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Fewer than 5 world class pairs? I mean how many pairs in the world even rate the classification of truly “world class?” Anybody know?
Sept. 2, 2015
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Hanan,

If you know, since the IBF is giving until September 30th for evidences to be presented, and then will give the pair ample time to defend against any of it, what does this say about Chennai?

Obviously IBF must decide long before then whether Israel will participate in the BB under these circumstances. Any word on this consideration?
Sept. 2, 2015
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f) when the teammates return to the table to compare scores? NO

Seriously?
Sept. 1, 2015
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Rodolfo,

A whole lot of people who have posted on BW recently must believe that being a nice guy proves innocence. One guy even said something like “back in 1992, you said hi to me.” Well, that should certainly prove innocence, shouldn't it?

The truth of the matter is that when someone has a history of nefarious behavior, it's MUCH easier to believe them guilty of it again, and when people believe someone has a heretofore unblemished record (even when such facts are not in evidence), it's much harder to believe it possible of them at all.

There is a famous American serial killer (as an extreme example) who people knew to be a pillar of the community, involved with the Rotary club which is known for it's good works, and who even was a clown at children's parties. He was beloved and respected in his community …. until they dug up the bodies.

Things are not always what they seem on either side of the coin.
Sept. 1, 2015
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Mike,

While I don't always agree with you, I certainly admire your tenacity in holding to your position. You won't be swayed by hysteria, hyperbole, or provocative statements by anyone.

I think that's actually a very rare (too rare) thing in people everywhere, so I appreciate your input here quite a lot.
Aug. 31, 2015
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Do you pay bonuses for winning? I don't know the answer, and I'm pretty sure I'm not entitled to the answer, so how would any of us here possibly be able to answer your question above?
Aug. 31, 2015
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If a person is too young to be held responsible for their actions, perhaps they should be ineligible to compete in sanctioned play until such time as they can be.
Aug. 30, 2015
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“How many accusations have been made to the EOC?”

How about more specifically, how many have been made about people who are calling for blood in the streets on BW right now? My guess would be more than one or two.
Aug. 29, 2015
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Geoff,

The problem with your suggestion above - why eliminate them from NABC and allow them to do their thing to the vast majority who like to think they have a shot at Regional titles?
Aug. 29, 2015
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The obvious fly in the ointment of Alfredo's statement is that even while his team played well in the Final, if there weren't cheating going on in the quarter finals (or perhaps even before that), they never would have gotten to the Finals in the first place.

It sucks for them, but how could this obvious fact elude anyone?
Aug. 29, 2015
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The thing about cheating is, it's a behavior that once someone gets in their blood it is very hard to “undo.” Sure, the records of a rather extensive and well documented cheating past exist for this player. I mean, how many times can one be found guilty of cheating and still enjoy the fruits of his/her larceny? I'd say the recidivism rate among bridge cheats is about akin to the recidivism rate among child molesters. It's a compulsion of some sort.

This is why I so strongly believe that once you are found guilty of cheating even one time, you're finished insofar as sanctioned bridge is concerned. You want a clean organization? Then organizations have to stop slapping wrists or issuing short periods of suspension or probation and start perma-banning known cheats.

People who cheat have some weird psychology going on that compels them - perhaps it's a game for them, a puzzle to sort out somehow. A thrill runs down their spines when they can look everyone in the eyes and as much as say “PROVE IT IF YOU CAN!”
Aug. 29, 2015
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Quite right. Offering to and doing are not the same thing.
It would seem one either gives them up or one does not.
Aug. 28, 2015
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My crystal ball is a bit murky at the moment, but deep inside there I seem to see another BW gag/ban in the not too distant future.
Aug. 28, 2015
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One thing is certain, “if” bridge survives, then long after most of us have done our ashes to ashes routine, players will be discussing this scandal, how it evolved, and vehemently disagreeing about the process, verdict and hands that were put forth as “proof.”
Aug. 28, 2015
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Am I mistaken, or haven't books been written showing both guilt and innocence in major cheating scandals from the past using LOTS of hand evidence?

If there can be no consensus after decades of consideration from scores of top experts, how can we expect this to be so absolutely definitive in this case? All due respect to Larry and his fantastic ideas that top players would “KNOW” - don't the facts re: Blue Team and Reese-Shapiro (among others) fly in the face of that?
Aug. 27, 2015
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It would appear that there is no “plausible” deniability.
Aug. 27, 2015
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Craig,

Sounds like a fascinating board where such an unusual thing could occur at these levels. Do you recall the hands?
Aug. 27, 2015
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Bob,

In re your C&E committee you said “Yes, I was accused and convicted of accusing someone else of cheating in a situation other than a private conversation with a director or league official.” Sorry that you were subjected to that being posted here, by the way

Was it because you did this during a tournament? Because people - LOTS of people - have done far worse right here on BW in the last ten days or so, particularly regarding Lotan Fisher.

Your experience puts me in mind of how verboten accusing someone of cheating is (or at least used to be) in the bridge world. Explicitly considered even a worse crime than cheating itself. So how does what you did compare with what's transpired on BW in the past 10 days or so?

Aug. 27, 2015
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Do you mean this hasn't been being done all along?
Aug. 26, 2015
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It begins to sound like Boye is the figurehead for a much larger movement. He doesn't act as a lone gunman here by any means. As Dave Waterman pointed out earlier, BW not posting an article announcing Cayne team's win in the Spingold seems like it might have been part of a plan that's been in the works for a while.

Good on ‘em as far as I’m concerned.
Aug. 25, 2015
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