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Alex and Peter: The good guys have won.
April 1
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Justin, you feel that bridge is doomed because its based on an “honour system” but there is plenty of research to suggest that is not necessarily true; in fact an honour system can last for 100s of years and Avner Grief won a Nobel Prize showing how it had worked.
In his book “ institutions and the path to the modern economy” Grief showed how the 11-13th century Maghribi traders of north Africa managed to trade with Africa, middle East and southern Europe implying verbal contracts of credit, trade, insurance etc. with scarcely any criminal or dishonest activity. This lasted for 200-300 years. How? it was a close knit community of traders, introduced to each other, vouched for by the community and judged by the community. if anyone reneged on a contract they were expelled for life, as was their children. their income was gone and their reputation permanently damaged.

Seem familiar? i played against you in Orlando although I wouldn't expect you to remember, but as we all know, most bridge tournaments we play consist largely of the same players. We are a small, manageable group. If we employed the Maghribi institutional arrangements the last 2 years wouldn't have been spent in vain. The problem as I said 3 years ago is not that there are cheats ( there are in every walk of life) , its simply we don't necessarily
have the right institutions running our game.
Oct. 12, 2018
Simon Gillis edited this comment Oct. 12, 2018
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Both cricket and Chess have experienced turmoil when players lost faith in their respective institutions. Breakaways were formed and although it was far from easy, in both cases the point was made. Eventually both games regrouped and became stronger for it. Reform or we leave. If the WBF continue to feed us with platitudes, procrastination and lack of transparency they should not be surprised if some top players form their own group to administer and promote new tournaments. There might even be some willing sponsors to a new institution that actually tries to promote the game,particularly to the young, rather than maintain it as a game for the retired and well off. Sanya, for example, was more expensive than central London, only had about 5 Juniors there and appeared to waste the opportunity of Red Bull's sponsorship.
Oct. 10, 2015
Simon Gillis edited this comment Oct. 10, 2015
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Agree Tom. The Muppet Show in Chennai
Sept. 26, 2015
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It is almost impossible to understand what anyone is saying, except Patrick Jourdain, however it is clear that the two countries who they were hoping would confess to cheating have not.Could be a fractious tournament
Sept. 26, 2015
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Absolutely, Tom. If you want to spot corruption, the quickest way is to look out for institutions who are unwilling to embrace technology. In Football, for example, it is ludicrous that FIFA do not sanction video replays to help referees. In Bridge, we need all the recorded matches to be open to the bridge community.
Sept. 26, 2015
Simon Gillis edited this comment Sept. 26, 2015
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I take it very seriously. I am stressing that it is not scandalous per se. There have always been far greater crimes than cheating at bridge: murder, rape, GBH , drinking bad wine but the scandal in certain countries is how the police have turned a blind eye or the judiciary have been influenced by political lobbyists.
Sept. 26, 2015
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Players cheating at bridge is not a scandal.There are bad guys in every walk of life. The real scandal is that so far several authorities have been either slow, reluctant or possibly even negligent in using any evidence and information to stop and expose cheating.
The point of an institution is to set the rules of the game in a way that deters bad behavior and incentivises good behaviour. A country with a corrupt judiciary will have more mafia types. A screaming child going wild in a restaurant is not scandalous but Parents on their 2nd bottle of wine in the corner ignoring the child is. If we want a clean game we know whom we should look to but need to be confident that they are fulfilling their role properly,,
Sept. 26, 2015
Simon Gillis edited this comment Sept. 26, 2015
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That's a good question Jack and I'm surprised it wasn't asked before. My understanding is that cheating is in fact more widespread than first thought and it is more likely to end here if more pairs admit wrongdoing. However that is more unlikely if PS are punished as harshly as the first two pairs.
Perhaps the answer to your question is which side of the punishment debate wins; the more forgiving or the less forgiving.
Sept. 20, 2015
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There is a danger that the process for dealing with a pair who have been alleged to have cheated may get bogged down due to lack of resources. It is quite reasonable to expect the police to act quickly if you have been assaulted because that's what they are there for. However the ACBL EBL WBF have not been primarily formed to quickly and efficiently investigate an event like this. Most people presumably want this dealt with as soon as possible.
I think it is incumbent on the best players in the world to act together to precipitate action. The longer the delay, the worse the reputation Bridge will have. Some of the top players Bessis, Kamil del Monte Gold Townsend et al have staunchly made their position known but others have obviously not. The danger is this has become a multi prisoner's dilemma where it may be against the short term interest of a player to either agree or disagree with the allegations. This is extremely regrettable. Nash won his Nobel Prize for demonstrating that uncooperative behaviour harms everybody. For the best interests of the game the top players of the world need to come together and make a statement and have a plan on how to deal with this quickly, honestly and with due process
Aug. 31, 2015
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I have sponsored and partnered Boye for over 14 years and would like to respond to the thread by Nick Krynjevic. In one, long piece he compares Boyes' actions to a hedge fund manager who tries to implicate his previous boss of wrong-doing in order to gain market share.
Mr Krynjevic I assume you do not actually know Boye because unlike the analolgy suggested by Chris Willenken, people who know Boye will be staggered at the implication he is doing this for monetary gain. After you read this, you may wish to withdraw some of your article.
I have been a hedge fund manager, worked for a large US Investment Bank and worked for 2 of the largest hedge funds in the world and you are right, there are some, not many, but some unsavoury characters out there. Boye is as removed from them as anyone I know.

Boye has worked for me for 14 years all over the world. We discuss fees and money maybe once every 3 years. The last time I quite voluntarily offered him more. There is no one in the game more committed to playing the game for the game's sake than Boye. Of course he needs to get paid well; he has a wife and family, but the monetary gain is not what motivates him. Winning the Game Fair and Square is his philosophy and I would happily recommend him, endorse him and support him to any person or federation as an exemplary professional. If we were on table 100 of an insignificant swiss pairs in the northern tundra he would try his best.

If Boye says he is trying to cleanup the game, he is trying to clean up the game. The question that he may be doing this for a financial edge is both risible and misinformed.
Aug. 26, 2015
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