September 2020 - 18

Eyes on the Street
Your role in keeping the game honest

B

ridge is a fun challenge - whether
played with friends and club
mates in a social setting or competitively in a tournament, where everyone is doing their honest best to win
(honest being the key word). A positive,
trusting environment allows everyone
to play their best game.
Unfortunately, trust seems to be
in short supply, now that bridge has
been quarantined online. Without the
ability to physically see and hear each
other, doubt creeps in. The rules of the
game haven't changed just because the
environment has changed; cheating is
still cheating, and players still know
right from wrong.
Urban planner Jane Jacobs coined
the term "eyes on the street" to describe "the unconscious self-policing
that citizens provide in lively, welltrafficked public spaces." The lively,
well-trafficked playing tables are our
public spaces, and you and all your
fellow players are ACBL's eyes on the
street.
Your role doesn't come with a badge
and a gun - you are not empowered to
investigate, make accusations or throw
anyone in jail. In fact, publicly accusing another player of cheating is, itself,
a conduct violation of the ACBL's Code
of Disciplinary Regulations, punishable by 180 days probation and/or up
to 180 days suspension. If, on a wild,
unauthorized, accusatory bender, you
stain another player's reputation or
in any way violate their enjoyment of
the game, you'll be doing penance long

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after your 180-day suspension is up.
Investigating questionable activity
and prosecuting cases where the evidence of cheating is convincing are the
jobs of the ACBL National Recorder's
office. If you haven't met the League's
National Recorder, Robb Gordon,
through his online video or the many
educational articles he has written for
this magazine, make it a point to know
his name. He's the ACBL's sheriff.
BBO also has its software flags, abusereporting mechanism and teams of
investigators.
Robb and his assistants are aided
by experts who volunteer hundreds
of hours analyzing hundreds of deals.
They look for system departures both
egregious and subtle, the frequency of
lucky leads or shifts on defense, and inexplicable style variations - a reliably
aggressive bidder goes silent with a
seven-card suit at favorable vulnerability; a player who unfailingly upgrades
4-3-3-3 14-point hands to open 1NT
suddenly downgrades a 15-count with
a five-card suit; the out-of-the-blue,
for-no-good-reason lead of a low card
away from an honor sequence, finding partner with the missing honor.
And every time, the unique layout of
the cards favors the odd action. Coincidence? Is there another explanation
- maybe a misclick? Inattention? A
partnership misunderstanding? One
deal does not tell the story - nor 10,
nor, maybe, dozens.
Statistical analysis may provide
some clues, but to make a case stick,
the investigators study patterns of
behavior as well as outcomes and frequency. In order to do that, they need
to build a database of example deals.
That's where you - the eyes on the
street - come in.
When the auction takes an odd
turn, or declarer's or defenders' hands
become known and your spidey senses

BY SUE MUNDAY

tingle, get into the habit of filing a
Player Memo.
BBO makes it easy to save a deal to
your files or report suspect action. See
the illustration at the end of this article.
Experts analyze their peers' calls and
play at a level so complex that it would
take pages to explain what the expected play should be and how that call or
line of play was egregiously violated.
Instead, let's look at a couple of
very elementary examples, where the
explanation for what happened could
be completely innocent. Or, it could be
a puzzle piece that helps demonstrate
a pattern that points to suspect behavior. Let's say that over the course of an
18-board virtual club game, one pair
submits these results.

❶ ♠J 8 7 6
You
?

❷ ♠A Q 6 3
You
1♦
?

❸ ♠K J 7 2
You
1♦
?

❹ ♠8
West
1♠

♥K J 4 3 2 ♦A ♣Q 5 2
Partner
1NT
♥A 10 4 3 ♦K Q J 2 ♣A
Partner
1♥
♥K 10 ♦A Q 7 6 ♣A J 4
Partner
1♥

♥9 8 7 ♦Q 10 5 3 ♣A J 10 9 8
Partner East
2♥
4♠

You
?

❺ Let's finish this set off with a lead
problem. You're on lead against 2♥:
♠K 9 4 2 ♥7 5 ♦6 ♣K Q 10 8 5 4.
West
1♣
2♥

Partner East
1♦
1♥
All Pass

You
Pass

What happened at the table?
❶ 2♣, Stayman, would be the tra-



September 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September 2020

In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
Inbox -Letters to the Editor
A Message from the President
The Recruiter King
The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
Eyes on the Street
BBO Helpdesk
NABC Robot Individual
Play the Cards You're Dealt
Endless Summer Results
Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
Ruling the Game
The Bidding Box
It's Your Call
Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
Boehm on Bridge
Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
Challenge of the Month
The Real Deal - by Larry Cohen
West Hands -Bidding Box
Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
East Hands -Bidding Box
Test Your Play
Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
Solutions to Test Your Play
My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
George's World - by George Jacobs
Life Master Milestones
New Life Masters
Puzzle Page
In Memoriam
Obituary - Sue Erwin (1943-2020)
Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
Obituary - Norma Sands (1938-2020)
Obituary - Carol Aitken (190-2020)
Obituary - Carol Linch (1935-2020)
Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
Obituary - Maria Teresa Lavazza (1937-2020)
Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 1
September 2020 - 2
September 2020 - 3
September 2020 - 4
September 2020 - 5
September 2020 - In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
September 2020 - Inbox -Letters to the Editor
September 2020 - 8
September 2020 - A Message from the President
September 2020 - The Recruiter King
September 2020 - 11
September 2020 - The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
September 2020 - 13
September 2020 - 14
September 2020 - 15
September 2020 - 16
September 2020 - 17
September 2020 - Eyes on the Street
September 2020 - 19
September 2020 - BBO Helpdesk
September 2020 - 21
September 2020 - NABC Robot Individual
September 2020 - Play the Cards You're Dealt
September 2020 - Endless Summer Results
September 2020 - 25
September 2020 - 26
September 2020 - 27
September 2020 - 28
September 2020 - Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
September 2020 - Ruling the Game
September 2020 - 31
September 2020 - The Bidding Box
September 2020 - 33
September 2020 - 34
September 2020 - 35
September 2020 - It's Your Call
September 2020 - 37
September 2020 - 38
September 2020 - 39
September 2020 - Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
September 2020 - Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
September 2020 - Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
September 2020 - Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
September 2020 - Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
September 2020 - Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
September 2020 - 46
September 2020 - Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
September 2020 - Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
September 2020 - Boehm on Bridge
September 2020 - Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
September 2020 - Challenge of the Month
September 2020 - West Hands -Bidding Box
September 2020 - Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
September 2020 - Test Your Play
September 2020 - Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Solutions to Test Your Play
September 2020 - My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
September 2020 - Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
September 2020 - Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
September 2020 - George's World - by George Jacobs
September 2020 - Life Master Milestones
September 2020 - 63
September 2020 - New Life Masters
September 2020 - Puzzle Page
September 2020 - Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
September 2020 - Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
September 2020 - 68
September 2020 - Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
September 2020 - 70
September 2020 - Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 72
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