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How about a bidding poll for this problem.
Feb. 25, 2018
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3 level bids invitational, 2 level bids forcing.
Feb. 16, 2018
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Good write up - I had another unsuccessfull weekend.


3NT is not easy on a non-spade lead. You have to guess on the third round of clubs who has the Club 10. I guessed wrong.

I think that the bidding 1 - 1NT - 2 - 3 - 3 should initially just be looking for the right game so is the best bid with xxx, AKxxx, AKQx, x.
Feb. 12, 2018
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In German courts, if expert testimony is disputed, the court itself orders an independent expert to investigate. This would seem to be the only way that one could deal with the problem of non-expert judges.
Jan. 27, 2018
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This could be a bidding poll
Jan. 22, 2018
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Hallo Peg,

I voted do nothing - in this I meant do nothing to change the structure of the game.

The doctors won because:
a) the WBF did not follow it's own statutes
b) the DBV made a ruling based on the WBF ruling instead of based on the investigation it completed.
I know that the DBV have learned the lesson, and I hope that the WBF will too.
In Germany there is no choice. As the DBV is the only organisaion for playing bridge in the country, they are subject to monopoly rules, and all decisions can be challenged in the civil courts. I happen to think this is a good thing - although I am not looking forward to playing against Entschow Wladow in the near future.

The CAS decision seems to be after due process. There does not seem to anything fundamentally wrong with having cases tried by the CAS. The decision was IMHO wrong, because I for one am convinced that F-N cheated. It was enough to convince me that they played 2 level openings that involved their partner having to guess with lots of hands, and they almost always guessed right.

So do nothing means that I do not think that we need to change the structure about how are game is organised. I do think that all the national organisations should vote representations to the EBL/WBF who are willing to work to eliminate cheating and invest in youth bridge, and not people who just wish to stay in 5 star hotels at the cost of grass root players.
Jan. 12, 2018
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EBL events yes.
WBF events are invitation only, so no.
Jan. 11, 2018
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Or A and then Ace and another . We definitely need A onside.
Jan. 10, 2018
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I do not like 4 - prefer 4 or 5
Dec. 10, 2017
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Of course you are crazy. We all are - otherwise we would not be posting on bridgewinners
Dec. 8, 2017
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How many boards were played? 33 out of ?
Dec. 2, 2017
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The German Bridge Federation is now planning video coverage of all main events.
Nov. 22, 2017
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You can appeal the decision to not allow the appeal - but you are very unlikely to win. The supreme court does not have unlimitiert time.
Nov. 17, 2017
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The doctors claim the videos were manipulated
Nov. 16, 2017
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It was agreed that the swiss case would be combined with the german case and tried in Germany. There is some sort of legal cooperation between the 2 countries.
Nov. 15, 2017
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I do not have time to translate it properly now.
In March the court ruled that the punishment did not take into account the age of the accused, so was too high - so they could play again Germany.
The appeal court has ruled that the WBF could not ban players, as its rules does not foresee this. As the DBV just accepted the WBF ban, this meant the DBV ban was also invalid.
Nov. 15, 2017
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I agree with your comment - this is also a disaster. But it was clear after the first court ruling that the 10 year ban would not hold. Now we will no doubt have the “pleasure” of playing against them soon
Nov. 15, 2017
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This is seriously bad news for the DBV - particularly the financial damage.
Note that no court found they were innocent of the cheating allegations - just that the organisation did not follow their own procedures.
Nov. 15, 2017
David Cole edited this comment Nov. 15, 2017
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Would 4 from South over 4 have been last train?
Nov. 6, 2017
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Return the 2 to protect agains the - squeeze. Partner has Q10 and K
Oct. 18, 2017
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