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Also the Pula festival has turned invitational with a nice post on facebook. Look it up.
Feb. 18
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Hi All,

My take from this:

a) some of the cheaters, currently banned, have committed cheating offenses more than once. For these individuals, the “second chance” arguments is of course of the table…should they be permitted a third or fourth chance?! I think not. Who cares if they committed their cheating offenses in other jurisdictions?

b) A MUST condition in order to even consider readmitting cheating player(s) is for them to disclose fully and completely their cheating methods. Some of you may find this not too important - I beg to differ. This will be the beginning of showing remorse by the cheaters; it will also help to monitor and prevent future cheatings. When the statement regarding Mr. Lanzarotti states that he showed regret for his actions - well, sorry, that's not good enough for me…I also want him to disclose copmpletely and fully how and to what extent his partenr and him have cheated in the past - one would have to be naive to think that these guys only cheating method was a 3-finger pointing on how to play a specific hand right?

c) If it is not clear by now - I TOTALLY object to readmitting cheating playes back to the game…unless in very specific and exceptional cases.
Dec. 12, 2018
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Kit,
South though (I presume) that his partner will lead a diamond anyway. Remember that he doubled 4D. All I am saying is that North has a diamond lead regardless of his partner actions…I fail to see a hand, in this auction, upon which a diamond lead will give away the 13th trick.
Dec. 5, 2018
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Sorry Kit, I don't get it…

If South doubles - why does this show specifically the DA rather than, for example, the CLA?

I would have led a Diamond btw. Not because I am a Monday morning quarterback, but just because I think that D is unlikely to sell the contract. If it sells a trick, I believe it will be declarer's 15th or 16th trick. That's all.
Dec. 5, 2018
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Maybe South logic was like that:
Partner doubled 4D so he is probably gonna lead a diamond anyway (for example, he could have had KQ or QJ in D's rather than the actual layout of KJ)…so if I double, maybe this will show that I DON'T want a diamond lead.

Even if his logic is flawed (which I am not sure it is btw), remember that he is a client, not a pro-caliber player as I understnad it.
Dec. 5, 2018
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I am curious what, for example, Boye Brogeland thinks about Levin-Grue's decision to appeal.
Dec. 2, 2018
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I would just say this - some people have no shame.
Aug. 17, 2018
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Hi Ante!

We started to analyze all your data, and it's a real eye-openner. Great work! We discovered, for example, that we (that is, my partner and I) won many IMP's when we were NV…and we believe we know why. And there is many other useful information out there.

Again, thanks!
June 23, 2018
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Thank you Roy!
Appreciate it.
June 18, 2018
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Thanks Lars
June 18, 2018
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First, congrats to Norway, the deserved winners.

This Championship was (almost) a dream come through and one that I, personally, will never forget.

Heart-breaking to come up short so close to the finish line, but we had an AMAZING experience and a great tournament, considering the fact that there was actually no Israeli team until about a week from the start of the tournament and that we had to play four-handed for large part of the tournament.

4 years after its lowest point in Opatija, Israeli bridge received its redemption.
June 18, 2018
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Martin was a dear and loving friend of the state of Israel. He visited our international bridge festivals in Tel-Aviv and Eilat many times.

A great bridge author, a great bridge player and one of the fastest, and most importantly, a true gentleman - on and off the table.

RIP.
May 16, 2018
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Shouldn't declarer just cash a top diamond in the end and end play West? I mean, East is marked with 5431…so cashing the Jack (regardless which 3rd diamond East has) seems like the clear choice.
March 18, 2018
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Paul,

A great summary. Both amusing and disturbing…I should add to the bill 150 Euros for having to fix a flat tier (because didn't pay attention and our rental car hit one of the sidewalks in the “parking field” you've mentioned).
June 27, 2017
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I have a board…from the Open Pairs Finals last session. Declarer was Andrew Robson who needs no introductions.

He held as dealer:

A
AQJXXX
-
KJ10XXX

Btw, this was not the only 6-6 hand from the Finals.
Anyway, he opened 1H, next hand (me) overcalled 2D, and it comes back to him with PASS-PASS. He bid 4CL, PASS, 4H by his partner and all PASS.

Opening lead was DK (asking for count usually), and dummy has this:

XXXXX
9X
QXXX
XX

First trick goes: DK, small from dummy, D2 from my partner (probably showing odd (3) number of cards), and Robson ruffed.
At trick two, after long thought, he played the CL10 from hand…knocking out my singleton CLA. Contract cannot be defeated anymore (I switched to spades, taken by Andy's ace and he then played the CLJ from hand).

This was my hand:

QXX
KXX
AKJXXX
A

4H made was approximately 92% for Robson and his partner. Most declarers went down in this contact, some of them even went 2-3 down doubled (you lose control of the hand if you play CLK from hand at some points).
June 27, 2017
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I agree with David completely. The conditions were a disgrace.
Also would like to add that I still fail to understand why the lunch break was after 1 match/1 session in the morning. Seems more reasonable to me if it was after 2 matches/session.
June 27, 2017
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I find this video astonishing.
March 8, 2017
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My bet is that they won't go to court, and even if they do…they are headed for a big surprise, and not in favor of them.
Feb. 17, 2017
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“Then we all pay”.

Haven't we already paid enough? All these years during which IBF members paid their share of dues…including for training and financing Juniors and Open Championships in which this pair participated (under Israeli flag of course).

I wonder what more should happen and how much more embarrassment should we all share in order for you (and others) to understand that such repeated collusive cheating cannot be tolerated.
Feb. 17, 2017
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Thank you dear:)
Feb. 17, 2017
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