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2140.

Partner has
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April 18
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Double of 2NT shows a takeout double of 2.
April 18
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Mr Damiani is correct, the matter of “will they be allowed” is up to the WBF, and is (I believe) decided on a case-by-case basis.

Alfred Sheinwold column, 1 October 1978:

When Italian bridge players elected new officers, Ortiz-Patiño met with them to work out a reconciliation. As a result, the WBF made all world championships invitational and did not invite some of the most famous players to the 1978 championships.
April 17
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Certainly Wolff's opinion is worth much more than mine… still, the rate and timing of Goren's unfortunate mental decline is uncertain.
April 16
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Mr Damiani,

Thank you for taking the time to answer questions.

Regarding the Burgay Tape affair of 1976-1978, Mr Ortiz-Patino reports in “The First 50 Years of the WBF”:

The following letter has been sent to the President of the Italian Bridge Federation, Professor Luigi Firpo:

“… The Management Committee deplores the manner in which the investigations of alleged serious improprieties have been handled by FIB and further that the undertakings of the FIB President given to the Executive in Monte Carlo have not been fulfilled.”

… Professor Luigi Firpo, President of the Italian Bridge Federation, undertook certain commitments to the WBF … To report in detail its findings and decisions together with full documentation including a certified copy of the tape to the European Bridge League and to the World Bridge Federation …

… the reports since submitted are inadequate to form a basis for any reasonable conclusion … the IBF has failed to meet the commitments … Further resolved that IBF membership in the WBF be temporarily suspended…



Mr Damiani:

- Did FIB ever submit a report with findings about the Burgay Tape?

- Did FIB ever “meet the commitments” that President Firpo made, regarding providing a certified copy of the tape to the EBL and WBF?

- If a FIB report was submitted, why was it kept secret, and what did it say?

- If a FIB report was not submitted, why was Italy's suspension removed?

- Where is the copy of the tape that was given to the WBF Executive Council?
April 16
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Fixed… thanks.
April 16
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What did partner have?
April 16
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Yes, a very good reason - poor editing on my part.

Fixed, thanks.
April 15
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Another point is, partner will never know that K is gold…

With xxx Axx Kxx xxxx he will pass 1NT.
April 13
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Nicolas:

Maybe it's worth talking to Bob Hamman; he arranged the publication of my book. I am aware that he took steps to deal with the possibility of legal action.
April 12
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You know, for a moment I was sure that the “Harris” must surely have referred to WBF General Counsel David Harris, who has made two notable quotes regarding Brogeland's 2015 efforts:


However, the WBF does not approve of the current lynch mob mentality and approach that is being utilised by a small number of people… The WBF will not tolerate cheating, neither will it stand by and watch kangaroo courts claim some legitimacy when they have none.


The bridge playing community generally has supported the method used to focus attention on a perceived problem of cheating…



Meanwhile, I cannot endorse the actions of the boycotters enough. We must stamp out cheating and, if the administrators' actions are insufficient, players must act.
April 12
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The Gadget Maker, Orval Swander, July 1976 Bridge World.

The Gadget Maker himself played 2NT as hearts and a minor…
April 12
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The fact is, the number of ways to pass information is large… prohibitions on a few of them will do little to deter the committed cheats.
April 9
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I have a vague memory of seeing a couple of Billy Rosen's hands written up… does anyone have any good hands to share?
April 9
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Well, I gather that for some players, they would not be performance-enhancing…
April 9
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Fine work.

From the Afterword of my book:

While writing, I would have the odd rest and pine for a SQL-like query language to interrogate a public database of world championship records. Crowd-sourced efforts paid big dividends during the 2015 Brogeland investigations and the ability to electronically-query past records would be most useful for those wishing to conduct research.

Now all I'd wish for is the missing Bermuda Bowl and Olympiad final records…
April 9
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Displaying more courage and fortitude than the average Englishman were Mario Franco (2nd, Bermuda Bowl 1951) and Serge Montorsi from Milan.

Roth and Stone played them a long high-stake game in two stages, winning both times.

The second stanza was of 100 rubbers; the margin was some 8300 points.

Franco was the inventor of screens (used in the 1956 Italian Teams Championships), so Roth and Stone had no concerns about his fidelity. The matches were played at a standard table.
April 9
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My “admonition” was driven by responses to other polls where people stated that the (in my view, most peculiar) answer they provided was given only because it was a poll.

I wonder if they would do the same if polled for information to determine an appeal.

FWIW, the pair concerned was playing basic Precision.
April 7
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…almost all the Bermuda Bowl Finals

Not many of the early ones…

1955, 1957, 1959, 1962, 1967, from the 50s and 60s.
April 5
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Not forcing.
April 3
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