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Should:

1. BZ be convicted.

2. All results involving all pairs convicted of cheating be struck out.

3. Medalists be promoted as necessary.

Then:

How fitting is it to see that Edgar Kaplan is in line to win a (posthumous) bronze medal for 1990 World Pairs?

1990 World Open Pairs
1st Marcelo Branco & Gabriel Chagas, Brazil
2nd Peter Nagy & Ralph Katz, USA
3rd Cezary Balicki & Adam Zmudzinski, Poland
4th Edgar Kaplan & Brian Glubok, USA

http://www.worldbridge.org/PairsChampRP.aspx?qtournid=411&qmenudetid=291
Oct. 18, 2015
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Ian: If we give up know will we get stuck for costs?
Oct. 18, 2015
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Georgiana: I do not know you but I would imagine that like many others you choose not to engage in too many Jewish religious practices! IMO this does not necessarily make one a good or bad Jew :)
Oct. 17, 2015
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Johan: IMO best if rules were changed in this regard as this ‘defense’ could be used in all too many situations.
Oct. 16, 2015
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Alan: More or less than darts players?
Oct. 15, 2015
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Nick: I don't agree - I believe bridge is both a game and a sport! The ‘lard-arsed bridge player’ at the local club plays the game of bridge but IMO major international championships, lasting 2 or so weeks are a sport. Where in between you draw the line, I can not say.
Oct. 15, 2015
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How about the ability to toady up to those in authority.

Or if you prefer the ability to be consistently critical of those in authority!
Oct. 15, 2015
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Mike: To be quite frank I find your comments rather odious. If the ACBL did not have such a clause, no doubt you would have been screaming for one. If the ACBL spend the necessary many, many, many thousands of $'s employing lawyers to write exhaustive contracts, you would no doubt have been screaming that they are wasting members money.Perhaps you could inform us all just what you believe the ACBL should do in this regard?


Another quick question for you: How much experience do you have of serving on bridge administration committees and were you this diligent when you served?

Oct. 15, 2015
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Jonathan: The following quote has been ascribed to you - I assume this to be true…

'A post-mortem dialogue between Karpov and Korchnoi about a two-way finesse for a queen. Karpov, the ultimate logician, pointed out that as West had preempted, the missing Queen was far more likely to be in the East hand. Korchnoi, a more natural talent, said he felt sure the queen was with West. The queen was … with West!'
Oct. 15, 2015
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During an interval in an Essex league match, an elderly lady on the opposing side demonstrated a subtle card trick. My team-mates and I took a while to work out how it had been done.

‘Yes, it was difficult, but my son, Nigel, spotted the secret immediately,’ said the lady.

‘Nigel must be pretty shrewd,’ I replied.

‘So he should be,’ said she, ‘He has got a responsible job!’

Jimmy Tait talking about his encounter with Mrs Lawson, mother of the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson.
Oct. 15, 2015
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Playing in Europe I remember two brothers; I’ll call them Hans and Fritz. They were always ‘going for’ each other and kept bickering throughout the game. On one occasion after Fritz had made what his
brother considered an atrocious play, this is what I overheard:
“Fritz, Fritz. I always knew you were a bad player. And I know you’re getting worse and worse, but tonight you’re three months ahead of your time.”

Colonel Beasley, Contract Bridge Journal 1948
Oct. 15, 2015
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@ Tom - In the best traditions of TV quiz programs you have 2 guesses left, then you are out!
Oct. 15, 2015
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Surely each NBO could simply follow the lead of the WBF and set up a Credentials Committee - they then could ‘dis-invite’ all suspected cheaters from their tournaments, without having to give any reason for doing so!
Oct. 15, 2015
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Max: Welcome to the real world
Oct. 14, 2015
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Dave: That's a joke question, right?
Oct. 14, 2015
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Tom: Even if the law is on their side, in my experience they would be very silly to try and even attempt to sue such a very rich person.
Oct. 14, 2015
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If I were the sponsor, I would not care what was in any contract - in the event that cheating had been revealed I would have stopped payments. End of. Let them sue me if they so wish (come and have a go if you think you're hard enough!). But if they did attempt to sue, I would throw the most heavyweight legal team at them, so they better be prepared to lose their home and quite likely end up being bankrupted, most probably long before they reached final legal judgement. My day job encompasses some extremely rich individuals (forbes billionaires included) and I can assure you all that from my experience the actions I have outlined above would be the norm.
Oct. 14, 2015
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Rolf: I disagree.

I do not know, but I suspect what happened was that JVC asked DH (in his capacity as WBF General Council) for an interview and was granted one.

I believe JVC (perhaps naively) thought that he would be able put some questions to DH and then engage with him in a frank exchange of views. He picked the wrong guy!

DH's day job (British jurist) has trained him well in the art of interview technique. His answers were no more or less what I would have expected. He answered all questions to the point but did not embellish any more than was necessary. He quoted committee confidentially. He cited procedure. DH basically did his job. People may not like it but as I wrote above, had Jan had better grasp of English and had Jan had more experience in conducting such interviews then the result MAY have been different.

This is not a particular criticism of Jan - he (like all of us) has never been in this position before (i.e. dealing with cheating matters) and engaging with Officals is never easy, the more so when they are trained professionals.

I should perhaps end by stating that Jan is a friend of mine, and hope that (even after reading this) he will remain so!.
Oct. 14, 2015
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I feel you are being a little unfair to Jan VC. Yes his interview with DH was a disappointment but IMO this was due to 2 factors, 1) English is not Jan's mother language, and 2)He is no great interviewer and furthermore did not prepare his questions very well. All in all a wasted opportunity.
Oct. 14, 2015
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