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I am trying to make sure, if I understand it correctly.
We seeing the proof of cheating by BZ in a lead made 26 years ago by a member of Brazilian team against teammates of BZ?

To make it even more fun, for the best of my knowledge, BZ so far been no accused in showing leads to each other: one accusation was in showing relative strength during the bidding, another in showing distribution after lead was made.
By the way, person on lead was Marcelo Branco played with Gabriel Chagas.
I will not comment anymore - all that story gone way beyond the level I can comprehend.
March 13, 2017
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They clearly made an adjustment for playing with BZ. Did ACBL (or any other authority) already formally recognized them as cheaters?
March 13, 2017
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In the team Bell playing in Vanderbilt if I am not mistaken.
March 13, 2017
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Hi Max,
Basically I agree with you in each point, but just want to notice that even if public accusation for pair accused before makes iless damage to them because their reputation already ruined, it has a potential to bring more, not less, damage to the rest of bridge community.
At first it demonstrates to authorities that public will not accept non-guilty verdict, that will bias future official investigations.
Second, … well… If I were lawyer of BZ the defamation case would be already on its way to court. No civil Judge would look at videos, they will look at public accusation, official verdict and following second public accusation. I don't want the site and some active people who writes here to get in trouble.
March 11, 2017
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Hi Marek,
Yes, I made a screenshot for each and every gestures I described above. Would you like me to update post with information about which part of the hand used in each case? Any other information you need to predict the distribution?
March 10, 2017
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As for me, I would feel like person who helped to make honest and not-biased investigation.
As of now, I don’t think that video as a proof even it was not manipulated. Investigation of gaps between bids was much stronger evidence for my opinion and even it left some room for doubts.
If all question will be adequately addressed, research will prove the hypothesis, and independent official Committee will finds it to be sufficient proof of cheating I will have no problem with it at all. Actually, I will by happier than I am now, because current status of the situation is a worst of both worlds.
March 10, 2017
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44:13 B (dummy) covers his face by left hand starting from left side
44:38 B rubs his face and forehead with right hand
44:53 B cleans nose
45:03 B has both hands under the table
45:13 Z (declarer) scratches nose
45:32 B cleans nose with left hand again
45:49 B rubs left side of his face with right hand
45:51 Z make 5-fingers gesture
46:29 Z make 5-fingers gesture again
46:40 another 5-fingers gesture from declarer
46:44 Z robs back of his head
46:47 B robs right ear by right hand
46:49 B puts his right fist next to his cheek.
47:15 Z playing with played card by pointing 1 finger on it
47:29 B covers his face with right hand than clean his eyes and scratch the right cheek
47:46 Nose by B. again.
48:25 Declarer play is over.

Hi Nicolas.
Could you please re-watch that 4 minutes video one more time, check if reported by me gestures existed and compare your list and my list.

Would you notice and report all those gestures if they happened during declarer play and fit well with hypothesis?
(Just to make it clear. I am not implying any personal agenda on your side and not questioning your honesty and willingness to find trues. I am just pointing out that our investigation is strongly affected by confirmation bias).
March 10, 2017
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1:07:06 B (dummy) touched right ear by left hand
1:07:55 Z touches his nose
1:08:02 B cover his face with right hand
1:08:06 B put his right fist next to his ear
1:08:10 B put both hands on his forehead
1:08:15 B rubs the right part of his face
1:08:20 B put both hands on his forehead again
1:08:22 B cover his face by both hand and seems like clean his eyes
1:08:38 Z put his fist to his forehead
1:08:38 B put his left fist to his forehead
1:08:46 Z puts hid both hands under the table (scratching leg?)
1:08:50 Z stands up from the chair and sits again
1:08:58 B makes 5-fingers signals
1:09:01 Z make 5-finger signals
1:09:02 B robs the right part of his chest with his left hand
1:09:09 B makes another 5-fingers signal
1:09:39 Z make another 5-fingers signal
1:09:41 B robs his nose by right hand
1:08:43 B put his right fist on his forehead
1:09:47 Z touches his nose
1:10:03 Another 5-fingers by Z
1:11:36 declarer play over.

Seems like they send a lot of signal to each other being declarer and dummy. (No way dummy could see opponents cards).

By the way, it also could be a good idea to collect gestures by opponents, because people who read that could get a wrong impression that nobody else scratching, touching nose or doing other gestures during the game.
March 10, 2017
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Original code from the first message:
Ace: Rubbing chin or underneath chin with hand.
King: Rubbing nose or forehead with hand.

Would you really tell the difference between rubbing nose and rubbing chin?
March 9, 2017
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If I understand code correctly it shows:
1. None of them has aces, I saw no “Rubbing chin or underneath chin with hand”. Or, sorry, Balicky could have one, he covered his mouth once and because of camera it was hard to see if he rub chin or other part of his face.

2. No kings for Z, one for B who rub his forehead.

3. Queens: 1 for each.

4. Jacks: B twice scratched crotch. 2 Jacks for him?

5. Tens: Z scratched right side of his face 3 times. 3 Tens for him?

Did I read it right?

Balicky: 1 or 0 Aces, 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Jacks
Zhmudzinsky: 1 Queen, 3 Tens

Checking video:

Balicky: 1 Ace, 1 King, 2 Queens, 2 Jacks, 1 Ten
Zhmudzinsky: 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Jacks, 1 Ten

It does not seems close enough for me.
March 9, 2017
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sorry, wrong place again
March 9, 2017
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@Lech.
I did as you asked. It is what I see:

Z puts on his jacket and rubbing his chest
Z rubbing his forehead
Z puts his hand next to his right eye
Z rubbing his eyes with back of his hand
Z rubbing his right eye only again
B starts to read something
Z continue to rub his right eye
Z put his face down and looking if anything is going on at the other side of the screen
B covers his mouth by his hand (I cant see the exact position due to camera placement)
Z talking to somebody behind him, touching his chick in the process
Z put his head on his arm (seems like very standard rest position for him).
B rubs crotch
Z scratches right eye
B scratches right ear
B scratches crotch
B playing his fingers
B rubs his forehead
B rubs crotch again
B rubs his chest.

Q1 Are the seeing the same things?
Q2 What all of it means by your opinion?
March 9, 2017
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I believe difference is in our perception due to different camera position.
March 9, 2017
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Hi Lars,
I clicked on the first of your link. I put cursor on the random place (happened to be 35:30) and I see both of them scratching eyes.
March 9, 2017
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I am 100% serious. I just spend a 1 hour and 30 minutes of my time by watching video of one board without looking at actual hands and collecting information. What I suggest called blind procedure, it helps to avoid confirmation bias. I guess you do not want to do it.
I know it is much easy to predict distribution if you can see the distribution.
March 9, 2017
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@Lech
I very carefully check one randomly selected board on the randomly selected match and made screenshots of any movement by Balicky and Zhmudzinsky. By accident, it was an important and difficult contract and declarer took a long time to play.
Here is a list of all movements I noticed.
1. Balicky puts his hand back of his head
2. Balicky puts his hand on his chin.
3. Balicky playing his fingers on the table for a relativly long time.
4. Zhudzinsky puts his arm next to his ear
5. Balicky, put his fingers on his nose (may not be related, because it happened after declarer closed the screen window to ask something from Zhudzinsky)
6. After screen re-open Balicky has finger on the left part of his chin
7. Balicky reads bulletin(?)
8. Zhmudzinsky cleans his eyes with back of his hand (this can be important, because seems like Balicky is looking in that direction.)
9. Balicky has hand on his nose again
10. Balicky puts hand on his chin
11. Zhmudzinsky scratchs his neck
12. Balicky puts hand on his chin again and hod it there
13. Zhmudzinski placed head on his arm. (Because camera behind him is hard to see the exact possition)
14. Zhmudzinski puts his armes under the table scratching something
15. Balicky takes hand out of chin and returning to bulletin
16. Zhmudzinski turns his head left and right several times (B. reads bulletin and does not seems to look at that direction at all)
17. Zhmudzinski placed head on his arm again.
18. Balicky puts bulletin away and moved his chair closer to the table
19. Balicky puts right hand on his ear
20. Zhudzinskij playing with his cards on the table
21. Zhmudzinsky cleans his eyes with back of his hand again
22. Balicky placed head on his arm.
23. Balicky puts his right hand to his left ear and scratches it
24. Balicky writing something
25. Zhmudzinsky scratching his forehead
26. Balicky put his hand on his nose
27. Balicky put his hand on his head
28. Balicky again scratches his head
29. Balicky touching his nose

Could you tell me what can you say about BZ hands based on that information and code?
If you need any additional information please let me know, I will check and inform you.

After you will be satisfied with conclusion, I will tell you exact board to check distribution and make sure I did not make any mistakes in listing mannerism.
By the way, I did not bother to see the actual distribution too, will check it the same time.
March 9, 2017
Oleg Rubinchik edited this comment March 9, 2017
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Well, if you want to investigate - investigate. Talk privately with your friends, do the job.
Just don't go to public with accusation until you already have “straight flush” in your hand.
March 9, 2017
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@Lech
B and his RHO are on the different sides of screen. Unless B has X-ray vision he cannot see RHO cards.
March 8, 2017
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