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Cheating in Bali

I want to start out by saying thanks to Eddie Wold, who totally broke the Doctors' code, and to Donna Compton, who wouldn't let them off the hook. I played them in the round robin and noticed one strange hand in which one of them opened 1NT with a balanced 14HCP and 5 hearts. After the auction:

North
AJ2
KQ1065
863
A6
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3NT
P
?
he corrected to 4 and caught dummy with:

South
KQ75
J42
J2
KJ43

I went on to the next hand wondering why he was able to find the winningbid.

Then, in the 3rd segment of the finals, Eddie Wold and I were treated to the following auction by the Doctors:

W
N
E
S
P
2NT
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

I have played for a few years without this auction ever coming up. Can anyone guess the 4 bidder's shape? I will come back to that later. By this time thecoughing was so bad that several times I asked if anyone needed water. My partner Eddie Wold was severely misled on another hand later and afterwards became more focused on the coughing patterns. He started recording both the number of coughs and when they occurred during the auctions. At the end of the segment he gave this information to our captain Donna Compton. From there the code was broken and Donna went through proper channels and reported our findings to the WBF officials. Our team wanted to confront the German Doctors and merely play the rest of the match on even terms -- one of our pairs even wanted to just join in onthe coughing parade. The WBF officials asked us to keep quiet and let them record the last days' session and if they were indeed cheating, the WBF would see that justice prevailed. It was so blatant that in the final segment, with a small lead, one of the Doctors psyched in first seat and caught his partner with a very weak handcreating a favorable swing.

Going back, anyone guessing the 4333 pattern of the 4 bidder is much smarter than I am. (Editor's note:The official WBF full hand record.)

The startling reality is that the Doctors cheated on every single hand - when they didn't cough, they had balanced hands.

The WBF has been true to their word -- using only the coughs they were able to know what shortness the Doctors had on every hand and what suit they wanted led as well as strength and weakness.It was a long last day playing against a pair we knew were cheating. It has been an even longer 6 months waiting for justice to be served--- for those of you who haven't read about it, the Doctors have been found guilty of cheating by the WBF. They havebeen barred for 10 years from playing, and for life from playing together in WBF events.

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