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Alan, part of the global superset of bridge data would be additional automated (or auto validation of manual) data entry. The human Vugraph operator as we now it is on borrowed time - or should be - if we want to widen and deepen the data collected from played bridge hands: tourney/place/round/people meta-data, bids & card play (with accurate time stamps), results, etc.
Nov. 8
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The “About Copyright” section on http://www.bridgetoernooi.com/index.php/home/help2#Res states very well the public domain aspect of human played bridge hands:

“Data collected from bridge matches (deals, auctions, play sequences → the PBN without the commentary) is considered to be in the public domain and not subject to copyright.”
Nov. 8
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Is it possible to see a demo of this, but not on my own system? For example, a YouTube (or other) video showing all the main/unique/interesting features would be sufficient.
Nov. 8
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ELK and others like it sound absolutely great for data processing, visualisations etc.

To enable that future the “bridge world” needs complete, free access to all bridge data.

All bridge data generated from people actually playing, should be open source, whoever it is uploaded to initially.

Those 3rd party companies (Bridgewebs, LoveBridge, Pianola, etc) and orgs (WBF, NBOs) have a responsibility to the bridge community to share back, what is shared with them.
Nov. 8
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Hi Ambrose, certainly! If a few of us are remain interested I think we'll have organically formed a de facto initiating group and we can see how things go from there :)
Nov. 8
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“Here's an example of a Pianola website: http://site.pianola.net/duplicate-lite”

That URL now points to a Bridgewebs website.
Nov. 6
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Looking at this from an outsider's view who plays bridge but has not developed a bridge collection system, I'd have thought a central (distrubuted) platform would be best (not necessarily BBO) which has useful APIs that can accept and output streaming bid, card & metadata from a variety of sources: e.g.
** for real bidding and playing cards
* RFID or barcode code with barcode scanner integrated into the Bridgemates
* real-time OCR via video capture
** tablets streaming data
All with timestamps of bid and play.

And bidding cards can be adapted quite easily to RFID/barcode with a thin sticker on the back
Oct. 17
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In the OP's problem if the contract was NT and clearly declarer does not have a Heart sut, discerned from the bidding and play, then Q means I have J and solid s given the layout and play (e.g. if the T has gone or visible, I have the 9 etc).

If the contract was not NT, then Q for me would be a very strong plea to switch to the suit our discard system describes.
Oct. 8
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Never heard of the LoveBridge system before and checking out the website and videos it looks amazing. Congratulations to the team that designed and built it. I'd love to see this system with automatic bid and card recognition, but that is not a priority. The VuGraph implementation is really interesting too and raises the game in viewing bridge.

What is the hardware and software cost investment for an average bridge club playing 6-12 tables, the times a week?
For new clubs playing by tablet looks a no-brainer.
What about result integration to say BridgeWebs or Pianola, which many clubs use? TDs upload in seconds at the end of the session.
Oct. 1
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OP, well done for opening up this topic.

I'm among those very interested in “big, open data” for bridge. For the bridge community and encouragement of the younger generation who expect lots of easily accessible data: both gathering that data automatically, as widely as possible and making it freely available to everyone via a standard API that website and app developers can use to present bridge game data in myriad interesting ways. A distributed database of all bridge hands. Seeded with automatic import from BridgeWebs, Pianola, BBO, WBF, etc

To gather data I've been thinking over the past year of modified BridgeMates that can detect each bid made and card played, by whom, with timestamps. Two obvious methods are by integrated barcode readers or RFID readers.
Additionally for high level competition, then the video camera streams can be processed real time for bid and card detection using object recognition (similar to facial/OCR).

* Embedded barcode readers
Advantage: Duplimate decks have barcodes already.
Each BridgeMate (with one integrated reader pointing upward) placed in the centre of the table, so each player when playing the card, taps it on the BridgeMate, to be recognised. A motion sensor could enable issuing a discrete notification, if a card was played, but not recognised, for retry.

* RFID
Advantage: proximity based, doesn't need semi-precise alignment of barcode with reader.
Similar use case, but would require potentially expensive modifications to decks.

* Video processing
Real-time (whilst streaming via YouTube/Twitch) bid/play recognition with timestamps that adds a synced display of those bids and cards embedded as frames in the video itself or as a time-synced file that can be overlaid over the raw video by server or client software.

If anyone is interested in discussing this area of bridge automation, please get in touch.
Sept. 30
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So why not change the BW search function for a Google Search box then?
https://developers.google.com/custom-search/docs/tutorial/implementingsearchbox
Sept. 25
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BBO made a good user-focused decision to retain the Flash version alongside the new HTML5. Whilst the HTML5 client does not have feature parity, its good enough to start with, allowing them to garner from users what is important to them or not.

But Voice on BBO is broken, constantly having voice server problems on both Android and Chrome/Linux (it is not generally user set ups as Pelu was suggesting today on the rare time I could hear voice before it disconnected again - this is a server-side problem).

Far better to drop voice and move to Twitch or some other external voice/video service. Preferably video to bring Bridge further into the modern age!
Sept. 25
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Thanks to this article I found out and just joined the v8mama's Twitch channel. This is the future of participative streaming - the Chess community already uses this platform so well.
Sept. 25
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The OP's original question is within a subset of a bigger one about how the worldwide bridge community can harness all the data it produces. Big data.

The chess websites do a pretty good job of collating millions of games and making them searchable via their web pages.

For bridge, it would be pretty neat if there was one main repo (or at most a very few competitors) that had tens of millions of searchable deals from the highest level tournaments down to club sessions.

Perhaps the WBF or other non-profit org that would host all the deals copyright-free for free (at worst, with ads, for funding), with powerful search, open APIs with easy auto import of deals, e.g. from Bridgewebs and all the other main hand repos out there. Widgets/code uploads would be encouraged to help embed search in other webpages or used in apps/programs, again royalty free.
Sept. 4
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Thanks Shireen. I enjoyed the first 2 series more, perhaps because of the superior plots and that two of the main US actors were played by a single Brit which, for me, is a distracting device.

I wonder who the bridge consultant was - they surely needed a high level one. Found it odd that at a big event the boards weren't pre -dealt with barcodes and hand records. And the one deal I saw looked like 2C-2D-3NT, hardly exciting! Not as dramatic as the Bond/Cumberland deal - https://www.bridgebum.com/james_bond.php ;-)
Aug. 12
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Just started watching this and did a double take on hearing bridge talk…so Google'd and found this on bridgewinners. Not many comments - so few watching Fargo, about the best series on TV :)?
Aug. 11
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Also, pointers to discussions or articles on competing at the 4-5 levels, would be much appreciated.
July 23
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One of my partners, Rodney Mitchell, today brought up the topic of Attitude Leads and after a bit of discussion we've agreed to play them because they seem to make sense, so we thought we'd better read up on it!

I like Kit Woolsey's logical and memorable approach: a high card requests a switch, a low card requests a continuation.

Further, doesn't the importance of giving explicit count to partner depend on the bidding? If on lead whether you and/or partner have or have not bid that suit, conveys length information that _may_ mean further count info is unnecessary on the first lead and that the lead can be better suited to other info, like attitude.

So leading high on your own bid suit could say “you know I have the suit partner and I'm happy for you to lead it back, so what I'm telling you is that I have another entry to my hand, please work it out”. Theoretically you could give a Smith Echo at the next available opportunity - in any suit - where your card does not matter (e.g. on declarer's first suit played) indicating which of the two remaining suits has the entry.
May 21
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From Eddie's webpage this had me in stitches ;-)

Four guys are playing bridge at the golf club and there is one kibitzer. Phone rings and one of the fellows has to leave. They beg the kibitzer to play a few hands even though he doesn't play and only knows from what he has seen these last few hours. They say it's o.k. The kibitzer sits in and deals. They all look at him. He bids 4C! Very strange opening bid even for a beginner. Second hand doubles and it comes back to the kibitzer who bids 4D! They are beginning to have second thoughts about this guy. Second hand doubles again and when the bidding comes back to the kibitzer he bids 4H. This is just too much. This will surely be the last hand, but second hand doubles again. When it comes back to the kibitzer, this time he says: “And the jack of spades.”
May 21
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I can't find it now, but I seem to recall an article with Bob Hamman saying that the average age of the ACBL member has been steadily increasing since the 50s. Is that right and is the data available?

Here in the UK the majority of clubs are not thriving and the average bridge player seems to be getting older.

Is the average age of ACBL and EBU members over 70?

Where will this average age curve end?

I think if we don't have all the data and identify all the problems and trends accurately, it is going to be harder to develop bridge into an incredibly popular sport (poker, chess, gaming - show that it is possible for mind sports).
May 17
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