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Hi Michael,
first of all I have absolutely no reason to doubt your statement: that you did not know or suspect E-W were cheating. (Niko Bausback made the same comment in another thread, who also has played many many boards against them.)
However, based on comments here and elsewhere it seems that the UK team has suspected them for a long time. Do you have possible explanations why UK players got suspicious fairly quickly, whereas apparently most/all German players never suspected anything? And the same for other teams in Bali? (An honest question, not a rhetorical one.) Do you think there were not cheating as blatantly in German competitions?
April 20, 2014
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Do you have a guess about the methods in QF3 board 10?
April 18, 2014
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Looking through the responses, my impression is that most responders choose to give a signal too often. There are costs to giving a signal - there more often partner makes a strange lead, the more suspicious you look, plus you don't want to talk partner out of his normal lead if he has a preference.
April 16, 2014
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Certainly knowing that partner is not short in hearts makes bidding 4 much more attractive. It's a near-certain win if partner has 3 hearts, and may still be ok if he has two.
April 2, 2014
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http://www.bridgebase.com/forums/topic/65417-elinescu-wladow-banned/page__view__findpost__p__786168

(Look for the post from wank in case your browser doesn't automatically scroll to the correct position of the page.)
March 31, 2014
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In addition, at the point when East made his signal, he did not yet have the necessary information to demand a spade switch: If West has a diamond singleton, defenders need to cash out after West gets his diamond ruff. (Imagine declarer having Qxxx xx instead of his actual hodling.)
March 30, 2014
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What do Bali visa politics have to do with India?
Feb. 22, 2014
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I am glad to see that thanks to bridgewinners, we finally have a forum for such an essential questions!
Jan. 14, 2014
Arend Bayer edited this comment Jan. 15, 2014
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Seems the double heart hook is best against strong opponents? This makes when
- both heart honors are onside and either hearts not 4-1 or club king onside,
- split heart honors with both round suits breaking 3-2,
- singleton heart honor onside,
- singleton heart honor offside and club king onside.
The chances for misdefense aren't as big as on other lines, but there are still some (split heart honors, clubs 4-1 but they don't find the ruff).
Sept. 4, 2013
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Why are you ignoring the possibility of LHO ducking the first club with Hx and Kxx? This does not seem such a difficult play to find.
Sept. 4, 2013
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Hi Michael,

reading between the lines of comments you have made in discussions about bridge rulings etc., I got the impression that you have a somewhat critical view of the current state of ethics in top-level bridge, or at least that you would like to see a higher standard applied than we currently have.

Am I reading too much into your comments? If not, what do you think are the most important (in IMPs/board) ethical infractions that currently go unpunished? What can be done on a practical level to address them?


Aug. 23, 2013
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As the introduction mentioned, you were known as the best bidder in the world. Can you tell us a bit more about how you got there? What would you recommend others who want to improve their bidding?

Also, WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED TO YOU SINCE?
Feb. 26, 2013
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You could surely make a good living as a bridge pro if you wanted to. You would become a better bridge player, as you say above.
But you have chosen not do that. What led you to this decision? Were you ever close to becoming a full-time bridge player?
Feb. 25, 2013
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