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Yes.
Thanks, I add it to the disclosure.
April 11
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Richard,

At the MP pairs first division we had one pair withdrew because of the tablets out of the 32.

At the national final of the IMP we had exactly the same number of pairs than in the previous year.

At the International Budapest Bridge Festival we had more pairs and teams registered and played than earlier.

We start the IMP pairs first division today and I have no information about withdrawal - I am at the provider side and not at the Federation but - as far as I know the only pair withdrawing from the MP also plan to take part this time.
April 9
Péter Talyigás edited this comment April 9
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Hi Avon,

The “something” you are looking for is here.
You can check the few official Hungarian competitions already played with tablets here:

https://vugraph.lovebridge.com/

The most important are the MP and the IMP championships and the IBBF.

To try it once only shows that the Hungarian Bridge Federation is brave and innovative. To continue with the system shows the acceptance.

It is exactly as you wrote: the broadcast is perfect and all the data – what you mentioned and more – are available.

Today we start the first division of the Budapest IMP pairs: we play 8 Tuesdays. In the upcoming weekend we will have the National MP final played with the LoveBridge system again. You can follow all of these on the link above.

About the separated players my personal view is that having North and East in one room and South and West in another is good enough.
April 9
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For me it seems that it depends on the opening style. If you open “every” 13 cards then East might have liked the many controls and the little shape. If you are a bit more conservative than that, West might have insisted to bid the game.

But… to be honest… I don't feel that any of the “might”s should be changed to “should” in the paragraph above.
April 7
Péter Talyigás edited this comment April 7
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Last sentence of the 5th page: club 6 instead of diamond 6.

(edited)
April 7
Péter Talyigás edited this comment April 7
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The main point of this poll is that you can never meet, never even get close to the achievement of my sweet opponents (two LOLs, obviously).

South pulled out the 2 bid from the box, placed in front of her but did not release it, kept for a second and put it back. She repeated the process with the 1 bidding card. Third time it was the 2, same process. Finally she decided to bid 1, continuously saying “I am sorry, I am sorry” from the very beginning to the very end.

I think she described her hand quite precisely.

Her partner with 4=4=4=1 and 17HCP didn’t even bother to invite to game, bid 4 right away. :) :)

(Please don’t ask, I did not call for the director, they were cute and lovely and wouldn’t even understand my problem, so I smiled and accepted my 6 MPs out of the 30 - which was actually a gift, because they were cold for 12 tricks (3 MP), but somehow she managed to keep it at 11.)
April 6
Péter Talyigás edited this comment April 6
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Thank you.
(Uh.)
March 29
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Can someone please tell me what is the failed Score project?
March 29
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It didn't work for me 10 minutes ago.
Now it does.
March 27
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Actually the system in question contains minorwood, in an extended format, where the first step is positive, the rests are negative and answer to the RKCB.
March 22
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For those, who complained about the initial pass of South: I cannot explain in details why South passed, because my hand sitting at W was:

A10xxxx
x
KJ8xx
x

South gave a 2 minutes thought of his second pass (over the 5) so I did not double fearing that 6 will be much better for NS. Later I regretted my decision and finally I was looking for some justification here :)

Now I delude myself with the dream that the huddle suggested that my South was among the bidders… (6 was going down 1 but I think noone could have doubled. 5 ended +300)
March 19
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I have just tried and it works for me. What browser do you use? It might help to try in Chrome.
March 12
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(For my great surprise) I strongly disagree with the consequence.

IMHO the question whether the 7H is automatic at your level is almost irrelevant. Maybe one level lower it is not automatic because having some silly fears. Maybe three level lower it is automatic again because of not even seeing the risks. And so on.

The question is what the player in the hot seat had in mind. And the player answered our question when he did not bid 7 over the 5.

If we take into consideration his earlier decision then we can see that the 2 minutes coming over the 5 helps a lot to reevaluate the hand. Partner says: think it over! And you do. I beleive that this has nothing to do about your (K.W.) evaluation with the hand. The only relevant question is the player's evaluation and the change in mind.

I might seem severe. But I see this argument very often and I never understand why the top players think that what is clear for them is clear for everybody. It is not so at all.

Not that the player in question would not be a good player. He is good and experienced. But at that board he did not see the Grand at once only with the second chance. And I think his second chance could have been legitimate only if there would have been no further help…
Feb. 18
Péter Talyigás edited this comment Feb. 18
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Melanie,
I play a lot of board games with my kids and I am fond of the F2F activities.
Our software is designed to play face to face, at the venue. :)
Peter
Jan. 9
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Dear Michael,

I also do not think that it worth to argue with your feeling and experience. I still have the confidence to state that the software we created is better than you can imagine :) :)

I also would like to underline that with our solution you are not isolated like a player of an online website: you sit at the table and see your opponent as you do it with the cards (and move the same way round after round and so on) …

Still: I admire the renaissance-man in you.

One of my greatest bridge memory is connected to a concert. At the entrance of the concert hall a friend of mine cried my name and rushed to me, asking for paper and pencil. Scratched a hand and stated: “I was told that I could have made this four hearts, but I couldn’t find a way. Help because I go crazy”. The concert started in a minute. When we met again after the performance, I asked him: “Your sketch have only x-s, no small cards. Did you have the deuce of hearts in hand?” “He said: how should I know?” “Who said that you could have made it?” He named the player. “Okay. I know him very well. The clue to the hand is that you had the deuce of hearts and you should use it wisely. Now you can solve it.” Not only I did not touch a card, this board became a symbol for me without playing it.

Finally I show you, how a not-so-young-fellow can adapt the new technology. My partner will turn 70 this year and he plays top level bridge since his teenage years. We played together in a final, where tablets were involved. I have never seen anything like this before (just sit in my place and listen how I will be NOT endplayed):

https://vugraph.lovebridge.com/screen/visoft_216924_1_1?screen=replay&ns=134888&board=9&buttons=off

This early crocodile-coup saved my trump trick (even when it happens not easy to see how and why it is the right play). It’s just too bad that the coup went only for the second undertrick. But this is real bridge at its best.

(Tbh: this is so nice that I have already shown this board here in the Bridgewinners, but most probably you have missed it as I foolishly put it at the very end of a long article, what a waste of beauty :) )

All the bests,
Peter
Jan. 4
Péter Talyigás edited this comment Jan. 4
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Dear Mr. Velecky,

Thank you very much for giving it a try and first of all I congratulate to your 3rd place.

I fully accept your feelings and I appreciate your opinion.

I must admit that I find your partner's play real bridge here:

https://vugraph.lovebridge.com/screen/visoft_9694_1_1?screen=replay&ns=10518&board=10

You might show it to your students, since it contains almost everything: guts, card reading and good technique.

Having said that, you can also show them those tables where the declarer went astray (two other Souths had the opportunity to reach a similar ending but failed) and also the good and bad bidding decisions from other tables (for example: somewhere South chose to raise with Kx and it wasn't bad, somewhere else East bid on alone - also was a good decision (or just lucky?)…). What a heaven for an analyitic mind to climb down deep into a single board…

(edit: language, as always. Surely need more… always need more)
Jan. 4
Péter Talyigás edited this comment Jan. 4
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Well,
It has many advantages. Preventing cheating is just one issue. For me by far not the most important.

Two more important things coming up quickly:

- Broadcasting: you can broadcast from every table every bid and every card played. It can be later analyzed; not only for the everyday spectator, it is very good for the teachers, and for the students. No need of operator, which makes it more punctual (no mistakes in the broadcast).

- The TD can see every detail about timing by seconds. Who was late? Who played slowly? Was there a break in tempo?

It is debated, but I personally strongly believe that avoiding mistakes, like revokes, bid out of turn, bad boards played, bad seating and so on takes us closer to the essence of the game.
I know that some players consider “the cards” being part of the essence of the game, but in my opinion, this is not the case. We can think about bridge, have conversations about bridge without having cards in our hands. When you think about a puzzle, when you read a book about bridge, you do not need cards into your hand. You hardly can explain a trick shot in snooker without showing it (okay, you might, still it will look good if you can produce the trick) but you can go as deep as you want into the beauty of bridge without touching a card.

One more thing: you might argue that table presence is an issue. If you want to read your partner – that is not a valid point. If you want to read your opponent: well, when we play with tablets, we do it the very same way as with cards. We sit at the same table, I see her gestures, the tempo and everything. So if I can read the opponent (well, maybe not me, someone who is really good in it), I can do it with the tablets also.
My experience is that everybody who tries it gets a much better experience than expected. It is really designed to play bridge at its best :)

So my suggestion is: try it before having a strong opinion :)
Jan. 4
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probably - what i meant is that i am not sure that i would have given enough energy at the table…
Dec. 17, 2018
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Most probably in real life I would lead a diamond, but here I go for the heart ruff… :)
Dec. 17, 2018
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While fully agree, I beleive that tablets have many advantages compared to laptops :)
Nov. 30, 2018
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