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Interesting contribution. The legend of Capablanca the bridge player is common knowledge in chess circles. But then his fans (worshippers)always claim he was the best at everything.
Oct. 13, 2015
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Did the six who played in India cheat?
Yeah in France cheating is tolerated. Mind you, we once elected Sarkozy, you should have guessed.
Oct. 13, 2015
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Alekhin, Botwinnik, Fischer, Kasparov spring to mind when it comes to hard work. Portisch and Polugaevsky too, but their successes were significantly inferior. So talent plays a role here too
Oct. 13, 2015
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I would add that most chess players think highly of bridge, whereas I've seen several bridge champions show nothing but contempt for chess. Roudinesco, for instance, thought chess is a “game for superior morons”.
Oct. 13, 2015
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Becoming a champion is certainly extremely hard in both games.
From my experience though, it is easier to become a “decent” (i.e mini-advanced) player at bridge.
Oct. 13, 2015
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Capablanca too was allegedly a fine player.
And it is said that years after the Baguio showdown, Karpov and Korchnoi played at the same table (or maybe even as partners) at a Tilburg Interpolis.
Oct. 13, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Oct. 13, 2015
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Levitina played a World title match against Chiburdanidze and was doing fine until the middle of the match. Then something went awry.
Chess writer Genna Sosonko wrote a chapter on her in “Smart Chip from St. Peterburg”
Oct. 13, 2015
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If a national team composed of six players from 4 different countries, without a single citizen of the aforementioned country is fine for you…
I'm afraid you're too much of a pragmatist and I'm too much of a philosopher.
Shall we agree to disagree?
Oct. 13, 2015
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As I told you earlier, Madala has Italian ancestors. Mahmood has been living in the USA for eons.
What was Zimmermann's link with Monaco? His team is like a banking special purpose entity or a football club. Unfortunately, it comprises of three players I admire very much. I just hope he won't deprive permanently France of his best young player (the best older being his partner).
The last two Europeans have been won by Monaco (no further comment needed) and Israel (i.e a non European country)…
Who's next? Aruba? Tuvalu?
Oct. 13, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Oct. 13, 2015
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I can remember commentators literally gloating during the 7th set of the finals…
Oct. 13, 2015
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Did Ryan Giggs renounce his Welsh citizenship to become French, Spanish or German?
And Gareth Bale? And Ibrahimovic? And and and…

I'm not much of a patriot, but I don't see countries as mere hotels or NBA franchises. And I sincerely hope he'll never win the BB or the Olympiads.
Oct. 13, 2015
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Did I say so? There couldn't be a more suitable trophy for them and they definitely are fine players.
Oct. 12, 2015
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Oct. 12, 2015
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Many Argentinians have Italian ancestors. Mr. Welland moved to the country of his life partner and Germany is certainly not an improvement as far as bridge is concerned.

So a national team without a single native is ok for you. Are countries just NBA franchises or something?
Am I to understand you'd be happy if USA1 were say…Bessis-Volcker, Jassem-Mazurkiewicz and Sementa-Tokay?
Oct. 12, 2015
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Oh yeah sure. We've had two world champions for 15 years, we have 12-game World Championship matches which can be decided by a blitz game and Iljumzhinov is in charge since 1994.

Way to go, Garry and Nigel…
Oct. 12, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Oct. 12, 2015
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Well we had a Swiss, a Frenchman,two Italians and two Norwegians playing for a country they had no link with because a man is unable to accept the fact that he was born in the wrong country and therefore tries to buy his way to the Bermuda Bowl. If that's not the ultimate masquerade, what is?
Don't misunderstand me, I have nothing against sponsors. Mrs. Meltzer, Mr. Nickell, Mr. Mazurkiewicz are absolutely fine for me. But then they were born in the right countries…
Oct. 12, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Oct. 12, 2015
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Mr. Klis, I supported Poland from the semis onwards but I don't think you can assert a team is weaker than its opponent after losing by 6 IMPs (actual score) in a 96 board-match. Surely the two 5C disasters endured by Kalita-Nowosadski in the middle of the last set gave us a match again, but they're part of the game. Indeed, it was anybody's game.
Oct. 12, 2015
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Am on Mr. Adams' team.
Oct. 12, 2015
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From what I see, he mostly endeavours to win the BB at all (legit) costs. He is Swiss (and probably French, see below), which means he should never have had a chance to get a shot at it, unless, of course, there's a flock of Klukowskis hidden somewhere in the Appenzell.
The infamous and farcical “Monaco project” (after a failed attempt as a member of the French Open team) is yet another sad evidence of the omnipotence of money. Much worse, there was nothing EBL could do about it.

“ Les hommes naissent libres et égaux en droits” Or is it “ego”?
Oct. 12, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Oct. 12, 2015
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For some reason belittling and smearing Poland's victory seems to an irrepressible urge for a whole bunch of people.
Oct. 11, 2015
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