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Louis, finally a comment from you, with a self evaluation I can agree with.
March 10, 2016
Michael Fleisher edited this comment March 10, 2016
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Easy - they are no longer making a living from bridge.
Making a living from bridge IS their ‘normal’ thing to do.
March 8, 2016
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Punishment - the act of punishing someone or a way of punishing someone.
Punishing - to make (someone) suffer for a crime or for bad behavior.

Suspension ==> Suffering by the suspended ==> qualifies as punishment.

Not that difficult Arno.
March 7, 2016
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The red queen is at it again. Off with their heads said Arno Webber
March 6, 2016
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Off with their heads said the / Q
Feb. 27, 2016
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Off with their heads said the red

AW
Feb. 26, 2016
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My point is - if hands played by F-N or any other pair is interesting, and worth reporting from a bridge point of view, it should be reported.
Lets take an extreme hypothetical - Assume the doctors, with or without the aid of cheating, found a brilliant play that is hard, but conceivable by applying good bridge logic. I say, report on the hand as well as the analysis.
It seems that some would rather not see any bridge contribution related to a cheating player. The works by Reese are such contributions.
Feb. 24, 2016
Michael Fleisher edited this comment Feb. 24, 2016
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I agree. If you enjoy the bridge it is a good article.

I am curious, has anyone here stopped reading works by Terrence Reese? He was, after all, accused and convicted by the WBF.
Personally, I enjoy his works very much.
Feb. 24, 2016
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Below is a quote from a criminal defense attorney site.

“The presumption of innocence seems easily forgotten in the so-called “court of public opinion”. When high profile criminal cases capture media attention, the public opinion seems to sway towards presuming the person is guilty – before he even steps foot inside a courtroom to have a judge or jury determine whether or not he is guilty. This ‘presumption of guilt’ in the public’s opinion can be devastating to reputations; careers; families, and almost every other aspect of life. Even if eventually found ‘not guilty’ in a court of law, recovering from a public smearing of one’s name and reputation may prove impossible.”

I'm guessing TBW rightly assumed innocence for now. After the trial or equivalent there of in bridge organization, it may be a different story.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Eobuu-IexvI
Feb. 23, 2016
Michael Fleisher edited this comment Feb. 23, 2016
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Rolf -
“Did they really argue that there is no cheating if one does not do it in every similar situations on every board?”
Paul -
“During his presentation on T2 (coughing), Fisher indeed argued that there is no cheating if one does take the same path in every similar situation, not according to a coughing pattern.”

What Paul is saying states that Fisher claimed they acted consistently in same bridge situation regardless of cough.

Rolf asked, to my understanding, if they claimed that only occasionally reacting to the cough proves non-cheating?

These are different assertions. If indeed Fisher managed to show consistency of bridge action, then it is evidence that the coughs didn't necessarily influence these actions. Not absolute proof, but enough perhaps to insert doubt.

Feb. 19, 2016
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Someone picked the instructions card and misplaced it.
Feb. 19, 2016
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I grab.
When I have to follow a picker I usually have to locate “missing” bids. Grabbing is, imo, an example of good bridge manners.

I do however see a case for picking if you have a tendency to lose concentration. It forces you to think carefully on the bid you are about to make.

One more point, relating to the mixed options. I think it should be illegal to vary your choices during a session. In this age of cheating scandals…
Feb. 18, 2016
Michael Fleisher edited this comment Feb. 18, 2016
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Proposing changes to the rules of bridge, liked or not, do have their place on a bridge site.
Even if this creates a “separate game”, it is very much related and therefore may be mentioned on a bridge discussion site such as BW.
No one has to like it, but defining this as a “totally new” game is totally wrong (pun intended).
Feb. 15, 2016
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This is sillier than the ability to buy master points by hiring a pro team. Not by much though..
Check out the huge discrepancy between KO bracket 1 point awards and KO bracket 2 and below. This discrepancy was introduced fairly recently. I suspect the motivation is similar to the one in the post. Grant more master points to the people who pay more.
Jan. 25, 2016
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The natural way, IMO, to force game and show a six card suit while not committing to the final strain is by bidding 3.
Jan. 20, 2016
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Jan. 16, 2016
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Well, we should all sleep better now that our master points are safe! :)
Jan. 11, 2016
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Hopefully within 24 hours :)
Jan. 4, 2016
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Nick,
I read both articles. I also have plenty of “experience ” being annoyed by various behaviors.
Over the years, I learned that developing patience rather than being annoyed is a good idea.
People come to play for various reasons. One of them is simply to have a fun few hours playing. Being constantly irritated ruins it for them and also, as I recall, ruined it for me.
People simply treat coming to the table with “let's get it over with” attitude instead of being pleasant. A thing that was reversed by developing a bit of patience and some gentler ways to deal with situations.
Jan. 3, 2016
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“ I was shocked that after giving more than 50 hours of my time to this person, they shot me down cold with a form email that basically said - not kidding here - that the answer was no and that if I didn't like it they could easily replace me! Which I let them do……”

I can't help but think about the last few “interesting” months devoted to behavior of top players.
This aspect, of a feeling of superiority by top players, is another example of the degradation of competitive bridge. Sad.
Dec. 28, 2015
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