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I respectfully disagree Kevin. In my opinion (and the opinion of many others) they “fixed” what wasn't broken at an alarming cost.
Oct. 19, 2015
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I have read through a number of comments here, most of which seem to favor a more relaxed attitude toward inflammatory postings. I was not a follower of the “Dean” episode so I personally have no opinion about the appropriateness of his postings.

But I do have an opinion about BridgeWinners. BW is a resource provided by a group of individuals with the desire to make a forum available to the bridge community and perhaps to try to monetize it through advertising. It is not a utility nor a free resource.

The owners (not administrators but OWNERS) of the site have chosen to make some rules about postings. I happen to agree on principle if not in detail with these rules - that is - if I was in their position I would also make such rules. Why? Because “flame wars” if that is still the expression can destroy a site and obscure its purpose.

You may agree or disagree with the owners' policies. If you disagree you may choose to not utilize the site. You may choose to create a competing, perhaps unmoderated site. You may choose to live with the restrictions. You may even choose, within the guidelines, to object to the guidelines.

But one may not dictate to the owners of the site one's own standards (or lack of them).

I wish to be on record expressing gratitude to Stevie, Greg, Josh, Eugene et al for providing this forum, and for regulating it to make sure I can freely read the postings without my eyes burning.
Oct. 17, 2015
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Once again you are spot-on Mark and I hope the powers listen to you. I do think for this type of procedure arbitrators need to receive at least modest compensation as arbitrators do in almost any other venue.
Oct. 12, 2015
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District 17 has a BAM at the Albuquerque Regional in January and the Denver Regional in May. Believe it or not they get a pretty big field.
Oct. 11, 2015
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The two-day (used to be Men's and Women's) BAM was once in the spring. One of the many redesigns of the schedule moved it to the fall. The fall used to start with Mixed Pairs and follow with LM Mens and Womens pairs.
Oct. 11, 2015
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Carolyn was sweet and humble. She was a pleasure to be around. We had dogs (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) in common and her eyes would light up when she saw ours. We will miss her.
Oct. 1, 2015
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The cheating scandal was briefly mentioned.
Sept. 22, 2015
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A few years ago Roy was named “Sportsman of the Year” by the ACBL. At that time I wrote a letter to the editor congratulating the league on their great choice, as I know nobody who had a stronger moral compass, in and out of bridge. In the 25+ years I have known Roy, again in and out of bridge that opinion hasn't changed. I feel very fortunate to have Roy as a friend and look forward to his (and Sabine's) continued spectacular success.
Sept. 19, 2015
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If we all had the ethics and comportment of Tarek Sadek, we could take down the screens and forget all the proposals. The game would be better than ever.

Lately reading BW is like watching a slow motion train wreck with one's family on board. It is almost unbearable.
Sept. 18, 2015
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We make 2D NEGATIVE and 2H as the artificial positive. Using 2H negative seems to contradict the whole purpose of Kokish. Isn't that negative hand the one you want to create a NT force below game so partner can bid out with shape?
Sept. 8, 2015
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Very sad. He was somebody I enjoyed talking to.
Sept. 2, 2015
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Obviously issues dealing with ethics and confidentiality are complex, more so because of the American legal system. My suggestion for this is that the respondent has a choice of confidentiality where the minimum required info is released or full and open publication of proceedings and findings. If the respondent, as Michael did, chooses to “go public” that constitutes implied consent for open publication.

But I want to respond also to the general issue of transparency. We all recognize that there is need for executive sessions. But the open sessions should be really open, following open meetings law standards. This would ideally include streaming BOD meetings. I think that would put an end to a lot of the (perceived) foolishness that goes on.
Aug. 20, 2015
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Thanks for remembering. That is essentially where I learned (to some extent)to play bridge.
Aug. 20, 2015
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This is true, although I don't know how long ago. But Sam who is a bridge player, and a great guy, is also not a recognized expert.
Aug. 19, 2015
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Most incidents are not reported to the national office. But if there is a major incident involving behavior or ethics, and the recorder is unable to convene a suitable C&E committee (or chooses not to because of the limited jurisdiction of the committee) then the recorder should report the incident to the national office. But generally the recorder's activities are confidential and the only way you would be likely to hear about it is if your statement or testimony was needed. But you certainly can inquire. The District 9 Recorder is (according to their website) Jeff Overby JeffOverby@aol.com . He should be able to tell you whether action was taken or not.
Aug. 19, 2015
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Debbie, each district and most units have their own volunteer recorders. This is not the National recorder office.
Aug. 19, 2015
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LOL I thought you were my FRIEND Jonathan!
Aug. 19, 2015
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@Steven, if you think NABC schedules are made for the benefit of the NABC+ players, I want some of what you are smoking!

Having said that - the NABCs (Nationals) were easy at one time. There was ONE NABC+ event (actually there were no non + NABC events) at a time (counting Men's and Women's as one).

All the other “events” were one and two session regional level events.

Sometime in the 1970's a new event - the North American Swiss - was added opposite the Reisinger. Also in the early 1970's the GNT was added on the first weekend.

In any case we now have multiple events at most times. Mike raises an excellent issue which I am sure when brought to the attention of Competition and Conventions and then to the BOD will be adjusted.

The problem with the process of re-arranging NABC schedules is there are always unanticipated and unintended consequences. However I am quite sure that everybody involved with scheduling wants to maximize attendance and enjoyment for all.
Aug. 19, 2015
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When I read the Bulletin I was both saddened and confused. It sounded like cheating to me. It brought to mind a certain ex-ACBL President who after a bad result, boxed the spade Ace so the board would be thrown out.

At least this explains the perplexing sentence (how do you cheat and not even be suspended?) but more importantly it relieves me. I could not believe my friend who has always been a paragon of ethical behavior could slip so badly.

Thanks for the explanation.
Aug. 18, 2015
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No Michael - we don't have to wait - let's just lynch them like in the old west!

Jonathan and others have been pushing this issue for years. Since he couldn't convince the ACBL Board (even when he was a board member), he is trying to litigate it in BW.

I have a lot of respect for TDs. My father was a TD. But it has not been demonstrated (and likely never will) that the BRIDGE JUDGEMENT of TD's is superior to that of top level players.

While I rarely serve on committees anymore I have done it enough (for over 30 years) to know that things are said and done in committee that can't possibly be accurately transcribed. Sometimes committees blow it. Just like American (or any) jurisprudence. But mostly they get it right.

I am tired of seeing implications that committee members are biased, self-interested- mercenary, or incompetent. It just isn't so.
Aug. 15, 2015
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