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When I was 14 and first read about that deal (hand 75 of Play Bridge With Reese, from memory), I thought that TR had made a mistake; he disdains the first finesse so they now know their pauses have the opposite effect. Therefore, what TR did as regards the second suit was upside-down, for they will go “contra”.

Some years later I realised TR was right (funny, that!); the compulsive coffee-housers cannot help themselves - they will *always* do their little dance with nothing.

I have mentioned in BW before about the Sydney rubber bridge player who, when an honour was led through him, would contemplate matters with nothing and either cover or play low smoothly with the honour.

Of him, Tim Seres said, "Suppose you have QJ bare opposite dummy's Ax. If you lead the Queen and he fiddles around and plays low, you might as well rise Ace. An 8-1 split with a bare King is a real long-shot, but it's a lot bigger than zero.
Sept. 17, 2014
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Dr Wladow is a gynecologist. Dr Elinscu is a medical doctor.

While I follow Gary's (justified) feelings about their bridge actions, I think we cannot refer to them as “quacks” when their qualifications as medical doctors are genuine.
Sept. 16, 2014
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Yes, some method of transferring funds via Paypal is secure and simple to set up.
Sept. 16, 2014
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Well, as I pointed out in a different BW article, The Drs were actually quite clever in choosing what to signal about (and quite silly regarding the lack of sophistication in the actual “1-2-3-4” code).

Starting the auction with “I am short in (some suit)”, and having the entire auction to wonder what it will be that partner prefers to have led, leads to very little in the way give-away pauses.

Danny Kleinman wrote an essay analysing Reese's The Story of ab Accusation, and discussed “exceeding tolerance”; in other words, making a bid/play so outrageous that it alone gave rise to serious suspicions.
Sept. 16, 2014
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Kaplan wrote in an editorial, that cheats invariably give themselves away to experts by the pauses that are needed to assimilate the unauthorised information.

Tim Seres, in conversation about the Manoppos (1974 WBF suspension) said, “Playing against them was the eeriest experience I've had at the table. They would pause at the oddest moments with nothing much to go on, and as declarer I knew they were about to play the one card I didn't want to see.”
Sept. 16, 2014
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Did the ACBL talk to Ian McKinnon?

He is a world authority on movements:
http://www.bridgeshop.com.au/duplicate-bridge-schedules-history-and-mathematics-mckinnon.html

His scoring program has been in use Australia-wide (and in other countries) for a few decades:
http://www.asecomputing.com/Capabilities.htm
Sept. 15, 2014
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The Bridge World Death Hand comes lurching out of the crypt…
Sept. 15, 2014
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The two hands on Page 3 of this article show that Sion-Cokin were both shameless and ruthless.

With game-swings like those, along with the confession that they cheated “on every hand”, who knows how many events they stole from worthy winners?
Sept. 14, 2014
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“Acol” is capitalised because it is a proper noun.

But why the ‘all caps’ for “ACOL”?

Other than the American love of shouting, I cannot think of a reason.
Sept. 14, 2014
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Why do Americans consistently capitalise “Acol”?

A mystery to me.. .
Sept. 14, 2014
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- When Cameron writes, “So they sued. So did Cohen/Katz and litigation in America is like dandelions on a lawn. They confessed and were convicted.”, it is unclear to me that the second “they” refers to Katz-Cohen.

- Maybe it is the case that “realistically, there was no way anything could have been done at the Norfolk nationals.”

However, there are things that could have been done *after* Norfolk; namely:
1. Disqualify the Sternberg team that won by cheating
2. Promote the Jabbour team that lost by a whisker
Sept. 12, 2014
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As well, it was an option for Cokin to make an announcement something along these lines:

“I deeply regret my actions; I got caught up in something I should never have done. In part-recompense for my dishonest actions I wish to relinquish any and every placing and masterpoint I gained while cheating.”

He never did so; in fact he ignored requests to give up his Norfolk “win” (as did Sion, Weichsel, Sontag and Sternberg, when it is a *certainty* that Norfolk, 1979, was won only by cheating).

For that reason, this talk of “rehabilitation” is misguided.
Sept. 11, 2014
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Quite so.

The Olympic Games history is littered with disqualifications and promotions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_Games_scandals_and_controversies

As for bridge, if the German team loses its Bali “win” and Lynch is declared the rightful winner then the same deal must be accorded to Jabbour.

Anything else is, as you say, “a travesty”.
Sept. 10, 2014
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“Delete and attend reading classes”, was poorly worded by me. I should have been clearer.

In fact, it is a correction to my own silly comment that I made after not reading the initial question correctly.

I have spent quite some time living in places where hardly anyone speaks any English at all and would never be so presumptuous and discourteous as to nitpick the efforts of others in attempting to contribute in English.
Sept. 10, 2014
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Thanks for providing that information.

Decency trumps money. A sight not often seen…
Sept. 10, 2014
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Cokin's rehabilitation came about when his application for reinstatement as an ACBL member was granted.
Sept. 9, 2014
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Delete and attend reading classes.
Sept. 9, 2014
Avon Wilsmore edited this comment Sept. 10, 2014
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I am not so sure about 3NT being a non-serious try; could not 2 have been some form of waiting bid?

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Sept. 8, 2014
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