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Lanzarotti-Buratti's “time” consisted of a 30-month ban in Italy. Donald is correct; the ACBL still has them expelled for a finding made in 2005.

FIGB has a record of being most generous in awarding “amnesties” to particular players.
Jan. 15
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But it's fine to play against him on BBO…

Would you like to explain the reasoning behind that?

Are you familiar with the word, “boycott”?
Jan. 13
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_affair

Post-modernism exposed for what it is…
Jan. 12
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MH: What makes me think that F-N could afford better, more experienced counsel?

Zimmerman.

If F-N were found guilty, Monaco would be very likely stripped of its titles. Now that task is much harder, if not outright impossible.

I agree you are not naive about litigation.
Jan. 12
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I have to say that I am NOT an advocate of US gun laws.

That said, is there “open carry” in Florida? If so, when you play F-N, just turn up with a .44 Magnum, lay it over your convention card, and say “You've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky?”
Jan. 11
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I am confident that Paul Lavings will have information about those boards:

http://www.bridgegear.com/
Jan. 11
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My understanding is that CAS is involved only as a consequence of the WBF's seeking of Olympic accreditation.

In the light of F-N and Elinescu-Wladow successfully overturning bans by virtue of an appeal to a committee of non-bridgeplayers, perhaps the wisdom of the association between bridge and Olympics should be carefully reviewed.
Jan. 10
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Not for long, as I am sure you know, Ed.
Jan. 8
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Unless South is a fool, he has some 7-5 and may well cruise to 11 tricks.

I'd prefer to be at the table for this sort of problem.
Jan. 7
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Yes, indeed, my error. Corrected.
Jan. 5
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TBW, October 1980.

From memory: KQJx AQJx AK AKQ

After partner responds 2 (3 controls), Rubens espouses 3, then 4, then 7NT.
Jan. 5
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From The First 50 Years of the WBF; J O-P writes:

“I drove to the Italian end of the Mont Blanc Tunnel and, in the Restaurant Mont Blanc, listened to the original tape. This contained none of the splicing effects which apparently he had added to the version submitted to the WBF in order to lure Bianchi into admitting to the conversation.

I understood the tape well and was in little doubt of its authenticity, the background noises and such like being thoroughly convincing. The tape was recorded on a Sunday and indeed one could hear church bells sounding on the tape. In places, my jaw literally dropped. The media would have loved it: smoke signals, pauses, commonplace words with coded meanings - all these came into the picture. How, I wondered, could we defend our championships from ridicule in the light of this? … Burgay told me his partner had gone into hiding.”
Jan. 3
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Perhaps not.
Dec. 28, 2017
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For the avoidance of doubt, we agree that your intentions were intelligent and honorable - an enquiry as to the facts.
Dec. 24, 2017
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Curiously, the author of this article emailed me a few days ago, seeking an opinion as to what was going on in the two auctions.

The first thing I did was confirm the facts.

http://www.bridgetoernooi.com/index.php/home/pbn2deal/2772
http://www.bridgetoernooi.com/index.php/home/pbn2deal/2773

Having no idea as to what the auctions were about, I emailed someone who was actually at the table.

John Swanson replied to me:
“N-S- were using two-way two bids (at both tables) so the 2C opening was either a standard artificial opening or a weak two-bid in diamonds. Thus 5D was bid as if the opening was a weak two.”

I passed that on to Mike Lipkin.

Note the methodology:
- Confirm the facts
- Conduct research
- Come to a conclusion
Dec. 24, 2017
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A player of each gender and rotating partnerships?

I don't think I will sleep well tonight.
Dec. 22, 2017
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Did Belladonna-Avarelli play takeout doubles over three-bids?

The 1969 system book is unambiguous - that was their method.

1966 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 93.

Belladonna:
J104 AK98 4 KQ1065

Avarelli:
KQ652 7432 32 A8

Mathe opened 3 and Belladonna DOUBLED.

Hamman tried 3NT and Avarelli bid 4; down one on good defense.
Dec. 18, 2017
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