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Alfred Sheinwold discussed Odd-Even signals in a (US) Popular Bridge article, Another Death in Venice:

“In theory, when you’re just following suit you play an odd card to encourage a continuation; an even card, to encourage a shift. A low even card calls for a shift to a low suit; a high even card, for a shift to a high suit.

What if you don’t have an odd card to encourage a continuation? Then some very high even card will have to do the job. Partner will understand.

What if you have only odd cards, but want to discourage a continuation? Or what if you have only a low even card but want to encourage a shift to a high suit? Partner will understand.

I have never seen odd-even signals used without hesitations and emotions. If you play a card slowly and reluctantly, partner will understand that perhaps you didn’t have a card of the right kind, and he will make allowance for your “misleading” signal. If you play a card quickly and casually, partner will understand that you have no problem, and he will accept the signal at its face value.”
Aug. 16
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Can you explain, then, this ACBL announcement on 12 Aug 2016?

…the ACBL Ethical Oversight Committee unanimously finds… Overwhelming evidence establishes that charged parties Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes engaged in collusive cheating.
Aug. 9
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If they are innocent, why did F-N state that they will not play again as a partnership?
Aug. 9
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JL: Do you mean, “Och!”?
Aug. 8
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Of perhaps even greater interest are Schapiro's actions on the repeated 1955 BB hand.
Aug. 4
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We run the risk of getting girl-germs.
Aug. 3
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Thanks, but I ended up with what I wanted (Sheinwold's ADiV article) some time ago.

Extracts (with attribution!) are in my upcoming book on the Blue Team.
July 27
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J-P: You might find this interesting…

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/what-a-coincidence-2/
July 25
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My book, at the typesetter now, has a chapter that looks at every lead to a slam where a Blue Team player in a WC final (1957-1972) had a reasonable choice of leads.

The results are interesting.
July 21
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1957, board 209.

Stay tuned…
July 21
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In 1979, Michael Courtney was playing rubber (money) bridge in Sydney's Double Bay Bridge Centre.

After 1NT P 3NT X (for a spade lead), he redoubled, having KJx

RHO won the opening lead with his bare A and cashed the next eight clubs.
July 20
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I think that many people, I included, share your views.

I also think it is a serious mistake to suppose that your (our) views are universal. It's a fact that some people have no limits as to the means by which they attempt to win. Sion-Cokin were welcomed on many teams, despite the word being well and truly out.

I wonder who is bankrolling F-N's legal challenges?
July 19
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Facchini & Zucchelli (barred as a partnership by the WBF) were playing together a few months after the 1975 Bowl.

Lanzarotti & Buratti (still suspended by the ACBL) got a 30-month suspension from FIGB after the 2005 EC.

Meanwhile, FIGB has a strange policy of “amnesty”… Vivaldi & Rossano (also a 30-month suspension) were beneficiaries of this generosity.
July 18
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Those who maintain that this matter is much ado about nothing might like to contemplate the following table:

EUROPEAN TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP PLACINGS
1989 POLAND France Sweden
1991 Great Britain Sweden POLAND
1993 POLAND Denmark Norway
1995 ITALY France Netherlands
1997 ITALY POLAND Norway
1999 Italy Sweden Norway
2001 Italy Norway POLAND
2002 Italy SPAIN Norway
2004 ITALY Sweden POLAND
2006 ITALY Ireland Norway
2008 Norway Russia GERMANY
2010 Italy POLAND Israel
2012 MONACO Netherlands Italy
2014 ISRAEL MONACO England

What is the significance of the team names in bold?

What do you suppose is the opinion of the players who were denied a rightful attempt at true result?


Here is a quote from Boye Brogeland:

“When the governing bodies, which are supposed to work in the best interest of the game, don’t do anything to solve the problem, what would happen? Why would you or I bother to go to these tournaments where we can’t win? And who wants to put their everything into a game where you know you can only fight for second place unless you cheat yourself? And when other players and teams cheat, why shouldn’t you be allowed a short-cut or two?”
July 17
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Danny Kleinman's Bridge Scandal in Houston (4th ed, 2005) is a detailed and fascinating account of the affair.
July 4
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In a Bridge World editorial of the mid-70s, Edgar Kaplan described how, during a US National, he was taken aside by experts who complained bitterly about a pair (I am guessing, Sion-Cokin)… in subsequent Nationals, the cheats and the complainers were on the same team.
July 3
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It's a fact that some people have no shame.
July 3
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We are as one.
June 27
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