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Secession leads to disaster. Just take a look at FIDE, 22 years after the Kasparov-Short clash.
Granted, we Frenchmen are weaned on centralism, so I may be biased here ;-)
Oct. 19, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Oct. 19, 2015
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It's not a BB. It's an Olympiad, or whatever it is called now.
Oct. 19, 2015
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“Why should we assume the teammates are innocent, rather than guilty?”

Iosif Visarionovich Djugachvili used to think that way too. Should we assume you're a Bolshevik psycho too?
Nah come to think of it, you don't strike me as the Bolshevik type
Oct. 19, 2015
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Don't forget to learn both: Bokmal and Nynorsk (some accents or the odd little flying “o” may be missing)
Oct. 19, 2015
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I found out that too when a passing Dutch player forgot De Telegraaf at my club. Could understand roughly 70% of the contents, thanks to my extremely rusty German.
Oct. 19, 2015
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Ouch :D
Oct. 19, 2015
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Now Mr. Cocco, let us not start yet another Alsace-Lorraine feud on this, but really…
If I am ever to reach the DN4 (so you can spank me again with your Strong Club, as you did some years ago), we can discuss this over a drink.
BTW, it was a joke based on (partly deserved) reputations.
Oct. 19, 2015
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Some people are just scary…
Tribalism applied to bridge, what a wonderful idea. Don't forget to ban the cousins and the grandmothers of the cheaters' teammates. And a preventive ban against the five next generations seems in order too. Even better, we could spay them…
Oct. 19, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Oct. 19, 2015
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Last Tuesday I kibitzed a French Cup match. West opened 2S (weak minor two-suiter), 2NT game force relay,3C mini more clubs,6C.
East tabled AKQx A Axx AKQxx
Oct. 18, 2015
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Je comprends…crisse ! :-p On en parle en MP.
Oct. 18, 2015
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Uh oh…this is going to degenerate. I would expect more humour, diplomacy and detachment from un “citoyen de la Belle Province” :-(
Oct. 18, 2015
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You sure do.
And I wouldn't dream of doubting your tolerance. Not with my lawyer currently cruising on the Caribbean Sea…
P.S : je plaisante :-)
Oct. 18, 2015
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Haha.
I'm still fascinated by these long mysterious Finno-Ugric words though. Learning from my mistakes, I never took up Finnish ;-)
Oct. 18, 2015
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Well, considering the recent electoral developments in our country, I'm not sure we're in a position to lecture other countries on tolerance…
Oct. 18, 2015
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I know you're Hungarian, Gabor ;-)
My answer was directed at the first on the list, Michal.
I tried Hungarian when I was 25 or so…too nehéz :-(
Oct. 18, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Oct. 18, 2015
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Guess Chirac asked the reporter to do so to annoy Bush.
Oct. 18, 2015
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Love it :D
Oct. 18, 2015
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The “disrespectful” part is indeed bordering on caricature.

However, you can't deny Ms. Trent's got a point. Like it or not, English is the closest thing to a universal language. Which, incidentally, doesn't speak for it and means it is a highly “pidginizable” (I like neologisms) language.
French (delirious grammar and phonetics) , German, Russian (declension galore) are too complex and Spanish requires a genetic modification of the lungs to cope with the speed requisites (slow Spanish doesn't exist, even Swiss speak Spanish at a normal rate). As for Polish/Czech (just taunting you ;-) ) and Hawaiian, the lack of, respectively, vowels and consonants, would depress people used to more balanced ways of speaking. Arabic is no option either, most people are right-handed and would spill ink all over their CCs. Finally, Chinese or Japanese would make me an illiterate, seeing as I can't even draw an apple to save my life.

Therefore, English gets my vote.
Oct. 18, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Oct. 18, 2015
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Italians and Frenchmen are infamous for their ineptitude at foreign languages. Seems we're laboring under the delusion that the Prussian, Austrian and Russian courts still speak French…
The Italians are even worse, they haven't yet noticed that, but for San Marino, Vatican and Canton Ticino, no one else in the galaxy speaks Italian. Therefore, they don't even bother to learn French (or Spanish)
Oct. 18, 2015
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If a sponsor is good enough to win the trials (or not bad enough to prevent their team to win), what's the problem?
Oct. 18, 2015
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