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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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Nick
Fair point
Aug. 18, 2015
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Obviously,fouling a board is not prearranging a deal - but the ‘accusation’ of deliberately fouling a board in order to cancel a bad score is very serious. Proving such a thing would be nigh on impossible so it should be no surprise to anyone that there was no verdict of cheating.
I don't know Mike Passell,his friends may have it exactly right(I hope they do)but open a newspaper any day and you'll see that all these comments on the lines of ‘I’ve known him years' ‘why do it in a minor event’ don't amount to a hill of beans.
Aug. 18, 2015
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Well,I have not rushed to judgement and for once I agree with Mr Silver. The idea that since we now have Mr Passell's version of events then we are in full possession of the facts is simply ludicrous . Last night we had the lynch mob, now the ‘fan club’ is in full flow (just waiting for someone to launch into ‘for he’s a jolly good fellow').
Only Mr Passell knows what really happened, we can choose to believe him but that's as far as it goes - yes we have all done stupid things but his account would sound a lot better coming from a teenager starting the game than from a mature world champion. It has become compulsory in the UK for any public figure when caught out to proclaim ‘a moment of madness’ there seems to be a lot of it about.
I hope that we do see something from the ‘other side’ so that we can have a better idea if Mr Passell really has been unfairly maligned.
Aug. 18, 2015
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Well I can see that Michael's comment has 20'likes'(at the moment) and Kevin's none but ‘That could be taken as a threat’ strikes me as a statement of the obvious - you don't have to think Steve meant it as a threat to believe that some might perceive it that way.
July 27, 2015
Bill March edited this comment July 27, 2015
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If you find some money in the street you're more likely to hand it in the larger the amount is - it's not logical just human nature. That's why most people are ‘happier’ to take an overtrick from a careless declarer than a grand slam.
July 21, 2015
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Speaking as someone who has changed their vote to the ‘draconian’ option since reading all the comments this strikes me as a very interesting question - even in the morning!
July 17, 2015
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I think the jump shift is fine, the final pass is incomprehensible to me.
July 14, 2015
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I understand your view, I just think that to give a slow play penalty to someone not playing slowly is perverse. I joined bridgewinners subsequent to this incident so at the risk of retreading old ground I would appreciate it if someone could give me a summary of what the consensus was at the time.
July 2, 2015
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I don' t consider that I'm anywhere near your 1% but I know the hand you're referring to and I completely disagree.
July 2, 2015
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I saw an argument put forward that Meckwell deliberately played an ‘inferior’ defence to 1C so that other pairs wouldn't know what the ‘best’ defence was to use against them!
June 25, 2015
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I agree that if you've started with a double because too strong to overcall 1NT then you're stuck, but if the overall strength is suitable for a 1NT overcall then I think getting the hand off your chest straight away is best.
June 25, 2015
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