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Hanan has misread the 5th decision I'm afraid. He missed the most important part, Para 8B, where FS were given extra time but the ban on their playing as a pair was extended to “all IBF bridge activity” until such time as they prepare their defence when the total ban may be reconsidered.

Until now, they were only not allowed to play as a pair, now no bridge activity for either of them, whether as a pair or not. So as long as they delay and don't present a defence, they cannot play.


Sept. 24, 2015
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Here is the latest (today's) decision in full by the IBF Special Ethics Committee:

http://main.bridge.co.il/uploads/files/sec/sec-decision-5-en.pdf
Sept. 24, 2015
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Their job is done now as far as F and S are concerned. Now comes the time to wait for a defence from the accused. This is how it works in any democracy.

Why are people so impatient?

1. Israel has withdrawn from the BB.
2. F-S are not allowed to play in any tournament until the case is closed.
Sept. 24, 2015
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I think your comment is unreasonable. In my view it's fair to give the accused enough time (within reason of course)to prepare a defence. I would, however, have liked to see a deadline.
Sept. 24, 2015
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Article edited and the new information added.
Sept. 24, 2015
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I am quoting Neapolitan Club, Jean-Charles, and they write “At the moment Monaco has not announced whether they are going to withdraw.”

I take your word for it, but you must agree that my quote is accurate.
Sept. 24, 2015
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My heart says Denmark or Sweden; my brain says USA1. I'll back my brain here.
Sept. 24, 2015
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He talks about three pairs, Fantunes-Nunes in particular, who have been accused of cheating. Then he mentions that there are legal and illegal signals in bridge. He's convinced that the signals FN used by placing the cards either vertically or horizontally made it an open book for partner to know if he had a top honour in the suit. As a result, they had a huge advantage and won several tournaments, thus earning millions of dollars by cheating. Some say around 10 million.

He mentions Norway's Boye Brogeland who took the initiative to investigate and with a panel of other expert players went through hundreds of deals and many hours of video footage in order to break the codes.

The pairs in question have been under suspicion for many years, but it's not that easy to break the codes. In Gus Hansen's view it has happened now. One of the thre pairs (the Germans) has confessed to committing “some unethical violations.”

Gus Hansen tells that he also played against FN and that he has always disliked them. He still thinks that bridge is a wonderful game and that it will be even better after the cheats at top level have been convicted and suspended.

“Maybe Lance Armstrong's crimes in cycling wouldn't have been revealed if he had stopped in time. The same may have happened if FN had stopped before they got caught, but they didn't.”
Sept. 23, 2015
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I have a summary of the interview with Gus Hansen, translated into English, on my Facebook Timeline.
Sept. 23, 2015
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Alan, do you think all BW followers are familiar with results in the rugby WC? :)
Sept. 21, 2015
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Indeed. Guadeloupe has no flag with official status other than the French national flag.
Sept. 21, 2015
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Yes, but at such short notice it's virtually impossible to send your country's strongest team. That also applies to Sweden and Denmark, the two nations that replaced Israel and Monaco.
Sept. 21, 2015
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France has replaced Germany on Traian Chira's excellent web site with line-ups, draws, convention cards and much more. Save it among your favourites

http://livebridge.net/bbo/wbf/2015chennai.php
Sept. 21, 2015
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Dave, it has been moved to Saturday. This is what I received earlier today:

“I have been informed that the Press Conference by the WBF President Gianarrigo Rona and the WBF President Emeritus José Damiani will now be held on Saturday 26th September at 16.00 hrs. at ITC Grand Chola in Chennai as it is anticipated that more people will be able to attend.

In addition I remind you that questions can be addressed to the WBF Communication Manager, Anna Gudge, at anna.gudge@worldbridgefed.com

You may also like to note that there will be a Press Conference to launch the Championship on Friday 25th September to which you are also invited.

Please check the website at www.worldbridge.org for any possible updates to the time of the Press Conference.”
Sept. 18, 2015
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Reminds you of Euro football 1992, doesn't it, Jim :)

However, it's unlikely that lightning strikes twice. If Denmark make it to the knock-out stage, it will be a success.
Sept. 16, 2015
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Thomas, given that Bilde - Bilde and K. Blakset - Bruun are not available, I think you'll agree with me that this is the best under the circumstances :)
Sept. 16, 2015
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Not only is it impressive that Denmark can field a team at this short notice. It is probably also the strongest Danish team at the moment.
Sept. 16, 2015
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We now have the most obvious candidate for the Alan Truscott Memorial Award 2015: Boye Brogeland.

“The Alan Truscott Memorial Award is presented periodically to that person whose contribution to bridge, in the opinion of the IBPA* Executive, would be most appreciated by Alan.”

*International Bridge Press Association
Sept. 14, 2015
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The article in full, in Swedish, is here:

http://www.svenskbridge.se/nyheter/1868
Sept. 7, 2015
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As expected, Sweden has been invited to replace Israel in the BB, and the Swedish federation will most likely accept the offer. It may actually have happened already.
Sept. 5, 2015
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