BridgeBase Online has is currently introducing a new software
application tentatively named "Full Disclosure". The application
itself is a bidding system editor. Players are able to map a sequence
of bids to a text string. For example, the sequence
1S - (P) - 2C might map to "4+ Clubs, game forcing games" while
P - (P) - 1S - (P) - 2C would read "Artificial: 3+ Spades,
game invitational values"
The application has a number of potential uses. For example, "Full
Disclosure" could be used as a "cheat sheet" for players who are
practicing with a new bidding system. As the name suggests, the
application can also be applied to automate alert strings during online
bridge matches. It can also be used as a system file editor.
Applications like this one have been proposed in the past, however,
this is the first example that I am aware of where a system file editor
is being integrated into an online bridge client. More importantly,
this application is being integrated into the dominant online bridge
site. I expect (hope) that this application will have enormous impact
on the evolution of the game. Fred, Uday, and the BBO team deserve a
lot of credit for continually improving their site.
>>From my perspective, one of the most interesting outstanding questions
is where system files will come from. Most players are like water or
electricity. They follow the path of least resistance. Rather than
creating their own system files, they will (typically) gravitate
towards standard systems documented by third parties. The "Full
Disclosure" application will only accelerate this process. Recall,
this system is a powerful learning tool and it substantially decreases
the "pain" associated with disclosure.
In a perfect world, third parties will arisen and take responsibility
for maintaining different system templates. For example, the Bridge
World might assume responsibility for documenting BWS. The EBU might
maintain a system file for "Standard English", while the Poles
document WJ2005. In practice, I suspect that it will take some time
before this third parties are willing to invest resources to support
this effort. Unfortunately, this could create opportunities for rogue
systems to establish themselves in a vacant ecosystem. [Consider the
impact that the rise of OKBridge had in resurrecting SAYC from the
dustbin of history].
It will be interesting to watch...
Fred Gitelman's post describing "Full Dislosure" is available at
Please note the comments that this is an undocumented / unsupported
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