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Nice win, nice guys, and a heck of an exciting match!
June 15, 2015
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What I have been begging them to do is to convert BW to an e-zine format. They could cut the price in half and be more profitable.
June 10, 2015
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Henry was somebody who loved the game and contributed to it in many ways. He was a friend and he will be missed.
June 10, 2015
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I have played against Peter Lynch. He has a LOT of raw talent and great instincts. But he seems to have other interests. I thought Carolyn would drag him to the table one of these days.
June 5, 2015
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4NT natural
June 2, 2015
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I will defer to Peter here - he has far more WBF experience than I do.
May 1, 2015
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That is certainly true Ed. But we are wandering from the question which as I understand it is “would it be beneficial to have bridge play by one set of rules (Laws, CofCs, conventions, etc)?”
May 1, 2015
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It seems clear that there should be an off-line client with limited functionality.

1. In the future, who is going to be proficient at hand-matchpointing (once upon a time this was the skill that got you success as a TD, pretty useless now)?
2. In the future who is going to have a stack of travelers?
3. You could have the best internet connection available, say a T1 line. Some joker a mile away decided to dig some holes for fence posts and voila, your line is cut!

Is it so hard to have a backup that will set up a routine duplicate game and score it, holding the data for upload to the mother ship as soon as a connection is available?
May 1, 2015
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I am not sure what “isn't true” here. There are elections as I pointed out. The ACBL in this case follows the default, thus has not made an election to disallow this. But if you play in a WBF event (Bermuda Bowl, Rosenblum teams, etc.) and try asking your partner if they are out of a suit, I promise that you won't like the outcome.
May 1, 2015
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1. We might lose all 7 tricks and go for too many.
2. We might (unlikely) beat 6NT.
3. We might push them to a successful 7NT or 7D.

and yes, I know -
4. It might be a profitable save (although 1400 is kind of a wash so we have to look for 800 or 1100).
5. We might push them to an UNSUCCESSFUL 7 level contract.

I think the scales favor pass.
April 30, 2015
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There is a lot of benefit to all rules being the same around the world. Here are some of the problems -

Whose rules? The WBF and ACBL haven't even been completely in sync with laws (and don't forget the WBF Laws Commission includes some North Americans). As a member of the ACBL Laws commission, I hope that the next set of Laws (about 2018) will have fewer of these disagreements. But ultimately it will be up to the drafting committee at WBF and then the ACBL Board of Directors.

The MAJOR concern I have is that whatever rules are in place will inform development of the game and also the operation of the game.

The original Bermuda Bowl was scored by total points. Then the Europeans came up with IMPs. (in a somewhat different format). With great reluctance the North Americans adapted them (but we alternated forms of scoring for a few World Championships in the ‘50s).

Today, I think that few would argue that IMPS are more desirable than total points.

Swiss Teams didn’t just invent themselves. They were (I believe) invented by an American TD and were loosely based on a form of chess tournament. Today they are popular world-wide. Anybody want to go back to a Sunday B-A-M at regionals? Actually I do, but I don't have a lot of company.

Many popular conventions were developed that were “illegal” is certain regions (still true). Would bridge be better off if we didn't have the diverse regulation that allowed some areas to be a laboratory for bidding development?

In short, be careful what you wish for.
April 30, 2015
Robb Gordon edited this comment April 30, 2015
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This is a highly complex issue. This thread is filled with value judgments but I think some facts are in order -

1. Structure - The WBF is an association of associations. Strictly speaking, there are no individual “members” of the WBF. The WBF divides the world into 8 zones, each with their own governance. Those zones then are generally comprised of NBO's - national bridge organizations. We Americans are in Zone 2, which is ACBL, and our NBO is the USBF. Zone 2 also includes (as part of the ACBL) Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda.

2. Regulation. Bridge is governed by 3 sets of regulations. The supreme regulation is the Laws of Duplicate Bridge. Historically the Laws have been a collaboration between the WBF and ACBL. Before WBF it was the British Bridge League and European Bridge Union and ACBL.

There came a point, (either 1975 or 1987) where the parties could not agree on some specifics and agreed to disagree. If you look at pages 136-137 you will see a list of “elections” by the ACBL Board. These are permitted to a Zone under WBF rules and the Laws. Actually the most famous election was made by the WBF. The Laws allow “no spades partner?” by revoker's partner. WBF elects not to allow this.

The next to sets are Conditions of Contest and the Convention Chart which is arguably part of the C of C. These vary substantially in different regions of the world and the WBF.

Next I will share my opinion about this issue which is worth about as little as everybody else's!

PS - I was just told that Bermuda was moved to Zone 5 - weird since the ACBL still has a Bermuda Regional!
April 30, 2015
Robb Gordon edited this comment April 30, 2015
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Of course I should have remembered this. It is scary to read this in light of the title to your original post. Perhaps COI needs to be revived. Thank you.
April 25, 2015
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What happened to the COI?
April 25, 2015
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The percentage thing is more like a traveling score. We have it turned off in Sedona because of DOG. (Delay of Game)
April 14, 2015
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March 28, 2015
Robb Gordon edited this comment March 28, 2015
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2 would be the same hand with 6 spades. It would be the same hand with 6 spades and no club queen. This is a clear 3S bid IMO.
March 28, 2015
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Ed, it appears that you didn't get the whole story about the financials. There was an additional write-off of about $1.7MM in a pension restructure that they described as routine when it was anything but routine. The ACBL net assets at the end of 2013 were $7,773,273. At the end of 2014 they were $3,663,638. This is not a typo. Do you buy “desperately” now?
March 28, 2015
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We can agree that online ACBL events are different, perhaps inferior in skill to various open “live” games. So what? We can agree about that with many live events that pay masterpoints. Using ACBL masterpoints generates sanction fees which the ACBL desperately needs right now. But make no mistake - online bridge will do fine in any case. What will suffer if these masterpoints lose all “value” by being segregated is live bridge and ACBL membership in North America. Play in a BBO robot game or an ACBL robot game? 25 cents versus $1. If the latter has no more value than the former guess which games will lose.
March 28, 2015
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I actually voted against this in NO but there was a legitimate reason for making the motion. The proponents of the motion believe the BOD implemented it BUT either at the board level or at the management level (or both) it was not implemented in the way they desired and believed the motion directed.
March 26, 2015
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