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“Robb, by your own admission you have a stake in this”
Actually I don't. I deliberately didn't express any opinion about the specific incident because I was biased.

But the problem I cite has nothing to do with the particular subjects of THIS thread, it is a general objection to vilifying a pair for something that was not intentional and was handled consistent with the COCs such as they are. I want us to step back from the atmosphere where people feel that it is ok to accuse somebody of actions that do NOT rise to the appropriate level.
Sept. 19, 2016
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Thanks for your comments. They are frequently incisive and I value them. However, I don't see the OP the way you do. I don't know what the motives are, but it is clear to me that this was a passive-aggressive attempt to force an acknowledgement of “ill-gotten gains (true - by no means was cheating part of the discussion). Worse, it provoked responses on both sides that were not particularly respectful.

This reporting was about as ”fair and balanced" as the news network that carries that slogan.
Sept. 19, 2016
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Thank you for this question. I am NOT proposing that the post should be flag, nor am I suggesting that a new rule be made up. I am simply asking (not telling) people to use a little more discretion before they publicly imply (whether here or on other fora) breaches of ethics.
Sept. 19, 2016
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You named them Gene, I didn't! @Danny - I suppose you are right but if the NO passed, it is hard to see how much UI could have passed.
Sept. 10, 2016
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No. But it is UI to the stopper's partner until (if) stopper actually makes a legal skip bid.

It does remind me of an incident when I was still a fairly new player (a LONG time ago). Some of the tournament directors in my area, while never short of alcoholic beverages, were a few plates short of a full set of china so to speak.

One day at a sectional one of these directors is called to the table. The complaint was “My LHO announced a skip bid (before bidding boxes) and it is my turn to bid.”

The ruling: Offender must make a skip bid when it is his turn.

So of course the non-offender made a skip bid of his own - 6 Spades! Needless to say, this ruling was revisited.
Sept. 9, 2016
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7C. Asks for 3rd round D control. Accept Grand Slam tries with 7C.
Sept. 8, 2016
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It would be nice if people would use their energy to volunteer rather than write silly comments here.
Aug. 16, 2016
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There is no reason under the new rules that ways of showing the singleton honor would not be allowed. In fact I encourage my opponents to develop such a system. The more complicated and space-wasting, the better.
Aug. 14, 2016
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I may be repeating something already said (sorry if this is the case) but why, in the 21st Century, do women's events get held at all?
Aug. 11, 2016
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Bravo!
Aug. 10, 2016
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2S = natural and slammish.
Aug. 7, 2016
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Actually the ACBL used to have a warning inside the convention/score card. It started “Comparison of scores or discussion of hands…” and said that this is prohibited and would result in a full board penalty.
July 28, 2016
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The world of bridge has changed. Even 30 years ago if you held a tournament with 10/2 starting times few would show up. With the aging customer base that has changed.

I would venture that the majority of non-professionals who attend regionals prefer a daylight schedule. Personally for several reasons I like the “old” times but I expect that this schedule will be very successful.
July 8, 2016
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Every time Bill Gates gets publicity for bridge interest in the game goes up. Somebody needs to recruit Mark Zuckerberg (I heard somewhere that somebody in his family plays).
June 24, 2016
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I think it is ridiculous to make such a substitution (and pretty embarrassing that a NBO championship doesn't have proper equipment). At the very least the table should have been cautioned about the “funny” 6H card. Throw the board out and substitute a new board.
June 10, 2016
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For the same reason that travelers are a bad idea, these are a bad idea and we keep them off. Not only do they distort peoples' strategies but they simply delay the game while people study them.
May 27, 2016
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I remember Dr. Melander from his playing at my parents' club in Oak Park in the ‘60s and ’70s. He used to play with his wife and he was a 4-Card major buff which was most definitely NOT the prevailing style in Detroit. He was always a competent player and later in life, defying whatever we know about developing bridge skill he became a near-expert. He was a good guy and I will miss him. He had a hell of a run.
May 20, 2016
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The ACBL alert chart is in competition with the American tax code except that the tax code has SOME logic behind it.
April 21, 2016
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I am not a manager nor am I an owner of a bridge club. But I have been involved with clubs since I was a child because my parents ran clubs back to the early ‘60s, I became a certified director at 14, and had 2 weekly games of my own by the time I was 18.

It is incontrovertible that clubs are the backbone of the ACBL. But this understates the case. Without clubs I would estimate that the ACBL would have fewer than 10,000 members. Think about it. How many people who came to duplicate bridge in the pre-BBO/OKB days came to the game in some other way? I would venture that 90%+ of us started our lessons and/or our play in the clubs.

It is sad that the ACBL has to go to the trough of club revenue to help make up for its disastrous errors on the technology and other fronts. I am not sure of the alternative. But I believe we could accept it better if 1) the clubs were not forced into an extra step in their accounting for ACBL and 2) if there was some legitimate remedial action being taken.

Going back at least to the days when Ralph Cohen was Executive Secretary (now called CEO) the ACBL BOD had a well deserved reputation for micro-managing the affairs of the league. Worse, there were 25 separate micro-managers and it would drive management crazy.

I believe there has been an over-reaction to this and now the BOD is too passive. The first thing I would do is eliminate the “CEO” title. A CEO is a boss. We don’t need a boss, we need a steward. Executive Secretary was quite a nice title.

The second thing I would do is to delineate the powers and duties of this person with certain decisions being left at least to the advice and consent of the BOD.

Finally, I KNOW that there are BOD members who share in many of these opinions. They need to become more vocal, and to go public if need be.

Thank you Chris for articulating some of the incredible self-inflicted problems we have to face and some of the possible solutions.
April 17, 2016
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OK Peg, I admit it, I was just being a wise-ass about the flood. But bridge didn't get into politics voluntarily here. We support an organization that has policies on human rights which express the will of the membership. We are now headquartered in a state that has codified the trampling of some of these rights. I would say THAT is a pretty darn relevant topic!
April 14, 2016
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