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Please provide me with the whole list of players taken down! Manoppo-Manoppo, Cokin-Sion (ACBL) and Katz-Cohen (ACBL). All in the 70s. Buratti-Lanzarotti possibly, though the actual cheating on the 6 hand is supposed to be a fabrication. Everything else is clouded by the WBF/EBL.

My theory is that ZB started cheating after seeing what the Brazilians allegedly got away with 1991 and earlier. You could ask them if I am right.
Nov. 4, 2015
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I played them a lot in the 90s. Deplorable table manners at all times. Only with the benefit of videos is it clear, except for the staunch supporters, what they were doing. In a thread here it is mentioned someone high in the WBF who voiced complaints 1993.

Jols, did it ever occur to you that bridge players above your, self proclaimed, novice level are better suited to judge if someone is cheating? You should at some point decide if your personal emotions for them is reason enough to disregard facts and logic.
Nov. 3, 2015
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I like this hand from 1983 by BL.
Resp: AKxx KJxx xx A8x
Opener: QJxx x AKx QJxxx

They bid 2-2; 2-4; 5-6
Precision style for the first bids. Then 4 was suit asking and 5 showed AK.

It turned out clubs were T9 doubleton. Spades 41 so with a good guess declarer only needed 4 Spades with Kxx in clubs.
Nov. 3, 2015
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Not many claims Poland to be non grata. Who protects the right of the players denied participation because Poland used a cheating pair? Bermuda Bowl, Champions Cup and the top team tournament in China?

Resign what you havent earned rightfully and move forward.
Nov. 3, 2015
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Given Jols asks questions in her statement regarding the future process, why not discuss it?
Nov. 3, 2015
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So the PBU allowed ZB to cheat for 25+ years despite external and internal “problems” with the pair. They played in the Bermuda Bowl knowing they qualified with a very suspect pair. Once the pair wasnt allowed to play they replaced them with another pair (in which one player has been part of many ZB successes). The team now gets invitations to Champions Cup and to a lucrative tournament in China with the top 3 teams from the BB.

There is one proper way to handle all this. Resign the BB, resign the Champions Cup, resign from the Chinese tournament. How is that hard to grasp? There are honest players who qualified that doesnt get the chance because of the PBU actions.
Nov. 3, 2015
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There is IMHO a big difference between being sympathetic to a minority cause and insulting people repeatedly. I believe the latter being the reason for suspension here.
Nov. 2, 2015
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Just to repeat, chapter 7 of the WBF eligibility code reads:

“7. Violations
The violations are subject to the WBF Disciplinary Code. In the event that one or more members of a team are deemed to have been ineligible as provided in this
Code (including any qualifying event), the entire team shall be disqualified by the WBF Disciplinary Commission.”

Link to code:
http://worldbridge.org/Data/Sites/1/media/documents/official-documents/Policies/WBFEligibilityCode.pdf
Nov. 2, 2015
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Impressive. The defence will attack your choice of experts of course.
Nov. 2, 2015
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Good question Olivier. There is no correct answer. I wouldn't, except to my wife. She doesnt concede any putts to me though ;)
Nov. 2, 2015
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The president of the PBU has stated his disrespect for the “private interpol”. I look forward to hear the result of the official WBF enquiry into the final Swiss round in Chennai.
Nov. 1, 2015
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It is likely the Brazilian attitude has to do with money as always. Get rid of a cheating sponsor isnt easy for a small federation.
Oct. 29, 2015
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I quote from the (google translated) official statement from the chairman of the PBU.

“… Younger Colleagues I can recall that our relationship also had his “Boye”. In 1991. During the Bermuda Bowl in Japan, Niegrający captain of our national team Boleslaw Ostrowski accused the Brazilian pair - and that too publicly, what then, in the pre-Internet era, meant hotel in Yokohama - about cheating. Our captain presented the specific hands in which (allegedly) used by Brazilians showed code. Such a public form of objections was then assessed as shameful and unacceptable. The late Ernesto d'Orsi, who, in 1991. Was president of the WBF, told me that he was under pressure from activists and journalists in order for that - in their opinion shameful - Polish act the Polish national team captain disqualify and exclude from further participation in the Bermuda Bowl . President d'Orsi defended one argument that the Brazilian would disqualify an obvious problem with the Polish team in the match against Brazil. …”

This is a strongly worded statement. The NPC of Poland in the 1991 Bermuda Bowl presented evidence for a signalling mechanism used by brazilian players citing specific hands. Apparently this was sweeped under the carpet by the Brazilian president of the WBF who threatened to expell the polish team.

Oct. 29, 2015
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This seems a good thread to ask about the Ostrowski-Brazil incident in 1991. It was (according to the Polish president) covered up by d'Orsi. Can we have the facts in that case now?
Oct. 29, 2015
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It would be interesting to hear the facts of Ostrowski vs Brazil ;)
Oct. 26, 2015
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No hidden meaning Ed. If my point of view is not clear it is because of my bad English.
Oct. 26, 2015
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If you Think 5X is the desired contract holding that west hand, underleading Diamonds makes perfect sense.
Oct. 26, 2015
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The interview and the 7NT-hand is very revealing. Adding the machinations around the eligibility when team Monaco was formed and we have the complete picture. The true gentlemen of bridge???
Oct. 25, 2015
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The protest on the 7NT shows all that is wrong with bridge today. Money talks and sportmanship is gone. I suggest the WBF gifts zimmerman his precious Bermuda Bowl and get it over with. I dont want to see them play ever again.
Oct. 24, 2015
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Alternative hypothesis is a very polished way of describing his point of view. I would say alternative universe.
Oct. 17, 2015
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