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Been there, done that.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/newsweek-speaks/
Sept. 28, 2015
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Hank may like being referred to as “Hunk,” but I assure you that is not the case. :)
Sept. 28, 2015
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If I qualified for the Bermuda Bowl and, upon arrival, was told that I had been “disinvited” by the Credentials Committee, you can bet your last dollar that I would be screaming loud and long about why. Any player that makes it to this level has the approval of his or her local organization and NBO and, presumably, no objection from the WBF. But on arrival to be told that he or she is no longer welcome in the event? There had better be some very good reason. The WBF Credentials Committee may be within its rights to disinvite a player for no reason, but as a practical matter it cannot do that. No one would stand for it.
Sept. 28, 2015
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Does anyone have a copy of the language on an ACBL entry form? That might answer Mike's question.
Sept. 28, 2015
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There is something to be said for that.
Sept. 28, 2015
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You are playing with a robot. While I don't know what 5NT means to the robot, I know for sure it is not bid suits up the line.
Sept. 25, 2015
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Adam: We could get into a long discussion of the opinions that you set forth above.

Innocent until proven guilty is a concept of criminal law. While FS may be deemed to be criminals in the bridge sense, this is not a criminal proceeding. Suspending them from all bridge activities under the auspices of the IBF while the case is pending against them is entirely appropriate. They are not being deprived of their liberty - they are merely being deprived of their ability to play bridge. Furthermore, it is at least partly within their power to speed up the proceedings. It is counsel for FS that asked for more time to prepare their case.

Analogizing their suspension to keeping criminal suspects behind bars is not accurate. Accused criminals are entitled to bail (with the possible exception of capital crimes). There is no concept that it is better to keep innocent people behind bars rather than allow criminals to “run free.” If anything, that is an anathema.
Sept. 25, 2015
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Anyone familiar with legal proceedings knows that this type of order is not uncommon. FS asked for more time and the Special Ethics Committee granted them more time. Presumably, the exact length of the additional amount of time granted will be disclosed shortly.

Reading into the grant of additional time to prepare a proper defense that this shows any bias for FS on the part of the Committee or any unwillingness to proceed is completely unfounded.

There is a lot at stake here for all concerned, and proceeding slowly, while annoying to those of us who want this resolved ASAP, is the right course of action.
Sept. 24, 2015
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I disagree. North does not have a perfect-fitting total maximum. If North held the Q instead of the J and no Q he would have a perfect-fitting total maximum and game would be on a 3-2 heart break at worst.
Sept. 22, 2015
Art Korth edited this comment Sept. 22, 2015
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I would make a 3 game try with the South hand.
Sept. 22, 2015
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While it is true that New Jersey casinos cannot bar you for being a card counter, they can toss you out for being an undesirable person. And that is what they do with card counters.
Sept. 9, 2015
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This used to be a staple of Creights. However, since so many people know the rules of Creights it is sort of pointless not to reveal them now.
Sept. 8, 2015
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Cheating is an illness. And it is addictive. I doubt that any penalty will deter cheaters from continuing to cheat.

Also, cheaters who have not yet been caught believe that they will never be caught. So, again, the punishment for being caught cheating is not relevant, as cheaters don't believe that they will ever be caught.
Sept. 5, 2015
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Ed: I did not say that this is the law. I said that this is a basic rule that players follow. I understand that the law is that you NEVER touch another player's cards. As a practical matter, if a player asks to see my cards I allow it and I occasionally ask to see another player's cards, and almost without exception the answer is “certainly.”

I would be surprised if this procedure, while not following the letter of the law, is followed by almost all players.
Sept. 3, 2015
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I am extremely troubled by this incident, and I await the resolution. One of the basic rules in dealing with cards at the table is that one NEVER handles another player's cards without consent and certainly not without the player being present. Even if nothing untoward was intended, MP's handling of the board without the opponents being present has the appearance of impropriety. The fact that a fouled board resulted raises the stakes substantially.

Very troubling.
Sept. 3, 2015
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Permanent expulsion is the only remedy here.

Anything less is a joke.
Sept. 3, 2015
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Perhaps because we are not the ones to judge whether the “accused” are guilty? BW is not judge and jury, nor are the posters in this thread.
Aug. 28, 2015
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Al: I think you are looking into my post for something that is not there.
Aug. 26, 2015
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"Finally, of course, if I were to try cheating, I would randomly pick out half the boards and send signals on those. That way, I would be playing my normal, bad bridge on half the boards. Your committee says, ‘look at the spectacular success you had on board three,’ and I would say, ‘but look at the equally spectacular disaster I had on board 6. Surely, if I knew my partner’s heart holding, I would have…'”

Yes, this sounds like a way of cheating which would be more difficult to uncover and easier to justify if the player came under suspicion. But the psychology of cheating (you might call it a sickness) would eventually overcome the constraints. Once a cheater is successful at what he is doing some of the time, the urge to cheat all the time will lead to eliminating the safeguards. He believes he is invincible and will never be caught.
Aug. 26, 2015
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“As for so-called ‘Colonel Blimp’ doubles (showing four honors in the opponents' suit), when does that ever happen? Especially when the opponents open at the three or four level, or raise to that level.”

A couple of years ago at the GNT District Finals, the auction went 2 - 3 - 4 to my partner. Holding AKQJ of hearts and other stuff, he decided to bid 6, which unhappily did not succeed.

When the dummy hit, I somewhat facetiously stated “Do you think you could have beaten 4?”
Aug. 25, 2015
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