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Gary - you're half right. It is thankless (and very time consuming) but it's not all drudgery.

I was a panelist for the second and third case-books (1996) and found much of the work to be quite interesting.

And there were some fascinating personalities. Ron Gerard stands out as having a unique voice. His comments on Case 38 of the Philadelphia (1996) casebook (at p.166) are a useful example of his take-no-prisoners approach to the task.

But it's a great deal of work: Rich and EOK granted me early parole since I couldn't give the time necessary to do a proper job of it.
April 20, 2018
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Chip - in ‘At the Table’ Bob Hamman writes that ‘conventional wisdom’ had assumed Meckwell would be added to San Francisco's 4-man GNT winners for the purposes of the 1985 International Team Trials.

Instead, per Bob H., he and Bobby Wolff were added to the team at your recommendation, based in no small measure on what you had seen when you stayed to kibitz the finals of the 1984 ITT after your team had been knocked out.

The recommendation was a great success since your team won both the ITT and the Bermuda Bowl in ‘85 and ’87.

To the extent Bob H.'s recollection jibes with your own, what led you to recommend Hamman-Wolff over Meckwell?
April 4, 2018
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Floyd - I suspect you would have had an avalanche of “likes” had that sentence been one word shorter…..
April 3, 2018
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Ray - this thread should be required reading. The comments are clear, to the point, and often amusing. And the great majority of the participants are able to disagree without getting personal. Considering the subject matter, surprisingly few exchanges buttress MR's point that critical comments of a personal nature generally reveal more about the poster than about the target.
March 28, 2018
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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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