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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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@Lech
No, I was very serious.
Yes, I did exactly what you suggested - clicked on your link and watched it for a few minutes.
I see Zhmudzinsky declaring and both of them intensively scratching different parts of their faces. Are you suggesting that dummy signals to declarer cards that face up on the table or declarer sends to dummy information about his hand?
March 8, 2017
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No, I am suggesting ceasing any public attempts to re-energize that particular accusation. Bridge already lost too much in that failed attempt. Future necromancy after authority dismissed the case does not do any good. If somebody had serious suspect he could try to collect team and verify evidence it in private and make it public only after he has something more serious than referred video. It is not a bit better than ridiculous video with accusation of Boye made by FN team. http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/mysterious-video-does-anyone-have-information-about-it-or-its-origins-or-content/
March 8, 2017
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I have a limited experience to play with screen, but whenever I played, I was not able to see any parts of my partner's face. Things we see on video made by camera, are not the same things actual players could see during the game.
March 8, 2017
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Exactly the same that can go wrong with a partnership game that is trivial to cheat in that had a mid 7 figures contract with sponsor.
March 7, 2017
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https://youtu.be/ylb5Gp14sS4
Russian hockey championship (hockey with ball). Final score 11:9, all 20 goals scored on themselves.
Feb. 26, 2017
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@John Wilmott:
Rumors are that “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” was trying to make some bargain with bridge criminal prosecution. In order to get a better deal for himself he named 3(?) other cheating pairs and described methods they used to cheat.
One of them was Smirnov – Piekarek. They confess, so in that aspect “Lo rd Voldemort” was right.
The second pair was BZ. Sheriff verified the evidence and found it strong enough to charge by sending email to WBF.
Sheriff also verified the accusation of third pair. He did not find the evidence to be strong enough and did not initiate the process. For the best of my knowledge, names of players of the third accused pair were never released to public. I have no information and no desire to know if names of third accused pair were release to officials. I also don’t know if any bargain deal with ”He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” was agreed.
Let me finish by saying one more time that I believe Boye and his team handled the situation the best possible way. IMHO it is WBF who dropped the ball in B-Z case. The only task WBF was trying to solve is the following: “How to demonstrate we are fighting with cheaters and don’t be legally responsible for our action.” Their brilliantly solved that task. No other tasks were on WBF radar, so we got what we got.
Feb. 22, 2017
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“Uh, I've got a name. Ha! And it's a boy's name, too.” (Fa Mulan)
Feb. 22, 2017
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Thanks Ed
Feb. 21, 2017
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