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Actually, Dominic Frontiere composed the song. H.M. and his orchestra performed it.
Sept. 26, 2015
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So far, what I haven't seen about the team from Poland, is whether or not B/Z played in the Euros to qualify.

If they didn't, then the Polish foursome that are left should be permitted to play, if they so choose.

However, if B/Z did play in the qualifiers, then their federation should do what the Israeli and German teams have done, and that is to bow out gracefully, as the spot they hold has likely been tarnished, even though they're already there.
Sept. 26, 2015
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It saddens me that this beautiful game, that I've been fortunate to partake of for these past, close to sixty years, has been tarnished so badly by a number of cheating pairs. Although I stopped traveling to tourneys about 15 years ago, I still follow it avidly, mainly on BBO, often seen kibitzing JEC's matches.
Now, on BBO, when I play, all I have to put up with, far too often, are rude, insensitive players who think nothing of jumping table in mid-hand, for almost any reason imaginable. These days,it's almost impossible to know if someone is cheating, as well, if they're a partnership.
In spite of that, I still open a table periodically, and hope to get nice, interesting and competitive partners and opponents.
Hope springs eternal. Honest bridge will win out in the end.
Sept. 23, 2015
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Do you need editorial help for your title, Hanan?
Sept. 14, 2015
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JEC has always been a class act.
Now, we'll still have to wait for the actual findings and rulings via the ACBL and any other parties connected.
Sept. 8, 2015
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Well said, Andy.
Sept. 5, 2015
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I recall seeing a round robin event recently, in order to pick the third pair for the team, to replace F-S, and it consisted of three of the leading pairs in the country. Friedlander and partner won that playoff.
Sept. 5, 2015
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It was a brave and timely decision by the IBF, of which I had been a long time member, until I stopped traveling to tourneys a fair number of years ago.

I feel particularly sorry for the Herbst brothers, whose career I have followed since they began to make their mark many moons ago, and who have brought many and varied accomplishments and honor to Israel.

I'm less familiar with the younger members of the team, but have enjoyed over the years a number of very interesting battles with Alon's father, David, a great internationalist for Israel over the years, and it's good to see that Alon exhibits the same level of sportsmanship as his father.

Hopefully the team will be able to play in the transnationals, as has been written above. As I don't follow the dates of these events any longer, I'm not certain if they've begun, or not.
Sept. 5, 2015
Lionel Gaffen edited this comment Sept. 5, 2015
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Thanks Winston, for pointing it out : Somehow I still always think of them joined at the hip, which they were for many years. I was looking at R.P.'s name, and E.G. added in a comment, which caused me to reverse their names in my mind, and in my sentence.
Aug. 29, 2015
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The pros that I've known in the past would spend a lot of time analyzing hands after events, particularly with more sessions coming up, and the question posed by E.G. still hasn't been answered, your personal opinion notwithstanding.
Aug. 29, 2015
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This is from another discussion - Ron Pachtmann : “Since I know u, and your passion for bridge, u always carry the hand records, after every session u sit and talk about every board that was played.

How do u think I should feel when for 2 years when u played with them on the same team, u couldnt find 1 single strange / bad move and now, after they changed teams, u happen to lose to them and suddenly they are the biggest cheaters the world have known? ”

Boye Brogeland- from another discussion : “ Hi Erikas.

Here are my answers to your questions:

When you are a winning team I guess the sponsor would normally like to continue with his players. Espen Lindqvist and I were happy that we didn't have to be linked to those two guys anymore.

I played with Lotan in the Yeh Bros Cup in Shanghai in the beginning of April (in the Vytas Vainikonis team). None of us played well and we had an average score on the Butler when we got knocked out early in the event.

As David mentioned I found out at 07.15 AM the morning after our loss to them. They just did too many non-logical plays - all successful even if the patient died sometimes - ans it finally became clear cut for me what these guys are up to. Since then it's just become clearer and clearer and clearer and clearer. ”


Here's my confusion. From my own playing days, at a much lower level, after a match, either my partner and I -in pairs, or my team, would sit around and analyze our hands for hours on end, in order to see where our mistakes took place, how to improve on or bidding methods, pointing out defensive errors, and so on, etc.

R.P. mentions that you are that type of player as well, and are even more extreme in your post mortem analyses after matches.

You, on the other hand, mention that the light only came on, some hours after being eliminated in this last Spingold event, which caused you to begin to question the previous years of playing with them as team mates.
Aug. 29, 2015
Lionel Gaffen edited this comment Aug. 29, 2015
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Considering how the court of the opinionated general public tends to convict without evidence, based on hearsay, rumors, etc., I'm sure that his Facebook page will likely have been inundated with negative opinions of a lot of people who may have lost to them in the past, or just can't stand his personality .

Robert Stevens, in the thread listed above, makes a number of statements, which would tend to show that there seems to be a number of questionable areas in the ‘ evidence ’ that has been produced.
I'll leave it to the world class experts to go over the pros and cons of individual boards, and make their decisions based on their experience.

I also believe that Zia should weigh in with his opinion, as if there is anyone in the world who is known for an unorthodox style of bidding, totally unorthodox and often brilliant leads and plays throughout his career, that his opinion would mean a lot.
Aug. 29, 2015
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