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Thanks for the links, Ray! I had responded to the August 2017 poll and then forgot about it - I never circled back to check the results.

Does anyone know definitively who chooses starting times for events at each NABC? Is it the local District, the ACBL BoD, ACBL management, or some combination?
Aug. 3
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Probably. I wonder whether one could be serve as a proper sample for the other. Polling on BW is easier, but polling at an NABC would surely be more representative.
Aug. 2
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You have my support on this issue, Chris! Another player asked me about this in Vegas as well. She mentioned that the last survey taken on the matter was over a decade ago and that opinions may well have shifted during that span - the league's demographic certainly has.

Should our initial goal be to commission a new survey? Would a BridgeWinners survey be a good place to start, or does the BridgeWinners readership skew significantly younger than the league as a whole?
Aug. 2
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I think you'll enjoy St. Moritz, Fred. It's is a fun tournament, especially if you like to ski. It's been attracting some strong entrants lately. I play most years - I'll be happy to answer questions anyone has about it as best I can.

http://bridge-stmoritz.ch/
July 30
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Useful, Nick! Thanks for posting. How did you create it?

I'd write up more sessions if I had a good way to create such templates.
July 23
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I had an excellent Indian meal at Mint on Flamingo. It's almost next to Lotus of Siam, also worth a visit if you can get a reservation. I'm told there's at least one more great Thai place in town, but I don't know its name.

https://www.mintbistro.com/mint-indian-bistro/

https://lotusofsiamlv.com/
July 21
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BBO has changed my life for the better. I know thousands could say the same. Making a success of it required not only programming chops but also great business acumen by Fred and his partners. That he is such a nice and thoughtful guy only makes it better. Thanks, Fred!
July 18
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Yes, specific tardiness penalties are certainly called for. We may as well crib from the Women's CoC.
June 28
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I would define “unusual method” as one that is not allowed for an Open Chart event.

If they're added less than six days before the start we could give them half the remaining time to file their CC & SSF.
June 22
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Three days sounds reasonable if the RR is at least six days out.

I'd be fine with not allowing a newly added pair to play any unusual method in the RR. No possible advantage should accrue from registering late.

I do not like the idea of making anything contingent on whether another pair in the event is using a similar method. Then someone will have to take a position on just how similar the methods are.
June 21
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I agree with Danny and Marty, for the reasons they put forth.
June 18
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No, they can be quite different. Check out the VP scales and see for yourself. I don't have a copy handy - I trust someone will post a link.
June 18
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I suggest using the ACBL's term of “without substantial merit.” That seems both more objective and more specific than “frivolous.”

I agree that it would be useful to have some sort of penalty. It should accrue to all members of the team since it is the team that stands to benefit from a successful appeal.
June 14
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It was Edgar, though I think he submitted it under a pseudonym.
June 14
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I like the idea of expansion of recording. As you note, this is useful not just in cases of potential cheating but also for routine TD and AC rulings. I served on two committees in the US Bridge Championships (one event is still underway) where the video evidence proved extremely useful. The USBC has many fewer tables in play than a world championship, so the expense is lower and logistics are easier.

As to whether things like this would be best facilitated by a small committee or a larger body such as the Executive Council or the High-Level Players Committee, my experience tells me a dedicated committee would likely be more effective. This would naturally depend on who served on the committee and how much support its proposals received, but I remain optimistic.
June 5
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It seems there is no anti-cheating committee after all. Accusations are initially handled by the High-Level Players Committee, and there is an “Express Line” form on the WBF home page to report concerns:

http://www.worldbridge.org/rules-regulations/ethics-discipline/hlpc/

I think a dedicated anti-cheating committee would be extremely beneficial and I will do what I can to see one created.
June 1
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I am told that the players prefer it that way. Each event has an organizing committee comprised primarily of those who regularly play in it.
May 22
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The final of the once-defeated bracket is being played right now. Disa's squad retain their lead, but they've not won yet!
May 20
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I play “Slow shows 4OM” in many of my partnerships. While it is easy to remember I don't think that it's theoretically sound. The problem is that it can wrong-side both 3N and 4OM.
May 17
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This version is easier to make out than the one in the daily bulletin:

https://usbf.org/appeals/2019-open-usbc-appeal-2

The content should be identical.

I've written to the daily bulletin editor to suggest means for improved legibility in the future.
May 17
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