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Yes, Alex, I caught that. :>

David, your point is well taken. So, I'll quote Boye again instead:

“Very soon there will come out mind boggling stuff that would even make a Hollywood movie surreal.”
Sept. 12, 2015
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We've yet to see the Ace, King or Queen of Spades. Coming soon to theaters near you.
Sept. 12, 2015
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I suspect many will wish it was that simple.
Sept. 12, 2015
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That Nick Martino is one perceptive cookie!
Sept. 11, 2015
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I have a question for you, Carl, and I ask it with all due respect to your considerable bridge knowledge and expertise.

If authorities had clear and convincing proof that a pair (any pair not this specific one) were found guilty of illegal signaling in numerous events, but not enough to convict in an isolated particular event, would you as a teammate and winner of that event feel perfectly fine with your win?

Would you tend to say to yourself “Yes, I believe they DID cheat in those other three or four championships they won, but NOT in this one?”

I'll believe you if you say you would be content with that, but I feel fairly certain that most would not.

Sept. 11, 2015
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If you're not fond of the initial Dbl of 1, what would you suggest is superior? I guess I could have started this out in steps and asked what you would bid over 1 with the South hand. What seems best over 1 instead of the Dbl?
Sept. 11, 2015
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Artur,

Thank you for your candid post.

I tried to overlook the part about Boye not seeing anything while on their team, but it always came back to nag at me. I think your assessment of it sums it up nicely:

“he didnt notice for two years (bullshit)anything wrong”

as well as:

“I tell you for nothing - if you are a top player you know after a few matches that your teammates doing too well.”

These are statements that few if any (if they're being honest) could disagree with. These great players certainly know the score no matter how much they proclaim they did not. They may not have taken the time to discover the means, but that something was amiss could not have escaped them.

I am grateful for all the hours that people have put in to researching this entire mess, but what you have pointed out should not be ignored by anyone with a genuine interest in cleaning up the game.
Sept. 9, 2015
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Interesting dilemma. I simply could not bring myself to pass though.
Sept. 9, 2015
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In none of those other forms of bridge, though, would the type of bidding and manipulation that takes place in the robot tournaments ever be tolerable. This is what makes it a different game imo. A bridge-based mind game, if you will.
Sept. 9, 2015
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Fair point, Steve. And just as true is that a “not guilty” verdict is not the equivalent of innocence.
Sept. 8, 2015
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I keep reading how people are so concerned that bridge cheats might be deprived of earning a living. After all, this is their profession!

I cannot be bothered fretting over that. They forfeit any “right” to earn a living doing it when they cheat. And furthermore, they want to blame someone for their loss of income, they have only to look into a mirror.
Sept. 8, 2015
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“Unwitting?”

Sept. 7, 2015
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Apparently it's not detecting them that's the problem. In other threads we see that most everyone knows the few pairs who are actively cheating at the top. It's successfully convicting them that's the problem.
Sept. 6, 2015
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We're being reduced to a culture filled with asterisks.
Sept. 6, 2015
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There is no “honor” to be had giving up something that you didn't win honorably, but imo there is great dishonor in waiting to see if there is a wily enough team of attorneys to see to it that you get keep your ill gotten goods.
Sept. 6, 2015
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We afford foreign players diplomatic immunity?
Sept. 6, 2015
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But you've said that half the players cheat in robot tournaments on BBO. Aren't those “electronic” games?
Sept. 5, 2015
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Hear Hear, Max!

I can't believe your post doesn't have 500 or so “likes.”

Thanks for posting.
Sept. 5, 2015
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And it seems you have lots of company, so I tend to believe it's true too. It was very interesting to me, I'm glad you brought it up.
Sept. 5, 2015
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Crystal!
Sept. 4, 2015
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