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I read this post after looking at the post just above it by Michael Xu. I am afraid I see an unwelcome similarity.
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/should-this-nlm-stay-in-his-lane-2-fyb0ptn1w1/

What strikes me as problematic (put mildly) is the way you are describing your partner in front of all of us.

If you were in my home club, I am sure I and many others would easily identify your partner.

Or even worse, your partner may actually be reading this..
Sept. 7
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Actually, it is NOT her partner's job. It is NEVER good to rub it in.
Sept. 7
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Oren,
“The potential sponsor hypothetical strikes me as quite weak.”

I don't think so. A logical path for a future sponsor would be to come and see her / his potential future team play in a tough competition.
That would include observing how the players interact with others during the whole event. Are they fun to be with? Are they cordial to other team members? Their sponsor?

I think that sponsoring a team goes beyond just the quality of bridge it is capable of. Bridge is the number one consideration, BUT all other things being equal, the players who leave an overall good impression have an advantage.
June 11
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Spectators matter very much. Especially from a player's point of view.

Clearly, the action of the players in the team that withdrew disappointed those who were intrigued by the possibility of a comeback. They were surely looking forward to the next segments.
Among these, there could have been a future sponsor..

Would you hire a member of a team that left you with a bad impression?

Would you hire a player that appears arrogant enough to withdraw without giving prior notice; stating that you (as a spectator) don't matter?


Would you (pay to) watch an NFL/Basketball/Soccer game with a team that already lost?
June 10
Michael Fleisher edited this comment June 10
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Accusing a completely legitimate observation by Ray as inappropriate is, ironically, inappropriate.
June 8
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What is missing in ACBL / clubs is a good way to keep track of such behavior / cheating over time.
Does anyone know if the east player did this before? My guess is, no. Or, at best, a vague recollection of past events that are remembered with no hard evidence.
East may have enjoyed a “first offense” situation for who knows how many repetitions.
June 8
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Sorry, published this twice by mistake.
Sept. 3, 2018
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How true, if only the technology needed was guaranteed to be bug free..
Sept. 27, 2016
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Perhaps, since they don't see this forum as the right venue for a debate? Perhaps, an answer will lead to more (or should I say many more?) questions and tiresome debates about “right” “wrong” and “in between”..
Sept. 20, 2016
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I think the whole issue could be a non-issue if the general level of trust in the WBF and other bridge organizations was higher. No public debate or article should be published in a “normal” world where the relevant organization is trusted to perform its duties. A simple email to the director/ appropriate person with a cc to RS should have been enough.
However, people no longer trust and seem to be taking matters into their hands.
All bridge organizations should take steps to regain the trust that was lost.
Sept. 20, 2016
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Natural and slam oriented
Aug. 8, 2016
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A nuisance defense is simply to use your defense against strong NT at the two level, with the 1NT bid itself replacing the (non-penalty) meaning of X in your defense.

If, for example, you are playing DONT over strong NT use it as follows:

When RHO opens 1 1NT will replace the X and show a single suit. All the rest of the bids at the 2 level are the same as in DONT. 2X is usually (if not 2) that suit and a higher suit, etc…
This can also be played after 1-P-1.

This is not my original idea. It was published in Bridge World as “ROSCOE” which stands for “Ruining Opponent's Strong Club Opening Effectively”.
I don't recall the details of when it was published in case anyone is going to ask.
July 6, 2016
Michael Fleisher edited this comment July 6, 2016
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Perhaps a definition of sportsmanship is in order (from Merriam Webster dictionary):
“conduct (as fairness, respect for one's opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing) becoming to one participating in a sport”.
The examples Jeff presented definitely fit. There is no mention of rules etc.
June 21, 2016
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Speaking of calculation. How controlled is the travel spending for BOD members? Perhaps such controls should be put in place or tightened.
I see no reason not to put reasonable spending limits in place.
June 20, 2016
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Exactly. So why bother?

IMO, unless there is firm belief that clients are innocent, best strategy would be to negotiate a deal.

However, the opportunity for a great line of defense presents itself via the existence of the “court of public opinion”.
The fact that F-S and F-N were tried, convicted and hanged by this “court” is an excellent way to claim - We are not guilty and there is no ethics committee that can be non biased. You must give our clients the benefit of doubt.
May 17, 2016
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We need the complete list :)
March 25, 2016
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Actually, Sue addressed all points fully. Here is the quote from her comment to prove it:
“ this … well … this crap”
March 25, 2016
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I think Arno and others are unintentionally / secretly working against finding the pairs guilty.
Comments like Arno's exhibit an attitude of a lynch mob which no one likes.
If anyone sitting in judgment reads his rants they will be influenced to acquit for the smallest doubt just so they won't appear prejudiced.
BW had a huge part in bringing forward the charges. The same forum should also remain as open minded as possible. Otherwise the work of the fact finders like Boye and others may be discredited.
March 23, 2016
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No need in ACBL world.
March 19, 2016
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