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There will be a way to watch with a delay, but you may not be able to watch a specific match. The current method of producing a time-delayed Vugraph is very labor-intensive, so we probably won't be able to cover all of the tables until the Semifinals. We'll cover as many as we can, and if anyone with a fast PC with plenty of memory is willing to help record and stream, please email me! marteljan at gmail. Sadly the computer can't be a Mac; at least we couldn't figure out how to do the recording and streaming on my Mac, and the old download BBO that is needed for Vugraph operation also only runs under Windows.
June 28
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This time the screenmate chats are mandatory, but people can turn video off on Zoom if they prefer not to be seen. I just cut my own hair and can definitely sympathize with people who don't want to be seen on Zoom :-).
June 27
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No, the bracket sheets for this and all USBF events are on usbf.org.

Take a look at some previous ones to see what's there:
– you can find out the names of all the players on a team by putting your mouse on the team name.
– you can usually click on a team name to get a page with pictures of most of the players and links to system information and occasionally little biographies of the players. I say usually because I don't know whether I will have time to create those team profile pages for this event.
– For segments that were on Vugraph, and all segments from these online events, you can click on a score from a segment of play to get a scorecard with the results from both tables. Click on a result on the scorecard to get a written report of the bidding and play and also a link to the BBO movie and LIN file.

For INV1, links to results from each stage are at https://usbf.org/2020-usbf-inv-1-results/2020-usbf-invitational-1/2020-usbf-inv-1-results/index.php
June 27
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Sorry - I just wondered because I have to use the old Windows version for setting up Vugraph, even now, and I don't find a difference in the size of things on that and on the browser.
June 27
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Certainly it makes sense to try to design what you would want it to do now. Just don't hold your breath!
June 27
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Have you tried using hand diagram? And making the browser window bigger?
June 27
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Oh, there are lots of volunteer “jobs” that don't involve technical equipment!
June 27
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Two thoughts, yes, but two major programming projects probably not.
June 27
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@ Amy - thanks for trying and I'll ask for some volunteer time sometime in the future instead :-).
June 27
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USBF General Conditions of Contest provide for 8.5 minutes per board in KOs and 9 minutes per board in Round Robin matches for face to face play.

Online, we reduced this.
June 27
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@MR - There's also a question of priorities. Which is more important, this suggestion or delayed kibitzing? Although I like this one, I'd vote strongly that BBO should address delayed kibitzing first.
June 27
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I routinely use auto play singletons when I'm a Vugraph operator - it saves me clicks :-). I can definitely confirm that it applies only when the person with the singleton is following suit.
June 27
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Yes for the video chat sessions with your opponent. No for the “over the shoulder” camera - that one needs to be remotely controlled.
June 25
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The ACBL is hoping to break even on this event. And what makes you think only professionals will play in it?
June 25
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I wish that all of you would wait until you see the ACBL announcement before complaining about it - I'm sure there will be plenty for bridge whiners to complain about, but can't you at least give the ACBL a chance to make an announcement first?

And for the person below who complained about the lack of information, ACBL's reduced staff is working at least 36 hours a day to try to get everything done. They have a huge tournament this weekend, and they won't make an announcement about this until they have figured out the details.

Tom proactively cancelled his normal July tournament and explained why. If you want people to provide as much information as they can, it might be better not to criticize before you know anything.
June 25
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@Ovunc - I don't know - that will be up to the ACBL Conditions of Contest writers.
June 25
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I just heard back from the CCBA organizer, and Amber is correct (no surprise :-)). I've changed the OP, but also wanted to confirm here.
June 25
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One of the problems with this event has been the time difference between the US and China, and some communication issues. I am trying to confirm the order of the matches with them - I realized that I have emails from CCBA with several different schedules. But if CCBA is publishing the order Amber lists, that's probably right!
June 25
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Of course everyone is playing remotely. Each player is in his or her home. “Screenmates” (N&E, S&W) video conference during the match.
For late rounds, each player has to have a camera other than the computer's camera, so it can be placed behind the player and show the player, the player's screen, and the area around the player. The camera is adjustable remotely.
June 25
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There were 2 women on the Fox team.
June 24
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