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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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Julius Linde posted elsewhere on BW:

“The Bergedorfer Zeitung held an interview with Wladow.

According to this interview,

- Wladow denies the allegations,
- Wladow questions the lawfulness of the trial,
- Wladow and the German bridge Federation (DBV)
already have appealed the verdict,
- and Wladow will bring this case to a Swiss court.

The DBV will present an official statement this Saturday at the last matchday of the German Bridge League.
Wladow/Elinescu are not going to play that weekend.

http://www.bergedorfer-zeitung.de/schwarzenbek/article126500035/Bridge-WM-Husten-oder-Kartentrick.html

Place your bets!

(And thanks to Julius for bringing this to our attention)
April 3, 2014
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Good hand, good story, with something to think about.

Thanks for posting.
April 3, 2014
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And for anyone who missed it, the evidence dossier:
http://newinbridge.com/system/files/news/pdf/excel-sheet.pdf
April 3, 2014
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Thanks for posting this… would you like to place a copy here:
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/cheating-in-bali/ ?

I think Mr Passell (and many others) will be unimpressed!
April 3, 2014
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At this moment, you can see in the poll above that 97% of 235 voters want the title stripped from cheats and their teammates.

It may “may little difference in my opinion” but the great majority clearly think otherwise.

Furthermore, it certainly makes a difference to Roger Bates, Garey Hayden, Marc Jacobus, Carolyn Lynch, Mike Passell and Eddie Wold; they have been denied a world title that is rightfully theirs.

Bobby Levin wrote elsewhere on BW:
“Of course in my opinion Mike and the entire Lynch team deserve the Gold Medal. My fingers are crossed, and if it happens it will be the coolest thing I've ever seen.” and I am sure many share that sentiment.

As for Sontag and Weichsel, this is a comment on Mr French's blog, posted some a three and a bit years ago:

“Hi Cam,

For obvious reasons I cannot post this in a public domain with my name. If you choose you may publish it anonymously.

I know Peter and Alan well and consider them friends. Why they will not give up that title remains a mystery to me, and many within the expert community. I suppose it is ego. You asked them to, called upon them to act and they respond with hostility. You are shaking the tree and more than a few coconuts have fallen out. You are good at tree-shaking, time to move on.

It is dangerous territory where you are venturing, and you are making some people very nervous.

Yes, of course they should have renounced Norfolk years ago, but when you keep calling for that, you alienate everyone. It is over. Why go back there? Let it slide. I say this to you as a friend, yes you are right, and now – let it go. They will never renounce. You have said what needed to be said.

You need to move on.”

Sontag-Weichsel don't sound like “victims” to me, the more so for telling Mr French to eff off when the spotlight was turned on. And it's a strange fact that Sontag partnered Sion in later years.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19840804&id=jxUyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nKUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4463,1561944

Would YOU want to keep a trophy won with cheats? Of course not.

Will we ever see an Elinescu-Herrmann pairing? Of course not.
April 3, 2014
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And to be fair to the initial poster, Mr Fonzo, his opening paragraph was:

“I will report this story as I understand the facts. Since it's a compilation of input from several sources, one or more bits may be less that gospel on the matter. If you are able to clarify or correct any part of this, please do so.”
April 2, 2014
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Paul Elstein: “Since nobody seems to know all of the facts in this situation, maybe everyone should just calm down and wait for more definitive information.”

Did you not see the posting below by Bruce Rogoff, who was at the table?

“For anyone interested in the facts of this case: Dano… took a few drags of his E-cig… a director saw Dano puffing the thing. She told him the rules and that he'd be penalized if he did it again… she saw him do it again so she returned to the table to assess a 3 IMP penalty.”

That's definitive enough for me.
April 2, 2014
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In Australia in the late 90s we had an instance where a pair called the director on a teammate for suspected “illegal activity”. Said teammate was found guilty of cheating and lying to a committee in attempt to cover up.
April 2, 2014
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According to the official ruling, Elinescu-Wladow have 20 days from the 22nd Mar to appeal. The title can hardly be taken away until the appeal procedures have been exhausted. Imagine the furore if (however unlikely) an appeal found them innocent!

There is reason to suppose the WBF will act then; I wrote elsewhere on BW that I found this on a Cameron French blog entry:

“Bobby Wolff proposed to the WBF that all titles and masterpoints accrued by convicted cheaters be stricken from their record retroactively for as long as they played as a partnership. This applies to team mates as well. The WBF adopted this motion…”

http://cam.bridgeblogging.com/2010/02/12/how-long-has-this-been-goin-on/
April 2, 2014
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Yes, truly amazing. I am sure the vast majority of players would rather hang on to a lump of plutonium than keep a trophy won with cheating teammates.

If you have some spare time, Mr French's detailed and unique research into this extraordinary story starts here:
http://cam.bridgeblogging.com/2008/04/06/collateral-damage-i/

Of particular interest are the comments that follow each entry.

And I agree with Mr French that the story is relevant today; the WBF's actions in the Elinescu-Wladow scandal were commendably efficient and I have no doubt that they learnt a lot from contemplation of the poor handling of the affairs of ‘65, ’75 and '79.

As we say in Australia (in a different and more sombre domain), “Lest we forget”.
April 2, 2014
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I am NOT and never will be a follower of Dean's. It so happens that I clicked Follow by accident while wishing to click Ignore. I clicked Unfollow a second later, a fact that Dean “overlooked”.

Dean is the only serial pest on this site; the only person who comes here not to enhance their bridge knowledge but to engage in bombastic, bigoted rants.

Here is a an ode to the magisterial glory of Dean Pokorny that was stripped from Wikipedia(!), it being not of the required standard:
“Pokorny was born in Rijeka, Croatia, and is now known as the foremost bridge theorist in the Balkans. His bridge style is efficient, calculating and merciless. A feared opponent, often tagged the ‘Harvester of Equity’ (HOE), Pokorny has countless bridge successes. A true altruist, Pokorny is often seen playing with weak but talented partners as he tries to further their bridge careers at the expense of personal glory.”

Goodness! I wonder what dry, impartial analyst wrote that? I guess we will never know. In any event, if you needed evidence that DP is a few cards short of a deck, there it is.

I am delighted to say that if DP has any reply I will never see it. He is the only person I have put on Ignore.
April 1, 2014
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No prob… Anyway,it's better to count 14-12 at BW than at the table…
April 1, 2014
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This does a Google search for German sources in the last week; nothing much at the moment but keep trying…

https://www.google.de/#cr=countryDE&q=elinescu+wladow&tbs=ctr:countryDE,qdr:w

April 1, 2014
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No score. The deal shown has 12 diamonds and 14 spades.
April 1, 2014
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I, too, found the auction after four passes to be more than a little strange, but we were expressly forbidden to discuss the bidding…
April 1, 2014
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