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The difficulty with the internet here came as a complete surprise to the WBF people, who had no problems posting things from China as recently as December when the SportAccord event was held in Beijing. It seems that China has increased internet “security” very recently.
Oct. 23, 2014
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I'm in Sanya, and the person responsible for the WBF website pages on the tournament asked me to post and say it's just impossible with the Chinese firewall blocking her from posting new pages almost all the time. Internet here is very spotty - right now I'm able to get to BridgeWinners, but most of the time I can't, for instance.

For those who are interested in the Open Pairs format (sorry, I don't know about the Women's and Seniors), today is the SemiFinals, with a SemiFinal A and a SemiFinal B. The players were told that 43 pairs from the A SemiFinal and 6 pairs from the B SemiFinal would qualify for the A Finals, to be held tomorrow and Saturday. Five of the 6 pairs playing in the Rosenblum Final will drop into the Open Pairs A Final, so there will be a total of 54 pairs, who will play a complete Round Robin.
Oct. 23, 2014
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I have many of the WBF links for living players on this list - will try to send you a file later today. I don't have any of the deceased ones, but will look for them if I have time.
Oct. 18, 2014
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Ralph Katz plays with Nickell.

It's Cohen from Katz-Cohen who has others with the same name.
Oct. 18, 2014
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I'm adding WBF reference numbers to Alan's original spreadsheet, just for the players I already had reference numbers to use for the BBO profile pages. Hope this works okay.
Oct. 17, 2014
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Blush :). But I'm lucky not to have to deal with the problems of Chinese internet! It took me forever to get this page to load for instance. I know that the WBF BBO organizer here has a very hard job and is doing his best to provide Vugraph for all of you back home. Working in an environment where so few people speak English is a real challenge, on top of the technical issues with the internet.
Oct. 17, 2014
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I was told that in setting the movement they tried to arrange it so people from the same country played on the first day.
Oct. 16, 2014
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Cute, thanks to both of you.
Oct. 16, 2014
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I've been told the problem is the Chinese firewall, which at the moment is preventing the WBF from uploading things like bulletins (don't know about results, since of course there haven't been any yet). Hopefully they'll be able to figure out away around the problem soon.
Oct. 10, 2014
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My understanding of the Vugraph situation (which could certainly be wrong) is that both OurGame and BBO will broadcast, except for the “final stage” (don't know if that means the KO or just the actual finals). I'm reasonably confident that there isn't a charge for OurGame Vugraph, the Lianzhong account is for other activities on the site.
Oct. 10, 2014
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I couldn't download it - got “Failed to load PDF document”
And for Saturday it says "This bulletin is not yet available, although it is now Saturday in Sanya.
Oct. 10, 2014
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Not exactly a one-liner, but one of my favorite Eric Murray stories, from long long ago (Chicago Nationals in 1969 or so). I was one of the crowd hanging out at the huge bracket sheet for the Spingold where the director was writing final scores. This was probably the Round of 64 (which was earlier then than it is now). Murray's team had been leading by over 100 after 3 quarters. Murray comes up to the director and says, completely deadpan: “Murray by 4.”
Oct. 9, 2014
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We're flying to Hong Kong going, but through Beijing on the way home because the Sanya to Hong Kong flights don't get to Hong Kong in time for a Hong Kong to SFO flight. But now that you've told me about Shenzhen I may have to look at that - I think I've changed flights more for this trip than any other I can think of! United is getting rich off our cancellation fees :-)
Oct. 7, 2014
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Does it look as if it is necessary to download something to watch Vugraph from Sanya?
Oct. 7, 2014
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In theory, there's someone onsite who can approve late entries. In practice, I think Frances is right.
Oct. 6, 2014
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Chrome loaded it for me, but it took a LONG time.
Oct. 2, 2014
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Well, I tried to do it, but couldn't. First it took me a while to figure out that the password needs to be 8-15 characters, then it took several tries to get the verification code (I thought I knew what it wanted but it kept rejecting my answers).

When I finally got that, I got to a page that asked for more information, which I figured was what you said didn't matter, but I guess for me it did. I tried clicking the second button (hoping that was “no”) but nothing happened. Then I clicked the first button and got a pop up message in Chinese. Tried filling in some random numbers and letters in the boxes and that didn't help. I have now given up.

Avon, how did you succeed in registering?

Edit: Ah, I see that even though it never seemed to accept what I did on that second screen, I am registered and can log in to OurGame using the username and password I selected. Would have been nice if it told me I'd succeeded!
Oct. 2, 2014
Jan Martel edited this comment Oct. 2, 2014
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I take them to a book binding place (originally got the information from a librarian I knew). They hard bind them into something that looks just like a regular book - a lot easier to deal with than the BW binders (unless you want to remove one issue for some reason - that can't be done with mine). I don't remember how much it cost last time I did it, but if I get around to doing them in the next few months, I can let you know then.
Sept. 23, 2014
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I get the BWs bound about every 10 years. Last bound volume is 2005-6, so I guess it's close to time to take the loose ones since then in to be bound. When I started, I made the decision to bind by issue number instead of year - not sure that made sense, but now I'm stuck with it. It's a lot easier to look at old articles when they're bound.

For some reason I really don't know, we have kept all of the old Bulletins - they litter a bookcase in a spare room. Once in a rare while we want to look at an old picture or article. Would undoubtedly have been more sensible to save only the ones we might want, but it's hard to know which those are (other than ones where someone you know is on the cover or won a major event).

Have to confess I have another bookcase cluttered with old horse magazines. Every once in a while I get frustrated with the stacks and stacks of paper and throw some out. But Chip won't let me do that with the bridge magazines (he has acquiesced to saving only one Bulletin each month though).
Sept. 22, 2014
Jan Martel edited this comment Sept. 22, 2014
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I don't think that's the Rosenblum, Al - it seems to be a completely unrelated event called the HNA Open Teams, that is being held in Sanya during the World Championship. The 15-17 of October is the end of the Mixed Pairs and Mixed Teams in the World Championship (at least according to the still “Provisional” schedule of events). The Rosenblum starts on October 18th.
Sept. 22, 2014
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