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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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I can't say anything about what “we” want, however, I most certainly don't want bridge treated as a sport (I thought that this was a poorly considered idea 20+ years ago and nothing that has happened since has convinced me otherwise)
March 7
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I think that you have identified some important issues, even if I might nit pick regarding how you are getting there.

Couple quick observations

1. I don't know whether less expensive destinations would be more successful than more attractive destinations in attracting ACBL members. Ideally, it would be nice to do controlled experiments. However, I fear that this would take too long and too much is in flux right now to get good results.

2. I personally think that the the ACBL's evolving demographics are going to dominate other changes to the system for quite some time. By which I mean that the cohort of players who attend Nationals are aging out and not being replaced.

Personally, I think that we're going to need to figure out how to run much smaller events while simultaneously avoiding long term contracts that we book 7+ years in advance because we aren't in a position to accurately judge attendance in 2025
March 7
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Does using a CPAP machine enhance performance?
If so, should CPAP machines be banned?

I suspect that most people would answer

1. Yes
2. No
March 6
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Can't help but believe that

1. There should be a banned list for high level bridge
2. The organizations that administer high level bridge are too incompetent to administer any such list

so I am torn what to answer
March 6
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> wouldn't the League gain more revenue if we could
> increase the number of those who attend NABC's

The equilibrium solution for a profit maximizing monopoly that is not able to price discriminate almost always involves jacking up prices (and accepting a decrease in volume)

I have no idea about the price elasticity of demand for ACBL Nationals, so I can't really say where the ACBL is, however, the dynamic that you are presuming does not always hold true.
March 6
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