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I am not convinced that this is the type of situation that should be approached with an ‘innocent until proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt’ type of mentality. The ACBL is a member run organization. It should make decisions it feels are in the best interest of its members. This should include the right to suspend players indefinitely and/or bar certain pairs from playing together.

I am also puzzled why there isn't something included in the membership agreement that states that the ACBL has the right to bar anyone it wants or that members disputes are subject to binding arbitration, otherwise you can't join in the first place.

Suppose they are found not guilty or there is a hung jury of some sort, I personally would be less likely to play in ACBL events, and definitely not in those in which I might be forced to play against suspected (but not convicted) cheats.

The World Series of Poker has a women's tournament. Men started playing in it, and their lawyers advised them they couldn't prevent it. The solved the problem by having a dual entry fee structure. Women 1000, but Men 10,000. The ACBL could perhaps do something along those line. Juniors get a discount. Suspects should pay a premium. Entry fee 80, but teams with F/S (or whomever) 8,000.
Feb. 12, 2016
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So far they are grinding slowly, but it remains to be seen how fine their granulation is.
Feb. 12, 2016
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Speaking of religious rights' reaction to games: The Saudi religious right recently banned chess. I think several other Moslem countries have done likewise. And of course, bridge and poker are considered worse than chess.
Feb. 12, 2016
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Years ago New York City police raided a game, I think bridge, but might have been poker, played by businessmen on a commuter train leaving Grand Central after work. There are several politicians from the Religious Right, who want to curtail US gaming in any way they can.
Feb. 12, 2016
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Bacarrat and Blackjack (21) dealt from a shoe which generally contains 6 or 8 decks. Thus law appears aimed at casino games. Although I would think it might be considered to include the owner of a bridge club, who possesses many decks.
Feb. 12, 2016
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If opener has 5c then 4d are possible. Normally with 4-4 we open 1 D, although I think 1C would be OK with AKQx c xxxxd (treating 4 small like a 3 card suit)
Feb. 10, 2016
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Standard 1 club, at least 3 cards
Feb. 10, 2016
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Harold Bogart was an excellent, old style rubber bridge player. I once reopened in last seat vs the opponent's part score & of course they went on to bid their cold game. I said something to the effect that I had to protect him. He replied that if he needed protection, he'd call the mafia.
Oct. 31, 2015
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I thought the rule on claims was that someone couldn't be forced to do something illogical. This ruling does. At the last national a client playing with Chris Compton lost track of trumps and wanted to concede a loser she didn't have. (She thought there was Jx left when there was only a stiff J.) After cashing an outside winner or two, she'd be down to Axxx in diamonds. The ruling was that it would be illogical for her not to play the ace first. While I think players who fail to count trumps should be punished (I always seem to be) I think the ruling makes sense. At the least Why wouldn't the declarer be forced to state his line rather than forced to take a bad, illogical line in this 7 not hand.
Oct. 30, 2015
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I often say that knowing what you have is vastly overrated.
Oct. 23, 2015
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Back in the days when smoking was allowed with ashtrays on every table and convention cards had just been introduced, I was playing with a partner who insisted on a lot of conventions, and I agreed although I preferred more natural bidding. In the first round he forgot one of his conventions. In the second round he again forgot a convention. I insisted we were now playing everything natural. To emphasize this, I tore up the convention card and dropped it into the ashtray. A round or two later a very stern looking woman arrived. Before play started she asked to see our CC. I replied, “We play everything natural - no conventions.” She snarled out a demand that I show her my card at once! I complied by dumping the ashtray, which contained our shredded CC and a few cigarette butts in front of her…
Oct. 22, 2015
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At the risk of repeating myself, I'm going to repeat myself:)
I am a strong believer in free speech. People are allowed to say whatever they want. They can use offensive language, say the earth is 5000 years old and is the center of the universe, or that global warming is nonsense.
This does not force me to allow them to say it in my living room, magazine, newspaper or on my web site. Dean is free to say whatever he wants. Bridge winners is free to bar any posts or posters that it wants.
In this case, it is up to Dean to resolve things with BW. If they don't want him to post, that is their right.
Oct. 20, 2015
Steve Zolotow edited this comment Oct. 20, 2015
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Unfortunately virtually no one speaks Esperanto & it has never caught on, while English seems to be the most common language, since it is frequently the 2nd language learned by non-native speakers. I would be interested in a copy of the 4 language glossary, although I wish it included stuff in Spanish, since my attempts at other languages focus on French & Spanish.
Oct. 20, 2015
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Many pairs fill out convention cards before and/or during the start of an event. This is especially true of new partnerships, and I find it mildly annoying, but not a big deal. I have been in this situation myself on occasion. By day 2 or even the evening session of day 1, there is no excuse.
Oct. 19, 2015
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Providence did poorly! Big surprise. When tournaments are held at popular venues at appropriate times of year, they do well. When they aren't, they don't. If the ACBL was an organization run for profit, holding a National in Providence at that time, wouldn't have merited discussion, let alone implementation.
Oct. 19, 2015
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All ACBL members, new when joining and existing at some designated time, should be forced to sign a membership agreement. It should specify that they agree that the ACBL may terminate or suspend their membership at any time and for any reason, and that they renounce their right to sue the ACBL should either of those events occur. (This would have to be written in whatever legal language seems most effective. While it might not hold in court, it should prove to be a least one more obstacle to be overcome.)
Oct. 19, 2015
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We had a misunderstanding somewhere with hand that opened 2N with something like AQTxx K AQx AQxx, then bid 2S over 2D. The bidder was trying to show 5 spades and only 1 heart. Responder assumed a super accept, while opener assumed only pre-accept was a jump to 4H. Would alerts have helped us or opponents? If asked what 3S showed, would a mis-explanation have created ethical problems?
Oct. 17, 2015
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Just a guess: Jimmy Becker, who ran the duplicate at Columbia University, and was an excellent, creative player (now deceased.)
Oct. 17, 2015
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By adding a modifier to games, then a sport can include anything
Option trading = finance games
Craps, roulette & lottery = luck sports
Cooking = cuisine games
Hot Dog Eating = consumption games
Dreaming = sleep games
etc. :)
Oct. 16, 2015
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I am a strong believer in free speech. People are allowed to say whatever they want. They can use offensive language, say the earth is 5000 years old and is the center of the universe, or that global warming is nonsense.
This does not force me to allow them to say it in my living room, magazine, newspaper or on my web site. Dean is free to say whatever he wants. Bridge winners is free to bar any posts or posters that it wants.
In this case, it is up to Dean to resolve things we BW. If they don't want him to post, that is their right.
Oct. 16, 2015
Steve Zolotow edited this comment Oct. 16, 2015
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