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I just watched the Poland-Russia video and observed the following:

Bd 6 at 42:17 and 42:36
B touches dummy spades with 2 fingers then again with 1 (he has 3 spades)
5 finger spread on pard's lead (he has 5)


Bd 8 at 55:56
B makes 5 finger spread as dummy clubs hit the table (he has 5)


Bd 13 at 1:29:22
B makes 4/5 finger (unclear) spread as dummy clubs hit the table (he has 5)


Bd 14 at 1:36:41
B makes 5 finger touch dummy's spades (he has 5)


Bd 15 at 1:42:25
B makes 4/5 finger (unclear) gesture after heart lead (he has 4)


No other times did I see B make a 5 finger spread of his hand.
I observed no such hand motions from Z.
Oct. 4, 2015
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Paul, it's important to include all those things, even if they turn out to not be part of the story. It helps avoid “confirmation bias” (where you include only those instances that support your own theory). Thanks for helping out!
Oct. 4, 2015
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I just watched the Poland-Russia video and observed the following:

Bd 6 at 42:17 and 42:36
B touches dummy spades with 2 fingers then again with 1 (he has 3 spades)
5 finger spread on pard's lead (he has 5)


Bd 8 at 55:56
B makes 5 finger spread as dummy clubs hit the table (he has 5)


Bd 13 at 1:29:22
B makes 4/5 finger (unclear) spread as dummy clubs hit the table (he has 5)


Bd 14 at 1:36:41
B makes 5 finger touch dummy's spades (he has 5)


Bd 15 at 1:42:25
B makes 4/5 finger (unclear) gesture after heart lead (he has 4)


No other times did I see B make a 5 finger spread of his hand.
I observed no such hand motions from Z.
Oct. 4, 2015
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A big problem with signals like these is that they are very noticeable at the table. Like the case of touching the dummy cards, if you did this all the time, it would become obvious very quickly. You can only use signals like this occasionally, and try to guess when it's important, such as the slam.

I think if B makes this gesture only when he has 5 of a suit, and in some way it's clear what suit, that should be pretty strong evidence, even if he doesn't do it all the time. If he makes the gesture when he does not have a 5 card suit, that would argue against it being a signal.

In seven videos I have watched so far, I have seen Zmudzinsky make a hand gesture that looked like signal exactly once, and it looked like he was suggesting a singleton, which he didn't have. So my opinion is that any hand signals during the defense are Balicki sending. Zmudzinsky doesn't appear to me to be doing it.

Oct. 4, 2015
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Not quite sure where to post this, but I was reviewing the video of EBTC Poland-Estonia, and I observed something worth considering.

Board 23, at 53:20 into the video, Balicki makes a lead of the 3H from J9432 against a 6S slam. As he does, he makes a very quick gesture of placing his fully spread right hand on the table then pulling it back. I believe this signals that he has 5 hearts.

Board 28, at 1:15:00, when he is third hand, he makes the same fully spread hand gesture and removes it when dummy's hearts hit the table, again with 5 hearts in his hand.

Those were the only two times he made that gesture during that video.
Oct. 3, 2015
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I have watched the entire video of EBTC 2014 Poland-Turkey and at no time did either B or Z touch the dummy's cards when defending.

I have watched the entire video of EBTC 2014 Poland-Monaco and at no time did either B or Z touch the dummy's cards when defending.

I have watched the entire video of EBTC 2014 Poland-Italy and at no time did either B or Z touch the dummy's cards when defending.

I have watched the entire video of EBTC 2014 Poland-Estonia and the only time B or Z touched the dummy's cards when defending was B helping play the dummy when an opponent left the table.

Oct. 3, 2015
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Oct. 3, 2015
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There was a guy in my local club years ago who, when he was declarer, would fidget with the dummy and then lean over to the right and sneak a peak, and then slowly lean over the left and sneak a peak. I figured if he had to look at both hands, he was so bad it didn't matter.
Oct. 3, 2015
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Congratulations, Boye, well done!
Oct. 3, 2015
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For what it's worth, before I knew anything about what the code was supposed to be other than it was during the auction, I watched 4 videos from EBTC.

I had concluded that the signal was the spacing of the second call (bid or pass) and gave the information that the bidder's hand was min/avg/max based on tight/avg/wide spacing, relative to whatever call he actually made.

I don't see similar things with subsequent calls, only with the second one.

I made screenshots from one of those videos and was going to do matching screenshots from the vugraph bbo play, but I don't really want to spend all that time to duplicate what others are doing.

Any chance of someone organizing the search so we don't waste a lot of time duplicating efforts?
Oct. 2, 2015
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Occo, I recall someone posting (Boye, maybe?) that the WBF DID start an investigation and in fact have a mathematician doing statistical work on the evidence.
Oct. 2, 2015
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Wow, Ken, and you don't actually know where that saying/story came from?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judgment_of_Solomon
Oct. 2, 2015
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Alan, all of us want to know what happened, but “directly involved”, get over yourself, you are nothing special. You'll find out when the rest of us find out.

Your “… nobody knows why…” is patently silly – the people who matter in the issue know why. That you think you are entitled to know everything right now just so you can feel important is just a little bit arrogant (ok maybe a lot arrogant).

And that goes for everyone else who keeps screaming “tell me, tell me, I demand to know everything right now”, it's getting very tiresome.
Oct. 1, 2015
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What I noticed today is that there are two problems (probably related).

1. The field of view is too blocked by the BBO window inserted into it. You cannot see the players themselves nearly well enough. Not to mention that the browser BBO window is miserable compared to the old windows client view, so if you are going to overlay something, use the old client BBO versions.

2. The ability to distinguish bids and cards is much better than in the 2014 opatijs videos, and that is very nice. However even that is affected by trying to put too much into the scene, because the camera has to be too far back to allow room for the BBO window overaly.

Yesterday, the videos were much better without the BBO overlay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7LZV4fB3vw This view was much nicer!!

So if you want to have the BBO play overlay, then please make it (preferably with windows client version, but at least) much smaller and less intrusive.
Sept. 30, 2015
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This would be trivial with electronic play.
Sept. 28, 2015
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Of course you would not, Peg, and neither would I. And precisely because of that, neither of us could possibly know why others would cheat. We can only speculate, and even most of the speculation has been nothing but reiteration of what Martin listed to start with.

In fact, the most common thing I hear from people I have discussed the cheating with is “I can't understand why anyone would do that.” THAT is an honest opinion.
Sept. 28, 2015
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 28, 2015
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Exactly why I have said that this thread is absurd, and why I asked what it would take to make YOU cheat. You cannot possibly know why someone would cheat unless you have at least tried walking in those shoes yourself.

Actually, I think this thread is not about opinions at all. I think it is Martin's psychologist way of finding out why each respondent here would cheat. After all, if you say you think it's money (or fame or whatever), that is most likely what you would want yourself.
Sept. 28, 2015
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I sincerely hope you are wrong, Gonzalo. I am just waiting for the software and system to be developed, tested and debugged for the elite tournaments, and then work its way down to regular tournament games. As soon as it does, I'll consider going to tournaments again.
Sept. 27, 2015
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What's wrong with being predictable? Predictable is good. :)
Sept. 27, 2015
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Josh is much too young to remember Watergate :)
Sept. 27, 2015
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This “I know but I'm not going to tell you” is getting a bit old.
Sept. 26, 2015
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