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Depends who we are playing
Feb. 3, 2018
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Possibly you need to read the whole thing to understand why it holds so much interest for so many :-)
Catch 22 at work
May 21, 2016
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Thorough job and very troubling
May 18, 2016
Alex Bourn edited this comment May 18, 2016
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Is there a fund we can contribute to for legal costs?
April 1, 2016
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“In my opinion the 1955 Ford Thunderbird is one of the most beautiful cars ever made … In my opinion bridge has evolved almost to the point that the Ford Thunderbird once was back in 1955”

Hard to square the above with the fact that scores of top level tournaments were severely tainted by cheating that went undetected for years. I don't think anyone is panicking, not even those who advocate the solitary confinement option. I think people of all sorts of views are saddened by recent events and are engaging in a debate to find a solution that allows winners of top level bridge to be seen as worthy, clean and credible winners. Not to do adapt will lead to more of the same. The degree of adaptation is clearly a matter of great debate but change has to come. In my opinion quicker is better but I respect points of view that are more evolutionary for sure. But the game has to change at the top levels.
Sept. 21, 2015
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For practical reasons really. Having a wired network in what will likely be a large open space with lots of people moving around isn't a great idea though I absolutely take your point. It's a trade off.
Sept. 20, 2015
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A wireless network would be needed for sure. You wouldn't need the Internet. This is the latest piece of total inaccuracy which is beginning to bother me. There are also a number of security and logging measures that could be implemented. Reading some of the comments has been utterly depressing. Organisms that can't adapt to a changing environment die off.
Sept. 20, 2015
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Boye, I agree that statistical analysis is an important part of the armoury against cheating at he top level. I'm not sure it can be the only part. Maybe your $20000 could go toward funding a PhD student (or similar) to explore robust mechanisms for such an appropriate analytic method. The case against cheats will always be much stronger if it can be shown how it was done, rather than relying on the belief, no matter how strongly held, that they must be cheating owing to their better results.
Sept. 18, 2015
Alex Bourn edited this comment Sept. 19, 2015
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Bridge is declining. I guess it depends on your definition of “masses” but it's hard to see a mass movement of bridge players, certainly compared to the more popular sports. And more importantly having iPads at the top level doesn't mean that this will follow at all other levels. Even if it did, that doesn't necessarily mean that social interaction is reduced. You don't have to sit in separate rooms as in the proposal from World Bridge.
As an aside I have met 3 of my online bridge partners - one in Canada when I visited and two in London when they visited. This happened because we had a lot of social interaction online. The social element is still there in online bridge. Claims that technology will kill social interaction are, in my opinion, mistaken.
Sept. 18, 2015
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“… we would still have to watch for hand signals.”
Reading some of the comments here there is a hand signal or two I would like to make occasionally :-)
Sept. 18, 2015
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Max - if it was that easy how come it took so long for the recent revelations to come to light. Also read the discussions about the so called “third pair”. It appears not to be “Easy as that!”.
Sept. 18, 2015
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There was an electronic device used for communication in the recent chess scandal. But that could happen in the bridge world whether being played on iPads or with cards. There is no doubt that a forward thinking organisation should now be trying to figure out ways of combating such likely cheating mechanisms.
I think the phrase “reinventing the game” is off the mark. Large numbers of people play bridge on websites, desktop programs and iPads with robots. It's already here. Some people may need to catch up with the way many of us play and learn.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Do both. Electronic dealing, play and recording and being filmed aren't mutually exclusive. If we want to grow the game, change is necessary. Continuing as before won't cut the mustard. There are points in history where the opportunity for taking decisive actions arise. We are at such a time. Flunking it doesn't mean you stay still. It means going backwards.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Offering to put up money to prevent innovative experiments leaves me lost for words. In the wake of discovering how easy it is to cheat, this type of initiative should at least be tried with an open mind, surely?
Sept. 18, 2015
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Stephanie … Heard of Edward Snowden or the NSA?
Sept. 15, 2015
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Robots do some things that humans find hard to fathom. But then humans do some things that humans find hard to fathom. Why, I just came across a hand where a human bid 3nt holding a singleton king and three card support to the AK for a suit his pard had pre-empted in ;-)
Sept. 10, 2015
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I'm interested in what you mean by “rampant” and how you know
Sept. 5, 2015
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Would be possible to see if there is any difference in results as EW as compared to NS?
Sept. 5, 2015
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The original, if at times rather cruel, WWGD can be found amongst the debris at: http://gee.aaronhaspel.com
Aug. 3, 2015
Alex Bourn edited this comment Aug. 4, 2015
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