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Thank you sincerely, Adam. May the force be with you!
May 8
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Felix, I have invited you to prove your allegations. You have been unable to do so. I find your last remarks objectionable. For me the discussion with you is closed.
May 3
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@Felix you seemed to insinuate in various posts that I had pledged to not play in tournaments that let convicted cheaters play and that I was violating that pledge now. I asked you to provide quotes to substantiate that allegation. In my view you have failed to do so. Let me please clarify my position, so there is no misunderstanding.

1. I will not play against cheaters that were convicted by the bridge authorities and have sued their way back into the game in bridge incompetent courts. I will play against cheaters that are returning to the game after having served their sentence.

2. I will not play in tournaments where the organizer can exclude cheaters as described above, but fails to do so.

3. I will not refuse to play in tournaments where the organizer is legally forced to let cheaters as described above play, but I will refuse to play against them at the table. Since I have seen such a scenario unfold in Germany, I am worried the same may happen in EBL/WBF territory.

I do not think I have ever said anything different from what I just described.
May 3
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Samantha: Can't the EBL be lobbied now to not let them play? Surely they don't have to accept their application to enter?

We have always taken for granted that EBL/WBF can reject invitations, because it says so in their respective Conditions of Contest. But are we lawyers enough to know whether it can be sustained, if challenged in court? What would stop a pair that obviously lacks any shame and had the money and wherewithal for a law suit against the bridge authorities from trying to also challenge that last stumble block preventing them from returning to international bridge?
May 3
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@Felix what is your perception of what I promised to do under #saynotocheats that I am not living up to with my statement here? May I please ask you to quote the relevant part(s) of my post(s).
May 3
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I was hoping David Burn would comment on that question. :)
May 2
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In my view it can make a difference. If many players refuse to participate, the event will still take place. It just will be a smaller event. If those players instead enter the event, but refuse to play against the convicted cheaters, the event will be disrupted and become a non-event.
May 2
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I would argue, if indeed everyone refused to play, yes, they would win the event. But it would be a meaningless win or let’s just call it a non-event.
May 2
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The news has reached the Yeh Bros Cup. Very proud of you team Harris!
April 12
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I watched “If Beale Street could talk” on my flight from Europe to the US. Highly recommended.
March 19
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Quite frankly what does the name of the campaign matter? We all know what this campaign is about and if everyone reading here could just chip in a few bucks, it would go a long way towards reaching its goal. I say let's give it a whirl. There isn't that much to lose, is there? And there may be a lot to gain. Let us not pass up such a great opportunity!
March 14
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Thank you very much, James, for fighting for the integrity of our game. The organizers' handling of the situation, as you describe it, was simply disgraceful. It takes courage to do what you did and most likely you will never reap your just reward for it. FWIW you have my full admiration.
March 12
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OMG David, you really had me cracking up over your response to Diego's question. Somebody should start hiring you for some marketing or public relations stuff.
March 7
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Jean-Charles Allavena: “I know that you'll be disappointed by my answer, and that you were hoping to read that we decided this because we felt we didn't deserve it, because of the presence of a pair in the team, but sorry, the reason is only this one.”

I for one am very disappointed. I indeed was hoping the Monaco team had realized their results were tainted. To learn that is not the case is sad and disappointing.
March 7
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“And the director penalized you for being young.”
Or maybe for just recently having won a World Championship? Or for being in the wrong place at the wrong time?
The negative stories about this tournament abound. I am definitely not planning to go there next year.
Feb. 20
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@Marco You can read a little bit more about this here: http://neapolitanclub.altervista.org/ev-eng/fantoni-nunes-acquitted-by-figb.html

Note: “Fantoni an Nunes also confirmed that they wanted to avoid any issues, promising not to play together any more, as this would give them better opportunities, rather than they acknowledged any wrong doing.”

I leave you to draw your own conclusions.
Feb. 19
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@Felix Shen we are talking here about players that were found guilty by the bridge authorities of violating the rules of bridge by engaging in collusive cheating. They managed to wiggle their way back into organized bridge by getting a judgment from a court of judges that don’t have the slightest insight into the intricacies of the game of bridge.

I respect your desire to pursue political correctness. At the same time I feel I not only have a right, but even an obligation to encourage my fellow bridge players who share my values and have the integrity of the game we love at heart, to boycot tournaments whose organizers clearly have no intention whatsoever to preserve these values and fight a system that obviously is broken. I take strong exception to your criticism.
Feb. 18
Sabine Auken edited this comment Feb. 18
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Kit “I believe a more effective approach is as follows: Come to the tournament, enter the event(s) as usual, but simply refuse to play a hand against the convicted cheaters.”

A friend of mine reports that one pair at the Barcelona tournament did indeed use this approach. The pair allegedly refused to play against Fantoni. They could have been disqualified, but instead the TD gave them 0% on both boards and Fantoni's pair 60% on both boards.
Feb. 18
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“One solution is to become invitational.”

The German Bridge Trophy in Berlin has already gone this way. http://www.german-bridge-trophy.de Click on “Registration” to see the details.
Feb. 18
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Just had to do it again. :)
Feb. 4
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