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Cheaters are going to cheat.

Because once a cheater, always a cheater.

Prestige, power and money are what people are after when they do wrong.

The perception that it is OK to cheat has disastrous consequences for the morale and morality of bridge as a whole.

The public loses faith in the honesty and integrity of those decent people who play bridge without recourse to cheating.

And in a world where cheaters prosper, insisting on honesty and integrity makes us nothing more than chumps.

This means anti-corruption measures must be baked into the system. We must not allow the courts to dictate to us under the duress of overpaid ‘clever’ lawyers.

In conclusion: Cheaters must never be allowed to prosper in the world of bridge.

#SayNoToCheats

#WearTheBadgeWithPride
Sept. 22
Peter Hasenson edited this comment Sept. 22
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In bridge, there are multiple instances of simultaneous creation, including:

Takeout Double
It is generally accepted that the takeout double was devised in c. 1912-1913 by both Bryant McCampbell of St Louis and Major Chris Patton of New York, USA.

Stayman
In 1939, Jack Marx thought of the idea of using a two club response to a one no-trump opening to enquire about length in the majors. He wrote about his ideas and gave copies of these notes to friends but the outbreak of World War II prevented publication. When the first English post war bridge magazine, Contract Bridge Journal, was launched in 1946, his ideas finally appeared in print.

Almost certainly unaware of this, legendary American expert George Rapee devised the same concept and after explaining his ideas to his partner, Sam Stayman, put them into practice. Stayman wrote an article in The Bridge World (USA) April 1945 espousing these theories and clearly crediting his partner. This was the first published work on the convention. But the name Stayman stuck and Sam will forever be immortalised by bridge players worldwide.

Transfer Bids
Writing in a Swedish periodical in 1954, Olle Willner, a renowned bridge theorist, introduced the concept of transfer bids. Two years later, Oswald Jacoby wrote in a similar vein in The Bridge World and named the convention ‘Jacoby Transfer Bids’. It is highly improbable that he was aware of the earlier article.
Sept. 20
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@Gene: I don't know why you think it embarrassing that the WBF are proactively dealing with the issue of smaller entries that anticipated. In this instance, I applaud them.
Sept. 7
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Ian: Tournament numbers in England have dropped massively - Senior events have reduced the overall loss but not by much. Which geographical market were you referring to?
Sept. 7
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One of the great advantages of playing Multi 2D incorporating weak twos of any type is that they allow the stronger player to always declare game! Standard responses are 4C = transfer to your major, and 4D = bid your major. Wonderful for pro-am partnerships!!!
Sept. 6
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Alain: You grasped the purpose of my post! I was wishing to highlight the two major changes the past 20 years have brought - massively reduced competitor numbers and the almost total erosion of corporate sponsorship, this despite the WBF having a PR and Sponsorship committee comprising Marc DE PAUW, Chairman – Sevinç ATAY – Giuliano BIANUCCI – Enri LEUFKENS – Gianni MEDUGNO – Gianarrigo RONA – Lindsey WEINGER– Chen ZELAN and Simon FELLUS, Secretary.
Sept. 6
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Legends of LA by Mike Marcucci gives a nice write up on the late Cecil Cook. I did not know him but he seems to have been a good man. I wonder if he is any relation to the Cecil Cook who served on WBF Exco from 1997-2000?
Sept. 6
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@DG: He is indeed - I believe he was awarded it for winning the National Swiss Teams :)

In the real world, Jonathan has done much good for society. In the bridge world, he contributes plenty. IMO the EBU hierarchy doesn't really appreciate just how lucky they are to have such an active member.
Sept. 5
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Tom: Is he any relation to Iain Macleod, who died aged 56? :)
Sept. 5
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Perhaps the best bridge player to have been knighted (for maths, not bridge!) is Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, although I believe he hasn't played bridge for a long time.
Sept. 5
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Dr Matheson is, of course, characteristically underplaying his fine run in the Open Pairs. After the first final session, he and Malcolm were lying 3rd. Then 1st, 10th and 6th before finishing in a highly credible but no doubt disappointing 13th place. Well played!
Sept. 5
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@Michael: I only listed the events open to all.

But for the record the Jean Besse Par Contest results were:

Rank Name Nationality Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total Pts
1 Michael Rosenberg USA 3940 4040 4550 4320 16850
2 Bart Bramley USA 3780 3540 2740 4000 16530
3 Eric Rodwell USA 2970 4630 4180 4420 16200
4 Cezary Balicki POL 5380 2740 4750 2930 15800
5 Tony Forrester GBR 3440 3780 4720 3270 15210
6 Bob Hamman USA 1950 3980 3270 5440 14640
7 Geir Helgemo NOR 4140 3320 3990 2330 13780
8 Andrew Robson GBR 2960 4350 2280 3310 12900
9 Jeff Meckstroth USA 3670 3410 860 4870 12810
10 J.C. Quantin FRA 1970 4140 2590 3180 11880
11 Philippe Cronier FRA 2780 4820 3020 1090 11710
12 Frank Multon FRA 1210 5060 2040 2800 11110
13 Krysztof Martens POL 4310 3190 2620 500 10620
14 Irina Levitina USA 4610 2200 680 2550 10040
15 Charles Martel USA 760 3650 2360 3240 10010
16 Roald Ramer NLD 2070 4440 830 2420 9760
17 Benito Garozzo USA 4340 2920 790 1370 9420
18 Hervé Mouiel FRA 1480 3850 1390 2640 9360

http://db.worldbridge.org/Repository/tourn/Lille.98/Results/Varia/par4.htm

http://db.worldbridge.org/Repository/tourn/Lille.98/Results/Varia/Par_part.htm
Sept. 5
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'4♠ are an easy make'

Only if the king of clubs is with West…
Aug. 30
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Colchester! Lowestoft is far east!
Aug. 28
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Ben, David: I would consult with Henry Higgins if I were you!!
Aug. 28
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@Georgina: The Tollemache Cup is the inter-county championships for teams of eight.

Entry is open only to County Associations of the EBU and District Associations of the WBU please refer to the eligibility regulations for more details. Teams are limited to 12 playing members, although not necessarily the same 12 in the qualifying round and the final.

Obviously, only 8 may play at any one time in each set. Sets vary depending on entry, etc but tend to be in the range 6-8 boards

Results from 2017:
https://www.ebu.co.uk/results/655

History:
https://www.ebu.co.uk/node/465
Aug. 28
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Sami played for the victorious Middlesex team in the 1957 Tollemache!

Maurice Harrison-Gray, Dorothy Shanahan, Jim Sharples, Bob Sharples, Jack Nunes, Albert Rose, Richard Preston, Ralph Swimer, Sami Kehela, Ronnie Crown
Aug. 28
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Wonderful. Thank you so much for doing this, Shireen et al.

PS I remember watching it the first time around! Happy memories brought back to life
Aug. 26
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@Malcolm: At Euro2018 Press Conference, Jan Kamras the newly elected EBL President, commented that he had already raised this with WBF and hoped that it would not recur.
Aug. 25
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Good luck!
Aug. 23
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