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Last resource, restart the computer :). And tell him that you throw it away if it doesn't work, that should improve your chances…
Sept. 1
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Try to login with the new one, go through the first screen (login/register) and check on the second screen that your username and password are appearing. If not (last Windows Update wiped me the logon info) fill it and all well. If your username and password are appearing, and you still can't enter, you have another problem.
Sept. 1
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Yes, it surely was. All good now.
Sept. 1
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I was the problem. I entered again the username and password and entered BBO.
Sept. 1
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I go through the first screen (login or register) and when arriving at the second screen (username and password) the “login” button is off. No entry.
Sept. 1
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Apparently, the smartphone application works, no problem. Could that be connected with last Windows update or such ?
Sept. 1
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…Credit card problems… ?! :).
Aug. 24
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I would play for a dummy reversal trying to ruff good the diamonds. First diamond ruff with 9 of spades, second diamond ruff with j of spades, hope opp spades are 3-1 or 2-2. If opp diamonds are badly distributed or opp spades are 4-0, I'll think about it.
Aug. 15
Paul Weinstock edited this comment Aug. 15
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Interestingly, nobody thinks that RHO had a wire somehow ?! The chance of a weakish player firing up Blackwood after the BIT against hearing “slam on” from someone is rather low.

I had the same experience just two weeks ago. A weak 2 opener Blackwooded himself into a less than 5% making slam, after tanking about 5 seconds. His partner tanked less when bidding game. “Such a good hearing you have” said my partner and we all had a good laugh.

There's no repair possible, at least don't take it too hard and ruin the rest of the tournament…
Aug. 3
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Well, problems like those are not reserved for ACBL only. It's bad luck to be stuck after such a pair, but bad luck happens. Your point about Director's non-dealing with your frustration is right on target. Compare that with what happened to me.

At the World Championships in Orlando, in one of the pairs' session, we got such a nightmare pair passing the boards to us. We never had more than 10 minutes time for our two board to play. I became very nervous about it and approached the Director on the matter. I think he was Indian, but I'm not sure. He knew about it, because he was at that table almost all the time. He just smiled broadly and said with the friendliest tone possible: “Well, we love you and we count on you to continue to play fast enough to permit a timely change”. I had a good laugh.
July 31
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Well … no.
July 28
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Let me volunteer a personal translation: Schreckliche=terrible (perhaps this is the inspiration for Shrek ?) and Schwein=pork or hog. In a word, Terrible Hog. Great bridge bragging name.
July 21
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Phil, I like your short answer. That should be right.

Charles, my English was not clear enough. Forget it. On the “brain fart” issue, when the bot has two choices, one that can't win and another one who should be loosing and chooses the 100% not winning one, that is inadmissible.
July 16
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I happen to disagree, Charles, on your conclusion, in the general meaning of it.

When you have a working software, patching it and permit continuation of use and of making money for the company it's not automatically a bad idea, time-wise and money-wise. Each case has his merits and has to be analyzed as such .

Also, a combined method could be the winner: take two good bridge playing programmers to maintain the product and improve it to the maximum (based on user input) and in parallel prospect for a new approach. BBO, your play !
July 16
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Just a programming brain-fart, probably more blatant than many more of the kind.

The bots are making a lot of money for the company, and it amazes me that the relevant people are doing such a poor job on improving the product.
July 16
Paul Weinstock edited this comment July 16
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No, no and yes. And every such thing needs to be recorded. When the records pile up, they'll pay for their deeds.
July 2
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That was low and uncalled for, Serge, If you have something to say, say it, or forever be silent… :)
June 23
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Randy, I'm sure you are a wonderful person but here I feel that you're wrong. A bridge club represents a real risk for elderly people (and for younger ones too) in respect to possible cardiac accidents. Think of the general feeling of job well done if someone is in trouble and club's AED saves his/her life.

There are multiple ways of financing the matter and if someone at ACBL sees this, I think that a centralized wholesale buy for all registered clubs will do. Great idea. Free copyrights :).
June 17
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Wrong, Randy :). Ostrich tactics won't help here. Think of the age average.

Agree fully with the OP. A well organised club should have an AED available and someone able to administer CPR.
June 17
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When something like this happens, I doubt that the two players involved will ever play together again. So, “shouter's” statement after “this is cheating” is entirely redundant…
June 5
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