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I would go even further than Debbie and say what I wrote in the BBO vugraph manual 13 years ago:
“The success of a vugraph broadcast is determined by the quality of the operators.”
April 13, 2015
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But that's no change. We also had an 18.00 Central European Time start yesterday. The time difference between New Orleans and continental Europe is 6 hours.
March 20, 2015
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That's interesting, because on the BBO vugraph schedule page they have same times as yesterday. So who is right?
March 20, 2015
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Yes, David, at long last I have realised that I'm not 20 any more :)
March 20, 2015
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I voted 2 vs 7 and 3 vs 6 because almost all players on these teams are Europeans. I am not anti-American, but due to time difference only segments 1 and 2 are suitable for Europe.
March 20, 2015
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They often play on BBO, less so in real life perhaps, as Friedlander lives in Haifa, Liran in Tel Aviv. The distance between the cities is about 95 km.
Oct. 25, 2014
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They were on the Israel open team in Lille, France, in 2012. Israel sent one team for the European Championships in Dublin, Ireland, and a different team for France.
http://www.worldbridge.org/repository/tourn/lille.12/ASP/participantsDetailAfterStart.asp?qteamid=ISRAEL@932&qcountry=44
Oct. 25, 2014
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Jens Auken also contributed to the ‘BOLS Tips’ back in the 80's, where expert players submitted expert tips. Here is his ‘Kill Point.’

http://www.haroldschogger.com/auken.htm
Jan. 19, 2014
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In his young days, Jens Auken was better known as a basketball player and played for Denmark long before he was selected for the national open bridge team. He played basketball for SISU, a word that means ‘fight’ in Finnish. An excellent description for his efforts at the bridge table, in the EBL and WBF as well.

For many years, Jens, a lawyer by profession, was also the legal advisor to the Danish Bridge Federation - as a volunteer!
Jan. 19, 2014
Roland Wald edited this comment Jan. 19, 2014
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If one was ill, perhaps even both, should they not also be awarded medals? Isn't that ‘force majeure?’ I mean, you can't guarantee that you are fit to play in the final, can you? Or at any stage during the championship for that matter.

I don't think they can be bothered regarding masterpoints, but surely a WC title and medal must count for everyone. If I understand it correctly (25.2.1), they are not world champions this time round. Weird.
Sept. 29, 2013
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Does a margin of 84 IMPs suggest that the match was close? I would call it a hammering when you beat a team like Monaco by that much.
Sept. 29, 2013
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They don't look particularly ill here …

http://webutil.bridgebase.com/v2/news_fetch.php?id=1724

But of course, that picture could have been taken days ago. If one of them is ill, I wish him a speedy recovery and hope that he is well enough to fly back with the rest of the team. What a shame to miss a Bermuda Bowl final due to illness.
Sept. 29, 2013
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Let me make this clear once and for all, so that no misunderstanding is possible. It was *my* decision to step down as the BBO vugraph coordinator about a year ago, and it was *my* decision not to be among the commentators this time round. At no point did the BBO managers put any pressure on me. Money has never been an issue, because I was unpaid throughout the (so far) 11 years I have been working for BBO. Both Uday and Fred have always treated me nicely and with respect.

I would normally not ask for permission to say something on vugraph commentary (Uday and Fred understandably expect commentators to be tactful at all times), but I felt that this issue was too sensitive to ignore, so I decided to ask first. May or may I not mention this? I'm glad I did.

I obviously respect Uday's decision. He, Fred and I are friends, and this won't change anything. Even friends disagree occasionally. Although they haven't told me directly, I am sure they also respect *my* decision to stay away from commentary, when I, given the circumstances, feel that it would be wrong for me to contribute.

There will come a day after Bali, and then we are back to normal with me in one of the voice commentator seats.
Sept. 18, 2013
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Mr Shen, I don't know where in the world you are, but in the country I live in we allow people to ignore articles they don't like. On the other hand, we also allow them to read what they like. In Danish we call it “frihed til at vælge” (freedom to choose). As far as I am concerned, you may do exactly what you want in this context, so would it be too much to ask that you grant the same permission to everyone else at Bridgewinners?

Long time I ago I realised that you don't like what Hanan Sher and I, among others, write. That's your right, but why don't you just skip articles, posts and comments when you see the names Hanan Sher and Roland Wald?
Sept. 18, 2013
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I merely answered questions asked by Hanan Sher. You may or may not agree with my stand, but I hope that even those who don't can appreciate that this was the right decision for *me* under the circumstances. The WC is not the last event on BBO Vugraph. I'll be back when this is over.
Sept. 18, 2013
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Indeed Zelig; we have many more examples. I just mentioned four of them. I have got a long list. Regarding Canada/USA one could also mention Fred Gitelman.
Aug. 14, 2013
Roland Wald edited this comment Aug. 14, 2013
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Here is what Eitan Levy, IBF President, wrote on my Facebook timeline on July 2:

“Here is a summary of the main facts about the withdrawal of the Israel Ladies team.

For months the Israel Bridge Federation repeatedly requested instructions from the Indonesians on obtaining visas for the Israeli team. Most of the requests were simply ignored and when a reply was received it was of the type ”we are dealing with the matter“. We requested the help of the WBF, who contacted the Indonesian authorities but this also resulted in a standard reply. We also repeatedly asked for contact details in order to discuss security issues. This request was repeatedly and completely ignored.

Finally, about a month ago, we were told that we could obtain visas provided that we paid for the flight and expenses of two representatives of the Indonesian Bridge Federation to fly from Indonesia to Bangkok or Singapore where they would meet the Israelis and obtain visas for them. We doubt that the extra imposition and expense were required of any other participant.

Again the question of security was ignored. After further correspondence we were told that the person in charge of security was still unavailable! Security is an important issue for us, and probably also for other participants. How is it possible that for months the person dealing with security is unavailable? We replied and made it clear that security was an essential element of our participation, but received no reply. At no stage did we ask for armed security – we simply had no one to talk to or to talk to us, so security could not even be discussed at a basic level.

We then received a letter from the WBF asking us for a decision on whether the Israel team would participate as thedeadline for registration was approaching. As the person responsible for security was still not available, and due to the lack of cooperation from the Indonesian official and bridge authorities we regret that we were left with no choice but to withdraw our team.

We have expressed our displeasure to the WBF, especially on the choice of venue.

And finally – good luck to the Swedish team. We hope you do well. We’ll be cheering for you!

Eitan Levy (President, IBF).”
Aug. 14, 2013
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As for representing more than one country at World Championships or similar, there is nothing new here. Several players have represented more than one country. To name just three: Zia Mahmood (Pakistan and USA), Björn Fallenius (Sweden and USA)and Michael Rosenberg (Great Britain and USA).

Coincidentally, we have another Israel/USA combination in Bali: Sam Lev, representing USA Seniors. Before he moved to USA, he lived in and played for Israel.
Aug. 14, 2013
Roland Wald edited this comment Aug. 14, 2013
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When she has an Israeli passport, she is an Israeli citizen. However, according to the WBF regulations she is eligible to play for USA as “at least two subsequent calendar years have passed since the competior last represented his former country” (WBF Eligibility Code 3.4). You also need to be a bona fide resident in your new country. Migry has been living in USA for about 3 years.
Aug. 14, 2013
Roland Wald edited this comment Aug. 14, 2013
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