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Looks like someone with money and influence objected to losing titles.
July 29, 2016
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Previous 4 years from the Spingold Final 2015 is a bit fuzzy. It could and should easily be interpreted to include the Spingold results 2011.
July 28, 2016
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I think 4 years retroactively is the most they will get anywhere. The main reason being: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwWSvpBor6s
July 28, 2016
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Lotan using someone elses account? Wow, how totally unexpected! Who would have thought that?
July 27, 2016
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A friend of mine said today that an iq of 90 was enough to become a lawyer. It seems he was at least 50% wrong.
July 27, 2016
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Bringing out the popcorn. Might get a reference to something from the late 70s soon.
July 27, 2016
Lars Andersson edited this comment July 27, 2016
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Thinking outside the box. Dinkin-Amoils. Schwartz-Wolff. Mahaffey-Lall-
July 27, 2016
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+1
July 27, 2016
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The entire Monaco experiment erased. Good to hear Z bears no ill will towards the players who cost him all that money and prestige.
July 26, 2016
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F/S chose not to appeal. Sponsor no longer paying their lawyers?
July 25, 2016
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Ironically some main accusers (of Reese-Shapiro) where later forbidden/asked/stopped from playing together. Maybe it takes one to know one.
July 21, 2016
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IMHO evidence against FN and FS is 10/10. Volume, quality and independent analysis. WE is 8/10, less volume, less quality and less independent analysis. ZB evidence is 7/10, mainly because of all the noise generated by them makes the signals hard to identify and analyze.

As for punishment, I dont advocate a lesser penalty for WE and no change for the others. I think the punishment should fit the crime. 5 years for WE given their advanced age and expected remaining bridge career. 15 years for the other pairs. That would be justified. 10 years for BZ would be appropriate.
July 21, 2016
Lars Andersson edited this comment July 21, 2016
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Wladow-Elinescu get 10 years on relatively weak evidence. FN and FS get 5 years on overwhelming and detailed evidence. WE are in their 70s making it a life sentence. FN/FS can return and play for many more years. Is this justice?
July 21, 2016
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Omitting Monaco players makes sense. Omitting other teammates would IMHO be justified.
July 21, 2016
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I would like to quote the swedish poet Esaias Tegner, unfortunately most of you wouldn't understand so here is a loose translation: “What is unclearly said is unclearly thought”

That seems to be the norm for anything the WBF and its lawyers publishes.
July 20, 2016
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Just as a reminder. These are the FN “major tournament wins” from Wikipedia:

Bermuda Bowl: 2005
World Team Olympiad: 2004
World Mind Sports Games: Open Teams 2008 — successor to the quadrennial Olympiad
World Transnational Open Teams Championship: 2007
World Open Pairs: 2002
Spingold: 2011, 2012
European Teams Championships: 2004, 2006
European Champions' Cup for Open Teams: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009

There are a number of other high finishes as well.

I have yet to hear one player of their teams utter one word of regret or even displeasure of having played with them.
July 20, 2016
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Time for the many teammates who have benefited from the FN cheating to step up and show some moral fibre. I am not holding my breath waiting for that though.
July 18, 2016
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Makes me assume they will give FN 5 years. More evidence and no confession. Unless the godfather thinks differently of course.
June 19, 2016
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And no moral backbone! That will serve him well as it did Hitler, Stalin, Putin or Trump.
June 15, 2016
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England is very similar to the football team. Good names, high expectations and rarely perform. They need Sven… :-D
June 15, 2016
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