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You are on the right track… if/when I dig up sufficient information, I will write an article about this matter.

To nit-pick, I used “secret service” in a more general sense, rather than referring specifically to the US Secret Service.

From wikipedia:
A secret service is a government agency, intelligence agency, or the activities of a government agency…

Meanwhile, I think the CIA is as likely to release its file on Smilde as the WBF is to release a copy of the Burgay Tape.
Sept. 15
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Meanwhile, Sartaj Hans wrote here:
http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/slap-in-the-face/

The WBF President said words to the effect - Per other Olympic sports, only the titles won post the date when the athlete was proven to be cheating can be stripped. We have followed this in bridge. So all the pre-2014 results are retained as valid.

This is nutty beyond words. How many bridge cheats are playing *after* they have been found to be cheating?

Meanwhile, in this article, we see that regulations can be ignored after “representation” and “expressing views”.


Sartaj wrote:

In 2011, an Australian team lost the finals of the World Transnationals to a team from Israel.

Some of the hands from the match have been documented here.

Lotan Fischer and Ron Schwartz are clear convicted cheats.


So if that Australian team “expresses its views” and “makes a representation”, will they be declared the winners?
Sept. 15
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Yes, Roelof Smilde, 1964 Olympiad.

He was a vigorous anti-Vietnam war opponent and his visa to the US was refused. Some Big Names in Australia used their influence and his visa was granted.

And when he got to NYC, the trouble started…
Sept. 15
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Hint two: The player concerned was Australian
Sept. 15
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Here is Nicolas's site: http://www.cheatinginbridge.com/

I have read his book. He names players that his analysis identifies as cheats; these are the same players as were “outed” by Brogeland.

There are many instances of “a European pair” and “an American pair”. If I understand correctly, his methodology identifies these as cheating pairs.

There is nothing “suggestive” about it, and I very much doubt that “good faith” would save Nicolas from lawsuits, should he name those pairs.

I think it's important appreciate the gross self-entitlement and amorality of the socio/psychopaths… that they knew they were guilty would not stop them from suing for defamation.
Sept. 14
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It's not as simple as “people drawing their own conclusions”.

http://bridgecheaters.com/?page_id=339

We see there that demands were made for Brogeland to pay Fisher-Schwartz US$1m. The fact is, whistleblowers are taking a risk.

We have seen Fantoni-Nunes and Elinescu-Wladow successfully take legal action, even though no sane bridgeplayer could examine the evidence and find them innocent.

Dishonest bridgeplayers and well-paid lawyers are a formidable force. If Nicolas were to state that x, y and z were cheating pairs based upon some analysis of data, it is entirely possible he would end up in court.

That said, I have made it plain in writing that I believe all “classic” Blue Team players were using illicit signals. No word from Forquet, Garozzo, Siniscalco, FIGB or the WBF.

Funny, that.
Sept. 14
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I think that, for better or worse, Nicolas followed the advice of his lawyers…
Sept. 14
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Dr Google says…

https://www.amazon.co.uk/BUSTER-KEATON-HIMSELF-BRIDGE-PLAYER/dp/B00817Z5W2

https://timelesshollywood.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/the-great-stone-face-buster-keaton/
He was even a world class bridge player.

From the book, “Buster Keaton Interviews”, p234:
He is an avid bridgeplayer…

From “Buster Keaton: The Persistence of Comedy”:
When he set out to learn bridge he became a champion bridgeplayer

www.busterkeaton.org/Eleanor
But Eleanor Norris had a secret desire. She was determined to learn to play bridge. Although she knew nothing of his silent movie career, she had been told that Buster Keaton sure did know how to play bridge. So she went over to his house to learn the game.

www.moviejawn.com/home/2018/11/8/the-great-buster
…Buster Keaton was in fact an amazing bridge player…
Sept. 14
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Not close.

Hint: It is possible (and I am researching this matter) that the host country's secret service attempted to murder the player concerned.
Sept. 14
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Trivia Time:

Who was the first player, who was a member of his country's official representative team, to be refused a visa for entry into the country hosting the world championship?
Sept. 14
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Yes, a heart return is awkward… the “Hx” play.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/on-hx-and-benitos-secret/
Sept. 13
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Meanwhile, ancient fossils such as I recall green tablecloths… that is why I have never gone wrong when looking at a BW hand diagram.
Sept. 13
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Nick is 100% right; the WBF has engaged in many cover-ups and has zero interest in outing cheats or rescinding titles.

WBF President Ortiz-Patino, while conducting a faux hearing into Facchini-Zucchelli, spoke to Bobby Wolff about “minimizing the scandal”… shortly after, all the evidence against F-Z vanished, never to be seen again (like the Burgay Tape and the Gerber Letter).

Even the board numbers where Keidan observed foot-tapping have been kept secret.


I am aware that there are people who find what I write about Blue Team days to be dull and repetitive. Well, the authorities hate vocal protests. They hate the spotlight, they hate having their dishonesty exposed, they hate being called to account.

For that reason, I'm not going to stop, and I hope there are many more shocking articles like Sartaj's and many more informed comments like Nick's.

Maybe, post-Boye, if a large number of people had buttonholed their friendly local WBF rep and demanded both answers and action, or thousands of people had flooded the inbox of the WBF Secretary (who has NEVER replied to one of my emails) and other WBF officials, maybe we would have seen some change.

It is my opinion that until life is made uncomfortable for the WBF officials, they will be content with slogans that that stood them in good stead since 1958:

- Don't rock the boat
- Business as usual
- Minimize the scandal
Sept. 13
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You are correct that it's a tricky area…

A vague early thought is that leading the highest card should be a “don't ruff” signal.
Sept. 12
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I am away from my library, so I am writing from (possibly-inaccurate) memory.

In Kelsey's “More Killing Defence at Bridge”, every second chapter is on discards. If I recall correctly, he covers the subject of pseudo-squeezes.

Of course, in his earlier work (“Killing Defence at Bridge”), every second chapter is on counting, so you are correct to be working on that topic.
Sept. 10
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3NT is not my choice… 3 is de facto fourth-suit forcing.
Sept. 9
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Agree.

5 shows diamonds, letting us know what to do over 5. Maybe this is a double-fit hand…

x AKxxxx KQxxx x
Sept. 9
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Maybe you should worry a whole lot less about what other people think.

Bertrand Russell:
Never give advice to the young, for the things worth knowing are learnt by doing and not by being told.

Get on with things, make your mistakes your way and learn from them. Just like everybody else.

Yes, in matters of expertise and technique, seek wisdom; in matters of behaviour and ethics, sort things out yourself.
Sept. 8
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