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Monaco has apparently withdrawn from the Bermuda Bowl - they were listed as a Zone 1 team about 2 weeks ago and have now been replaced by Poland, the 9th place finisher in the 2018 European Team Championship.
June 21
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No, it doesn't
June 21
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This has been a productive discussion, which suggests that maybe we need a more thorough look into the whole appeals process. While I am confident that appeals committees already have the power to penalize frivolous appeals and just wanted to remind them of that fact, it seems sensible to do so in conjunction with a re-write of the provisions that govern appeals, which would include the procedural issues Oren is concerned about (which I also think, as a practical matter, are handled now).
When we wrote the current section about appeals, we were trying to do away with the previous procedures where the director would sometimes call each appeals committee member separately to give him or her the facts and get an opinion. That poor procedure sometimes caused different appeals committee members to rule on different sets of facts, because somewhere along the way an appeals committee member would ask a question and the answer to that question would be communicated in subsequent calls but had not been communicated in prior calls. We do much better now, but there is still room for improvement.
So can a smallish group take this over and come up with a new section on appeals, to include both strong restrictions (things like a penalty for an appeal that lacks substantial merit can not exceed X IMPs), and recommendations for procedure? I know Oren wants to be on this small group, who else? I don't think there's any huge time pressure, we're looking at something in terms of months, not days or weeks, or years.
June 20
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I very strongly agree with Danny that we do not want to consider delaying appeals until the end of a match - yes, that would probably reduce the number of appeals but more importantly it would distort the match - players are entitled to know the score after each segment of play. If we delay appeals until the end, that won't be possible.
June 20
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Can you be more specific? An IMP penalty shall not exceed X IMPs? A player may be barred from competing for a period not to exceed 1 year? No penalty shall be imposed for the first appeal without substantial merit?

I'd be happier if we could come up with some suggested penalties, but I just don't see them.
June 19
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Actually, I discourage this if the operator uses the keyboard to enter bids. The keyboard is sufficiently quiet that players can't tell when a bid has been made (and many operators type when they aren't entering bids and plays so if a player does hear the keyboard s/he doesn't know whether it's a bid or the operator saying something to a spectator), and it is interesting to the audience to know who is thinking.
June 19
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I still don't know how to close the voting on this poll, but it is now over.
I will add video recording to the evidence that can be used to support an IMP penalty for slow play. I'll leave Vugraph for now, although I think it is unlikely that we would have Vugraph and not video and I know that our directors prefer to use the video record since it's more accurate.
June 19
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The way our website lets me do it, it actually means 00:00 on August 6th.
June 19
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The USBF VP scales are Appendix C to the General Conditions of Contest <https://www.usbf.org/docs/COC/General%20Conditions%20of%20Contest%202019.pdf>;. You can also find the scales for 7, 8, 9, 10, 14 & 16 boards in possibly more-readable form under this year's USBCs on the Tournament menu.
June 18
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Some organizers of selection events would also like to know when and where the 2020 Junior and “adult” World Championships will be held, but so far that has not been announced.
June 18
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If you haven't voted on this, you have one more day, after which I'm going to try to figure out how to close voting and will add video to the evidence that would support awarding an IMP penalty for slow play.
June 18
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I tend to agree with this - we put Vugraph in as an alternative to a time monitor because the directors usually watch the play on Vugraph, so have a good sense of how much time is taken. But sometimes the operator doesn't enter bids or plays exactly in real time, and now that we have the alternative of a video I'd be fine with removing Vugraph. Lat's wait until we finish this vote and I'll do a vote on that.
June 14
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We already have a provision that provides for an IMP penalty. This vote is only to make it crystal clear that a video tape recording is as good as having a time monitor at the table.
If you want the IMP penalty reconsidered, please start a separate thread.
June 14
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Why? I really thought this was a no-brainer. All I'm trying to do here is clarify that having a video to review is just as good as or actually better than, having a monitor at the table. This isn't a vote on the general principles of time penalties, which are spelled out at exhaustive length in the rest of Section XI of the General Conditions of Contest.
June 14
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That's true, but our current rules allow appeal to a committee. After we finish all of the things on my list, you can raise whether you'd prefer something else. For now, can we possibly stay on topic? The questions raised in this thread are whether to require an appeals committee to consider whether n appeal is frivolous (or without substantial merit if there's a difference) and what penalties should apply if an appeal is found to be frivolous.
I have a list of about 10 things to discuss and I started with the easy ones. If we can't stay on topic we'll never get through my list.
June 14
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That's right, so can we move up a comment or two and look at Peter's list of possible sanctions and see whether others have different suggestions?
June 14
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I asked the Chair (or maybe Co-Chair) of the ACBL Laws Commission about denying the right to appeal and he said firmly that “it is illegal.”
The Regulating Authority (which is the USBF here I think) can decide what is meant by an appeal, but I agree with McKenzie that it does not mean asking the person who made the ruling to reconsider.
At this time, the USBF allows appeals to an appeals committee of players. That's not on my “possible change” list.
June 14
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I think that violates the Laws of Bridge.
June 13
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That's why we only do it when the table has gone over the allotted time.
June 12
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I'm not sure what you mean - isn't a set of boards a set of particular hands? McKenzie has been able to add up the amount of time spent by a player over a segment using the video - he's not trying to do it perfectly, but assigns numbers to different lengths of delay to come out with a total of time use for a set.
June 12
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