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So is the ACBL KO event going ahead, or perhaps can the Reynolds August KO get started a couple of weeks earlier than “normal”?
July 8
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BBO could add “natural” & “conventional” buttons to click after you make your bid.
July 8
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Perhaps a solution would be to have BBO not display a bid to the table unless it has an explanation typed-in already. It takes about 5 nanoseconds to type “nat” so I can't see this slowing the game down; indeed it will probably speed things up as it will avoid some of the delays associated with Q&A.
July 7
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No TD available. The Conditions of Contest were basically captains to work things out between themselves.
July 7
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Much as I love the Reynolds KOs and greatly appreciate all of the work the organisers do, I think the two-week window for each round is too long and would prefer one-week windows. I also think match-length should be uniform across the field; perhaps 32-boards would be optimal.
July 6
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I'm with Richard here - WBF system regulations should apply but probably only up to Category 2 (HUM prohibited and up to three BS conventions permitted) but by agreement of the two captains more complex methods can be used. WBF convention cards preferred but by agreement of the two captains domestic convention cards can be used if disclosure is adequate (which imho is very rarely the case with an ACBL convention card).
July 6
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Late alerts should automatically wind back the auction to the person who acted over the non-alerted artificial bid.

A situation where I got screwed recently was where my RHO opened 1 which I doubled for takeout as a passed hand with a 3451 9-count and then the alert came that it was a strong club that changed the meaning of my double to both Majors. My opponents refused the undo and wound up extracting a profitable penalty with my side in 2X in a 4-3 fit on a 5-1 break.
July 6
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East is at fault for leading his singleton rather than trying to cash his Aces.
June 29
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If South's hand in the end-position was:

AKQ
A
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AK

Would it be irrational to cash AK, then AKQ and then A?

If a player believes all of his cards are high, the order in which he plays them can never be irrational imho.

In ruling on a contested claim, the Director adjudicates the result of the board as equitably as possible to both sides, but any doubtful points shall be resolved against the claimer.

The order of play of declarers presumed high cards is clearly a doubtful point that should be resolved against the claimer.
June 29
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I've played in four Reynolds matches so far (thanks very much for organising these btw) and simply have some dialogue with my opposing captains when we are organising the match times to exchange convention cards and agree on any non-ACBL compliant methods we have that they are happy to play against. So far, everyone has been OK for us to use Australian convention cards (which are far more comprehensive than ACBL convention cards) and only one team wanted us to not play a mini-NT.
June 28
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Robert Greene, haven't you got the memo that all BW polls must have “other” as an option? I vote (B) and (C).
June 23
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Do you have any details of where to find the delayed vugraph presentations? For technical reasons I won't be able to navigate from within BBO so I'm looking for the actual Twitch or YouTube channels if you are using either or both of those platforms.
June 23
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The think the default for undos should also apply to situations where an opponent's infraction (e.g. failure to alert) causes me to make the wrong bid. The most common one I see is my RHO opens 1 and I make a call presuming it to be natural and then I get a late alert that it's an artificial strong club over which many of my bids have completely different meanings
June 22
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I think it's fantastic that a reasonably workable solution has been developed for delayed streaming of BBO matches, but it is a bit clunky and for an event like “The Major Alt” it will require 36 volunteers who know their way around streaming software; which seems like a bridge too far.

Hopefully it won't be too far away that delayed kibitzing becomes a built-in part of the BBO platform that you can set as an option when creating a match.

In the meantime, I think everyone is on notice that their actions on BBO are all logged and will be subject to statistical analysis and, where anomalies emerge and/or suspicions are reported, human review by an expert panel.
June 22
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I've recently learnt that after a match has started, the match organiser can add extra people as TDs which gives them kibitzing rights (amongst other thing such as changing scores, etc.). I haven't tried it out, but that could be a workable way of allowing the faster table to kibitz the last few boards of the slow table, but they'll need to be careful not to accidentally chat to the table as that is another power that TDs have.
June 22
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I'm more interested in the Round 2 match-ups.
June 21
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Subject to the agreement of opposing captains, I intend to continue to make my Reynolds matches open to kibitzers. How else am I meant to promote the merits of the pass/double inversion in low level competition?

As an aside, the link to the June KO Bracket is down. Can someone do something about that?
June 21
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Other. This treatment should be pre-alerted at the start of the round under the ACBL provision of “Systems that may be Fundamentally Unfamiliar to the Opponents”. I've been playing this wonderful game for a very long time and this is the first time that I've ever heard of such a method.
June 21
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Cool - I've long wondered how to add extra TDs to a match. Putting streaming to one side, it's a useful function if you just want to allow a few mates to watch but don't want all and sundry watching.
June 20
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I think who is kibitzing who should be logged together with IP addresses and device IDs so that if and when statistical analysis indicates possible self-kibitzing, the investigators might be able to find some correlation between who is kibitzing and when successful anti-percentage actions are taken.

When setting up a match you should have the option to block anonymous kibitzers and fake/secondary accounts. The latter will require something similar to the “blue tick” on Twitter whereby a match organizer can have the option to only allow kibitzers whose identity has been verified by BBO.

More sophisticated and bandwidth-intensive countermeasures could include taking a screen capture of the player's screen and webcam every couple of seconds and uploading that with simultaneous audio to a server somewhere to be stored for a month or two for analysis by cheating investigators if statistical analysis suggests suspicious behavior.
June 20
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