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David, as I understand, no direct evidence is needed since this is God Hamman speaking and, according to him, “everyone knows that”.
Sept. 24, 2015
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As a non-native english speaker, that seems to mean that the Blue Team stole their 17 world titles by cheating, but I could be wrong…
Sept. 24, 2015
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The FFB has finally issued a statement this afternoon:


http://www.ffbridge.asso.fr/actualites/actualites.php?do=detail&id=1240

Edit: I'm too lazy to translate but basically, it states that F-N are suspended from the FFB as an interim measure.
Sept. 23, 2015
Franck Guerrero edited this comment Sept. 23, 2015
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Fair enough.
however, a bitter taste in mouth remains..:-(
Sept. 23, 2015
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I think there is no will to have the FFB disqualifying the team (it would not be legal anyway) but to have the team withdrawed as they did for the BB.

If i follow your logic, FN/FS/PS shall keep all their titles and victories except the ones for which video evidences exist ? Do I understand well ?
Sept. 23, 2015
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a) the team is named “Monaco FMB” and is captained by Zimmermann so both names are valid

b)why not using the same maturity and wisdom for the french interclubs where FN played during earlier stages ?

c1) see a), the name of the team is “monaco fmb”
c2) then why did they withdraw from BB ? following your logic, as they have not been yet judged…

d) see b)

e) sure, maybe FN never cheated in any french competition…really ?

f) No strong opinion on that point, I see no problem welcoming Z for forthcoming competitions.

g) I'm not really fond of the “wait and see” policy…as FN are/were member of the FFB, why not starting any investigation (as did the IBF for LS) ?
Sept. 22, 2015
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“Is this Multon-Zimmerman, Helgemo-Helness ?”

Yes the team is Z-M & H-H.

“If so, what to H-H have to say for themselves?”

Don't know as I was not good enough to qualify for the finals :-) but according to the previous comment above : “HH obviously feeling uncomfortable and being very discreet.”
Sept. 22, 2015
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“so why shouldn't they play?”

because they surely cheated during qualification stage.

Is that enough eloquent for you ?
Sept. 22, 2015
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The atmosphere should have been interesting last week-end at Saint-Cloud :-)

Anyway, they could still play the DN1 4-handed if I understand well…
Sept. 22, 2015
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FWIW, I've raised in short quite the same questions on the FFB forum. My question was:

After the recent discoveries, will Fantunes be part of the Interclubs final ?

The official answer from FFB dated 14th September states that:

“La Fédération Française de Bridge respecte le principe de la présomption d'innocence et n'a en conséquence aucun commentaire à formuler sur ce sujet pour le moment.”

which could be roughly translated by:

“The French Bridge Federation respects presumtion of innocence principle and therefore has no comment on the subject for the moment.”

If I understand well, F-N could even have played the Interclubs final….

Edit: typo
Sept. 22, 2015
Franck Guerrero edited this comment Sept. 22, 2015
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Roy,

Thanks for your answer.
Actually, I read that 2nd paragraph (quoted here below)and I am not questioning your honesty.

“We were aware that there were some suspicions about them, but we felt secure after much evaluation of our overall success, that our results as a team and specifically those from our teammates, were not inconsistent with their abilities as bridge players, and if anything were even a little disappointing.”

That answers the “unaware” part of my questions (sorry I've missed it) but not really the “giving” credit part.

I'm surely naive however, if many (most ?) of my esteemed and trustworthy peers told me that the pair X/X was cheating and/or being very unethical, I would surely chose to not play with this pair.

Anyway, I wish you the best for the future events.
Sept. 21, 2015
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According to what has been published during the last month on BW, it seems that :

1) there were huge whispers on the 3 caught pairs,

2) all top-level players knew of these whispers about FN/FS/PS since many years,

3) all teammates of the 3 pairs are top-level players

but

4) all teammates of the 3 pairs were not aware that they were cheating

This just raises some, I think, legitimate interrogations like:
- why the teammates did not give any credits to the whispers ?
- why only those top-level teammates were unaware of the whispers ?
Sept. 21, 2015
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when the first time offense lasts since 10 years or more, I am not sure…
perhaps, first time getting caught would be a fairer sentence
Sept. 19, 2015
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What you saw last week on BBO was planned since a year, and that was trials for 2016/2017 french open team
Sept. 19, 2015
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“Only difference is that she isnt out trying to save an obvious cheater from prosecution?”

still sure of that once germany has withdrawed from BB ?
Sept. 19, 2015
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Boye and Roy,

do you really need that public struggle ?

Perhaps, you could settle that between the two of you without involving the BW community, please ?
Sept. 18, 2015
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Cornelia wrote:

“There is, however, one culture issue that still remains a problem. There are some parts of the world where the overall prevailing culture has different values, where trickery, cunning, deception, and clever deceit are more highly valued in the society than are honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.”

True, when one dominant culture has fathered the balco scandal, lance armstrong, floyd landis, tyson gay, enron scandal, bernard madoff, the subprime mortgage crisis and so on, one should hope that other cultures value highly honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.

Sept. 18, 2015
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I know but I just don't buy the “they only cheated one board and the rest was never proven” argument.

and therefore, I don't see no real difference with the 2 recent cases but anyway, this is none of my business…
Sept. 16, 2015
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so he should be clean ? if you say so…
Sept. 16, 2015
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This year DN1 could be funny with, for the moment, FN still in Zimmerman team and in guest-star Lanzarotti in Zaleski team…
Sept. 16, 2015
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