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Dodging the paying of taxes is hardly unique, certainly not to Norway, remember Leona Helmsley, Pete Rose, Leslie Snipes, Ty Warner, Willie Nelson to name a few…..reminds me of…
Sunny Afternoon (Kinks). Sad to see. Hopefully out soon.

C
Nov. 29
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Who is the joker?
My money is on partner, the vulnerability and opp's bidding betray as much. (and pulling to 2S shows weakness), though not necessarily a psyche. I did not notice if someone mentioned (this) partner's tendencies. Would this be their first ever or possibly one of many?
Most psyches would not be a good 9 count. I raise to game because partner pulled the wrong bidding card and meant to make a weak 2.
Do we play those? Will not redouble……

C
Nov. 26
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I have fond memories about playing against Grant on-line. We once did 24 boards in less than an hour. Very gracious, funny, warm. The ultimate pro.


C
Nov. 24
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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana
Can or will we learn from this experience? A teachable moment?

C
Nov. 22
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Wonderfully delicious!


C
Nov. 10
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Well, unlike you (Mr. H.) I have met the man, in person and communicated off and on for the last 5 years. And, I have read the book.

For you to announce your conclusions without having done either, says it all. No one said (save you)

“Since his conclusions seem ‘right’ to them, his methods must surely be beyond reproach, lol.”

It's not funny, it's hardly informed and why you seem to have a personal “attack dog” mentality would be better served should you trouble yourself with reading and forming an informed opinion, even though you think his conclusions are “probably correct”.

For the record, I think your remarks are unbecoming.

C
Oct. 18
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If there was a so called “hatchet job” it wasn't by the author. Repeatedly he has invited criticism and dialogue and obviously he has received that (and extended support) by the truckload. If you are going to comment, do yourself a favour and read the book first.
Apparently for some that is too much to ask. Or can you judge a book by its cover?

C
Oct. 17
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The $64,000 question.

Has any improvement in the process been made or is likely to be made? Is there something we can learn from and do better on in the future? Or is it …..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS2nWLz-AbE

Sigh…

C
Oct. 8
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Damo Nair

First of all, I don't care which way the evidence points. If people are cheating people are cheating. That said, let me quote this for you … “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”, Carl Sagan. Unfortunately there's no way around it.

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If you don't care which way the evidence points, ‘nuff said. A book full of hands, with varying layers of suspicion - is rather “extraordinary”. One hand does not a story tell, but a pattern does emerge and is well-founded AND supported by evidence.

I find it so interesting that so many want to shoot the messenger rather than examine his evidence - but when you “don’t care which way it points” then you trivialize the entire issue. if anyone wants to be “mad” at someone - why not question the silence of surviving BT members?

BTW, I fail to see the relevance of even mentioning psyching, as that is a legal, albeit loaded tactic and maybe you want to spend hours/days/weeks seeing how their partners “dealt with it”. Probably the most famous was was performed by Harold Ogust against Terrence Reese, and remains a jewel of bridge folklore.

Evidence counts. Avon has presented his. Anyone can judge it for themselves. That is the way it is supposed to be. No wonder no one wants to work at exposing cheaters. It is hardly worth the effort. Pity. They should be applauded, (if their evidence stands up), not chastised.

C
Oct. 5
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Maybe, if playing baseball at the Field of Dreams…..
Sept. 20
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When Eric (Kokish) joined The Bridge World (if my ailing memory serves) he was designated EOK to differentiate him from the editor, EK. Perhaps I date myself. Maybe more BW members should grab a subscription of TBW. Worth every penny. Just ask JR.

C
Sept. 19
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EK was widely respected as the greatest legal theorist. Pity few have stepped up to embrace that mantle.

C
Sept. 19
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If memory serves he had a relative reveal (after both he and Shapiro had died) that in Buenos Aires he and Shapiro had agreed to use hand signals (but not look!) because it was so easy to cheat at bridge and no one would ever suspect such a blatant signal with such a minor piece of information (heart suit length) from them. In Reese's book (Story of an Accusation) he denied it of course. Truscott had a different opinion in his book.

http://www.bridgebum.com/buenos_aires.php

C
Sept. 18
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Avon,

First off, the bridge community owes you a debt of gratitude for your research and ultimately - the finished product - yes dear reader - I read it a while ago (courtesy Avon in case you are wondering). It was still in its developmental stage. The time, the collateral cost to family, friends, career, life cannot be understated. Thanks.

Secondly, you have vindicated those - not just Americans but earlier generations of experts who were swindled by the Blue Team. One wonders, would Brazil, France, Argentina or countless others (fellow countryman Eric Murray comes to mind) who might have prevailed with a level playing field? The trouble with the prior attempts was no evidence. A dearth of hand records and more importantly, critical analysis. Accusations without the proof have to fall on deaf ears. There are no bridge police. Within the leadership of bridge, be it the ACBL, WBF or whoever, catching cheaters is of the lowest priority, always has been, and is unlikely to change. That is why those forensic journalists who gather, distill and present their findings are a rare breed. Who has the time? And who wants the headaches, the risk, the blow back, the ridicule? I know you welcome the scrutiny, and time will validate you.

Lastly, the fact that surviving BT members have no comment is sad, but telling. The trouble with this story is that it rocks the boat, disturbs the historical record and some (not so much here) are very uncomfortable with that - as well they should be. I wonder if one might do like Reese, disclose a postmortem confession…not holding my breath. All those stolen titles - who says sorry to the global bridge community? Nobody.


Congratulations. I want my purchased copy autographed….

C
Sept. 18
Cameron French edited this comment Sept. 18
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Eddie Kantar's Gamesman's Bridge after they have the basics of bidding and play. Teaches you how to think, and you get to laugh as he has the mother of all hands (5NT) - to get into heaven. If you go down, you're sentenced to “bridge hell” where they lead aces, play second hand high and count points. :)

C
Sept. 9
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Is the scoring format relevant? Everyone is an animal at match points but most more tepid at IMPs. I voted penalty and I suspect they're stealing. Knowing the opps would help too.
Aug. 30
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Sounds like someone tweaked the hand generator to add a little spice to the game.
Aug. 30
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Roy Bradbury is spinning.

Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don't have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere.

Ray Bradbury

Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/raybradbur626618.html


C
Sept. 3, 2017
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It's like a toll road.

Don't want to ride on it, no problem.

Not a huge bot fan but the cost is minimal, and they do have their place and (I suspect) still free one day/month.

On occasion, like playing with a student, can talk, discuss during the hand, and go for a sandwich and no one is crying. No rudeness. No bot disappears when you score a superb result. No insults.
Might as well go for a soda….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwwV0xE70Ks

Still a bargain.

C
Aug. 31, 2017
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