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I do not think a player can break tempo even in the first trick, there is too much that can be shown by doing it. A powerfull cheating system can be used to show count (in the suit led or hand pattern - see Vinje signal), preference or encourage, combining these signals with tempo. It is like dirty magic and I saw it at the table, manytimes. It should be forbidden to think and then give the signal, in ANY moment of the game.
Sept. 8, 2015
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Thinking about all the suggestions of making the game more electronic, I realize it is not going to be Bridge anymore. We better find another solution.
Sept. 7, 2015
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I agree with Jeff there are only a few who cheat. I think we know who they are and they will have a short bridge life from now on…
Sept. 1, 2015
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I am very sorry to say this but I went through all the hands and I found many non-logical bids and plays. I will wait for the right decision and be available to help with any analisys you may need.
Aug. 29, 2015
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I still don't think there's enough to make a sound case against them with the hands provided, except the one from Cavendish that Kamil told. Do you have more?
Aug. 28, 2015
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Ugh.
Aug. 27, 2015
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Michael, that one is really strange, 4D with this cards is crazy if the player who bid 3NT was not a passed hand. What was the explanation for this bid?
Aug. 27, 2015
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Please, can someone show the hands where there is a real indication of cheating?

I would like to point out that it is my will to make this game a fair one, but I think that speculations will only weaken the purpose of doing it. If the intentions are pure, we need more substance, so there will be no way to deny it. What I am seeing right now does not seem to be enough.

What is the concern of ACBL and WBF in this matter? Please, Bridge Winners, get in touch with them in order to get an official response. It is not time to wait, the s… hit the fan already.
Aug. 27, 2015
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Sorry, but i didn't see a big problem in the slam hand. It was a not a good slam and after all could have gone down with any bad split. If this is the hand which is going to be presented as proof of cheating,it is not going to be enough. Did they hear or read about the board? It is possible, but impossible to be assured of it.

What about the QF of Spingold? Is there any “strange” deal?

I think that if the arguments to convince a commitee that this pair is cheating (it does not matter if many people think they are) are that vague, again, we are going nowhere.
Aug. 27, 2015
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I think everyone who uses ANY KIND of unethical or illegal “help” must be punished. For this to be posible, the change would have to be wider than only getting the cheating pairs. If we really want to change the way the game is being played, we need to:

1) Not allow players to think for a long time while bidding or in defense. Something like a chess clock is the perfect solution.

2) Not allow players to stop before playing a card alleging that they are “thinking about the whole hand”.

3) Not allow players to play without screens.

4) Scan players searching for any kind of transmitter.

5) Demand serious treatment of the matter by the official organizations - they do not seem to take it seriously enough or investigate it in a proper way, in my opinion.

As long as the tempo is not controlled, it is easy to pass illicit information and if the regulations permit it, we will never have a “clean” game. I saw this happen many times at the table and it is very hard to prove some information was given but some pairs never get it wrong. I do not want to talk about it here because many people would be offended and, as I said before, it is very hard to prove.

Regarding the pair in question, I would like to know the boards you all feel there was something illegal going on between the players, please especify the deals.

I hope this game will be played in the right way someday, but if these changes I mentioned are not made by the federations and leagues, we are going nowhere with all of this.

Aug. 26, 2015
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Believe me, when you win it the hardest way, you grow.
April 10, 2014
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Nevermind The Bollocks
April 10, 2014
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Another thing I would like to point out is that nowadays bridge is much more exciting since there are many good players and teams and despite of the nasty comments, today we have a real tough competition. This is very good for us : )
April 10, 2014
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Hey Bobby,

You told me after the well deserved win at the last big game in Dallas that every hand you defended and played so well counted. This is really how bridge should be - not an easy ride. It is much better to win it the hardest way than the easiest one, when everything just floats. Do you agree?

Cheers,

Diego.
April 10, 2014
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No more 10am games, please, we have enough with european and world championships…
July 9, 2012
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Yes, this is a good question…
July 3, 2012
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6S is the normal bid. I do not see how the break in tempo can have any influence on the final decision since this double cannot be for penalties. It's very clear to me that the 4S opening is a good one after the double (that's common sense nowadays) and I have no reason to risk 6D X =. Let's say the 6D bidder has: S — H Axxxxx D AKJ10xx Cx. On the other hand, if partner has the club Ace, we can even make 6S.
July 2, 2012
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What a decision… To change to 6D X -1 seems ridiculous to me.
July 2, 2012
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Double seems right to me. 3NT could be the only game and I don't care if partner passes (my partners only pass when they really “got them” in these situations).
July 1, 2012
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6 Spades
July 1, 2012
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