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Apologies for writing about this theme: the electoral system is important but not decisive. The key is how democracy works. Today, democracy (a piquant example from UK) works as follows: https://goo.gl/ZNqPKw.
Sept. 24, 2018
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Diplomatic answer :D.

In February 2017 the EBL Disciplinary Commission posted its decision: ” The evidence does not sustain a conviction of Messrs Cezary Balicki and Adam Zmudzinski for illicit exchange of information through prearranged methods of communication during the Competition. No sanction shall be imposed on the Messrs Cezary Balicki and Adam Zmudzinski.”

It means they can play everywhere in the world (for example in Orlando) except some Polish competitions.
Sept. 23, 2018
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No, it will not. Provocation: does not fit into the scheme.

PS. David, thanks. With Leventritti/Goreno you made my day.
Sept. 23, 2018
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Tomas: “I don't know how a bridge player could sit at the same table with Fantoni or Nunes. I just can't get it.”

In year 2016 Zmudzinski play Polish mixed pair championship.
At a time when the charge was on the table. Today they are (Zmudzinski, Balicki and Fantunes) oficially innocent.

Do you think players who do not believe in their innocence have refused to play with them? Do you believe in Polish pair? Or do you refuse to play with them if you meet them at the table?

Perhaps it is morally justifiable, but it is the way to anarchy.
Sept. 23, 2018
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Steve:

“Just look at the Russian Federation. Are you happy they can now compete given the depth and breadth of their violations? Please.”

Of course not. Moreover, this is an example of state-controlled fraud. Note: Maybe half of Slovaks (and many people in other European countries too) dont believe this accusation is correct. What is white for us, is black for other. What now? We are talking about our shoking?

“I for one reject that judgment and vehemently deny the right of CAS to look past accepted bridge governance principles to exert their own mistounded sense of fairness.”

Ok. But the fact is Fantunes are not guilty of a valid CAS judgment. We can subjectively consider CAS as incompetent, but it does not change anything.

And finally about cheaters acceptance. Many comments are against Italians. I was trying to show that the cheaters' acceptance is not just an Italian affair. We tend to have less of a criticism on the people of our nation. We even tend to suspect of the conspiracy against us. The national myth overlaps rationality.
Sept. 23, 2018
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Sigurbjörn “Anyone who uses that amazingly silly 9 of diamond lead as an example to convince others that the Blue team weren't cheating just simply doesn't understand the game.”

This kind of argumentation is difficult to discuss.
Sept. 23, 2018
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Patrick: I add: aggressive lead against slam is Bols tips from Benito Garozzo.

And he plays this way daily.
Sept. 23, 2018
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Avon:I remember only story, not more.
Sept. 22, 2018
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May I ask something?

When cheater Tyson Gay, suspended after doping in year 2013 (Gay admitted the doping, but blamed it on an unspecified third party), represented your country on olympic games 2016, are you shocking?

PS. We have democracy and we have rules. Democracy means a lot of opinions, rules are not broken. I also do not like what happened, but I'm more concerned about the criticism of other opinion that change to the campaign.
Sept. 22, 2018
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It was a general remark, not a personal one. My point was that only those problematic or suspicious deals are mentioned that are in favour of cheating while similar deals that go against this hypothesis are not. I consider this approach to be unbalanced.

I'm confident we cannot judge after 50 years whether BT cheated or not. We look at bridge differently and they cannot say anything to us.

Under these circumstances this approach is harmful for bridge itself. Our game needs myths and legends similarly as our life does. Without them we can turn into machines in search for some divine justice. To be clear, I definitely do not want to justify cheating and cheaters. However, what is published here and now is far beyond the limit of my personal acceptability and necessity.
Sept. 22, 2018
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“The bidding was pretty close to 1S on his right, 2H on his left; 2S on his right; 3S by LHO and 4S on his right. It certainly looks right to try to deal partner ruffs and that is what he did. Only he started with his SHORTER suit, clubs. Needless to say that was right.”

That's correct. But you say nothing about other hand when Chiaradia in the Bermuda final as leader “found” single card that practically allowed 6NT made (and partner applause was awarded for it).
Sept. 22, 2018
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“It is fact that Chiaradia was booted off the team mid-event after failing in 4♥xx; your grandmother would have made an overtrick. ”

Another tabloid style. And I saw many deals when expert falls and the beginner does not.

PS. I do not say you're wrong. But your argumentation, your style does not please me.
Sept. 18, 2018
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Dustin. I do not know what the author meant, but I quote:
“Chiaradia was a rich source of bridge bloopers. One example: in 1962, Lew Mathe scored 12 easy tricks in 6♦ while Chiaradia, a level lower, threw away his twelfth trick early in the play; late in the play, he found the following suit too difficult: AJx opposite Kxx.”

For me this is tabloid style.

Or (my first deal above): “One - the first hand of the book, where Chiaradia takes a clearly-inferior line to make 6♠.”

Clearly_inferior? This is joke. I quote from Paul Borden: “declarer did very well to reach the winning position.”
Sept. 18, 2018
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Jack: in my opinion weak dummy player never play trump quard squeze. This technique requires a great imagination, weak players do not have such imagination.

Charadia was not a technically weak player. In my opinion he was mentally unstable.
Sept. 18, 2018
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“Chiaradia, a weak dummy-player”

Really? For example, in the European championship he played special trump quard squeeze. This in the not easy slam deal, see in https://goo.gl/ziN3fD. Btw, the first slam in these link is not easy too (sry, page is in Slovak, but deal and play is readable for anyone).
Sept. 18, 2018
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After psychic bids good technical play for an additional chance?
Sept. 18, 2018
Eduard Velecky edited this comment Sept. 18, 2018
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1. Yes (I'm that moderator: D).
2. Occasionally yes. Therefore it is good to give all information.
May 24, 2018
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EBL alert policy is for events without screens?

Conditions of Contest

These General Conditions of Contest (GCoC) are the standard regulations which apply to

all European Bridge Championships and other tournaments

held under the auspices of the European Bridge League (EBL).

The EBL Eligibility Code, the EBL Disciplinary Code, the EBL Dress Code, the EBL Anti-Doping Regulations, the EBL Systems Policy, the EBL Alerting Policy, the EBL Policy on Psychic Bidding, the EBL Bidding Box, Bridgemate and Screen Regulations and the EBL Code of Practice are part of the Conditions of Contest for every European Bridge Championship and are annexed to GCoC.
May 24, 2018
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Imho problem is different. Is not oddly that maybe every country has other rules than central rules? Do you know about other sports where this is going on? Let's imagine soccer, where the offside in England is valid everywhere, but in Netherland at the penalty area is non valid.

And what about international tournaments or Europe championships like Ostende now? I assume in championship the EBL policy is in use. And players have to reorient from national rules to the international. Is it reasonably?

BTW: our alert rules are very close to the EBU / ACBL rules.
May 24, 2018
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