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LA is big in aerospace… JPL and Caltech… Virgin Galactic, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon all have offices there. It is the biggest industry in the county…
47 minutes ago
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Who opposed and stood on a ticket for radical change? It would be shocker if there was a vote against those who want to improve the integrity of the game.
8 hours ago
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The point is a US ‘pro’ team can win the BB.

There are no national teams as strong as the best soccer clubs in Europe. There might come a time that unless the whole of the Allfrey team is picked then none of the players in the team will represent the country; the national team would be weaker than the best sponsored team in the country. If that is not the case now it soon will be.
July 2
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Peter, The Nickell team is one of the strongest teams in the history of the game. Four Bermuda Bowl wins, 22 NABC titles. The triumph of professionalism?
July 1
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There can be no statute of limitations for cheating. A full mea culpa is essential before a player can be readmitted to the tournament game.
June 28
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I would not equate cheating at bridge with war crimes or genocide. It's equivalent is financial fraud and should be treated as such, both should be subject to a criminal prosecution. They took money from clients ($1M+) and prize money.

The bridge authorities are acting like the Catholic Church, who assumed that canon law had primacy over the criminal behaviour of priests. The PBU should not be the judge and jury in this case. They have systematically cheated many individuals out of their hard earned cash and that includes damages to their fellow professionals.

One such court case would act as a serious deterrent to such crimes. Cases should be filed in all the jurisdictions where they have played for pay. Such measures would virtually eliminate cheating.
June 26
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Maclej, You have now seen the evidence. I think it is fair to say that we are all accusers now.
June 25
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Other formal reasons? And they are?
June 25
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Hi Alan, 50 pairs can play mp's one day, imps the next, BAM the following, teams on Saturday and total points on Sunday.
May 4
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Hi Steve, Have an event by all means that is only 4-Handed. The more variety of events the better.
May 4
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I am pretty confident that you have not understood the point I was promulgating. My point, admittedly fairly succinct, was to promote the virtues of professionalism. I think it is a good thing. Hence my defence of the six-handed team. The best teams are all sponsored, players have to make a living.
May 3
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Play with a six-handed team. A good preparation for international events. It would also damage the professionalism of the game which in turn would hurt the competitiveness of US bridge. Think of the Nickell Team.
May 3
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It is up to the international community now. The supranational bodies such as the WBF, EBL, ACBL, etc., should withdraw invitations if a parochial court overturns the verdict of a country's National Bridge Federation.

German bridge players, good luck to them, might boycott any national event the spluttering doctors decide to enter as players. Some might decide, with good reason, that they have served a partial sentence. It should, of course, be verboten for them to play as a pair.

I don't know if they ever played on a sponsored team, if so I would assume those arrangements are now over. This is important because the coughing doctors might make a claim for loss of earnings. Such a ruling would make such a petition redundant.
April 28
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Another good point. I was referring to his many matchpoint victories in national European tournaments.
April 11
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You have a point, but few have won so many titles…
April 11
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Martin Hoffman should have been on the inaugural list in my view.
April 9
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Fourth Suit Forcing allows one to play Fifth suit forcing: http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/fifth-suit-forcing/ Keep the convention.
April 2
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I am pretty sure that their will be a Dutch quartet with children in tow who will be taking a vacation on the Cote d'Azur this summer somewhere west of Menton.
March 28
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I do wonder who will replace Fantoni-Nunes in the Monaco team…
March 28
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Suppose you test one round of clubs first, and west shows out, is it best to play the double finesse in diamonds now?
March 27
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