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Mike Summers-Smith
Mike Summers-Smith
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 20, 2015
Last Seen
12 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

English county-class bridgeplayer; or, rather, I was, when playing often enough to stay sharp. Favourite methods (1) a home-grown strong Diamond, and (2) Acol. I firmly believe that strong NT and (especially) 2/1 are inventions of the Devil.

United Kingdom

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Discovering, in real-life play, a one-loser smother play which seems never to have been written up. Least favorite bridge memory: going for 800 in 2Sx on that hand, rather than 1100.
Bridge Accomplishments
Knocked the holders out of the Gold Cup 40 years ago, and.lost in the next round. Finished in the top five a time or two in the EBU Summer Congress Swiss Pairs.
Member of Bridge Club(s)
Coventry and North Warwickshire
Favorite Tournaments
EBU Summer Congress Swiss Pairs
Favorite Conventions
Strong Diamond
ACBL Ranking
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Elinescu and Wladow win their case against the WBF
"We have a first amendment right of assembly in this country." In your country, you also have a second amendment right to shoot holes in people. Can we please keep politics off this site? Not all countries have written constitutions, and that first amendment is U.S.A. only.
Elinescu and Wladow win their case against the WBF
[i]Süddeutsche Zeitung[/i] is one of the German newspapers you can pretty much trust. Like [i]FAZ[/i]. (There was a clue in OP's link - [url=][/url].)
Elinescu and Wladow win their case against the WBF
I got the impression from the SDZ write-up that the reporter (who may or may not be a bridge player) was - shall we say - less than impressed with E-W's activities.
Comparable Call?
A bad start
I pass, with a saintly smile which David Bird's Trappist bridge player (whose name I forget) would approve. I recall a story of an elderly and infirm American bridge expert in a similar situation (whose name I also forget), hobbled to his feet, climbed up onto his chair, and ...
What's He Doing This Time?
My KJ86 looks distinctly useful in defence. If partner wanted to bring the minors into play, both 2 and 2N were available. I cannot imagine a hand where I'd pass a TOx after this start.
Elinescu and Wladow win their case against the WBF
From a 2013 BBO thread - The First 50 Years of the World Bridge Federation, 1958-2008, An Anecdotal History Compiled by Its Presidents. ISBN 978-0-9526131-6-9 The only copy I can find for sale is [url=]this one[/url].
Elinescu and Wladow win their case against the WBF
Elinescu: "Ich kann mich nicht erinnern, auch nur einmal gehustet zu haben" (I can't remember coughing even once). Strange. [url=]Michael Clark's video[/url] (@5:23) shows him coughing twice.
Elinescu and Wladow win their case against the WBF
Jürgen's analysis of the reported ruling is correct. (I too would like to see the full transcript.) The WBF sanctions were invalid. The DBV adopted them without making its own investigation. Therefore, the DBV sanctions were also invalid. In short, the governing bodies messed it up.
Elinescu and Wladow win their case against the WBF
If the newspaper report is complete, the court only addressed the legality of WBF bars against individuals, not against pairs or national bodies. It did not look at the substance of the cheating allegations. Rather, according to presiding judge Jürgen Kühnen, the WBF constitution in no way provides that the ...

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