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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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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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