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I have no intention of reading 250+ comments, so apologies in advance if this has been mentioned upthread. Did the Anti-Doping Hearing Panel also unanimously decide that Zimmermann must be spelled incorrectly twice?
March 1
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He did, but Drewski could have countered by switching to a club after winning K. That would break up the squeeze.
Nov. 27, 2018
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You mean September I'm sure.
Sept. 21, 2018
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You can get another two languages if you add Danish (or Norwegian): æøÆØ. You have åÅ already.
Aug. 27, 2018
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I'm merely the messenger, Peter. I'm clueless as far as technology is concerned. If no BBO technician sees this and explains, I suggest that you send an email to support (at) bridgebase.com
Aug. 26, 2018
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Deleted. Moot.
Aug. 26, 2018
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I'm not a technician, so I asked BBO's Diana Eva. This is what I got back:

“Voice is not supported on the latest mobile app. It used to be, but after app was re-written without flash, voice didn't work anymore. We hope to find a solution for a future upgrade, but not sure when that will be.

I know this is not what people want to hear, but latest technologies are increasingly paranoid about allowing app access to speakers and microphone. I hope techs find a solution because I miss voice commentary on phone. Even on desktop chrome blocks access to microphone — and we haven't changed anything there.”
Aug. 26, 2018
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Right, tiny Denmark, without including Faroe Islands and Greenland, has 1,419 islands over 100 square metres, 78 of which are inhabited. Mike, I agree with Buddy, let's donate Hans Ø to charity, San Marino or Andorra. They are rock bottom at all international championships anyway, regardless of sport, and Hans Ø is a rock.
Aug. 25, 2018
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Hans Ø in Danish. It's Danish because it's located 10.3 miles from Greenland, 11.7 miles from Canada.

By the way, the Danish seagulls on Hans Ø play bridge. Don't you all play the Seagull convention? It's also known as the double ace asking convention. 4 = how many aces do you have? 4 = 1. 4NT = are you sure, count again.
Aug. 25, 2018
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Yes, but I can live with it if my comment is flagged and removed :)
Aug. 25, 2018
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I don't think many want to be in 6; it needs too much. I agree with Michael although he claims that Hans Island doesn't belong to Denmark. No big deal anyway. As far as I know it's only inhabited by seagulls.
Aug. 25, 2018
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If my memory serves me correctly, some time ago you made a list of suggestions for improvements of the software, features that would enhance the value of commentating and kibitzing, but I can't remember what happened after that.
Aug. 24, 2018
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“Actually… BBO have the resources to determine who is watching a segment, and what the ”average“ ability of those watching are. Something for BBO to add… (if not already there).”

Nicolas, you need to re-read “DON'T” number 8. Sadly, many other than commentators treat their profiles as a joke. You don't get a true picture of the ability by looking at profiles because people decide which skill level they have.

92% of BBO members are Experts according to themselves and the other 63% write Private. Oh, and I forgot the 27% who have Novice in their profiles when they are actually Advanced or Experts.
Aug. 24, 2018
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I thought that was an Irish slam, but that may be even more sophisticated.
Aug. 24, 2018
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Giles, which of the following six phrases do you prefer as a spectator? Please rate them in order of preference. You are welcome to add some.

1. “Justin Hackett must have forgotten that Jason Hackett led 6.”
2. “Hackett must have forgotten that Hackett led 6.”
3. “J. Hackett must have forgotten that J. Hackett led 6.”
4. “Justin must have forgotten that Jason led 6.”
5. “Justin must have forgotten that his brother led 6.”
6. “East must have forgotten that West led 6.”
Aug. 24, 2018
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It is also a problem when J. Hackett plays with J. Hackett. The best solution in my view is to insert Ju Hackett and Ja Hackett. The software doesn't accept more than 10 characters and a space counts as 1.

When commentating I think it's just fine to write and say Justin and Jason without including the surname. That's one of the reasons I wrote “to a certain extent” when I replied to Giles' comment.
Aug. 23, 2018
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I agree with you to a certain extent, but I don't think you want us to say or write Mahmood. No one knows Mahmood whereas everyone knows Zia. That's why the operators always insert Zia – unless he plays in EBL or WBF events.

They only use surnames and they are displayed automatically. The operator can't do anything.

So I think Zia should be the exception to a non-existent rule.
Aug. 23, 2018
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I think it is because he is on voice when he is there. And you don't listen, right?
Aug. 23, 2018
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Could it be Paul Barden, aardv on BBO? Thanks for naming me, Timo, but I would have preferred that you had included Larry Cohen.
Aug. 23, 2018
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One doesn't have to be an Einstein to read between the lines that you are unhappy as to how the team was selected for the European Championships. On the other hand, I knew that already although I didn't read all 10,387 comments back then.
Aug. 23, 2018
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