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Rereading chapter 4 i notice a loophole. It is possible to strike off a person depending on the severity of their offense. So FS and FN can just disappear from all resultat. That would be neat.
Sept. 17, 2015
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According to the disciplinary code that is not an option.
Sept. 17, 2015
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WBF has a similar disciplinary code. We can only hope these cheaters can be stripped of titles based on other regulations!
Sept. 17, 2015
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Reading the EBL disciplinary code gives the impression that retroactively removal of titles is not possible. That is an interesting question to both the WBF and the EBL! Do we have to live with the tainted results forever?
Sept. 17, 2015
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Comparing with 5 other perennial contenders reveals that 3 out of 5 times another team has the same pattern. None of the other 4 has a similar pattern any year.

Edited. Further examination shows that 2002 all the contenders where similar. No noticable difference. for the other 6*4 comparisions. One nation has 4 out of 4 extreme delta values. One nation has 3 out of 4 (but the delta between first and second part is only half as big). 4 nations has no noticable delta.
Sept. 17, 2015
Lars Andersson edited this comment Sept. 17, 2015
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Good luck Denmark. Especially of course my old partner Kasper and recent teammate Soren. I average quite the score mp-wise with Kasper. Sample too small for analysis though.
Sept. 17, 2015
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That is also valid. The thing is when you lead hearts you assume partner has an honor. There is basically never an advantage leading low.
Sept. 16, 2015
Lars Andersson edited this comment Sept. 17, 2015
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Funny how that junior team connects the dots. 3 amazingly successful players coached in their youth by Zuchelli.
Sept. 16, 2015
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Must be a natural step in Italy to have convicted cheaters coach their juniors? Is Buratti doing it now?
Sept. 16, 2015
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It does not take a genius to know who of the successful players are honest and who are not. Great players are logical and intuitive. What they have in common is that they make logical choices that sometimes lead to bad results.

Playing the great players like JM, BH, GH, BB and PF you notice they are extremely good. They are totally competent. They are scaringly good. However they make wrong choices based on bridge logic.

Playing Fantunes I never got the scaringly good impression. Never the total competence. Bridge for them was difficult. Only thing is they never make wrong choices based on bridge logic. There were problems they never had to solve. “Did partner lead a singleton?”. “Was that an attitude or was he forced to play it?”. “Is partner max or minimum?”
Sept. 16, 2015
Lars Andersson edited this comment Sept. 16, 2015
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Thanks Gerben. Maybe it is just you and me that think alike …

Rule of 18. The crutch for senior bridge and lazy players.
Sept. 16, 2015
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It would be good to hear from the Italian federation and their top players. How could this go on for so many years? Noone noticed? Really? And now no comment.
Sept. 15, 2015
Lars Andersson edited this comment Sept. 16, 2015
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Having played 8-11 2/2-openings showing unbalanced and no 4+major for years at the highest level I would rule on the unplayable side for the Fantunes 2-bids. Our 2/2 also denied 55+ patterns unless bad suits. A wider range and possibility of a major is very difficult to handle.

Our 2/2 opener was not a net minus but not a great point winner either. It hinders getting to good partscores and some close games. The upside is of course making opponents start at the 2-level. Knowing partner has no major is also a major advantage when deciding whether to compete or how high.

1/1 showing 8-11 and possible canape is a major winner. It is mentally difficult for your opponents when you open 1Major a lot. There are a lot of other advantages also.

Magic Diamond is a very easy system to learn also.
Sept. 15, 2015
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Like always ;)
Sept. 15, 2015
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The attitude to due process should be the same for all pairs. We cant handle FS one way and FN another. Monaco should have prepared, once FS was taken down the only logical candidate next up was FN.

In the Israeli case the players withdrew. That is bound to happen here, given Helgemos statement!
Sept. 15, 2015
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Who plays Chris Compton?
Sept. 14, 2015
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That is an easy question Magnus!
Sept. 14, 2015
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I Think Helgemo is between a rock and a hard place when it comes to that statement. You think he would say he knew and taint all his sponsors successes? We have to wait for the official Zimmerman statement.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Really interesting would be videos from F/N and HH being slaughtered by Italy in the final of the Bermuda Bowl 2013. I would bet 1000 lira that F/N were not signalling in that match. Any takers?
Sept. 14, 2015
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Call Monaco. Country code 377.
Sept. 14, 2015
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