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Anyone not playing 2XX has the spine of an earthworm.
March 24
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Tim Seres was one player who considered doubleton leads to be a last resort.

Upon his return from a tournament in Paris:
“It took me a few hands to realise, if they didn't lead a doubleton, they didn't have one!”
March 22
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newspapers.com is a pay site… I used it for several months while doing research for a book.

The free trial is kosher; you can easily cancel and you will not be billed.
March 20
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Walter the Walrus says, Passed-in.
March 20
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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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