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It's quite simple really, 60 years ago we Europeans started to win the Bermuda bowl and have been accused of cheating by Americans ever since. Many of these accusations were fully justified yet have been accompanied with a ‘holier than thou’ attitude - given our expertise in cheating it's clearly inconceivable that other zones will be ‘better’ at it than us, therefore the preponderance of European transgressors(and it's open season at the moment) can only be explained by an inherent lack of scruples on our part. Still, it's only to be expected,as has been pointed out here and on other threads many countries over here have a different ‘culture’.
Seriously,cultural stereotyping is not unique to the USA,we all know it goes on the world over,we in the UK will happily refer to the propensity of South Americans to cheat on the football pitch,perish the thought that we upright Anglo Saxons could stoop to such behaviour - but it doesn't help this debate at a time when the bridge world has been rocked by the recent developments.
Sept. 28, 2015
Bill March edited this comment Sept. 29, 2015
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I didn't think it as big and still don't - now if F/N were expelled for cheating during the Bermuda bowl that would be a different matter, everything seems so much bigger nowadays due to the now compulsory internet frenzy.
Sept. 27, 2015
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'Tricoteuse'
Sept. 27, 2015
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Stefan - you should have meant it literally,people commit crimes and are (rightly)acquitted every day,that's a necessary requirement of the justice system. Yes,it can be a bit galling that they are allowed to go around trumpeting that they have been ‘proved innocent in a court of law’ when usually nothing of the sort has occurred, still that's the price we have to pay.
Sept. 25, 2015
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A while ago I did express a desire for a ‘dislike’ option though this didn't seem to get much support(but what about Facebook?) - however,after wading through the thousands of postings from the last few weeks it seems to me that we could do with at least 3 more ‘flagging’ options,eg
'Tedious'
'Self absorbed'
'Sycophant'
_____ and you can throw ‘cynical prat’ for myself and a few others as well.
Sept. 24, 2015
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Seriously,I'm not good on table presence - on this hand you do have a sure thing if lho has 4 clubs but does lho have the actual hand or the one I gave,the discards are exactly the same in each case,I dare say the balanced hand is the likelier option but I'm sure I would sit for a long time wondering if I should go for glory.
Sept. 23, 2015
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Of course,if I was playing this hand Tony, then after the same discards I would have found that Clive started with qx xx qxxxx qxxx and would have another hard luck story!
Sept. 23, 2015
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Amir - the cards may well speak,but how many cheating scandals have been resolved with that evidence alone?
Sept. 19, 2015
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Franck - perhaps you're speaking for the majority of the ‘community’ but not for me, I'm not at all discomfited by the sight of these 2 heavyweights slugging it out and who knows,at the end of it all we might just be a little bit wiser.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Allan - Do you have a particular issue with Hanan or are you suggesting that the only relevant opinions are proffered by those affected?
Sept. 18, 2015
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Timo - One hand,yes - but there was a physical observation,and it's the observational evidence that has ‘proved’ past and present cases,and which would convince a jury - not suspect actions,however blatant they appear to the expert community.
Sept. 18, 2015
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Andrew - Very minor quibble since I strongly agree with your comments.
The ‘debate’ was not (certainly for me)about whether F/S were cheating but rather how strong the hand evidence was. The certain (subsequent)revelation that a signal was passed doesn't make a ‘weak’ hand any stronger - so yes the debate became irrelevant, but not because the hands became more compelling.
As Messala said to Ben Hur ‘It goes on,Judah’
Sept. 16, 2015
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Ben - you've grudgingly conceded a plus point for the multi but your hatred for the convention has I think blinded you as to the difficulties for both sides re suit ambiguity.
Sept. 15, 2015
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David - That's a very interesting presentation, in a different thread someone had commented on how they thought Steve Sion had viewed his own behaviour,it seems typical.
Also makes our MP's expenses scandal a lot easier to understand!
Sept. 14, 2015
Bill March edited this comment Sept. 14, 2015
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I have no dispute with the difficulty of reading ‘honest’ Slawinksi ,and obviously combining it with a signal is a massive advantage - but even so I think it goes too far to say it is ‘unplayable’ on the basis that on some hands you can't know what partner has,both ‘3rd & 5th ’ and ‘4th highest’ can lead to similar problems though(IMO) to a much lesser extent(having said that Slawinksi ‘proves’ in his book that overall his lead system is less ambiguous)
Sept. 14, 2015
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I like to play(think this may be a Ron Klinger idea?) that 2NT shows 4 card raise and 7+ points.
3C/D are 6+ length and strictly invitational. 3 of major is 0-6.I find the reduced slam investigative ability is more than offset by the other options - quite sure that others will strongly disagree.
Sept. 13, 2015
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'People found much more evidence to solidify the case'
Not sure I agree with that Corey if you're referring to the hands as opposed to the videos.
What seems like an eternity ago I commented on the importance of the ‘observational’ evidence that would be needed.Has there been a successful prosecution in a major cheating case without ‘cracking the code’ or a confession?
Just where would we be right now without the excellent work that was done analysing the videos?
We have seen so many(too many IMO) hands - for those who ‘knew’ FS were guilty these simply reaffirmed their guilt, but to the rest of us this ‘crowd sourcing’ ranged from very persuasive to quite a bit less than that.
I'm not the first to claim that to a jury a lot of this would be counter productive.
Sept. 8, 2015
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Though personally I think the Germans should have conceded in Geneva,those who think it comparable to the current situation are (IMO) way off beam.
Sept. 6, 2015
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Martin (bear in mind I do think the were cheating)
The finger evidence was not brushed over,it's not as if the ‘recordings’ were handed over at the end of the session - they were retained for study by the people making the accusation then(the defence suggested)'improved' to fit the hand records.
By all means reject the defence arguments,but don't say they weren't there.
Sept. 3, 2015
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Being good enough to bid at the 4 level changes everything.
Sept. 2, 2015
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