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Jealous I LOVE that tournament!
Feb. 22
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I voted penalties. However in many partnerships I have an agreement like the BWS post above.
Feb. 18
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@Steve - but there's the rub. “once attention has been called to late play…” The problem is that sometimes attention is called by a director being in the vicinity or by players complaining, and sometimes not. I am a relatively fast player and would personally benefit from strict enforcement. But I have been around long enough to know that for several reasons it isn't a level playing field and my sense of fair play has a problem with that. None of this refers to a pair that is egregiously late, like 5+ minutes for 3 rounds. They should certainly be penalized.
Feb. 16
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This is a good discussion. @Steve M - more directors? The problem is that we can't afford a director at every table or even every 4 tables. It is natural and human to pay closer attention to pairs that have a reputation for being slow. It is impossible to enforce this objectively. I remember playing in a Spingold quarterfinal where something like this was going on (I think the penalty was seeding points) and we got dinged unfairly. Fortunately Kaplan and Kay were my opps and they made good character witnesses.

@Nick - bridgemates solution is unrealistic. Haven't you ever forgotten to score a board till you were into the next one? If you are going to have a real slow play enforcement policy you need something that is totally objective and totally non-discriminatory.

@ Avon - nobody gets dinged for one hand. Also, it is possible to likely that the problem will be duplicated at other tables.
Feb. 16
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I have been around bridge literally since I was in the womb (I am 63 now). Slow play has been with us at least since then. Regulating authorities have tried just about everything except waterboarding (covert observation and penalty, warning and penalty, begging, prohibiting slow pairs from playing together on teams etc). The problem will not be solved until we start playing on tablets that can reliably time players' actions and then we can institute a system of penalties that will be applied fairly.
Feb. 15
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I hate 2S. Why am I preempting myself out of describing my hand?
Feb. 15
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“The late Sam Scaffidi did much the same thing.” That is the story I heard, and having known Sam, I can't imagine he would have done anything differently.
Feb. 5
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Does this mean there will be a 3 team playoff or that only 3 teams are getting expenses and there is a larger number that could compete?
Feb. 3
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Let me tell a fable - pure fiction. Arno Hofmeister calls the Recorder at the American Partnership tiddly-winks League. Hofmeister says “Smith and Jones are cheating”. Recorder says “Oh, that's very interesting, how do you know?” “I can show it statisticaly. Not only that but if you pay me a zillion Marsbucks I will tell you about the other cheaters.” Recorder says “That's very interesting. Let us put a couple of top-notch mathematicians on it to validate your formulae”. “No, sorry - that's proprietary.” *click*
Feb. 3
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The problem with a “one time pad” is that unless it is simple as the one you describe (which can be easily decoded) the effort of memorizing it will all but destroy the ability to concentrate on the actual bridge. I think we have had this discussion.
Feb. 1
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It's an old one and may have been used more than once. After a tortured auction, the opening lead was made. When dummy hit, declarer asked “where is the hand you held during the bidding?”
Feb. 1
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Not wanting to ruin the humour (the “u” is my homage to you Canadians), Paul was HeitNer and Shirley was NIelson.
Feb. 1
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For those who wonder why nobody called out the Blue Team, I have two words - “Tobias Stone”. He called them out in 1958 and was disciplined for doing so. Despite this, he continued to maintain his excoriation of the Blue Team and its enablers. For those who think that a whistleblower would have stopped them, I have two other words for you - “Harry Markopolos”. This is a man who figured Madoff out and tried to prod the SEC and SROs to do something, to no avail - for 10 years!

We humans have an amazing ability to believe what we wish to, suspending disbelief to do so.

The good news is that based on the actions of my hero Boye Brogeland, the bridge world is attuned to the damage cheats do to the very game we love and as a result, we have vastly improved surveillance and reporting. Unfortunately, it is HARD to catch cheaters. We have extensive video available of major (USA) NABC events https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdR1LkLWMhveezFaFgzdBWA/videos
but frankly, it's hard to sit and watch them - sort of like watching paint dry. Then after conditioning one's self to do so, one needs to be able to pick out patterns. Did that cough mean something? Why did he play his card at trick 3 this way and at trick 6 this other way? It's a wonderful opportunity for crowdsourcing, but how to organize it?

Meanwhile, I am grateful for the people who participated in the late Bridge Integrity Task Force and those who I work with today on the ACBL Anti-Cheating Commission. It's hard work, frequently frustrating, and every single member does so conscientiously.

Because of this change in the culture of high-level bridge, I am sanguine about the future of honest bridge at the expert level.
Jan. 31
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It could be “perversion” on my part, but even more memorable than “new science” to me was the alternative - “That Old Black Magic”.
Jan. 29
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I loved the Gold Coast tournament!
Jan. 15
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Sad - he was a nice guy!
Jan. 9
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The passed hand isn't the 4 bidder. That hand is unlimited and for 4 to not be forcing creates some impossible problems when the opener has a GOOD hand. A 4 cuebid (instead of 4) should be a slam try in support of spades.
Jan. 5
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The K is of questionable value (worthless if Ace is over it, and almost worthless if partner has a singleton). This is why I think this hand is not worth a cuebid.
Jan. 2
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I resolve it by raising hearts initially. I now have to pass - I consider 3 to be forcing in this auction (of course that is consistent with my first sentence. Perhaps the agreement should be different given the 4 card raise requirement).
Dec. 30, 2019
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I too play ASTRO but I normally require a 6 card club suit (you are forcing to the three level in clubs).
Dec. 28, 2019
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