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Nov. 30, 2016
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I have flagged the comment by Mr Aksu as ‘offensive’. Whether it remains on view is immaterial. Sadly it does reflect a (minority) view regarding the issues at hand.

I commend Sabine and Roy for their calm, reasoned sympathetic and timely response to an avalanche of public opinion. I also commend the way Michael and Ashley have comported themselves. They all show professional acumen.

Sabine reflected on how she felt a change in ‘atmosphere’ going into the last, and all important, round of a very tight challenge. I imagine the USA team ‘felt’ a similar seismic move during their challenge by the Spain team?

I am reminded of a very good bridge teacher (and National Champion) who said “Bridge is a psychological game”. To wit, attack the head (and heart) of the opposition with the intent of unsettling the hand. Many may say ‘fair game’ and that ‘top level’ players should prepare for such an attack?

But, as our well respected regular BW commentator, Peg Kaplan often reminds us, we are only human, not Superheroes, and our bridge heroes ‘feel’ just like anyone.

To conclude this all-together rather ‘emotional’ post:

. there were real life people involved here, not robots
. the WBF has once again proved itself to be defunct
. the professional levels of bridge need to act
. and form a union that will lead us out of the WBF
. the $ saved from paying WBF will go to Youth Bridge
. promoting youth bridge is the only way to keep it alive
. find ways to keep cards versus electronics viable

I could go on but expect I have tried your patience.
Sept. 25, 2016
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I am sure all your friends love you 17 years later and more. Please comment on the spurious Spanish accusation ?
Sept. 23, 2016
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Mr Platnick I hate to appear to dog you but these are dire times. The recent Wroclaw accusations of high level scoring and TD ineptitude need to be addressed here in this public forum . These are serious issues. I think you and your colleagues need to consider an alternative Union of Players dedicated to us, who don't want to spend our bridge lives NOT going to the Olympics . I don't want our game to look sad or “bad”. We need help from you at the top of the game to make sure we are not playing poker !!!
Sept. 23, 2016
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that is a specificly cross stitched comment … I like it
Sept. 23, 2016
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Mr Moss … you have an eye for beautiful detail … seems Mr Platnick is a cool groomed person ?
Sept. 23, 2016
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Mr Platnick … this may be the worst time to be “in the well” for you or any top player re: recent issues in Wroclaw. However, I am going to go for the jugular … do you think the WBF has shown an insufficient standard of professional conduct in judging various scoring/TD outcomes?
A supplementary question: do you think the WBF is worth it ?
Sept. 23, 2016
Richard Hartman edited this comment Sept. 23, 2016
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After 1200+ comments is it not time to shut this down? Spain is not in the final. The Spanish team decision from woe to go is suspect. The WBF decision is also suspect. Everyone who plays Bridge around the world is watching …
Sept. 17, 2016
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Congratulations to the Merblum team … the Grossacks played a very aggressive game, especially the last set .. well done!
July 24, 2016
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Nick… Humour me please? I hate to be the first post before Gary? And I am not a womble. It could be we are in the same time zone. But I think you are barking up the wrong tree. You can do the addition yourself…
July 22, 2016
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Thank you Mr Waterman for illuminating my point. The world and his wife are making “comment” here. I play Bridge because it is the best game I can play. I love it. I am addicted to it. It frustrates me when I am wrong. But I strive to learn from my mistakes. It thrills me when I make a contract bidding on what my partner has legally informed me according our agreed system. All over the world, in Bridge, we get dealt 13 cards each time we play this game. I do not play for any type of master points. Good luck to those who do. But those who play for world titles and cheat to get there do a great disservice to the millions of us who don't. And we need better service from the top down NOW
July 22, 2016
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I see no comment from any of the elite players this issue concerns. Why ? Perhaps it is of little, or of no concern to them and they feel immune from prosecution? Professional Bridge players will continue to sponsor-up and team-up to win the best tournaments in the world. It is up to them to police their own 20 or so pairs at that level. We all get dealt 13 cards and always learn how to better to bid and play them.
July 21, 2016
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Are you all on the same page here ? If so, why are you all shouting at one another? Boye began an investigation. It led to convictions across international jurisdictions. Bridge is bigger than this. People who play Bridge will continue to do so because they love to play Bridge. And they will share that love with everyone who asks them why. Because, whether or not, there are nefarious and criminal behaviours at the elite level of this game, most of us will continue to play. I raise a toast to the many Bridge players around the world who will continue to play Bridge today and the next day, while ever we love to do so. Lets play!
July 20, 2016
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Just to be clear Mr Woolsey:

1: not looking at bidding ‘as such’
2: only looking at short/length of space in tray
3: recording those observations on each tray ?
4: from board 1 > end ?
Oct. 24, 2015
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why is 3 GF ?

Are there not 4 losers off the top?
Oct. 21, 2015
Richard Hartman edited this comment Oct. 21, 2015
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Perhaps Mjr Verhees has laid a trap or two in his question?

1: “high-level team game”
2: “play normal preempts”

re 1: High-level pairs usually have disciplined responses to preempts. Mr Meckstroth obviously knows the quality of Mr Rodwells' preempts thus his emphatic ‘NO’ :)

re 2: “normal preempts” is a rather fluid concept these days, usually more infuriating than constructive when partner shows anything less than two top honours.

All non-vulnerable is a consideration of-course.

I agree with Mr Woolsey that 4 and pass without tanking is agreeable. With a tank it is absolutely unacceptable.

xx is bad for responder so I agree with Ms Kaplan.

There you go BW friends! I managed to agree with some and (hopefully) offended none! :)
Oct. 16, 2015
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Why are you splitting hairs here?
The videos SPEAK loud and clear.
Oct. 13, 2015
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It matters little now what happens in real time. F/S have a huge mountain to displace. Allowing them space to attempt this sisyphean effort will only end in failure with S cracking.
Oct. 13, 2015
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Not only do you condescend to Mr Woolsey's analysis but you go on to criticize him not picking up the ‘gaps’ between bids?
And if you want to play with these guys ever again under any ‘circumstances’ is beyond me.
You must be out of your mind to even consider this.
Get some sleep maybe ?
Oct. 13, 2015
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MR Brogeland
I am at a loss …
do you mean you have not sent your ‘evidence’ to ‘governing bodies’ and that they could come back ‘clean’ if found guilty?
So if cheaters confess they get back but if they do not ‘do the right thing’ they get dead?
Are you losing your mind after all this extreme pressure?
Oct. 13, 2015
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