Join Bridge Winners
All comments by Avon Wilsmore
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ... 128 129 130 131
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Sorry, my books are in Thailand while I'm in AU.
I can give the full deal in 5 1/2 weeks…
4 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
1958 Bowl, Italy v Argentina.

A heart lead gets a ruff for down one, partner having AQx.

And that's what Siniscalco led….
10 hours ago
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Was 3, by arrangement, a slam try?
Dec. 6
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Good question.

Maybe a week ago I ordered a “first edition” of Mollo's book so I could see for myself… if there's any variation I will let you know.
Dec. 4
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
“Expert Bridge Simplified” (Jeff Rubens) may be a match, but I'm going off memory of 10 years ago, so no guarantees.

https://www.bridgeworld.com/indexphp.php?page=/pages/bookstore/itemdetailpages/itemdetailpage_1646.html
Dec. 3
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
As well, if East has three diamonds, some of the time, West will raise.
Dec. 2
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I, too, play:
After penalty double, all subsequent doubles are penalties.

When talking to Australian players, I hear that this marks me as some sort of low-life pervert.
Dec. 1
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Correct.

Having bid 1, 3 is wrong; partner will look at, say, Qx favourably, and x as a bad holding.
Nov. 30
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
So, to return to the first deal Mr Yates discusses…

1963 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 124. They are vul
Belladonna
A5 9 K10976 K10732

P 1 P 1NT
?

Belldonna tried a most successful 2, Avarelli having a good 5-3-1-4.


That deal is an interesting match for:
1957 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 101. They are vul
Avarelli
K82 KJ1095 A8543

1 P 2 ?

Avarelli's 3 choice was even more suitable, for GB had a 4-5-0-4. (At the other table, Leventritt didn't have to guess anything; he bid 2NT)


So, are we seeing a principle at work here? Bid the lower suit, in order to be able to run if needed?

Maybe… after all consider this:

1963 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 45. Both vul.
D'Alelio
5 QJ3 K9843 AQ75

1H ?

D'Alelio chose 2. Partner was 1-3 in the minors. How wise!


But… what was going on here?

1957 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 86. You are vul.
D'Alelio
AJ7 7 K9643 K987

1 ?

This time, D'Alelio chose 2.
Partner's minors: AQx C! 10xx.

Puzzling!


But, I think we become less puzzled when we see:

1968 Olympiad Final, board 59. Neither vul
Pabis-Ticci
K J8743 J KQJ1082

P P P 1S
P 1NT ?

1969 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 72. Neither vul.
Forquet
Q J7654 AJ10532 A

2* ?
* Precision

In each case, the overcaller chose 2. In each case, partner had a singleton in the long minor and four hearts to two top honors.


Can we see a pattern here?

Yes. Bid what matches partner's hand.


Indeed, that was the theme of my article:
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/the-talk-that-never-was-the-blue-team-rule/

The Blue Team Rule:
When selecting a bid or lead, the choice is made by direct reference to partner's holding, in terms of lengths, shortages, range and ace-count.

I am unable to understand how anyone can read that article and not have the gravest of reservations.


Mr Yates:
…comments such as “The Italians had a habit of making lucky guesses” would not be accepted as evidence in a court of law - except to establish bias on the part of the speaker.

Ron Klinger:
Even without necessarily knowing the method of cheating, it can be detected by inconsistent actions on equivalent holdings and constant success with offbeat and dubious actions. Leading an unsupported ace and regularly hitting partner’s singleton tests the bounds of credulity. Similarly, leading from a king-high holding and constantly finding partner with the ace or queen is success well beyond expectation.
Nov. 30
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
For fifty years at the Double Bay Bridge Centre, one could play Blackwood and Stayman and get to watch Tim Seres remarkable cardplay skills…
Nov. 29
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
We agree. I am aware that, as regards W-E, the poor DBV was put through the wringer. Most regrettable.

I wish DBV all the best in the future.
Nov. 29
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Très chic!
Nov. 29
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Well, I guess I could use either my profile on file with the CIA or ASIO… and no, I'm not joking.
Nov. 29
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
We see: Fantoni, Lanzarotti, Buratti, Nunes and Vivaldi.

Amusingly, in a perverted sort of way, Sr Lo Presti was playing. He was declarer in the infamous 2015 “Blackout” (Nunes' DA and ruff) deal.
Nov. 29
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I agree that W-E's “progress” is sickening. The law is an ass's ass.

I considered including them in my article, but chose to focus on those pairs uncovered by Brogeland and others.
Nov. 29
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
1 - 2 is the most damaging simple overcall; when the next player has values and 4-2 in the majors, he is stuck.

So do it.
Nov. 29
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Don't forget that Goren's market was the novice/improver class. When he says “… no matter what…”, I'm sure that was not meant to be a definitive statement of the Reese/Ottlik type.
Nov. 29
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I believe the “first class team” was Jordan-Robinson and Truscott-Truscott.

I referred to them in an article:
http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/on-the-actions-of-administrators/

In the early 70s, an American team, Jordan - Robinson, Truscott - Truscott, came to Australia to play some exhibition matches. The captain was Alfred Sheinwold.

It came to pass that there was an appeal, and Sheinwold was asked his opinion as to the merit of this appeal.

AS: Yes, yes, I see. Very interesting. Well, in America we have a word, a technical term, to describe this sort of thing. I don't know, perhaps you don't have this technical term in Australia. Perhaps it's only used in America.

Sheinwold was asked what this word was.

AS: The word is, BULLSHIT!
Nov. 28
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I don't doubt that it may be wiser to settle than stay the distance… may the Lord grant me such wisdom.

However, there is more to it than a cover-up of cheating, and that is, if the truth were to have come out, it would show that a high-level bridge appeals committee knowingly made false findings. A very serious matter in the bridge world, of little/no interest to outsiders.

It is my opinion that we see this happening twice:

- Schneider-Reithoffer and Facchini-Zucchelli were observed cheating by external parties (unless one believes that what Truscott wrote about being co-opted by O-P is a fabrication)

- Committees were convened and found S-R and F-Z not guilty of cheating

- S-R and F-Z ended their representative careers at that point as a part of a covert deal

- If the facts came out, the false findings of the committees (EBL and WBF) would become apparent

- If Truscott spoke, or the WBF didn't suppress the specifics of the six F-Z deals that Keidan observed, the cat would be out of the bag and the fur would fly


So, there is, in my view, quite possibly more to the matter than saving costs; namely, covering-up bridge corruption that was used to “minimize the scandal”.

Don't forget, the (bridge) stakes were high:

Truscott, above:
Reithoffer was the president of the Austrian Federation, and in overall charge of the tournament organization and hospitality. An open accusation and condemnation might have resulted in the hosts closing down everything, leaving the European Championships unfinished.

Logan Daily News, 27 January 1975:
The World Bridge Federation called a meeting to consider the accusation and temporarily rescheduled the match for this afternoon. However, the Italian team said it would quit the tournament if the two players were suspended.
Nov. 28
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Viewing some of these comments at 06:30 PC (Pre-Coffee) has put me in a sourer wake-up mood than usual, should that be possible.

doubling Meredith when he had bid spades was not necessarily anti-percentage.

I can't say that I place any great faith in an unsubstantiated account alleging a speculative double.

Meredith, was known to have a predilection for bidding the spade suit…



The writers seem to overlooked:

Watching the Austrians, Patiño noted… After sorting their hands, Schneider and Reithoffer would invariably hold the cards in a block on the table, either vertically or horizontally Sometimes the left hand was used, and sometimes the right. Sometimes the cards were angled, with a rocking motion.

After taking notes and analyzing them carefully in private, Ortiz-Patiño broke the code. The movements were ace-showing, and when he returned to watch he could predict the aces held by either player without being able to see the cards.

…He showed me the code and I stood in the audience behind Reithoffer. Looking at the hand positions, I could predict accurately which aces the two players held.



Clearly, an examination of one hand against one player in one match has little standing against what we see in bold above. If true (that a person could predict ace-count by the player's hand-gestures), then we have a bona fide case of cheating on our hands.

I believe a similar event occurred with Sion-Cokin; people given the code could identify the players unseen holdings.


Graham is on the right track:
… I do wonder what you mean when you question Truscott's reliability. Do you think he could have made the whole thing up, or are you questioning his claim that he could accurately predict the number of aces in hands he could not see? Or something else?

…Presumably it is possible to check with a reasonable degree of accuracy whether the Austrian pair really did play together again.


Here are their placings in European Championships:
Second in 1951 and 1957, and third in 1952, 1954 and 1956.

I can find no record of either playing again; particularly strange given Schneider's reputation as one of the greatest cardplayers. He (1904-1977) was not an old man in 1957.


Furthermore, Truscott's book was published 2002 in while O-P died in 2013. Does anyone really think that nothing would have been done about a detailed lunatic fabrication?

I have a strong suspicion that some people's love of being a nay-sayer over-rode their critical thinking.
Nov. 27
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ... 128 129 130 131
.

Bottom Home Top