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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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The obvious way is how the trey is being passed. Some pairs and players are decidedly more efficient being NS than being EW. Some players are always NS, maybe they are supersticious?

Another typical example is the second slow pass when considering balancing vs 1NT. Typically followed by an unorthodox minor suit lead from partner. Say your last to bid after a 1NT opening by your screen mate. The creative genius is ever present.

One tell is the pair with very few agreements and wide range bids who always hit the “right” strength in partners hand. The “Old Black Magic” (Quote Edgar Kaplan) is still alive and well. Sometimes this can be achieved with simple things like the tempo of your bids or more subtly how hard (or the angle with) you place the bidding cards on the trey. Typical auction is 1M-1N; 2m-?? where you have that “raise or not”-strength.

Good hearing is a decided advantage for some slower players.

Prepping the cards is more stone age, like so much in the ACBL.

It is also interesting to read books by US players where name calling of players from other countries is easy but naming national players is very rare. Libel laws?
Aug. 17, 2015
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The 5 bid is “interesting”
Aug. 15, 2015
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I think playing 1NT as a negative when your side doubles 1 would simplify this considerably.
Nov. 1, 2014
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Clarify intentions, then blackwood. Why make something difficult out of a simple hand.
March 31, 2014
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I agree heartily on the verdict against W-E. As for the german federation we have to remember there are humans involved. Longtime friends have to reevaluate their allegiances. The affair is out in the open which is good. Now it is an internal and painful process for german bridge. This will take time. I wouldnt rush to judgement on anyone except the 2 convicted cheats.
March 31, 2014
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I dont want to put names on someone who might be completely innocent. This was years ago in Denmark and/or Germany. Maybe some danes has better memory.
March 30, 2014
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Can anyone confirm that Elinescu was banned earlier from playing with another partner? Mister G…a.
March 29, 2014
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So the KooKoo in Amsterdam 2008 was part of a pattern. One wonders how long they have been doing it.
March 28, 2014
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