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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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I had a scary thought yesterday. F/S are very adept at cheating. This comes from practicing a lot. They would have needed equipment and possibly opponents to practice with. Cheating started at a very young age. At the transnationals in 2011 they seem to have developed their system fully.

Once found guilty I think their bridge environment should be examined. Who was their mentor(s) and bridge friends? What other players come from this environment? Investigate and make sure they are clean.

This is both damage control and common sense for the IBF. If another israeli top pair is detected cheating by others, imagine the consequencies. Better get rid of all the shit now internally.

In other countries the national team gathers for training sessions and different practices. Was this ever done in Israel? Did they use their methods then? Did anyone notice? Were they as superior in the training as in tournaments?

All this is suggestions for the IBF Committe how to proceed.
Sept. 2, 2015
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The code is broken and there is overwhelming evidence. I would recommend the same to Lauria (et al) as I do to the Israeli team. Show some honor, give up what you havent earned rightfully. That would be impressive and show that there is a way out of the mess created by FS. Tell me who would feel enjoyment winning anything with this pair? Do you feel proud and satisfied knowing that your comrades cheated their way to victory?

The ball started rolling here when Richie Schwartz, Allan Graves, Esben Lindgvist and Boye Brogeland showed what real spirit for the game means. It is an example for all of us and really the best part of this whole mess.
Sept. 2, 2015
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The main thing isnt how the other teams react. How do you justify for yourself and your family playing in an event you have no business playing? Takes a certain type of personality I guess. “We cheated to get here before other more deserving teams”.

Taking a definitive stand against cheating by refusing to play and letting the rightful team play shows a strong commitment to justice and moral backbone.

So what will it be?
Sept. 2, 2015
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Why would anyone want to go to the Bermuda Bowl when they didnt qualify? In the final round robin in Opatija, playing good teams, FS scored 0.78 imps/board on the butler. The other 2 pairs were +0.11 and -0.03. How do you estimate their chances to qualify without FS? Slim to none I say.
Sept. 2, 2015
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Problem is the first week is a qualification. The 18(?) team qualifying from 2 groups play a round robin against the teams from the other Group. Voiding all matches is not doable.
Sept. 2, 2015
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It really does not matter who goes, as long as it is not Israel. How about a 128 board playoff to decide? Good for the team who qualifies to sharpen the game Before Chennai!
Sept. 2, 2015
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Case closed. Someone get the IBF committe an internet acount, a web browser and a link to this article. The most comprehensive investigation and documentation of bridge cheating ever made.

Big Kudos to those who started this, especially Boye who essentially risked way too much to make it happen.
Sept. 2, 2015
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This is the big question. Regardless of the team replacing Israel, it is hard to see Israeli players even wanting to play given this enormous amount of evidence.
Sept. 2, 2015
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The teammates. Having read all the stuff here. Having played with or against F/S for 10 years, they wouldnt know? If they know F/S are innocent why not speak up then? The silence is virtually deafening.
Sept. 1, 2015
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It wouldnt hurt to hear the Israeli team players players here. If they believe F/S innocent, where is the support? If they think they are guilty, how can they go to Chennai knowing how they qualified. No top players have so far as i know, given their support. The brother in law excluded.
Sept. 1, 2015
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Like I did you mean … Like many others have done. How much more evidence is really needed?
Sept. 1, 2015
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I know that code. I was referring to 2 other pairs (or actually one pair and one player with different partners) who insist on being NS.
Sept. 1, 2015
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The broken code exactly matches the trey handling by Fisher. I defer to Kit Woolsey for a detailed analysis with many examples. Especially how they when they are NS almost never let opening leader remove the trey.

The roving eyes is another tell tale sign.

I posted this lead in another thread a few days ago. Independently the code was broken by Cullin analyzing 3 different videos. I went back to this board. Looked at the trey movement. Trey towards the middle = diamonds. Voila.

Having played my share of boards behind screens, a number of thousand boards i guess, I can honestly say I have never witnessed this articular movement. Grab the board, move it to the middle. Hold it a few seconds, then remove. Does anyone believe this is a normal movement? This board in itself is (IMHO) much more than what got Buratti-Lanzarotti sentenced.

Not even the other 2 NS-insistants does this much. Maybe their code is about to be broken?
Sept. 1, 2015
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As for them missing leads. Remember this is essentially a lead directing double. We all know how difficult that is. You hold KQJxx in a suit and partner doubles something else for the lead. Didnt Edgar Kaplan joke about this. God told you to lead hearts and I told you to lead …!?
Sept. 1, 2015
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I Think I misremembered the first hand. It was probably Axx of clubs as pointed out by Ish. Moving the hand from 100% suspect to 90% suspect IMHO

As for the last lead I commented on it in the video thread.
Sept. 1, 2015
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