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What Effect Will The Cheating Allegations Have On Grass Root Bridge?

Recently there have been many column inches on whether or not certain pairs cheat.

There have been suggestions by some, Boye Brogeland being one, that in the long run this will be good for the game. I sincerely hope he is right as the numbers playing in my area the North of England are definitely in decline.

I decided to ask members of a bridge club at an afternoon competition what they thought. I was slightly surprised on two counts

1. a number of players had not heard about the allegations and there have been articles in some of our major newspapers

2. more thought it would damage bridge than help it

Clearly those of us that love bridge should be worried if 2. is the universal view.

What are other peoples experience and what should we be doing to turn the recent publicity into a strength rather than a weakness?

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