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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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… our slam bidding needed to improve…

By what benchmark? Comparing the slam bidding to that of a team that used range signals, shortage signals, long-suit signals, and signalled aces and kings?


Garozzo Forquet
K10652 Q8743
QJ1054 AK8
A93 KJ7
K8
Garozzo Forquet
1 2
2 3
4 5
5 6

Mark Horton, Close Encounters, Book One:

In attempting to locate a definitive explanation of this sequence, I have scoured the resources of the best bridge libraries in the world, but have had no success. Having refused to cooperate over 3 , East’s retreat to 5 with first-round control in both minors is surprising, but not as surprising as West, a famously conservative bidder, driving to slam unilaterally. His luck was in — on another day East might have held:

AK1062 QJ1054 Q3 ! 2
June 21
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I wrote:
Living, as I do, in perpetual fear of Eugene…

I never imagined that anyone could be so obtuse as to take that sentence seriously.
June 21
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Sound advice…
June 21
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The original article can be found in the Bridge Winners Indigestible.
June 20
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Living, as I do, in perpetual fear of Eugene “The Grim Reaper” Hung, I shall leave the deleted article in limbo.

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
June 20
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Then your tables are most fortunate.

The 1998 AU Trials had a procedural penalty imposed, and the end result was no winner, no loser, no draw, no tie and no explanation.
June 20
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I am glad to see that Richard and I have very similar definitions of the word, “interesting”.
June 20
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I agree with this…

If diamonds run, a large number of notrumps will come home; if they don't we will make only a diamond partscore. Craig's simulation, below, suggests it's about even-money.

Many pairs will blast 3NT, while luck has dealt us the means to stop in 2. Time to stay low.
June 20
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Thanks… this is an option we can consider.

I have the all the Blue Team Bowls and Olympiads… I will get them scanned when I am back in Thailand (probably in Sep).

Meanwhile, let's hope some kindly soul has PDFs lying around…
June 20
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Well, Nicolas Hammond is working on a witch-hunt of his own:

https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/the-burgay-tape/?cj=818949

I believe some interesting observations arise from his data analysis of Blue Team players' actions.
June 20
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Thanks for clarifying… a fine joint effort.
June 20
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Loot, rape and pillage?
June 19
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June 19
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