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Bridge: The thinking-man's polo.
June 30
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The Choice of Games Cue-bid, Ed Manfield
The Bridge World, July 1985
June 30
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As Bertrand Russell noted, Patriotism comes in two forms.

When it is an affection and regard for the art, culture. science and history of one's country, that is one thing.

And when it is a belief in righteous superiority and contempt for others, it is another.
June 30
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First glance…

We are home if East is 1-3-5-4 or began with QJ98.

Dummy comes down to 2-3 in the reds and East is triple-trump-squeezed.
June 29
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Well, anyone who has paid particularly close attention to an earlier article would have no problem with this.


https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/the-talk-that-never-was-the-blue-team-rule/

Page 16, Q15:

They are vul
Garozzo
♠ Q J 10 6 3 ♥ A 9 3 2 ♦ A 4 ♣ 9 6

1 ?

Partner has one spade and rubbish. Better to be out of the auction.



Likewise with the problem under consideration:

Forquet
♠ K 8 6 5 2
♥ A Q 8
♦ K 8 7 2
♣ 7
Kehela Murray
♠ 7 4 ♠ A Q J 10 9
♥ K 9 7 4 3 ♥ J
♦ A 10 4 ♦ Q 3
♣ J 4 2 ♣ A K 8 6 5
Garozzo
♠ 3
♥ 10 6 5 2
♦ J 9 6 5
♣ Q 10 9 3
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
Kehela Forquet Murray Garozzo
1♣ pass
1♥ ?
Forquet passed.
June 28
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I wonder how much influence the article, “Transfers The Next Frontier” (Bridge World, Dec 1976) had on later work in that area…
June 27
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Stay tuned…
June 26
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Agree.

“Bid what you think you can make” was an old Acol belief, and it's a standout on this hand.
June 26
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So this “all-in” bridge has a set of rules:

…If an opp asks about your partner's 4♣ bid you announce Gerber if it suits you… you can hesitate inappropriately during the bidding or play in order to mislead. You may not lie about conventional bids…

And so does current bridge.

So what is the advantage of this “all-in” bridge?
June 26
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Is there anything fatter than the Monégasque wallet?
June 26
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Rapt?
June 26
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Check with Paul Lavings…

http://www.bridgegear.com/virtuemart/museum.html
June 24
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I played Romex in 1977… it was well-organised, well-documented and I liked playing it.

I would not prefer to be playing it now… but if I had a partner who liked it, I would not be unhappy to adopt it.
June 24
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Nedju,Nedju, Nedju… When will you understand?

Bertrand Russell was quite wrong when he said:

No subject, no matter what, shall be exempt from intellectual scrutiny
June 24
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Maybe it's an Italian habit…

The Philadelphia Inquirer, 16 Jan, 1975:

The Blue Team wrote to the American Contract Bridge League to demand that it not approve his captaincy and when the American governing body ignored that plea, Blue Team star Benito Garozzo announced loudly that “If Sheinwold shows up in Bermuda, he had better bring along a hospital bed…”
June 23
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In some circles, ad hominem attacks are regarded as contributing nothing worthwhile; just an inability to engage in informed debate.
June 22
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1. If my 400-page book consisted of several hands, I would agree with you. Instead, it contains hundreds of hands, many played by mediocre players (i.e. not the big three)… wizards on opening leads who barely knew how to take a finesse.

Eric Kokish:

When I started to take the game seriously I read everything I could find about the most important bridge events, and the annual World Championship books were high on the list. It was easier to obtain copies of the 1950s reports as the 60s concluded, and I can recall how exciting and instructive I found those reads. Unfortunately, although I believed I was going to be a very good player, I was not yet there when I read most of those reports, so I was more impressed with results than how they were achieved. Like so many of my contemporaries, I was raised on the words of Reese and the brilliance of the Blue Team.

My disappointment at learning the truth about the at-the-table performance of both these early influences was particularly painful, but not until now has the full extent of the Blue Team’s collusive cheating been catalogued and revealed. Wilsmore’s book is the product of vast amounts of scholarly research, cross-referencing, and verification. As you read through the deals you will be horrified by the extent of what happened without official challenge or responsible investigation, and you will be in no doubt that the author’s conclusions are accurate.



2. My book contains an eye-witness account of the illicit signals in action. Is your “first instinct” to wonder if the player concerned was hallucinating?


3. The Burgay Tape and the Gerber Letter detailed the illicit signalling methods of the Blue Team. Both have been suppressed, with FIB colluding with the WBF to find ridiculous excuses not to release any findings in the latter case.


4. Finally, I am confident that Nicolas Hammond's data analysis will show the Blue Team was anything but kosher.
June 22
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For those who would like to study Phillip's excellent articles:

https://bridgewinners.com/article/series/gargoyle-chronicles/
June 21
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1. Weight of evidence.

2. Stale news.

Swanson, Hamman and Wolff have all written that the BT players cheated. Their mistake was not to do the hard yards, and bury the BT under a mass of hundreds of outrageous examples of the use of illicit signals.
June 21
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I had never heard, “Take the plate off of the table”, until I moved to the US. It is not used in Australia (or England, I would imagine).

“I would of done the same”, is used in Australia; I would have received earnest counsel from my parents, were I to have ever said such a thing.
June 21
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