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A Short History of CAT

The Credentials Advisory Team (CAT) is a private group of professionals players engaged in the fight against online cheating.

CAT works with ALT, OCBL (Online Contract Bridge League) and Bridgehouse invitational tournaments and its goal is “that participants in online events have a reasonable level of assurance that steps are taken by the organisers, in so far as possible, to ensure a level playing field for all participants and that the result of their events can be regarded as meaningful.” (Boye Brogeland).

CAT recommends who should / should not be invited to the ALT , Bridgehouse and the OCBL tournaments and you can report suspicious hands at [email protected]

In the beginning was the “ Online Anti-Cheating Committee “ announced by Sjoert Brink on June 19, 2020: “A group of professionals act together and made Online Anti- Cheating Committee. Members of this committee are: Boye Brogeland (Norway), Jeff Meckstroth (USA), Sjoert Brink (Switzerland), David Gold (United Kingdom), Thomas Bessis (France) Joe Grue (USA), Jacek Kalita (Poland), Marion Michielsen (Sweden), Simon de Wijs (Netherlands)”.

On July 14, 2020 Boye Brogeland announced that the Online Anti-Cheating Commette was going to be renamed CAT (‘Credentials Advisory Team’ ) and stressed that “The specific membership of the team may vary over time”.  CAT included these players: Thomas Bessis (France), Boye Brogeland (Norway) Eldad Ginossar (USA), David Gold (England), Joe Grue (USA), Roger Lee (USA), Marion Michielsen (Sweden), Simon de Wijs (Netherlands).

On September 3, 2020 David Gold stated that members of CAT were: Boye Brogeland, Roger Lee, Sabine Auken, Joe Grue, Brian Platnick and David Gold.

Today, September 23, 2020 CAT has a new entry (Bas Drijver) and so the current line-up consist of: Sabine Auken, Boye Brogeland, Bas Drijver, David Gold, Joe Grue, Roger Lee and Brian Platnick.

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Updates – October 2, 2020: Brian Platnick left CAT

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