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Interesting. It also gives a perspective as to why Becker-Hayden would look for hand signals from other pairs.
Jan. 1
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According to an article in Bridgetidningen (swedish bridge magazine) september 1967 by Tore Sandgren, Becker-Hayden were accused by several US opponents of cheating but they were acquitted by the ACBL after an inquiry.
Jan. 1
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I am sorry, I didn't get that nuance. Arguably, the actual case is complex enough in itself so a hypothetical discussion might prove even more daunting. That never stopped anyone here before though.
Dec. 7, 2018
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I fully agree with Michael on these issues almost every time. The consequence, what Jim describes, is that a lot of pros who are good client-handlers would suffer in their income. That is fine with me and for bridge in general.

In the specific case of this deal I disagree with Michael because I place heavy weight on the comment, as did Glubok in his explanation at the table.
Dec. 7, 2018
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Congrats! Very deserving
Dec. 6, 2018
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What we have to remember is that top players are competitive, maybe rash and very focused on winning. I don't want to judge how to handle a pressurized situation like this. Looking at it from home and with ample time to consider I find EW were too focused on results. Being in the same situation I can't be sure about my own actions. “Let him withouth sin throw the first stone”, pretty good advice. That said I think the bridge organizations should look at the rules for playing fields of diverse strength and experience. There is no future for only “elite” bridge.
Dec. 5, 2018
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Thanks for sharing Giovanni! Looking at the career of Fantoni-Nunes an educated guess is that they started cheating once they were kicked of the Angelini team and replaced by cheaters Buratti-Lanzarotti. They returned as world beaters a few years later. Who coached them to this?
Dec. 4, 2018
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“… intentionally he offered this extra time to his partner …” I think you are way in the wrong to offer this statement. South was just human, surprised that his/hers world class opponent could bid so horribly and tried to figure out if a double asked for a club or diamond lead.
Dec. 4, 2018
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Yes, an obvious advantage. Like Zuccelli (or was it the other guy) teaching Fantoni in the national junior team. Similarily to Chiradia going to Brazil to coach.
Dec. 3, 2018
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Must be great to be an aspiring italian player and have these guys competing again!
Dec. 3, 2018
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A) beating 7N when 7 is making is a top B) South is not a top pro (as far as i know)
Dec. 3, 2018
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Having seen all keycards levin would surely have bid 5N or similar to confirm everything and be able to suggest 7N. That is a conclusion easy to draw playing against him, being a great player has a price that way.
Dec. 3, 2018
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Justin Lall wrote that if partner doesn't double he won't lead a diamond. That might be true if playing with another top player, playing with a sponsor that is for sure not relevant. So was the non-doubler a pro, a good player or a sponsor?
Dec. 2, 2018
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I think you are missing the point of
a) No D on 4
b) Bobby Levin jumps to 7 hence knowing the partnership has first round control in all suits and his partner doesn't have firstround control in
c) Levin never searched for 7NT despite having so much space
d) The comment
Dec. 1, 2018
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That is the very core of the matter.
Dec. 1, 2018
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That auction was one of the most obvious diamond leads ever, the comment by east was revealing in itself of what could have gone wrong. It appears the selected players in the poll were unlucky in their thinking.
Dec. 1, 2018
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To link into another famous thread. Swedish bridge journalist and author Eric Jannersten wrote a huge amount of articles about international bridge in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Regarding Reese-Schapiro he seemed neutral. When commenting on that incident he talked about the Blue Team. He claimed the italians to be perfect gentlemen and models of behaviour. His description of Belladonna was that the italian superstar “.. very intensely looks at opponents and partner …”
Nov. 22, 2018
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A great player from the 50s and 60s, Manke Andersson (no relation), was declaring 7 in the last round of a mp-event around 1980. The slam was cold except for trumps of which he were missing Qxx. The lead took away the only entry to dummy so he now had xxx opposite AKJTxxx. For some reason a crowd gathered. Manke finessed and made the slam.
Nov. 19, 2018
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Jan Kamras is a great guy and a deserving President. Probably not the best No Trump declarer in the world.
Oct. 31, 2018
Lars Andersson edited this comment Oct. 31, 2018
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I don't see Jordan-Robinson or Becker-Hayden in that list?
Oct. 16, 2018
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