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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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Look here at 36.45. Bidding is over. Trey is on the table. Schwartz is pondering what to lead. Fisher moves the trey, towards the middle. Then removes it. If they are innocent, what is that trey movement? A nervous tick?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woNwWtE7z60

And what does he lead? Underlead an Ace up to a strong hand. Partner has only one high card. The King in the lead suit.

Case closed.
Sept. 1, 2015
Lars Andersson edited this comment Sept. 1, 2015
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I like this hand from a few years ago (was it the Transnationals 2011?). You hold something like Kxx/QTxx/Kxx/Jxx. No one vulnerable. P-(1N) All pass. You lead a small club and find partner with 6 of them. Only lead to beat 1N. It was on BBO.

Another example. A nice 17-count 5422 opposite 1462 with 2 jacks. Thats tough playing no conventions. 1-1N; 2. Not a problem in the world.

KJTx/J/Axxxx/xxx. Opponents bid (polish club) 1-1; 1-2; 2-3; 4. You lead a low (rapidly) and find partner with xxxx/xxxx/Kx/Jxx.

The last 2 are from the polish premier league semifinals and are available on youtube.
Aug. 29, 2015
Lars Andersson edited this comment Aug. 29, 2015
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If a confirmed cheating pair qualified their country for the Bermuda Bowl, shouldnt that team be removed and another country allowed in? How about other wins, if they (as a purely hyphotetical example) won something like the Spingold a year ago? Those wins should presumably also be stricken from the record.
Aug. 24, 2015
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Ha. That statement i dont believe for one second! ;)
Aug. 18, 2015
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I dont know Mike Passell. I have met him occasionally at the bridge table, getting slaugthered once in the Spingold comes to mind.

Suffice to say he is a great player, a nice guy, honest and from what I have seen a model for ethical behaviour. There is no one less likely to commit cheating (IMHO).

As some may know I am a cynical when it comes to current bridge ethics. This verdict compared to what goes unpunished at the very top is so weird it is more a joke than anything. Unfortunately this joke is hurting good people.
Aug. 18, 2015
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