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> The sports organization must to ensure compliance WADA rules.

Only if you are silly enough to claim that bridge is a sport…
March 13
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The following reflects the perspective of a North American

1. The biggest issue that bridge faces is that the market niche that it once dominated has been overtaken be new and better forms of entertainment including but not limited to

a. Video games
b. YouTube and the like
c. Television
d. Movies
e. Other types of games such as Magic the Gathering, Gloomhaven, and the like. (As a practical example, over the past couple years 180,00 copies of Gloomhaven have been sold. That is one of MANY different modern board games)

2. Equally significant, the ACBL is in a demographic death spiral. The game was artificially popular for a period which created a demographic bulge of players between the ages of foo and bar. This block of players got steadily older, as everyone does. However, at a certain point in time, bridge became a game for “old people” and it became harder and harder to recruit any new players.

Now we're at the stage where almost all of the recruiting effort are directed at retirees (hard to get anyone under the age of 55 to attend day games…). Worse yet, we have a cadre of very skillful players who are aging out of the game and we're replacing them with folks who will never progress beyond the level of novices. In turn, this is destroying the complexity and beauty that folks once found appealing.

3. The ACBL management structure is grossly incompetent. They had years to prepare for these changes and try to provide a soft landing for the organization. Instead they spent their time bickering over masterpoints and wasting millions of dollars of various mis managed projects.

Simply put, I am unconvinced that the game deserves to survive…
March 13
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Schools are slashing non essential programs. I see almost no chance that we're going to get them to prioritize a card game.
March 13
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“The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.”
March 12
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Barry, it feels as if one big issue here is that you seem to have some kind of desire for external validation, be it a ruling from a club director or your score in this event or perhaps even the dread “master points”.

If you are thoroughly convinced that the opponents did something wrong and this swung what should have been a top board into a bottom, just mentally add 4% to your MP score, see how you did, and get on with life. At the end of the day, you really want to be involved in a competition with how your best possible self might have score on these boards, not the folks that you happened to be playing with.

Don't get me wrong… There's a whole lot of idiocy that happens at the bridge table and getting “C flighted” - which is how my friends describe bad boards that occur when the opponents screw up a hand and get lucky - is no doubt annoying. But this is part and parcel of bridge, especially now that the level of play seems to be plummeting as we are continually replacing experienced players with eternal novices. However, at the end of the day I suspect that you'll enjoy the game more if you ignore the stuff like this.
March 12
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Here's a slightly different take on matters…

If the WBF charged fees to enter this competition and then reneged on the prizes, this sounds actionable.

If you really care about this, get a lawyer and sue the organization. I suspect that you'll find a fair amount of support.
March 12
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FWIW, here is how I would approach this

Create a 4 x foo table that provides a comprehensive list of integers that sum to 13

Then

Choose a row at random
Randperm the 4 columns
Display the first three columns
March 11
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Might be easier to simple download a copy of http://bridge.thomasoandrews.com/self/deal/ and play with this rather than trying to turn Excel into something that it is not…
March 11
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From the sounds of things, having a social bridge section for this group of ladies sounds like a good idea.

I don't think it would be good to treat the social bridge section as a newcomers section. (I wouldn't want newcomers “learning” from your social players)
March 11
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> Then the chance that there isn't some agreement
> (undeclared) for him to do so is minuscule.
> (< 1 in a million)

It's a lot smaller than that…

Standard deviation of a binomial distribution is (n * P * (1-P))^.5

In this case, n = 1000, p = .5, 1-p = .5
Sigma = . 15.8111 or so

So, declaring 650 cases is a 10 sigma event

Given the sample size, we can pretty much treat this as a normal distribution which means that we can trot out the 68 / 95 / 99.7 rules. Checking the charts, they ignore things after seven sigma…
March 10
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Agree completely that improved record keeping had the potential to make a lot of these issues a whole lot easier. With this said and done, I can't help but recall that a number of recent ACBL initiatives have failed miserably because the staff does not have the requisite computer skills to use modern equipment. For example:

I've seen claims that ACBL TD's aren't capable of moving away from the DOS based ACBLScore.

The believe that the reason that the ACBL's attempt to migrate to a more modern CRM system was based on lack of technical skills

I wonder how strong most directors SQL foo is…
March 10
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> FWIW, I sometimes play with intermediate-level players in
> club games and I am prone to doing much the same thing.
> It works. But when I do it with this level of player, they
> never notice so no illicit understanding is created.

I personally wouldn't feel comfortable claiming that the ethics of my behavior depends on my (subjective) assessment regarding the intelligence of my partners.
March 10
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> So if I obtain a bad result lets say loose an event because
> this happens my recourse is send in a form take the loss
> and now feel like the system is working for me? Somehow
> doubt it be the reaction you get from me.

It's a shame that you're unwilling to invest any effort in making the system work because you don't get immediate gratification.
March 10
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> How have I deliberately fielded partner's psyche when
> I pass 3NT and they run the first five clubs, with five hearts cold?

In a surprising development, you can break the law AND score a bad result at the same time…
March 10
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> Thus, the client didn't field a psych. In the client's mind, he
> was bidding his hand the way he is supposed to bid it.

Ignorance is not a defense
March 9
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> What I meant was: what strong evidence is available
> TO EAST that West has psyched.

I'd actually be pursuing a different line of inquiry designed to explore whether the partnership has an agreement that 3N ends all auctions in which case they are playing a psychic control.
March 9
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> Therefore W is well heeled in ♣s

Why couldn't West's values be in Diamonds instead?
March 9
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> What strong evidence is there on this
> hand that West has psyched?

The failure to alert a systemic bid in which one prefers to show a three card heart suit to a four card spade suit at the one level.
March 9
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I psyche a fair amount and very much believe that players should be allowed to do so, however, this one seems over the top even for me.

I would report the board to a recorder.
March 9
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I am well aware that the WBF was able to convince the IOC to claim that bridge is a “sport” (though it should be noted that it is a “sport” that the IOC won't every admit into the actual Olympics)

In return for this dubious distinction, we have been forced to

Allow the CAS to over ride our governance procedures
Introduce inane drug testing regulations
Move the WBF headquarters to Lusanne Switzerland with consequent impacts on financial governance

Personally, I don't give a rats ass whether or not the IOC chooses to recognize bridge as sport (admitted, I live in a country whether government funding is not an issue). Moreover, I would happily sacrifice IOC recognition to get back to where we were before the whole IOC initiative.
March 7
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