Join Bridge Winners
All comments by Avon Wilsmore
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
All true.

From East's point of view, why shouldn't partner have a 1-2-6-4 rubbish hand?
May 24
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Well, if the WBF ever releases the Burgay Tape, a carton will be arriving in Geneva shortly after…

FIB President Luigi Firpo, 02 May 1976:

Should the inquiry determine that the tape was authentic and furthermore that the declaration by Bianchi of his cheating with Forquet was confirmed, then the Italian Bridge Federation would renounce all European and World titles won with either Bianchi or Forquet on the team.
May 22
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Vine was a great comic writer… the Coldbottom stories in the Bridge World were outstanding.
May 21
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I suspect quite some credit for Scanian methods should go to Anders Wirgren.

There is no question that he was an excellent analyst and theoretician.
May 21
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
3 was a silly, pointless bid. What, exactly, was South attempting? Did he expect to play there?

At least 4 would sometimes enable partner to make an informed choice.

Anyway, since I dislike sacrificing, I will now pass.
May 18
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Another interesting idea… thanks.

I guess it would not be so hard to include the auction and known play.
May 17
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I believe it's the custom for chapters to start on the left-hand page… so, a filler had to be inserted.

I know little of such things and left the job to wiser heads.
May 17
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Very interesting idea… many thanks.
May 17
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
That may be a fun project, but those doing research will have little interest in my opinions, and rightly so.
May 17
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
But charming, nonetheless.
May 15
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Nicolas wrote above:

If there is enough video from the 2013 World Mind Games of F/N on defense; and they appearing to be using the same cheating opening lead pattern as other events (horizontal/vertical etc.), then someone should compile all the video and submit to the World Mind Games. I am sure that they would want to know that there were cheating pairs at the event.

Looking here:
http://www.imsaworld.com/wp/imsa-executive-organizing-committee/
we see that Gianarrigo Rona is a member of the IMSA Executive & Organizing Committee.

Maybe Nicolas is now not so sure…
May 14
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
It's obvious that the award should go to the book with the greatest number of pages…
May 13
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Great hand, Harald… I've passed it on to Trond Rogne.
May 9
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Mike is letting Sr Rona off lightly… there is a disturbing account of what was going in the background during the investigation into Elinesu & Wladow's “win” in the 2013 d'Orsi Cup.


http://www.pbb-webinars.com/behindthescenesgerman.html

Two months after submitting the Formal Letter Requesting Inquiry and Formal Complaint, I received a phone call from DiSacco who said that I needed to do more because the WBF President was not going to take action unless forced.

I emailed the “then” WBF Legal Counsel and offered my support in presenting the case in Dallas. I knew all of the evidence back and forth and could help with showing the videos. He replied that he thought he had this one under control and that he did not think he needed to show the videos to the Committee. My jaw dropped…

When I was finally called, one of the first questions they asked was if I had first-hand (eye witness) of the coughing during Sets 5 and 6. My response was No.” However, I did see them coughing on the video at the start of the bidding and the start of the play.” One of the Committee members raised an eyebrow and said, “Video, what Video?

Once the Committee shared their final findings, I was told (second hand) that it was a good thing that I was so persistent with the video because it was the determining factor in finding the Coughing Germans guilty. Who knows if this was true or not. But if true, then what was the “then” WBF Legal Counsel thinking? Was he told to suppress the video? We will never know and we can only hope for the best.



I wrote elsewhere:

I have studied some past instances of high-level cheating in detail, and have come to the conclusion that the WBF has changed from a policy of evasion, denial and cover-ups (in Ortiz-Patino's words, “Minimize the scandal”) to its current policy of tokenism.


I think the current policy of tokenism was the result of Brogeland's 2015 expose… the WBF, under Rona, shifted from a policy of doing nothing, to a policy of pretending to do something.
May 8
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I believe it's an American television program… I have never seen it and probably never will.
May 8
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
And with KJx, North must cover the 10 with the king, *not* the jack.
May 7
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Adam, you write:

I've learned that the WBF now has an anti-cheating committee and I'll start by asking them what they've recommended and whether it's been acted on

Is this committee listed here?:
http://www.worldbridge.org/governance/committees-1/

If not, where is it mentioned? Who are the members?


I have studied some past instances of high-level cheating in detail, and have come to the conclusion that the WBF has changed from a policy of evasion, denial and cover-ups (in Ortiz-Patino's words, “Minimize the scandal”) to its current policy of tokenism.

Examples:

- The Burgay Tape. 850 days of lies and evidence-tampering from the Italian authorities, in desperate attempts to avoid the WBF demands for a report with accurate findings… then the matter vanished.

- The Gerber Letter, read out on the first day of the 1963 Bermuda Bowl to all NPCs and journalists.

- The six missing hands from 1975, Round 1, where Facchini-Zucchelli were observed using foot-signals.

In each instance, a public report that told the truth would surely have resulted in the disqualification of Italy… so cover-ups were arranged and stay in place to this day.


An opinion: if you want to talk anti-cheating, talk to Eric Laurant. He is a WBF Executive Council member, ACBL Anti-Cheating Commission member and EBL Special Investigations Committee Member.

A forecast: Any and every effort you make regarding anti-cheating and openness regarding past, present and future cheating will be opposed by the highest level of the WBF.
May 5
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Cameron alludes to Sion's nickname: Wonder.

But the technique is yet older…

Jack Olsen, on Schneider-Reithoffer at the 1957 EC:

To indicate a strong hand the Austrians would put a clenched fist on the table. A flat hand indicated a flat bust. Possession of the ace of clubs was indicated by holding the cards in the right hand; the ace of spades by resting the hand on the table at a forty-five degree angle; aces of diamonds and hearts by resting the cards on the table horizontally in the right or left hand. Other codes used by the Austrians involved the positioning of cigarettes and the placement of a pencil on the table.

Clearly, Fantoni-Nunes should have paid royalties.
May 4
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment May 5
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
There are plenty of hands where it's easy to play against East's K10xx for one loser.
May 4
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Well, I've never known a coffee-houser to have the brains to organise a double-cross. My observations are that they are entirely predictable.

I recall having this suit in 1981:

KJ8xx

A10x

I cashed my ace and led the 10 towards dummy. There was a small fumble and LHO played the nine. I called for the king and partner (Michael Courtney) said, “Well played”, before seeing RHO's queen.
May 4
.

Bottom Home Top