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In my Gazzilli I bid 2NT over 2: not 8+ (=2), not 5+ (=!2H), not 2 (=2) and no 6minor (=3min). This hand will not always be played at the right level, but most times at the right strain. Pass of 2NT is an option as well. By the way, 2 can never be bid with 6 in my version.
Sept. 22, 2014
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But only 4 or only 4 has same probability. And with 44 + the answer is always 2, so that must have a higher occurence
Sept. 3, 2014
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Something different might be better and depends on partnership agreement. But any kind of negative x is better than penalty x, because it will occur on more hands.
Aug. 31, 2014
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She/He declares every 4th, defends every 2nd and has to bid all the hands. So choice is easy.
Aug. 11, 2014
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well, i have seen a timetable, that Seniors' victory banquet is this saturday, Ladies and Open is next tuesday. I think, less Matches and less Boards are the wrong concept. We either needed 2 days more to play 8 additional Matches of 16 Boards, having played against all opponents then. Or the actual movement with qualification, then with matches of 20 Boards.
June 24, 2014
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Another reason of course might be, that the German Teams and the American BBO-Spectators can see their Soccer-Match Germany - USA at 6 p.m. local time without being disturbed by any bridge activitites ;)
June 24, 2014
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Captain's Meetiing was at another time, Opening Ceremony at another place than scheduled and now they changed the free day. Last year in Bali the reason for a Change in timetable was something religious concerning the Indonesien staff, I don't think, that is the reason here. Maybe they want to keep the players concentration high? Maybe players aren't the most important participants of the event?
The scheduled Free Day would have been the 4th day of the championship, nobody needs that. As the seniors finish some days before and both, Open and women have the Free Day, no real reason can be seen by us lesser mortal players for that. Finishing 1 day earlier would seem more logical to me.
An outing in Croatia is nice of course, but i would have preferred doing that before or after the tournament, not in between.
June 24, 2014
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Rainer, i am not sure, what you are trying to say. But I want to say something to the question “Should other members of the German have been aware of or should have got suspicious of what was going on?”

I played with them once in 2006 in the European Open. 20 Boards a round, and it was miraculously, if Dr. W. brought more than 18 results on his score sheet. It could be 110 or 140 or even 1100. Not so easy to distinguish and as he never wrote down the contract, only some numbers, it was not easy to compare. It wasn't even clear, whether it was +1100 or -1100.
So you were really happy to calculate a result at all and if by chance you seemed to have won the match, you were even happier. At least till the moment when the opponents offered a totally different result.
So you think, team mates should have asked, what was played? I tried that once and learned fast: never, never ask Dr. W. what he played or even why. He will start a lengthy monologue on Slam prospects in even numbered boards (avoid any grandslam, if the board number can be divided by 5 and you are vulnerable). Even worse, he might explain you for free how to play a hand. Or he insists on you having missed an overtrick in 2. You take the first chance to run and never will ask again.
So no matter if good or bad results: all teammates soon learned ‘don’t ask the W., it is too exhausting'. As long as there were more (ridiculous) good results than (ridiculous) bad results, you didn't care.
May 7, 2014
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As already done in private, thank you again, Kit, for your work.
In the now published report of the Independent German Commission investigating the case your results were a great support for the bridge-analysis of over 200 boards in total.
May 6, 2014
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As a member of the German Bridge Federation, player in the German open team and member of the Independent German Commission I can confirm this as one of the main conclusions.

The other one is that, after checking all boards of quarterfinal, semifinal and final, there are many boards with suspicious actions and only 1 board at all, which might be taken by (potential) defense, that no code was in place. 1 board was not enough to disturb the commission's 100%-conclusion.

Also important ist a new statement by the German Federation:
In the still pending appeal the Federation made a statement, that “after internal investigation, considering all shown evidence, the suspicion of cheating was not confirmed. Dr. Elinescu and Dr. Wladow claimed without ambiguity that they didn't commit the things they were accused of”.
This statement is withdrawn now, giving approval to the results of the commission.

We did not look at the legal and procedural aspects of the case. That is lawyers work and although we had lawyers in our commission, our focus was on bridge issues.
May 6, 2014
Joerg Fritsche edited this comment May 6, 2014
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Spelling it is one thing. But I am sure, no native German can fill in a “Mietschuldenbefreiungsbescheinigung”-form without accident
April 10, 2014
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We can't complain about luck in the 1st week. Hungary, against whom we only scored 16, fell out of the top 9 in the last round, Norway came in. That was 7.5 VP more for us. And also Greece, against them we scored 23, defended its ranking in Top 9.
Maybe some carryover percentage of the matches against teams ranked 11th to 17th would adjust that. Also not for Monaco this year, there is no calculation, which would not make them champions.
June 27, 2012
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