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Thats a interesting deflection idea, Ben.
Sept. 22, 2015
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Possibly, Nick. He is advancing to a 1D overcall over a strong club at favourable. Got to keep that in mind.
Sept. 21, 2015
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Thanks. The 10 losing to the queen seemed like a 99 percent shot to me.
Sept. 21, 2015
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Thanks Nick. I like the phrase “the gap between ability and performance”. I might pinch it for use in another article !

Its funny how habits have a cost. A so-called good habit, that I aspire to, is to take time at trick one. Paradoxically, it was one of the causes of lack of proper evaluation later in the play.

Obviously a truly professional and disciplined approach, as you suggest, would accord the same level of care after the surprising development.
Sept. 21, 2015
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True a spade switch is a bigger threat. In practice though, the defence does not know how strong my diamonds are. So it is unlikely in practice. But fair point.
Sept. 21, 2015
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Yeah, funny when I wrote it I had no correlation in mind to recent events. But when it was posted, it was the first thing that struck me too.
Sept. 21, 2015
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Steve,
I am not a big believer in the “overtrick imp” concept.

That overtrick is not always an imp. One can never know what the contract is at the other table. For example, if teammates score +110 then our +110 and +140 are the same number of IMPS.

To accurately judge the value of the “overtrick” one would have to apply appropriate weights to the whole probabilistic spread of various outcomes at the other table.

I have a bias to towards going plus in almost all situations. Perhaps it is just that, a bias.

Sartaj
Sept. 21, 2015
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The formal indictment will not be by the collective “we” at bridgewinners, it will be by the governing bodies.

In those proceedings, the pressure under which an admission was made is irrelevant. This incident would be seen as purely voluntary disclosure.

Some may disagree with this assessment but it seems to be procedurally correct.
Sept. 21, 2015
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Reading about Jeff M and Steve W's thoughts-after-the-original-post has convinced me too. That the sufficiency of the time penalty for Alex cannot be determined until the extent of the “unethical behavior” is clarified.

However, I still stay a big believer in a radically reduced sentence for Alex from F-S, F-N and P. Not because I like him but because he's come clean in time, with or without pressure.
Sept. 20, 2015
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Since nothing is perfect, a simple solution should be preferred to a complicated one.

Roll everyone up one (two or three) places in every event seems simple and best.

Mind you that suits me personally well so perhaps I'm biased.
Sept. 20, 2015
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This is so cool :)
Sept. 19, 2015
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Alex,
I respect your courage in making such an admission.
In my view, your (self-imposed) penalties are a sufficient cost to pay.

I look forward to having you back at the table soon.
Sartaj
Sept. 19, 2015
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I would not see this as progress. I would see it as sad.
Sept. 18, 2015
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“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way”. Bravo Boye
Sept. 15, 2015
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Agree Nick. You captured the essence very well. The difference in the approaches between Israel bridge federation and Monaco is startling.
Sept. 15, 2015
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Great article ! Loved it .
Good luck in the rest of your work on this…
Sept. 14, 2015
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Ish and Ovunc, I appreciate the amount of time you have put into watching these videos, spotting the events, tracking them and then making the effort to present them in a very pleasant viewable fashion.
You guys have put in hours of effort for people like me to look through this stuff in minutes.
Thanks, your effort is appreciated
Sartaj
Sept. 2, 2015
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I totally agree with Fred.
The Chess community contemplated 20 minute delays of transmission events and quite easily and quickly decided it was a terrible idea.
Instead, the organizers of premier chess events take great precautions to make the site secure. There are wireless signal blockers or something to that effect, for example, in top events.
Sept. 2, 2015
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Michael, I agree with you. But this culture is certainly not universal.

Hanan, I was at the table. I have a vivid memory of this event.
Aug. 31, 2015
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Robert, I never implied that I conducted such a poll so am unable to provide you a list.
Aug. 30, 2015
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