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You mean the Poles were lucky to have two 15-IMP disasters in the middle of the last set?
Oct. 7, 2015
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If the boss says “We stay”, the employees nod.
Oct. 7, 2015
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The BW crusaders will soon require Warsaw be bombed :-D
Kudos to Mr. Donn for his “Give unto Caesar” approach :-)
Oct. 7, 2015
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Er…Intel and IBM were involved in chess some 20 years ago.
Nowadays, the financial situation is not exactly rosy.

Bridge is definitely way more “webgenic” than chess. More action, no silicon God giving you access to the truth even if you're a crappy player. What's more, at bridge anyone can see the 9 beats the 8, but understanding that Black has a weak square which condemns them to defeat is far less obvious.
Oct. 7, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Oct. 7, 2015
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Well this time, there were no alternative realities…The match balanced on the edge practically until the very last card.
We needed two back to back “clubbish” disasters by Nowozadski and Kalita to get a match though. Losing after such awful events would have been dreadful too.
Oct. 7, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Oct. 7, 2015
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A new country about to join the BB winners club!
So will it be Denmark 1992 (winning the trophy as a substitute team) or Italy 1982/2006 (winning in the middle of a scandal)?
Oct. 7, 2015
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I was rooting for Poland but got sobered by the incredibly sad sight of poor Andrew Robson alone at the table, unable to believe what had just happened :-(
Oct. 7, 2015
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That's exactly the point…
Winning e.g the French trials does NOT mean qualifying for the BB.
Oct. 6, 2015
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But the crusaders say different. Be careful ^^
Oct. 6, 2015
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Many IMP are exchanged in a bridge match. In a football match, each goal is worth its weight in solid gold.
How would you assess Götze's goal against Argentina ? 10 zillions IMPs seems reasonable.
Oct. 6, 2015
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Which country is not a member?
Probably there are several…I suppose United Kingdom has several “N”BOs
Oct. 6, 2015
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Been here ten days or so and I'm wondering if Mr. Gold has ever written something neutral online!
Of course, I do realise that expecting something nice would be over-extra-far-fetched on my part.
Making Victor Korchnoi (sorry chess is my first game) sound like a Care Bear is quite an achievement.
Oct. 6, 2015
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Yeah it's an awkward situation, being a you that's not you on weekends :-(
Contrats to your guys, they're really tough. My countrymen fought valiantly but it was not to be.
Hope Poland or Sweden makes it now
Oct. 5, 2015
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That's a wicked provocation, Maclej…

I just love it! :D
Oct. 5, 2015
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Sweden-USA2 will be the match of the survivors!

Let's make a guess
England-USA2
England-Netherlands
USA1-Poland

Let's make a wish

Poland-Sweden
France-Netherlands
USA1-Poland
Oct. 5, 2015
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Well you don't care about medals and neither do I, because I will never win one.
But surely you cannot expect Portisch, Gligoric, Kavalek and their teammates (in the 70s) or Short, Timman and Co. (in the 80s) to have been so philosophical about it, especially the players from the Warsaw Pact countries. Now Hungary or Yugoslavia would certainly have been up to scratch against USSR2 ou 3. But don't forget these teams would have shamelessly dumped points to their first team if need be…
So all in all, Portisch, Ribli, Sax, Adorjan and whoever played with them (Csom?) were certainly very happy to face a single Soviet team in Buenos Aires.
Oct. 5, 2015
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Good guess Bengt-Göran ^^
Oct. 5, 2015
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They could be sent to a bridge reeducation seminary in North Korea :-(
Oct. 5, 2015
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I wouldn't like to be in the shoes of the Chinese pair that went for -1400 on the penultimate board!
Oct. 5, 2015
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Sans objet après vérification
Oct. 5, 2015
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