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http://www.districtsixbridge.org

The Washington Bridge League's Thursday night unit game has a guaranteed partner program, so even if you do not contact someone in advance, you will get a partner if you show up in advance of the game (preferably by 7 p.m.).
March 16
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Yes, partner had a weak 2D opener available.
March 9
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My non-bridge playing friends and relatives have been laughing up a storm when I tell them about the efforts to get bridge into the Olympics.
Feb. 21
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This is an obvious point, but some people are not looking for a reason to spend more time online. They are looking for face-to-face activities. I am not opposed to online bridge against bots. But it doesn’t appeal to me. That doesn’t mean I won’t give it a try at some point. Right now I’m not looking for a way to spend more time in front of screens.
Feb. 11
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The idea that young people don’t play games face-to-face persists, no matter the evidence to the contrary.
The average age of the hundreds —and sometimes a couple of thousands — of Magic the Gathering players who come out to play tournaments every weekend — is not 99.
Feb. 11
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I doubt whether the: length of time of the cheating, failure to admit it, appeal to the CAS, and continuing to pursue the EBL legally, is likely to lead to many players putting this behind them quickly. And there are some who do not think there has been an over-reaction.
Feb. 10
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I'm not anti-lawyer.
However, it's too bad that the EBL has to spend all of this money and time having its lawyers deal with Fantoni's lawyers.
Feb. 8
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Thank you, Bob.
Feb. 7
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Thanks, Peter!
Feb. 6
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That is a good point, Nedju.

It would seem that a legal battle may be coming. Unless the WBF and EBL just cave without a fight (which I very much hope will not be the case).

If only they hadn't tied themselves in with the IOC and the CAS. What a shame.
Feb. 6
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Clearly, there are reasons why Mr. Trape chose to welcome and partner Mr. Fantoni.
I wouldn't know what they are.

What I do think is important, is that, even though this incident is disheartening, not to make too much of it. Players came to Barcelona and evidently were caught off-guard, misinformed, and manipulated. This was obviously planned in advance.

While I greatly admire the stand that Gonzalo Goded took, and the statement that his father, Federico Goded, made, what they did is difficult, not easy.

Again – what will happen from here on out? There has got to be some evidence of strength regarding ethics and a clean game coming from somewhere. If it doesn't come from our organizations, will it come from somewhere else? Or, is everyone going to passively accept that our organizations (or most of them) are weak-willed and, despite the huge scandals of 2015, don't put ethics and a clean game at the very top of their list of priorities?
Feb. 6
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Mr. di Sacco,

Did you consider not playing in the tournament in Barcelona?
Feb. 6
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It seems to me that this is a crucial turning point regarding whether international bridge is going to be clean, or not.

An editorial in yesterday's Washington Post by Jim Walden, the attorney who represents the Russian whistleblower physician who is now in a witness protection program in the United States, included these sentences:

“The system can be reformed, but it will never happen unless corporate sponsors and clean athletes take a strong stand against doping enablers and apologists, particularly IOC President Thomas Bach, who presided over this tragic affair (of not taking a strong stand against Russian doping) with a cunning display of ineptitude. Sponsors and clean athletes who are not part of the solution are part of the problem. Both groups can and should engage in appropriate protest, even if they do not vote with their feet by boycotting the upcoming Games in Pyeongchang.”

While the CAS bridge ruling is unlikely to get the publicity that the CAS ruling on the doping cases of 28 Russian athletes is, the situations are analogous in substantive ways.
In both cases, the CAS ruled that it was not “comfortably satisfied”, despite overwhelming evidence that virtually all knowledgeable persons who were open to whatever the facts would show, are convinced by.

What to do? Where to go from here? I agree that, at this juncture, bridge sponsors and clean players who are not part of the solution are part of the problem.

We have weak international leadership, as apparently does the IOC. And we are also (or some parts are) subject to the CAS, which Mr. Walden suspects of being corrupt.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2018/02/05/in-the-latest-chapter-of-the-doping-scandal-russia-gets-a-pass/?utm_term=.6372f344aada
Feb. 6
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Exactly!
Feb. 6
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Now and again, he is.
Feb. 5
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Personally, I am going to proceed under the assumption (as predicted by Mr. di Sacco) that F/N will not be playing in Orlando, Florida this autumn.

I am also going to proceed under the assumption that I will not be banned from playing in that tournament.

I fully acknowledge that one or both of these assumptions may turn out to be incorrect.
(And yes, I do realize that it's really not all about me . . . . )
Feb. 5
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It would be hard to think of visiting Gaudi's Casa Batllo (sp.?) as a punishment, though!
Feb. 5
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Perhaps the ACB can no longer be considered reputable.
Feb. 5
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When you are sitting in the waiting room at a hospital for family members of patients who are having major heart surgery (bypass), and you somehow learn that another woman and her husband, who is also having bypass surgery (as is your own husband), also play bridge.

“He had his first angina attack when I put him in a 5 Club contract,”. she reports.

He made it!"
Feb. 5
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It looks to me as if the pair Fantoni-Trape finished 9th overall.

It also looks as if Maurizio di Sacco finished 6th.
Is he not the person that posted here on BW that Mr. Fantoni and Mr. Nunes were suspended completely from bridge, until at least December of this year?

Total confusion.
I may have to resort to watching (American) football now.
Feb. 4
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