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Please use your mind. How can anybody FORCE JEC or any sponsor to take back money he has paid to his hire guns if he does not want to.
Aug. 26, 2015
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You are right. If I did not know any better, I would think from reading all the posts here that Bridge players are the most unreasonable people in the world.
Aug. 26, 2015
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Ralph, you forgot there is something called IRS.
Aug. 26, 2015
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Has the request/demand to vacate the titles been officially made to ACBL yet?
Aug. 26, 2015
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Who watches the watchmen?
Aug. 26, 2015
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Martin, which one will be the one throwing up because he is to be shot at first, and then after the other guy shows mercy, insists on having a shot at the other guy?
Aug. 25, 2015
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It does not matter what Boye's motivation is to come out with the accusation now, nor does it matter if he consciously or sub-consciously suppressed his suspicion in the past. It only matters whether the evidence when presented are truly convincing to enough of his peers to form a definitive conclusion of innocence or guilt.

As for vacating the titles, I asked right away how the mechanism of that is supposed to work. Does ACBL allow one or more members of a winning team to withdraw their names while leaving others on? And it should be happening immediately, not wait for the accusation process be end or even begin.
Aug. 25, 2015
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No one is saying that cheating only occurs at the top level. What we are saying is that cheating at top level and other levels are significantly different problems and cannot be solved by a one size fits all solution.
Aug. 25, 2015
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As I have replied to you previously, and also elsewhere, I agree with you this is a top players problem, and they need to take the lead in solving it. Right now, each case is handled differently, and the rank and file are involved in different ways, creating bad blood for everyone. The top players can establish rules which work for them, taking into account if they allow for witch hunts, they can be subject to witch hunts themselves.
Aug. 25, 2015
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Is a trump asking bid in available after 2? That one bid would have made life very simple.
Aug. 25, 2015
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1) I may be wrong, because I gave up on the MP thread long ago. But if I follow the history of this correctly, Boye was not the person to reveal the identities of the accused. That was made by someone in a post on this thread, and then Gai made it clear with his posts.

2) Making the accusation in public is an effective way of forcing the powers that be to not just let things slide. Boys had said as much.

3) I don't see a “lynch” mob rushing to convict. Some top players are convinced of the accused's guilt, but that has nothing to do with anything on BW. Some people are saying they tend to beleive Boye, esp in light of he and 3 others saying they will give up the titles they won with the accused as teammates (I am assuming that is not an empty gesture). Many of the posts have been generated by responses to Gai.
Aug. 25, 2015
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Roger, sorry, I did not read your post properly. I would assume the A list sponsors at least would have a written contract with their hire guns.
Aug. 24, 2015
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Gai, you were the one bringing up returning money to sponsor. Now that you have been shown how silly your position is, you want to say it is not relevant?
Aug. 24, 2015
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Roger, the guy is found cheating and you are wondering what is the ethical thing for him to do?
Aug. 24, 2015
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Gai, you are being silly. If it is prize money they won, then it makes sense for them to give it up along with the titles. But if it is money from sponsor to him, it is between him and the sponsor, and as Peg said, none of your frigging business.
Aug. 24, 2015
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I admire you guys for doing that. But what does it mean to give up the trophies? Will the trophy go to the runners up/ Will the title be left vacant? Is there a provision by ACBL to do any of this?
Aug. 24, 2015
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Cheating in Bridge is a problem for everyone. But cheating at the top is principally a top ranked players problem, especially amongst top pros. This problem needs to be addressed by the top players themselves rather than ask for rank and file to solve their problem. Come up with sensible suggestions (remember you may be on the wrong end of the stick if it allows for witch hunts), then you will get the support of the general membership.
Aug. 24, 2015
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OK. Thanks.
Aug. 24, 2015
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What if partner has 4153?
Aug. 24, 2015
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And the other side will bring on their “expert witnesses”, some equivalence of Bobby Riggs for Bridge.
Aug. 24, 2015
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