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Gene: It is my understanding that the events you refer to above are mainly run by the ‘Special Appointments’ i.e. the permanent staff, and other part times employees, with input from a few of the committees.

Yes there are a number of other functions the WBF need to satisfy i.e. Laws, etc., but the simple fact of the matter is that the WBF swallows some $750,000 in annual dues from us all, with very limited accountability, financial or otherwise, to anyone but themselves.
Oct. 22, 2015
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Some suggestions for ‘Amateur’ status:

1. Anyone who has never won an NABC or USBF trial.

2. Anyone who has never reached the final (or semi final) of an NABC or USBF trial.

3. Anyone who has never represented USA in a major international tournament.

4. Anyone who does not make the majority of their income from being a paid pro.

5. Anyone over 80 years of age!!!
Oct. 22, 2015
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Here is a thought:

The ten largest NBOs account for over 78% of WBF membership!

USA 153,033; France 105,563; Netherlands 86,873; China 61,100; England; 37,194; Australia 34,527; Germany 27,325; Italy 25,445; Denmark 23,319; Sweden 23,155.

That's 577,534 members out of total 736,952.

If you add 11th place Canada with 19,966 members that takes it over the 80% mark!
Oct. 22, 2015
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Thanks, Marion - IMO we each need to encourage our own NBO to ‘take up arms’ if change is to come.
Oct. 22, 2015
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I believe the paid staff are the ‘Special Appointments’
Oct. 21, 2015
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I do not like the idea of suspending ‘innocent’ teammates unless they have not done their job.

Going forward, I believe their job should be to report their concerns that Y/Z may be cheats to the world council for cheating (maybe WBF High Level Players Commission, maybe another body).

If they have done that, and are told it is OK to play, then they should be free to play without recourse.
Oct. 19, 2015
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Thank you, Ian.
Oct. 19, 2015
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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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