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I've just read Joe's comment and my position is losing yet more credibility.
As far as the actual hand goes you say that even F/S would bid 4D the implication being that since they didn't then they had a wire - I just think that's too harsh.
Aug. 30, 2015
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Ron/Sartaj
If I'm in a minority of 1(or 3!) then clearly you're right.My perception of the tendency of the top players re michaels is that many of them(if playing eg split range) would bid 2D on this - so maybe I'm completely wrong, but I'm going to keep a close look out going forward for any signs of ‘unsound’ methods from the top 100.
I am not a ‘supporter’ of F/S, I suspect they almost certainly were exchanging signals, but it seems that your logic on this hand is ‘top players keep vul michaels up to strength therefore anyone playing it weaker is de facto not a top player therefore they have illicit knowledge to enable them to compete at that level’
Aug. 30, 2015
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I have a very good understanding of michaels thank you - your point as to why you shouldn't do it on a weak hand opposite a passed partner is obvious and has no bearing on the discussion .All that matters is what their agreements are(your view on the technical merit being irrelevant.)
Aug. 30, 2015
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Well we must be looking at different hands - half of them don't trouble me in the slightest. The hand that starts with a pass on a 3325 eleven count and partner makes a michaels 2D? You need to know what their agreement is, I could have been weaker for the North hand so calling the failure to bid game as South ‘astonishing’ is just going about this investigation in the wrong way.
Aug. 30, 2015
Bill March edited this comment Aug. 30, 2015
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This isn't really the greatest scam - though the modern Internet frenzy may make it seem that way. Because the NABCs are multinational and so much stronger than they used to be, many think they're more important than the Bermuda Bowl, we'll they aren't - and Fisher/ Shwartz aren't prior world champions.
So, big as it is it's not Buenes Aires.
Aug. 29, 2015
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I'ts fortunate that Lauria/Versace aren't under suspicion otherwise people wouldn't be showing the same restraint as now !
Aug. 29, 2015
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Ethan - it was very funny,you don't seem to have read the same ‘whole story’ as I did.
Aug. 28, 2015
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One thing to bear in mind re the these two cases is that the convictions were down to the physical observations - the hand ‘evidence’ ranged from very weak(in Reese/Schapiro) to non existent in 1975.
Aug. 28, 2015
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John Ferman
'Consistent with MPs account' - no it isn't .
Aug. 25, 2015
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I refer the honourable gentleman to my earlier speech on the matter(for UK readers only)
Aug. 24, 2015
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And I'm getting tired of those who accept MP's account as the gospel truth then go on from there - maybe(probably) it is but maybe it isn't.
So many say ‘he owned up straight away’ well perhaps that was expedient - though the details of what he did were ‘hidden’ maybe an opponent knew ‘something ’ had happened. We simply don't know, yet you wouldn't think so from the level of certainty exuded from so many posters.
Aug. 23, 2015
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Jack/ Melanie
You don't like repetition ? Wow,what about the view(repeated ad nauseum) that a top player wouldn't act nefariously, so it's just a silly fuss about not calling the director. Did MP deliberately spoil a board? I don't know, nobody does, on balance of probability I'd say he didn't, but it's never going to be proved one way or the other. No-one wants to think that a player of this stature has feet of clay, but I wonder if his playing record would afford the same level of protection if he was Italian?
Aug. 21, 2015
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I'm afraid that anyone who thinks guilt or innocence will be substantiated has lost their marbles. By all means choose to believe Mike but only he knows the truth of the matter - it's nature means that proof one way or the other is impossible .
Aug. 19, 2015
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I'm happy to be corrected but from the many rulings I've seen there is a strong assumption that slow passes do not suggest that the player was thinking of a penalty double.
Aug. 19, 2015
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Or maybe it was not obvious to the rest of the table at all - but then the opps realise something's gone wrong and then…. This is why we do not have the complete picture that so many think we already have.
Aug. 19, 2015
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I'm sure OJ,Oscar and Amanda would agree !
Aug. 19, 2015
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That's correct, we only have Mike's version and that seems to conclude the affair for many.
Aug. 18, 2015
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I find it astonishing how many people accept the statement that S was now in a force after the non alert when they have no notes to support it.I agree with those who think this is one of the worst appeals we've seen.
Aug. 18, 2015
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David Wetzel - thank you for a near perfect description of my own thoughts on this.
Aug. 18, 2015
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I don't know what really happened but I'm getting a bit sick of the number of people who think we now have a definitive account of events when we've only heard one side.
Aug. 18, 2015
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