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Grammarly attacks again. ;-)
Dec. 14, 2018
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I can live with two strikes and out. It's complicated. There is the ‘prisoner’s dilemma' to force a confession out of one of the players, the first to confess has a much shorter ban.

The case against Fantoni and Nunes is watertight IMHO. They have refused to make a full allucation, therefore, their ban should remain in place until they do so. Those that make a confession when confronted with the evidence should be treated differently. I do not know the details of the history of the collusive cheating of Buratti and Lanzarotti. If he has not given a detailed account of their cheating then the ban should remain.

A detailed allocation is important. It allows the bridge authorities to make restitution to those that have been cheated, gold instead of silver, etc., Furthermore, it allows those investigating to ascertain if the cheating was used earlier or in other events. This could lead to ‘rolling disclosure’ and a lengthier ban.
Dec. 13, 2018
John Wilmott edited this comment Dec. 14, 2018
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There is another reason why life bans might prove to be counterproductive. We need confessions otherwise we need lawyers at great expense. A life ban will act as an incentive to collude to the bitter end. We need the guilty to cooperate. We also want them out of the game as soon as possible.

I agree with a previous poster, three strikes and you are out. The Sion Rule.
Dec. 13, 2018
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Back to the main point, is Helgemo going to make a show?
Nov. 28, 2018
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You are correct Richard. The story is a myth.
Nov. 27, 2018
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The Inland Revenue didn't want to jail Lester Piggott. He paid his final tax bill from an undeclared bank account.

The British revenue service is diligent but relaxed. Unlike its US counterpart. Alan is correct.
Nov. 27, 2018
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Helness was also charged, he is playing in Honolulu.
Nov. 27, 2018
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Where is Helgemo?
Nov. 26, 2018
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Hi Peter,

Remember those days in the 90's, duplicate pairs at the Acol on a Tuesday, organised by Chris Dixon? Martin winning nearly every other week. What was frightening is that he knew how the hand should be played from dummy's perspective from trick 1.

Hoffman, more than anyone else I can think of, destroys the Ten Thousand Rule promulgated by Malcolm Gladwell. The fluency of his play, the brief postmortem analysis, the certainty in which he placed the cards.

His analysis was supported by his ability to interpret every pause and tick by his opponents. An amazing player.
May 18, 2018
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If we can make 2 of a major there is a good chance that they are going 2 down in NTs Vulcan.
Oct. 9, 2017
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I assume responder has a (very) poor hand? Still bidding 2 of a major.
Sept. 29, 2017
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What is your basic system? I assume you are not playing 5542. At any rate, this looks like a poor mp score.

I think it has to be attitude. A higher card would have suit preference overtones, depending on methods.
Sept. 29, 2017
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A complicated pass over 1NT. You might have missed your best mp score already…
Sept. 29, 2017
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+200 is a real possibility, bidding on risks going minus and a possible zero
Sept. 21, 2017
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The room doesn't sacrifice…
Sept. 20, 2017
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Hi Peter, Life has its ups and downs. Hope all is well with your good self.

Hi Steve, I am putting the cart before the horse. If the Honorary Life President had been innocent in the manner that Richard had suggested you would have been subject only to the laws of slander.

Your wider point is well taken, governing bodies end up being protection rackets for members. Those that raise their heads above the parapet tend to get kicked out. Boye is the exception.
David Carlisle made a good suggestion, finding an entrepreneur, the social variety is best, to drive the game forward. Any suggestions? Not Bill Gates, he is too busy saving the world.
Aug. 20, 2017
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Peter, kindly confirm why you think it is libellous and not slanderous? ;-) English law considers defamatory comments on an internet forum as slander, not libel.
Aug. 20, 2017
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Slander, not Libel.
Aug. 20, 2017
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LA is big in aerospace… JPL and Caltech… Virgin Galactic, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon all have offices there. It is the biggest industry in the county…
Aug. 18, 2017
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Who opposed and stood on a ticket for radical change? It would be shocker if there was a vote against those who want to improve the integrity of the game.
Aug. 18, 2017
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