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The club bore approached the Secretary in a perturbed state of mind. ‘I have been grossly insulted,’ said he. ‘How so?’ asked the Secretary. ‘A member has offered me £5 to resign from the club. What shall I do?’ ‘Hold on,’ said the Secretary, ‘you may get a better offer.’

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May 12, 2016
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‘However good you may think you are, never assume that you are proof against the simplest of mistakes in the play of the cards’

Frank England, Manchester Evening News 1934
May 12, 2016
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‘Of all the follies invented by the human brain, Bridge must rank amongst the greatest. It is paying it too high a compliment to class it with drugs; and it is asking for trouble, I suppose, to brand it openly as a vice. It is certainly a black lie to describe it as a game. Rather is it a custom – an unwholesome custom – in which the wealthy of all classes indulge to excess; it is an outlet for one’s lower nature, sanctioned by society for the use of men and women of emaciated intelligence and no moral sense.’

John English, Daily Mirror 1934
May 12, 2016
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Burn's 2nd (or perhaps 3rd) law…“If most bridge players were half as good as they think they are, they would be twice as good as they actually are!”
May 12, 2016
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Just imagine for one moment that just one BoD meeting per year was held by Skype and the money saved was invested in projects similar to SiVY…
May 4, 2016
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Alan: Go for it. Most especially as the EBU/EBED in their infinite wisdom have decided not to hold the JTI this year.
May 4, 2016
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I particularly like to quote, “…It is unbelievable, it is very easy to see that they are not guilty…”
April 26, 2016
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I have a complete archive but am based in London, England so not sure if it is of any assistance to ML.
April 19, 2016
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'Tis the same the world over - the clubs produce the cash and are broadly ignored, used and abused. If they got together and formed a trade union of clubs (or similar) they could most probably quite easily take control…
April 18, 2016
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Freedom of the press…
April 6, 2016
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1. How can they get less than P-S?

2. Does the punishment fit the crime?

3. Is the sentence a deterrent to others?

I vote: 1) Madness; 2) No; 3) No

The Italian authorities have spoken. Now the eyes of the bridge world will be firmly focused on EBL/WBF/ACBL hearings when hopefully justice will be seen to be done.
April 6, 2016
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Moved
April 6, 2016
Peter Hasenson edited this comment April 6, 2016
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Perhaps the various authorities should publish various data & statistics for all their events that would then feed into a central database. If this info were publicly available, and I do not see why it shouldn't, the various statisticians could go to work - it would be v interesting to note that Levstein & Helgeness ave say .55% for some particular action, but that Smith & Jones ave say 80%. The stats will surely scream loudly where suspected wrongdoing has taken place.
Nov. 12, 2015
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I very much doubt any NBO would sue the WBF for simply enforcing the rules in place. Such rules, from what I can see, imply that Poland should be disqualified.
Nov. 11, 2015
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3.3 deals with bona fide resident status. It does not deal with Nationality status and certainly has nothing to do with money.
Nov. 11, 2015
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I doubt any of us are qualified to claim knowledgeably that Meredith needed the inheritance to ‘allow him to play rubber bridge’ - after all it is my understanding he played rubber bridge for a living all his life.

According to many I have spoken to over the years including but not limited to Truscott, Priday, Schapiro, Hoffman, etc, Adam Meredith was a card playing genius of the very highest order, alongside the likes of Seres, Schleifer, etc.
Nov. 10, 2015
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Lars: Under current regs, he would only be ‘stuck there’ for 2 years - he could then play again for France.
Nov. 10, 2015
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Peg: I believe you will find that Michael Rosenberg was born in USA
Nov. 9, 2015
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I have posted my view on this matter elsewhere but repeat it here for convenience…

Mariusz: You are unquestionably a man of dignity and honour and have now set the new gold standard.
Nov. 7, 2015
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Mariusz: You are unquestionably a man of dignity and honour and have now set the new gold standard.
Nov. 7, 2015
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