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For better or worse, English is the lingua franca of International Bridge. This is officially recognized at the table and during management sessions of the WBF.

The issues that are being dealt with here affect numerous groups and individuals outside of the individual countries that are (currently) prosecuting the accused.

It seems right and proper that these proceedings are conducted in a manner that makes it as easy as possible to share the results. This applies equally to Germany, Poland, and Israel.


Feb. 15, 2016
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Not only haven't I done this, I had never thought to do so.

However, I now know what I need to do next time I go to a tournament.

(I think it would be funnier if I inserted a second or maybe a third Ace of trumps into the deck)
Feb. 15, 2016
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