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Clearly the Handys were not paying enough attention to the principle of “exceeding tolerance”.

Danny Kleinman, in an essay about Reese-Schapiro, wrote:

“To give and receive illicit signals in such a way as to escape detection and still show a profit is a delicate task. Few bridge players are up to it…”
March 19
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Don: You are quite right.

I have seen recent video of top-level events where a world-champion stood up and bellowed at his partner over the screen.

Nothing happened. Why? Well, sponsors were involved.

ZT is like taxes. “Only the little people pay taxes”.
March 17
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Down with TLAs!
March 17
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You are correct to seek clarification of Amir's meaning of “cheating”.

Fiddling about when RHO opens with 1NT, a pre-empt or whatever, in order to show values? Or, as you say, a violation of Law 73B2?

Formally-agreed collusive signalling must surely be slotted into a class of its own. I doubt that much of it goes on in club games
March 17
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http://www.worldbridge.org/people-finder/

M. Pascal has been a member of the WBF Executive Council since 2009.
March 16
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M. Pascal:

Thank you for telling us that “concrete progress is being achieved at all levels”. You may well be right that there is a “gap” between the standing of the progress and expert players' “perception”

I have an idea! The way that players' perceptions of what is being achieved can be made more accurate is to engage in a policy of information dissemination. If the WBF does something good and worthwhile, make it publicly known.

Mr WBF Official is a member of Bridge Winners; his last posting was in 2014. Why is this? Nothing of note to report? Too busy seeking Olympic accreditation?

Soon I will be releasing a book; a significant part of it concerns an unofficial WBF policy (in Ortiz-Patino's words): “Minimize the scandal”. It's a fact that cover-ups and secrecy have been standard WBF procedure since 1958.

For a fairly recent example, see Donna Compton's account:
http://www.pbb-webinars.com/behindthescenesgerman.html
and look for:
“One of the Committee members raised an eyebrow and said, “Video, what Video?””

We see that the WBF concealed critical information from a formal committee convened to hear charges of cheating.

If it is the case that, quite recently, the WBF has had a most refreshing change of policy, I am delighted.
March 15
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This is board 104 of the 1961 Bermuda Bowl Final.

The full deal is to be found in my upcoming book about the Blue Team.

I have a chapter that examines their slam leads. On this hand, as on many, many others, they lead the suit where partner has top honours… in this case, a club to partner's AKJ65

The slam is cold on any lead.
March 9
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Feb. 27
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Unlike the Oakie observations…
Feb. 24
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I am. I refer Mr Holmes to Danny Kleinman's essay on R-S at the 1965 Bermuda Bowl.

Towards the end:

“I find Reese’s Story of an Accusation to be a masterpiece of deception, containing erroneous representations of vulnerability conditions on at least two boards, many unsubstantiated characterizations of bids as ”normal“ when they aren’t, unnecessarily vague language, and frequent non-sequiturs.

I also think that Reese found it hard to conceal his contempt for Schapiro in writing this book. Schapiro seldom knew how to use illicit knowledge about heart length in the subtle ways in which it might have proved profitable. Instead his erratic bids often exceeded tolerance; and what’s worse, posed the toughest dilemmas for Reese, who was almost equally concerned to stay within tolerance and to profit from his knowledge of Schapiro’s heart length.”
Feb. 24
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JP: I have a suspicion you are mixing two books.

The Expert Game (Master Play, in the US) was Reese's great work on expert dummy play and defence.

Practical Bidding and Practical Play was created by taking a subset of hands from each of Play Bridge With Reese (over-my-shoulder dummy play problems) and Develop Your Bidding Judgement(over-my-shoulder bidding problems).
Feb. 24
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Axxx AQxx xxxx x

Jeff Rubens, in The Secrets of Winning Bridge:
When a perfect minimum makes game (slam) a laydown…
Feb. 19
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Gary is right. It's an elite club, sponsor-funded.
Feb. 14
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As for point three (“detail all that they know about other cheating players”), I do not understand this stuff about “Why would you believe them?”

A statement about what a cheating pair knows about other cheats is to be followed with, “What did you see and hear, and when, where and from whom? What hands can you show us? What is the basis for your opinions?”

The object of the questions is to break apart the cheating that has dominated bridge for decades.
Feb. 12
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A cheating pair could
- fully-document their illicit signals
- list all events where they cheated
- detail all that they know about other cheating players
- voluntarily give up all wins and awards won while cheating

So far as I know, no pair (P-S included) has ever done that.
Feb. 12
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The misfortune of the 10 disappearing from South's hand on p3 is made up for by the absence of the 10 in East's hand.
Feb. 12
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Feb. 12
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I don't agree.

The fleas originated at the WBF. They had, and still have, some delusion about the virtue of Olympic affiliation.

The EBL was an unwilling recipient.
Feb. 12
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