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I wrote in a BW poll recently:

Edgar Kaplan wrote a Bridge World editorial in the mid-late 70s where he expressed some surprise at being button-holed by players who complained bitterly about being cheated in a major event by a particular pair… and EK later saw the two pairs on the same team. He was of the view that the ACBL was not so reliable when it came to policing the game and ethical players should boycott those of whom they had the gravest of doubts.

From the timing of Kaplan's comment I am guessing the suspect pair he was referring to was Katz-Cohen.
April 12, 2014
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From the bridge column of The Spectator, 12th Apr:

“The news that two German doctors have been found guilty of cheating at the world bridge championships in Bali last year — by dint of some well-timed coughs — has made headlines around the world. In fact, no one on the international bridge scene is too surprised: Michael Elinescu (61) and Entscho Wladow (71) have had a reputation for cheating for some time.”

And, from The Guardian, an outsider's view of bridge and honesty:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/06/all-little-dishonest-cheating-bridge-step-too-far-david-mitchell
April 12, 2014
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Zia is certainly a legend in Sweden.

http://cam.bridgeblogging.com/2010/11/16/whats-goin-on/
April 12, 2014
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See Mr Lessard's earlier comment.
April 11, 2014
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Well, Ron, the matter is complex, the more so since regulations in this area are so weak.

If there are no degrees of cheating, perhaps there are classes:

- Open collusion
Pre-arranged illegal agreements, signalling a la Sion-Cokin, Moses Ma etc

- Covert collusion
Unspoken agreements; making explanations as unhelpful to the opponents as possible, a primary signal (attitude) is made quickly and is overridden by a slow signal (suit preference), etc

- Low-end bent behaviour
Staandard tricks that one sometimes sees in a club game:
various “BIT” offences, showing approval of partner's lead/switch, etc

- Renegade
Solo acts of dishonesty; Wayne Timms and Ken Warren stacking decks, Ken Gee peeking at unplayed hands etc

What is needed is more public discussion, more public awareness, and better regulation and procedures for dealing with these matters.
April 10, 2014
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Great post, Philippe.

Clearly, cheating has cost many players many titles and placings over the years, and in many instances the word was out for some time before the guillotine fell.

Glenn is right; when it comes to cheats, “whatever it takes” to “get them exposed”.
April 10, 2014
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I can think of four cases where a team has been very seriously disadvantaged through “doubtful” actions by their opponents. One case is, of course, the 2013 d'Orsi Trophy, currently the subject of much debate on BW. The others:

1. 1979 Men's BAM Teams

Discussion:
www.bridgeguys.com/Winners/BAM/1979BAM.pdf

Repeated calls for Sontag and Weichsel to give up their “win” have been rejected.

2. 1983 Bermuda Bowl

Discussion:
http://cam.bridgeblogging.com/2010/11/16/whats-goin-on/

http://cam.bridgeblogging.com/2010/12/12/dazed-and-confused/

After reading what a witness has to say, it may be that Zia, described recently in BW as a “great ambassador”, has a little work to do on his diplomatic skills.

3. 1990 Rosenblum Cup

Discussion
http://www.shenkinbridge.com/BridgeHands/ArticleDetails.aspx?articleID=103

From The Lone Wolff:
“…when the Canadian team got together they shared all sorts of stories they had heard about the whole incident, including one from the previous night in which the Germans were drinking and laughing about “those stupid Canadians not knowing the score”…”

Well, let us hope that the conclusion to the Bali affair is more satisfactory.
April 10, 2014
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A vugraph operator creates fictitious comments and attributes them to a player in real-time? That would be *most* peculiar.

As far as “information” goes, we have a whisker of supporting evidence if it is indeed the case that Z is now off the Fleisher team.

And it depends what you mean by “none of us”; Mr Garner was there and is a member of Bridge Winners. Maybe he will enlighten us…
April 8, 2014
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For sure and certain many of the long-term bridge cheats are psychopaths.

Dr Robert Hare, a world authority on psychopaths, says “They operate according to their own self-serving principle: look out for number 1, no matter what the cost to others, and without guilt or remorse.”

Further, psychopaths display “a virulent mix of personality traits and behaviors including:
- grandiosity
- sense of entitlement
- a propensity to lie, deceive, cheat, and manipulate
- a lack of empathy and remorse
- an inability to develop deep emotional and social connections with others
- the view that others are merely resources to be exploited - callously and without regret.”

The mantra of the psychopath is, “I can do whatever I like because other people just don't count”.
April 5, 2014
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We had a very tall player in Australia… I used to call him him The Metronome; he would sit bolt-upright and gently sway from side to side…
April 5, 2014
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Yes, impressive work by the author. Maybe someone here knows John Goacher and can talk him into joining BW…
April 5, 2014
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As mentioned before, detailed discussions here:

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/rosenblum-cup-flashback/
April 4, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment April 5, 2014
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You are right about the fingers. Out of idle curiosity I have been taking a quick look for some months during casual club duplicates to see how people hold their cards.

ZERO variation from four fingers, let alone altering the grip from deal to deal.



April 4, 2014
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Agree.

Related:
“Every country maintains that its own army is for defence, but all other armies are for attack.”
B Russell
April 4, 2014
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http://www.shenkinbridge.com/BridgeHands/ArticleDetails.aspx?articleID=103

"Terrible tragedy to lose a worlds championship this way"
April 4, 2014
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Dear Alan, Your comment has annoyed me immensely. I have pressed on “Like” repeatedly, but it only registers once.

(Two people have enquired as to what it was about Mr Graves' post that distressed me. Answer: nothing, and I will not attempt such feeble humour again. To clarify, I agree with Alan's comment.)
April 4, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment April 4, 2014
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Let's see a Reese apologist explain away the Oakie notes made in *1960*.

I will write more during the weekend, but for a starter here is what Oakie wrote in 1960, watching Schapiro;

Board Fingers
50 - 2
56 - 3
57 - 3
58 - 1
59 - 2
60 - 1

At that time Oakie knew nothing about the possibility of showing heart length. However, years later a comparison with the hand records was done. Guess what? A 1:1 correlation.

For years I thought that there must be two editions of Truscott's Great Bridge Scandal, one with the Oakie notes and one without. Having found out that the notes are there in all editions, I have concluded that some people cannot read.

April 3, 2014
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Initial thoughts are that this is good and useful work. I am looking forward to a closer examination during the w/end.
April 3, 2014
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More than defend in words; according to a news report the DBV has joined Wladow in an appeal. See a posting a few up for details.
April 3, 2014
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