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A clarification: Michał Rosa is not, and never has been an active (not too mention recognised) member of the Polish bridge community, and his statements should not be in any way viewed as representing views of a significant group of Polish bridge players. He might be a lawyer though; the last proponent of similar views at the BW site later acted as the legal representative of the accused pair during the case run by EBL. This would explain to a certain extent his blatant disregard for common sense.
March 15, 2017
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Tom: definitely lost in translation, your statement was perfectly clear.
Nov. 2, 2015
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This is actually very easy to understand. Recreational bridge has practically never been played in clubs, and restricted to private, home based rubber games. An average club game in a mid-size town will be much more competitive (with all its positiv and negative consequences) than say in the UK.
Oct. 27, 2015
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To all those who condemn the statement (which has been by the way criticised by quite a few Polish players) - please bear in mind that the summary of Mr Kliś has very little to do with actual content. I would strongly support the call of Michał Rosa to delete the thread (or at least the original post), as it is factually incorrect and borderline offensive.
Oct. 27, 2015
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Congratulations, Mr Hammond. Congratulations, Boye Brogeland.
Oct. 17, 2015
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Definitely ethical, I do not see any issue here (the matter of the hand presented by Joanna is completely different). There are various reasons for which one could consider bidding (3NT anyone?), those who would like to ban `thinking without points' seem to follow the lowest club denominator.
Oct. 15, 2015
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It is even nicer (especially at a high level bridge!) to have an efficient method of falsecarding as a defender at the same time passing the correct information to the partner.
Oct. 12, 2015
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Of course, this was what actually happened in the BB semifinal. I am not sure what the TD's decision was (probably the result stood - the `misinformation' was also somewhat less clear, as the actual explanation was `no agreements'), but he/she was definitely called.
Oct. 12, 2015
Adam Skalski edited this comment Oct. 12, 2015
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The last statement makes perfect sense. It might be difficult to do - but if only possible, that (ie asking Robin to analyse a `fresh' set of boards without knowing the hands and provide the list of signals) would give a very powerful argument. To either side of the debate.
Oct. 6, 2015
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Maciej,
I am sure by now you realise that these are your posts (apart from possibly BZ's suspicious activities, but this has not been proved beyond reasonable doubt) which tarnish the reputation of Polish players most.

As I am sure that all the readers here realise that Mr Kliś has no significant standing in Polish bridge, and has not been heard of before the last events (as opposed to the other Polish players who spoke in these threads).
Oct. 6, 2015
Adam Skalski edited this comment Oct. 6, 2015
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Congratulations, Boye. Bridge is a beautiful game, and it deserved your interventions.
Oct. 4, 2015
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The last post is incoherent. Suppose I send you a tape with 3 hours of discussions of your friend, who happens to hold a significant position in the government, with another person, claiming that this might be a proof of corruption. You listen to a long discussion about cats and hamsters and decide there is nothing there that proves your friend is corrupt. Then at some future point someone exhibits proof of embezzlement plus a secret code connecting house pets with companies offered huge contracts under the table. Does that mean you should be accused of collusion?
Oct. 2, 2015
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Boye deserves only applause, and he has been receiving it in spades from the Polish bridge community (in case anyone reading strange utterings of Mr Kliś has a doubt). He has not been the person taking the decision and refusing to provide any justification.
Oct. 2, 2015
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Let me add to Occo's comment: the `bits in Polish' say that the decision to stay in Chennai and play was taken (jointly by the remaining 4 players and the officials) after receiving the document from Mr Aubry you quote above, and after the initial request to Mr Aubry to provide more information, to which the answer apparently was roughly:

`there is no action taking place regarding verifying validity of any possible accusations against BZ, they were disinvited and this is all that WBF intends to do in this matter'

Oct. 2, 2015
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The Polish Bridge Union has just issued a statement, confirming the submission of the following letter to WBF:

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Mr Gianarrigo Rona
World Bridge Federation President

Dear Mr President,
In reference to our meeting dd. 27th. of Sept. the PBU kindly asks to explain the reason of withdrawing the invitation to Cezary Balicki - Adam Żmudziński pair from the “Bermuda Bowl” 2015 in Chennai.

At the same time the PBU declares the full cooperation with the WBF to clarify the situation.

Please, take into account the importance of these matters for the Polish Bridge community.

We would ask you to respond within the short period of time.

On behalf of the Polish Bridge Union


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There is some more information on the timing of the development of the story here:

http://www.pzbs.pl/component/content/article/6-wydarzenia/2926-komunikat-zg-w-sprawie-wycofania-pary-balicki-zmudzinski
Oct. 2, 2015
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Eric, could you tell us who is this X you are quoting? Who said - I fully believe BZ are completely clean, B is the top guy I'd like my daughter to marry, etc.? None of the Poles present here on BW said anything remotely resembling that. So `telling a nice story' is not relevant at all.
Sept. 30, 2015
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> Of course it doesn't

Thank you. I had thought that discussing someone's unpleasant character has nothing to do with banning a pair from playing in bridge championships (whether rightly or wrongly), but then life is always full of surprises.
Sept. 30, 2015
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Brad,

I think (as written above) that this story shows an example of unpleasant and unwelcome behaviour.

But maybe you would show some integrity and tell us whether the fact someone boasts of playing a hand of which he read somewhere/heard from a friend confirms that this person is cheating at bridge competitions or not?

Sept. 30, 2015
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> It is not normal to lie about playing a hand you did not play. twice. it is not and reflects badly on anyone who does it.

Full agreement with that - it is unpleasant and unwelcome behaviour. And Mariano's post was abusive and should be deleted.

This does not change my earlier point at all.
Sept. 30, 2015
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With all due respect - this story (which I can easily believe, and which must have been a frustrating disappointment to the author) has absolutely zip to do with cheating allegations.
Sept. 30, 2015
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