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Bridge World was stormed by the accusations of cheating starting from Boye Borgeland's Crusade somewhere around mid 2015. By and large the discussion remained focused on cleaning the game at the top most tier and that is quite understandable. However, we the mid tier players while playing on BBO find it hard going with every passing day facing abuse and allegations whenever we get good results based on table play or better judgment during bidding. This trend is more pronounced in the Team Matches against average players who grade themselves as Experts and in some instances even World Class. They lose and they accuse without any iota of respect for others. The situation is getting worse for serious bridge players who love the game and play it as an enriching experience.I am not sure about the means at the disposal of BBO Administration to catch cheats and address the ever growing issue of abuse of personal insults. At the same time, i am also quite assured that the players and administration at the highest level are privy to the trend and certain actions must be in motion to counter it. Future of bridge lies with continuous intake of fresh faces and the seniors need to protect the new comers in order to keep them hooked to this marvelous game.With this premise, i would like to present a baord where the declarer was abused due to the line he adopted in making the contract. At the same time, i wish that the real experts here comment upon the play and judge themselves that whether the play was logical or he made those contracts while cheating. I rest the judgment to the worthy members of this wonderful bridge site.

West
AJ874
K2
Q98643
North
Q10
108743
AJ2
J83
East
652
J96
75
K7654
South
K93
AQ5
K10
AQ1092
W
N
E
S
1
1
2
P
2
3
P
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

On lead of small , declarer won in hand, played A and then a small . The line adopted by the declarer was based on avoiding a possible ruff and either of the K in or suits favorably located. His line resulted in producing 11 tricks.  East instead of accepting the result went wild and accused South of being a cheater for not trying to finesse in  and used derogatory remarks in his native language. He immediately left the table and wrote dozens of time in lobby chat messages like don't play with Mr XXX as he is a cheater and so on.

The main advantage of playing on a platform like BBO is the opportunity to improve skills through playing against players of varying expertise and systems from different countries. However, presence of sick minds is polluting the environment. I know that one can black list such players and avoid playing with them in future but my concern is the growing list of such characters as no well defined mechanism is visible to discourage such individuals. I know a couple of decent players who have practically stopped playing with anyone except their own friends which to me is not a healthy trend.

I would like the worthy members to spare few moments and comment on following two aspects:-

-  Was the line adopted by the declarer fair or indicative of cheating?

-  How to address the abuse especially cheating allegations at the table?

 

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