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Most peculiar… we have 3 first-round controls, only one of which is likely to be duplicated, yet partner makes a slam force with a known spade fit.

I am settling for 6, hoping partner does not been “creative”:
Axxx Ax KJ Kxxxx

EDIT: Now I prefer 6, for the reason I gave… silly me!
April 15, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment April 15, 2014
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Clicking on a board No in the link will display the full deal…
April 14, 2014
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I did indeed mean that “the entire team vacates its place”, and the issue of what to do with the placings of other teams is separate. That is a matter for public debate and intelligent regulation.

It is certainly my view that those who team up with cheats must pay a price, regardless of what they knew. There are plenty of instances where nothing was done after cheating was exposed. Foolish and unfair, in my view.

1974: Indonesia is still the winner of the Far East after the Manoppo bros. found guilty of cheating

1975: Facchini & Zucchelli are still listed as winning the Bermuda Bowl

1979: Sion-Cokin, Sontag-Weichsel, Sternberg are still listed as winning the 1979 Mens BAM Teams

All of these titles should be vacated, no excuses.

There is a piquant lesson implicit in just leaving a placing empty; the vacuum will stand for all time as a warning to those who who think of dabbling in the Dark Arts…
April 14, 2014
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The article states that declarer crossed to a diamond at T2, making East play last on the next club…
April 14, 2014
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I sometimes use Google Translate, too…
April 14, 2014
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40 years…

Facchini & Zucchelli are still listed as winners of the 1975 BB.
Indonesia is still listed as winning the 1974 Far East
April 13, 2014
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Yes, the treatment of the Hann team is on a par with the events of 1975; Facchini and Zucchelli are still listed as winners of the Bermuda Bowl.
April 13, 2014
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Yes, it may well be that the WBF make a “everybody up one” blanket rule. One can find fault with that policy, especially in a KO, but at least everyone will know where they stand.

No question that all appeal-related matters must run their course first.
April 13, 2014
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This was discussed some time back, when there was talk about how the ACBL relies on RPG and PL-1 code in the back office. So yes, it's time to “embrace technology”.

Start with amber VDUs and 1.2mb floppies, then wait a decade to judge the effectiveness of this radical move.

Don't tell any of these “younger players” about this situation; they'll die laughing.
April 12, 2014
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Neither Flint nor any other Reese apologist have ever explained the Oakie notes from 1960, where Oakie just wrote down the finger signals from board to board (let's skip the question as to who the hell radically changes their grip from deal to deal).

Years later the hand records matched the signals to the heart length.

As I wrote elsewhere on BW, for years I thought that there were two editions of The Great Bridge Scandal, one with the photos of Oakie notes and one without.

Having found out all editions have the Oakie notes, it's clear that the Reese apologists want to pretend that they are not there.
April 12, 2014
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I wrote in a BW poll recently:

Edgar Kaplan wrote a Bridge World editorial in the mid-late 70s where he expressed some surprise at being button-holed by players who complained bitterly about being cheated in a major event by a particular pair… and EK later saw the two pairs on the same team. He was of the view that the ACBL was not so reliable when it came to policing the game and ethical players should boycott those of whom they had the gravest of doubts.

From the timing of Kaplan's comment I am guessing the suspect pair he was referring to was Katz-Cohen.
April 12, 2014
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From the bridge column of The Spectator, 12th Apr:

“The news that two German doctors have been found guilty of cheating at the world bridge championships in Bali last year — by dint of some well-timed coughs — has made headlines around the world. In fact, no one on the international bridge scene is too surprised: Michael Elinescu (61) and Entscho Wladow (71) have had a reputation for cheating for some time.”

And, from The Guardian, an outsider's view of bridge and honesty:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/06/all-little-dishonest-cheating-bridge-step-too-far-david-mitchell
April 12, 2014
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Zia is certainly a legend in Sweden.

http://cam.bridgeblogging.com/2010/11/16/whats-goin-on/
April 12, 2014
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See Mr Lessard's earlier comment.
April 11, 2014
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Well, Ron, the matter is complex, the more so since regulations in this area are so weak.

If there are no degrees of cheating, perhaps there are classes:

- Open collusion
Pre-arranged illegal agreements, signalling a la Sion-Cokin, Moses Ma etc

- Covert collusion
Unspoken agreements; making explanations as unhelpful to the opponents as possible, a primary signal (attitude) is made quickly and is overridden by a slow signal (suit preference), etc

- Low-end bent behaviour
Staandard tricks that one sometimes sees in a club game:
various “BIT” offences, showing approval of partner's lead/switch, etc

- Renegade
Solo acts of dishonesty; Wayne Timms and Ken Warren stacking decks, Ken Gee peeking at unplayed hands etc

What is needed is more public discussion, more public awareness, and better regulation and procedures for dealing with these matters.
April 10, 2014
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Great post, Philippe.

Clearly, cheating has cost many players many titles and placings over the years, and in many instances the word was out for some time before the guillotine fell.

Glenn is right; when it comes to cheats, “whatever it takes” to “get them exposed”.
April 10, 2014
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I can think of four cases where a team has been very seriously disadvantaged through “doubtful” actions by their opponents. One case is, of course, the 2013 d'Orsi Trophy, currently the subject of much debate on BW. The others:

1. 1979 Men's BAM Teams

Discussion:
www.bridgeguys.com/Winners/BAM/1979BAM.pdf

Repeated calls for Sontag and Weichsel to give up their “win” have been rejected.

2. 1983 Bermuda Bowl

Discussion:
http://cam.bridgeblogging.com/2010/11/16/whats-goin-on/

http://cam.bridgeblogging.com/2010/12/12/dazed-and-confused/

After reading what a witness has to say, it may be that Zia, described recently in BW as a “great ambassador”, has a little work to do on his diplomatic skills.

3. 1990 Rosenblum Cup

Discussion
http://www.shenkinbridge.com/BridgeHands/ArticleDetails.aspx?articleID=103

From The Lone Wolff:
“…when the Canadian team got together they shared all sorts of stories they had heard about the whole incident, including one from the previous night in which the Germans were drinking and laughing about “those stupid Canadians not knowing the score”…”

Well, let us hope that the conclusion to the Bali affair is more satisfactory.
April 10, 2014
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A vugraph operator creates fictitious comments and attributes them to a player in real-time? That would be *most* peculiar.

As far as “information” goes, we have a whisker of supporting evidence if it is indeed the case that Z is now off the Fleisher team.

And it depends what you mean by “none of us”; Mr Garner was there and is a member of Bridge Winners. Maybe he will enlighten us…
April 8, 2014
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For sure and certain many of the long-term bridge cheats are psychopaths.

Dr Robert Hare, a world authority on psychopaths, says “They operate according to their own self-serving principle: look out for number 1, no matter what the cost to others, and without guilt or remorse.”

Further, psychopaths display “a virulent mix of personality traits and behaviors including:
- grandiosity
- sense of entitlement
- a propensity to lie, deceive, cheat, and manipulate
- a lack of empathy and remorse
- an inability to develop deep emotional and social connections with others
- the view that others are merely resources to be exploited - callously and without regret.”

The mantra of the psychopath is, “I can do whatever I like because other people just don't count”.
April 5, 2014
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We had a very tall player in Australia… I used to call him him The Metronome; he would sit bolt-upright and gently sway from side to side…
April 5, 2014
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