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Danny Kleinman's Bridge Scandal in Houston (4th ed, 2005) is a detailed and fascinating account of the affair.
July 4
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In a Bridge World editorial of the mid-70s, Edgar Kaplan described how, during a US National, he was taken aside by experts who complained bitterly about a pair (I am guessing, Sion-Cokin)… in subsequent Nationals, the cheats and the complainers were on the same team.
July 3
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It's a fact that some people have no shame.
July 3
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We are as one.
June 27
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I have not discussed this with the WBF… I see no reason why they should change their policy of not replying to my emails.

Edit: typo
June 26
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Surely a device that delivers an increasing electrical shock for wrong answers would be more effective…
June 17
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My comment was a weak attempt at humour… will do better next time.
June 15
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And, FWIW, I could, and did, teach my relays to non-bridgepayers in under 20 mins.
June 15
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Yes.

For independent verification, check with Brad Coles, currently editor of Australian Bridge.
June 15
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The Q lead is into a possible KJ10(x)?

Why did partner not lead something else and hold onto his major-suit tenace?

I am with the late and great Don Evans (unofficially voted best player of the 1964 Olympiad):

“Take the Q. Place it under the ashtray. Lead on from the remaining cards fir as long as possible.”
June 15
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I am not amazed this got past the BW censor. Its origins being English, it can therefore have neither interest or meaning to anyone.

That said, the OED dates its use back to the 1950s, meaning “foolish person” derived from the older slang nigmenog - “a very silly fellow”, c1700
June 15
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Walter Buller lives.
June 15
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In 80's Australia, relay players (of which I was one, playing a method measurably superior to Symmetric Relay or Ultimate Club) would put dummy down after partner's accurate explanation of dummy's holding, and before the opening lead.
June 15
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This sort of auction was not super-rare in the rubber game at the Double Bay Bridge Centre in Sydney.

I myself had this auction, at 60-on:

1NT* 2NT**
3NT*** 4NT****
6NT*****

and no one thought the auction was at all strange.

* 14-21
** Quantitative slam try
*** I have a max; did you overlook the part-score?
**** No, did you?
***** No
June 15
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Here is the original article:

http://www.bridgebum.com/grosvenor.php
June 12
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In the 1982 NOT qualifying, my team made a doubled grand slam in each room for 24 imps in.

That was the same year that a deal burnt me so badly, I will never again try a heroic underlead of a long, solid suit in order to get a ruff.
June 8
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TMPSiB was written by Reese, published in 1978.
June 4
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Master Play was the name given to the US edition of The Expert Game.

Reese was not at all happy with Coffin's additions to his book.
June 3
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George Rapee, on how he likes to play bridge:
“An Equanil, two dexies and I'm ready to swing”
June 1
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