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A thought about the possibility of needing to eventually state true age: perhaps he was entitled to a pension. And he wanted to get the pension at the age that was “true”.
Sept. 21
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Today I met up with London player Bob Rowlands. Bob knew Kempson well, and spoke very highly of him. I put it to him that Kempson may have stated an alternative date of birth to make it possible to enlist. Rowlands said that that was just the sort of thing that was totally in keeping with his personality. He added that “he was a very good county level player, wrote well, and was a very liked personality”.
Sept. 21
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other instance of notable bridge player stating false ages: Oswald Jacoby
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Jacoby
Sept. 19
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have a look here:
https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/information.pl?r=175946877:4088&d=bmd_1503998064
could well be wrong - but suggests SOLTZ

Marriage record on Ancestry.com also has SOLTZ. So, I am going to redouble you.
Sept. 19
Shireen Mohandes edited this comment Sept. 19
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HG's real name (BIRTH NAME) was not that … that is the reason for the mistakes… a case of the “wrong HG”. It was Tony Priday who alerted me to the frequently misquoted dates.

Tony helped me with this article
http://www.mrbridge.co.uk/library/pdf/140.pdf

I miss him, and his help, his comments, and his mischievous laughter.
Sept. 19
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When Terence Reese started the T.B.A., Paul Stern was one of the first to whom he turned. Stern became one of the most overworked teachers in London; he, the Austrian, was the chosen representative of the American Bridge World in Britain.

http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/ebumagazine/1948-06.pdf
Sept. 19
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Richard: Harrison Gray's date of birth is wrong in many sources, including published books. When SJ Simon died, The Times wrongly thought that Caryl Brahms was his wife (it was Carmel (nee) Withers). When The Times published an apology, it got that wrong too. I normally seek at least one other independent source for corroboration.
Sept. 19
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recently collected 2800. Declarer's trump suit was
Q853 opp A104. trumps broke 5-1. The contract was 6xx
Of course they were cold for 6.
Sept. 15
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Kit Woosley wrote a nice article about being “fived” in Barbu. See here http://www.barbu.co.uk/barbu_Page446.htm first article at the top left.
Sept. 14
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Ken - I am in the process of writing an abridged biography of Dr Paul Stern, with the help of his grandchildren and other relatives. for part one, look here
http://www.mrbridge.co.uk/library/177/177.pdf
pages 9 to 12.
Also, I have met one person who knew him (Guy Ramsey's son, Valentine, who lives in Dorset), and spoken indirectly to another (Paul's sister-in-law). Both of these people are very much alive today.
Sept. 12
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You've set the bar for thoroughness and clarity.
Sept. 12
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thank you very much.
Sept. 4
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if you overlap the sessions, eg one starts at 10, one at 12:30, then the security issue is no different to one giant session starting at the same time. The 10am people are busy playing, and you can discourage the 12:30 crowd from going into the room. Staggering the hospitality breaks is easy to accomplish and is practical too.
Aug. 30
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At the EBU Easter Festival (English Bridge Union) main event, a 3 session Pairs, there is an early start option. On the first day players can choose to start at 2:00pm or at 4:00pm. As far as I know this has been the case for 3 years, and it has worked out really well. On Day 2, where 2 sessions are played, they start at the same time.

There is evidence that it can work … It is popular, and I hope they keep it

http://www.ebu.co.uk/competitions/easter-london
Aug. 30
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A fine read. Looking forward to your next post.
Aug. 20
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Ken, thank you for posting about this book, and your extensive research. I would like to get in touch with you (and I will send you a PM). I am also researching the period approximately 1930 to 1945. My research is more oriented towards the personalities, and their lives, and interesting deals.
As an aside, the publication of a book such as this is a noteworthy event and I think that it will be interest to the diverse membership of BridgeWinners.
Aug. 7
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I think some people may have misunderstood - in the real case that I described above, the cheater was a better player than the accomplice, and that is why he said “I hate winning money off you”. He did not say to him “I am going to throw contracts and deliberately lose”. That was a concealed. What he meant was: “you have helped me out in the past, and I want to not be in a position that when you happen to cut me at the table, that you lose money to me … so let's make it that we have no action”. This was a deal he had regardless of the stake. So when the stake was even all round, the cheater played to his best ability.

In one of the cases (not the one I am described above) the cheater got caught out because he left his hand written summary of the day's action, and the club manager saw it - initially could not work out what was going on. Then, suspecting foul play, asked the unwitting accomplice. They worked it out, and the manager banned the cheater from the club.
July 21
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Hi Benoit - I could have explained that better. I know from general knowledge, and from confirming with high stake and frequent players (and my own experience) that there is always a dealer AND and inspector. In addition to that, there is video (with audio) and frequent visits by other staff, including pit boss. In one portion of the morning evidence a the appeal, they make reference to video evidence from the original trial where a conversation takes place between TWO (possibly more) staff, and they are discussing Ivey's actions.
In any case, I don't think either side in the original trial made the point you are perhaps trying to make (but I am not sure). I suspect the casino is rather embarrassed that they did not stick to at least 3 (4?) of their internal regulations ….(not changing decks at policy frequency, not cutting off 1 deck , only using the machine to shuffle, using same cards next day (I think).

shmoosh described here
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/30/best-way-to-shuffle-cards-math_n_6948720.html

I rang a bridge player who plays very high stakes at casinos to ask. He said that Ivey's presence would have been a big deal, and they would be keeping a very close eye on him, and watching his progress.

Now, I don't know this, but if they had a change of shift, or different managers taking it in turns, and not sharing information/thoughts/concerns, then I can see how this farce can take place. Remember initially he lost (whilst he was playing the 79 deals to arrange the deck … and this probably took maybe 1 to 2 hours), so maybe they were watching closely, but simply thinking “whatever they are doing, it isn't working for them”.
July 20
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What I found slightly surprising is that the casino allowed the request to play all but 7 cards, rather then cutting off about one deck.
July 20
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Benoit - I am sorry but I am finding it difficult following your view point (I mean, I am not sure I understand your English).

There were at least 2 casino people there all the time.

In the Supreme Court there were no witnesses, just barristers (Ivey was not there either, well I did not see him).

In the first trial I think the croupier did not give evidence because there was no point. Neither side thought she did anything other than her job, which was to pander to the requests of the punters. In the first trial there were some witnesses who were casino staff.

It seems that she just did what she was asked. Several staff watched. He was betting very large amounts of money - there were casino staff looking and checking.

About 20 years ago a Polish friend of mine told me about the faults in cards, and he said that many people in Poland know about this … it is part of a well known card trick.

I spoke to several casino players, and they all told me that edge sorting is widely known ….
July 18
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