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The bar is the place to be ….
Sept. 8, 2015
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FS has an experienced media advisor at least: http://www.sahar-abm.com/

I like this part of the modus operandi:
“Study the Key/relevant stakeholders and examine all possible leverage possibilities on them.”

So far we have the million dollar lawsuit against Boye. I wonder what the leverage towards the IBF will be?
Sept. 7, 2015
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ACBL? Really. Not quite certain about that.
Sept. 7, 2015
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I wish you followed my instructions as well when we play together PG!

Good luck
Sept. 7, 2015
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Hands were:
K9x/x/T9xx/AQxxx

ATx/AJT/Qx/KJTxx

That was kind of neat for the logical lead of the K :)
Sept. 7, 2015
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I have heard that the multitalented Lotan is also a wiz at swedish. This video will be published as a defence for FS tomorrow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5bGaR2I4bI

Unfortunately mostly scandinavians will understand this defence.

Sept. 6, 2015
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There is a technical point in this hand. 3rd/4th or 5th does not matter.
Sept. 6, 2015
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Is another team in the Bermuda Bowl going down? The adverts lead me to believe that ;)
Sept. 5, 2015
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I would think the players who watched FS grow into what they are would know pretty well what FS were up to.
Sept. 5, 2015
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There is currently one pair who rarely sits EW. When they do resultat are very random. Another world champion competing since the late 60s is also always NS. He was banned from playing internationally with his young protege after they were caught cheating at home. Said protege has posted here regarding cheating.
Sept. 5, 2015
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A powerful and just decision. I have the deepest respect for these 4 players.
Sept. 5, 2015
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Took some time to adjust to the allegedly clumsy treys and screems in the US ;)
Sept. 4, 2015
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Sometimes I go into Bob Silverman mode and think about his legendary signature on rec.games.bridge

I wont spell it out here. It has to about a specific part of a horse and water.
Sept. 4, 2015
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That is true. No legal obligation. Just common sense and sportsmanship. We all chose how we want to achieve success in Bridge as well as in Life. Karma is however a real bad bitch, as Lotan Fisher experienced after his celebration of the appeals committe decision.
Sept. 4, 2015
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More Info Hanan. Really? How does this compare to the Case where Buratti-Lanzarotti were (presumably, given there is no video evidence) sentenced based on one board playing against Israel. Here we have at least 2 occurences of Fisher peaking in cards and Schwartz using info from his behaviour. We have 100s of hands where they place boards/trey unnaturally to indicate lead. We have the coughing patterns. All on video.

Sorry but if this is not an ironclad case nothing is.

Remember the lead in itself doesnt have to be suspect. The question is if there is a signal for that lead! The suspect leads are the tells that leads to the cheating being discovered.

It would be good for the IBF to focus their investigations also on how F/S could practice their cheating to such fluency. Did they do it all on their own? How do you get a trey and boards to practice? When did they practice and with whom?
Sept. 4, 2015
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I imagine the coughing will be overwhelming throughout the playing area if they play.
Sept. 4, 2015
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So because a lot of cheating players have not been caught yet, it is wrong to stop the biggest cheats ever? The ones making the most money! The ones with the most elaborate cheating Scheme ever. The logic is perplexing.
Sept. 3, 2015
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I guess we are all driven by different motives. I would love to play meckwell or the italians every round. Isnt that why we play, to compete with the best on equal terms!?
Sept. 3, 2015
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Preferrably a playoff between 2 teams who did not cheat in the Europeans. Denmark and Sweden comes to mind. The 2 teams that could claim the spot if/when Israel withdraws.

I am still waiting for the Israeli Players supporting F/S to publish any rebuttal or support for their teammates. Could it be that not one single elite player in Israel believes they are clean?
Sept. 3, 2015
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Quote from Hanans post on a statement from IBF Committe and their first meeting:

“The Israel Bridge Federation special ethics committee has accepted a decision by Lotan Fisher and Ron Schwartz not to play together until the completion of the committee's proceedings and the investigation against them. The decision was made on August 31, at the first meeting of the committee appointed the previous day. Fisher and Schwartz attended the meeting, together with their attorney Dror Arad-Ayalon.

At the start of the meeting Fisher and Schwartz said that although they categorically deny accusations of cheating against them, they will not play as partners in any international or local Israeli competitions. In accepting their statement, the committee said that the restrictions on Fisher and Schwartz ”should not be construed as an indication to the validity of accusations“ against the pair.”

If there is a loophole in this agreement I fail to se it. Playing together in an International Competition in Vilnius is a clear breach. But hopefully they go ahead and play together ;)
Sept. 3, 2015
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