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It was the exact answer of one of the French officials
Sept. 23, 2015
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a) I get the point but see no interest in it; if it was not clear to some let me state that IN MY POST, to make it simple: Z team=Monaco team= MZ+HH+FN

b)“Maturity, wisdom and elegance” ? Of course they did not have to withdraw from a legal point of view but from a moral one it was impossible that they play.

c) I have never written or suggested that they should not be welcome in France, I am simply stating that in the DN1 case no special treatment should be applied to these honorable, superb, innocent persons.
What's more I definitely feel empathy for HH and already expressed it.

d) According to all the messages I have been receiving from the minute I edited my post, A LOT of French players felt the same way I did. Ok we are all bitter and frustrated.

e) I told Espen I agreed with him

f) Of course I have always recognized M Zimmermann's added value to the Bridge World in general and to the French Bridge more specifically. From a personal point of view, it has always been a rare pleasure to sit at HH's table or even at FN's.

But again, that is not the point, sorry you missed that.

g) Aggress ? I am asking simple questions.
What the investigations will reveal ? maybe you should read Kit's posts more often
Elegance, appreciation and respect ? ok I am through with all this.


“The above contribution is personal and does not, in any fashion, represent any Federation be it national, continental or Worldwide”
Really ? Because it just sounded to me like a political mumbo-jumbo including of course praises of some influential person(s).
Sept. 22, 2015
Jean-Baptiste Fantun edited this comment Sept. 22, 2015
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Yes HH were there.

I was playing this week-end but did not play against the Zimmermann team, which I regret because playing against HH is always a pleasure (apart from the bridge result) for amateurs like me:they are great guys and one always learns something sitting at their table.

But it is not the point here. I think they should not have been playing but that was obviously not up to them.
Sept. 22, 2015
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Whether they would or would not have qualified without FN is so obviously irrelevant that Marc has not taken the time to explain but he means that a team that has qualified for a Championship with cheaters on board should withdraw from this championship. This is why Monaco has withdrawn from the BB.
Sept. 22, 2015
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It was indeed “interesting”, with HH obviously feeling uncomfortable and being very discreet.
Sept. 22, 2015
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Totally agree, it seems that the tsunami initiated by Boye & Co has not reached the French shores. Some people are maybe afraid of losing their invitations to the Cavendish and some other stuff…
Sept. 22, 2015
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From a legal point of view, they could have played and they also could have played in Chennai.

I just do not understand how Mr Z dares to show up in the Interclubs Finale while he has logically withdrawn from the BB.

Concerning the DN1, the Monaco team could for the same reason play with Fantunes on board. But at this stage it is forbidden that they add a 3rd pair and this is precisely what the FFB might allow.
Sept. 22, 2015
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Espen, this is exactly my point:

- The Monaco team should have withdrawn from all competitions F-N played in, not doing it in France is interpreted by many players as showing no respect for them.

- The FFB cannot forbid them to play but the rules must be the same for everybody and no special treatment should be applied to the Z team concerning its registration in the DN1.
Sept. 22, 2015
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