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The question for me remains: who won the 2015 Spingold? While certainly not definitive, the Daily Bulletin for 2016 Summer NABC lists Cayne as the winner, even though this was long after the stuff hit the fan.

What is more embarrassing for the ACBL: listing a tainted winner or not having a winner at all? My own feeling is that the second choice would help to restore some integrity. Are some in the executive of the League just hoping (wishing/praying) this would all just go away and no one will notice or remember?

That's not going to happen.
Dec. 16, 2016
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…showing that, sometimes, nice guys can and do win.
Dec. 4, 2016
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Thanks Jan,

I did not see this statement from Fred, but it I suspected that this would be a viable direction for the future. As you may have suspected from my previous comments, I am no great fan of Flash, both as a user and a developer.

As we do the Vugraph from the old version, you, better than anyone, know the warts in the Windows client. For my own curiosity, I would like to see your wish list for us VGOPs. If you don't mind posting it or sending me a copy, I would appreciate it. I have a few points I will send to Fred and Uday.

If you want to keep it to yourself, that's fine too. I will make a few suggestions that might overlap yours.
Nov. 9, 2016
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Hi Betty,

Speaking for myself only, I dislike the spongy feel of the Web client. This is not a function of the BBO software, it is because it is written in Adobe's Flash. There are many more software layers between the user interface and your computer's network connection. The Windows client is fast as it is not interpreted through a Web browser.

Many times this does not make a difference to the user, but I am looking at it from a software developer's point of view and I notice things like this as part of my experience with any application software. When I am operating a Vugraph table, I absolutely need this kind of zippy response to my input.

BBO made the business decision to go with Flash, but even that might have a reduced life span. There is a push to bring HTML 5 to many of the kinds of things that Flash has done for years and Adobe's commitment to the platform may disappear at any time. If that happens, I hope they give the development world a good deal of lead time. I am not privy to the technical details of the BBO software, but much of what it does in Flash can also be done in HTML 5.

In the meanwhile, users like Peg will use the WIndows version and I will use both as the situation dictates.
Nov. 9, 2016
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This is not surprising – only a matter of time.

I see from the BBO site that they will still continue support Vugraph operators and players of premium games (although they don't specify what that means exactly). When I act as a VGOP, I will be glad of the support of the old version since I can't imagine how it would work in the Web client without some changes.

Both versions have their issues, but the Web version, for the annoynances, has the advantage of being cross platform and maintaining two different applications that do (for the most part) the same thing is not a good business practice.

The bane of on-going software development is writing for technologies that are not current and the Windows client must be a serious pain to maintain considering it has served the bridge playing community for decades. It is no wonder that BBO stopped active development for it.
Nov. 9, 2016
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Color me cautiously optimistic.

NBOs and sanctioning bodies have taken the path of least resistance for decades; a major reason we are in this situation today.
Oct. 23, 2015
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“Please sue me, Lotan and Ron.”

Boye, I volunteer to do the VuGraph broadcast of the discovery.
Oct. 12, 2015
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What is a “solid flight A player” doing fiddling with the bidding box before passing?
Sept. 25, 2015
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I passed Jimmy in the hallway right after the last session and the joy on his face, as I congratulated him, was as large as it was sincere. I overheard someone tell him that he was the oldest ever to win the Spingold: “What do you mean? I'm only 62!”, he replied to much laughter.

He has taken bitter disappointment with a great deal of class.
Sept. 8, 2015
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It's not just the titles. Boye has risked his considerable professional and personal reputations on this.
Sept. 7, 2015
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David,

Was that a pint per match or per board?
Sept. 4, 2015
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Maybe there was a Denturist's convention going on at the same time.
Sept. 2, 2015
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One issue, with which I am having less and less patience, is directors playing in the game.

I realize that smaller clubs need to have as many warm bodies as possible to make up a full or half table, but there are two serious detriments to the game when the director is playing: when playing against a director, a director call disrupts the flow and concentration on the hand, and (more on point to the topic) players feel that not calling the director and ruling on an infraction by themselves is courteous to the whole room (“Why bother the director when we know what to do?”).

From the beginning, it is crucial to teach that calling the director is what you must do when an irregularity occurs and it is not a personal or ethical indictment.
Sept. 2, 2015
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…in the end we all lose….

Indeed. We are not in a good light as a community when we get press for reasons such as this.
Aug. 31, 2015
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I agree with both Mike and Ken.

I should play more poker.

Within my usual crowd, I'm pretty good at reading the ‘regulars’, but when I hit an NABC, I realize that I'm really a piker when it comes to table presence and reading.
Aug. 20, 2015
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Decades ago, I played regularly against a pair that would silently mouth the number of cards each held after they made their bids. It was a running gag in the club; in spite of this advantage, they never scored very well. They were so poor as players that the cheating never helped.

That was pre-bidding box days, where “4NT!” and “4NT?” had two different meanings. “One Club” meant something different than “A Club” and “I'll one with One Club” meant something else entirely.

Now, an initial pass card to the left means 0 - 4, one in the middle means 5 - 9 and to the right means “I have close to an opener”.
Aug. 3, 2015
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I concur with using AirBNB.

I've used it for the Providence and New Orleans NABCs. In Chicago, I have a place that is three stops away from the hotel on the Red Line for about 1/3 the price for a hotel room.
Aug. 2, 2015
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In New Orleans I saw Eddie Wold do exactly the same thing as Sims did (only the suit was Diamonds). The result was a good chuckle about the hand from all involved and a push, when exactly the same thing happened at the other table.
July 30, 2015
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It's a toss-up: either 7NT or Pass

It makes me wonder how the Hideous Hog would fare with GIB as a partner.
July 30, 2015
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I am wondering…

Do you accumulate your previous (pre-birthday) beers or is there an expiry date?
July 29, 2015
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