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Kit - your critical clue also meshes well with the title selected by MR. ‘Comeuppance’ would have been a give-away.
March 27, 2018
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I will cheerfully *many* more NABCs when (if?) the ACBL agrees to meet with the organizers of the Australian Gold Coast Congress in order to identify and implement best practices.
March 19, 2018
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Mr. Pascal - while I don't share many of your views, I'd nonetheless like to express my appreciation for your willingness to engage in a frank exchange of opinions.

I'm particularly impressed that you are doing so in a second- language in what might be described as an adversarial environment.
March 17, 2018
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“I am not passing a 12 count”.

When rubbishing the actions taken by multiple world champions, it's useful to explain what you would have done instead.

What imaginative bid would you have made with this hand after RHO opened 1D?
March 17, 2018
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“I happen to think the current process is horrible and makes it far too easy for cheats to get away with it, and that process has to be fixed. But whatever the process is, people should respect the outcome.”

Fortunately, civil rights activists - to name but one example - have consistently adopted a different perspective.
March 15, 2018
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Nedju - the CAS went out of its way to state that the EBL's failure to meet the high standard of proof required for a conviction did *not* mean Fantunes had not cheated.

And the paltry (in context) cost award granted to FanTunes suggests where the CAS' sympathies lay.

So I think the EBL both can, and will, refuse to extend an invitation to FanTunes to play in any championship events.
March 14, 2018
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Schwartz-Zimmermann: the English and Russian pairs will have plenty to chat about.
March 14, 2018
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The EBL and WBF championship events are “by invitation”. When a player qualifies they are extended an invitation to play.

The Credentials Committee has discretion to withdraw that invitation, without having to specify why.

B-Z were unable to play for Poland in the 2015 Bermuda Bowl in Chennai when the Credentials Committee, chaired by the same Yves Aubry, withdrew their invitation.
March 12, 2018
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No - the IOC.

When the CAS reversed the doping conviction of 28 Russian athletes, the IOC noted that the Olympics are a “by invitation” event and declined to extend an invitation to the aforementioned Russians.

Yves Aubry pointedly notes that EBL events are also “by invitation”.
March 11, 2018
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The last paragraph of Yves Aubry's article strongly implies that the EBL will simply follow the IOC lead and decline to invite FanTunes to any EBL events.
March 11, 2018
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Congratulations Michal!
March 8, 2018
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Drury was developed by Doug Drury, who partnered Eric Murray prior to Sami Kehela's arrival on the Canadian bridge scene.

Murray played 4 card majors, and the Drury convention was invented to minimize the self-inflicted carnage that was a not infrequent consequence of his fondness for very light third-seat openings.

As Murray put it “the convention was a terrific improvement. The bidding used to go P-(P)-1S-(P)-3S-(P)-P-(X) and we would go for 1100. Now the bidding goes P-(P)-1S-(P)-2C-(P)-2S-(P)-P-(X)and we only go for -800.”
March 7, 2018
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David - the most surprising decision was that made by your merciful better half, who left you in condition to tell the tale.
Feb. 27, 2018
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Ummm….citing Reese as an authority for attacking the proposition that Reese was a cheater is akin to citing Speer as an authority for attacking the proposition that Speer was well aware of the appalling conditions that the slave-laborers who worked in his factories were exposed to.
Feb. 27, 2018
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Eric Kokish wrote/edited a number of excellent World Championship texts that combined first-rate analysis and suspense(the 1983 BB was a stand out).
Feb. 22, 2018
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John - the deflatable dome regional occurred at Smuggler's Notch at the end of the 80s. A loud ‘bang’ came from the large fan unit at the top of the dome, and air began to leak out of the structure which gradually began to sag.

There was only one air-lock exit, so the players were a bit nervous (and then some) waiting to get out while the membrane deflated.

My partner brought a carving knife to the next day's Swiss, “just in case…”.
Feb. 6, 2018
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Gonzalo - did the lawyer's letter issued by Mr. Trape's attorneys also demand that your original post be modified or removed?

If so, I suspect Bridgewinners has received its own letter…..
Feb. 6, 2018
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Don….c'mon…you know better than that.

The German attempt to impose a stiff penalty on the Throat Specialists got crushed in the Courts.

3 years was probably the most the Italians could reasonably get without fear of procedural reversal.
Jan. 30, 2018
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Ed - you hit the nail on the head.

There is a certain type of mid-round/post-mortem offender who will be quick to a) be aggrieved when reminded of the need to play the next board, and b) be accusatory if you then take time to play a difficult hand.

I'd like to think that education will improve their ability to differentiate between the two scenarios, but my personal data-set, generated from 35 years of play, suggests that this particular form of assholicism is incurable.

If you are looking for a more optimistic view, then perhaps the CAS' stats expert could be retained to present an alternative interpretation of my data-set.
Jan. 27, 2018
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Tomislav - the difficulty is that I don't think the CAS panel has the relevant experience necessary to substitute its findings of fact for those made by the NBO Panel.

The CAS clearly has its place.

Ensuring timely, uniform justice on issues that are common to national sporting federations,and in respect of which the CAS' limited pool of arbitrators have experience, ensures equal treatment of competitors from national sports federations.

Doping is an obvious example,and,thanks to WADA, the science is relatively uncontroversial.

But F-N's case shows that the CAS clearly lacks the experience necessary to sit as the court of last resort, with fact-finding powers, in respect of bridge matters.

Which is why I think the NBOs should extricate themselves from the CAS process.
Jan. 18, 2018
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