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Michael

i cannot imagine the courage that it took to write this and to me it speaks more to your real integrity as a person and bridge player than your cheating said otherwise

in fact i believe that your confession is of greater value and service to the “ new bridge” than the harm that the chjeating caused

im sure you are merely the tip of the iceberg in this regard

so FWIW , i forgive you 100 % and believe the community service is the only price you should pay
4 hours ago
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Well done Committee et al

im sure that this was not easy but i am so impressed and congralute you all -

First time that i actually feel positive about the future in this regard and setting the precedent this was in the middle of an event is somehow even better as im sure it was much harder than just not allowing them to enter1

Well done to everyone involved!
June 24
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June 21
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On a totally unrelated note, I was wondering if some better players than myself can offer their opinion on a hand.

Txx Txx xxx AJ9x. 2N p ? Is it right to bid puppet stayman here, as we have 3 suits unstopped and might have a 5-3 fit, or are we supposed to just bid 3N? I was curious for input from top players. I would make a new poll but I do not want to be banned for asking a bridge hand on a bridge forum, it is unclear if that is allowed on bridgewinners so I will just ask it here. Hopefully Eugene will not ban me. Also curious, how close it is and what % of top players would bid stayman vs 3N in your opinion?
June 21
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We all need to take a stand against this kind of thing Peter. That is absolutely outrageous. Of course the PC police will explain how staymaning is totally reasonable with this hand because they don't understand bridge and want to turn a blind eye or be contrarian.

That is absolutely disgusting, almost as disgusting as bridgewinners mods facilitating this by selectively banning people who they do not like and allowing the same behavior from people that they do like. I will never look at them the same way again.

We NEED TO COME TOGETHER. Luckily, Kalita will be on the committee that decides whether or not he should be banned from bridge, and bridgewinners moderators will ban dissenters.

CLEAN UP THE GAME. UNITE. ACT. Be Brogeland, Mandela, or King! We can do this together. But only together. United we stand.
June 21
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Peter, that is extremely gracious and sporting of you. I absolutely commend your attitude !
June 21
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Esteemed colleagues,

We are living in a time of great turmoil. The world of bridge is changing. Live bridge may be a thing of the past, and certainly will be for the near future.

What we need in these times, is leadership. Boye has led the charge against cheating. Change comes slowly and incrementally, but I commend him. This is just another step towards rebuilding our great game, changing the culture, and keeping in step with the times. These times will be hard.

I am from South Africa. I have seen how hard change can be, but I also have seen that with great leadership it can occur. As the greatest leader of my country said:

–"“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”

Who is more of a winner than Boye? He is our great hope. But we need to come together in unity, and not oppress those with differing views. Cheating is a travesty. My great friend Justin Lall being banned is a travesty. Dick Feet is right, he did not spell correctly, but we must rise from the ashes and unite as 1! Only then can this ship be righted, a ship that has been travelling in the wrong direction for almost a century.

Stop the cheating! Free Justin Lall. Free yourselves from your bridgewinners oppressors! Only extraordinary measures can match extraordinary circumstances.

As the WBF motto says: Bridge for peace. Let us all live that motto, instead of just saying it like it is some kind of rhetoric.

-Leslie
June 21
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LOL !

How can you not love Peter Fredin for this comment!

not afraid to speak the truth

and accentuate the the obvious problems , conflicts and sadly hypocrisy evident here,

these are all great people and great players , but honestly, i find it so hypocritical to see some climb on this ethical pedestal, while circumstances and the need to generate income forces them to ignore the one of the biggest problems with bridge, and the one that historically has been the ultimate and constant barriers to really cleaning up bridge.

i am very sympathetic to their dilemma, but you cant have it both ways!
June 20
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I watched and listened a little of you in the Euros and think it’s great what you are doing
July 22, 2019
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Aaron

From your comments here I might have been told the wrong story about that hand
I was too distraught by what happened and left the playing area I wasn’t told that’ our teammates didn’t pre alert - Rather something to do with an illegal bid. Definitely my fault for commenting on something so strongly without being sure if the facts If I’m wrong on this then I do apologies for that

However , the important issue is what happened on the other hand and that’s the issue that should be talked about
March 29, 2019
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Perhaps this has been asked asked and answered but does anyone know if someone has applied for a TUE exemption ( in bridge ) and it has not been granted .

And , no , the reason I am asking this is not because I am considering coming clean . :). I am just interested if it has ever been refused in bridge
March 3, 2019
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Z &;Roy

I have expressed my strong opinion numerous times on this forum and most recently with “ sadness and cynicism “ that I have ( almost ) lost all hope that we will ever be able to get this done - Mainly because we lack a leader which I believe is what it will take to actually to get this accomplished

“ Is there someone out there ???
March 3, 2019
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Congrats Curtis

i truly couldnt think of a better choice
Jan. 19, 2019
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Max

Start a new league!

I firmly believe that this is the only way to go , free ourselves of the cancer that the WBF is , and unfortunately it’s tentacles seem now to have spread to the ACBL. It’s clear to me that the people who care , and who are probaly the people who mostly count and who are also very influential amount the players , who wholeheartedly support this effort But they they would need to support this is a clear plan from a group of people they respect and trust , but mostly , and deftinitely the most important is this movement need a leader , who can lead this effort , I strongly believe this leader should not be from the normal cast of characters , rather someone who is objective , not jaded or influenced by pro bridge , someone who has leadership and business experience , and loves and embraces the for what it is ,

They are few people in bridge with these qualities, and although I Have never met you , I Have read a lot of your writings , and have great respect for yours attitude and approach to the game

We are at a critical time in bridge , and it needs to change a lot quickly otherwise it will die , and
Someone need to take the bull by the horns , need to rally the troops , need an issue a call to arms to save Bridge ,

Perhaps that might be you Max
Dec. 22, 2018
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Perhaps the next time I post something written in a flash, i will read it before I post

The phrase “ Monaco and Germany ( reluctantly ) withdrew was not what I meant

I am changing this on the record
Oct. 13, 2018
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Reading all this just makes me so sad and cynical

It brings all the memories and emotions that I felt from when Boye started his Crusade

From The initial excitement and euphoria I felt that finally the cheats were exposed , the pride when Israel voluntarily withdrew, and Germany too, and then Monaco ( reluctantly ? ) withdrew , the feeling that I had when the WBF were forced to uninvite BZ, etc etc

Those were heady days , what with the formation of the High Level Players commission and other such Bodies, the declaration of intent by the various governing bodies that enough is enough and that finally the game was going to be cleaned up and no more coverups , no more using legal ramifications as an excuse for inaction . As I write this , the wonderful , pure emotions come back flooding all over me . It was truly wonderful .

Then the years that followed , lots of grandiose talk and intentions , and those feeling gradually dissipated, as nothing happened , and in fact things went backwards as titles were not stripped or completely renounced , FN remained no 1 and 2 , Rona was re-elected , with all the ACBL votes going to him ( including some people I used to like and respect ) . There was ( I think ) some positive change at the European bridge league, but to date I haven’t seen any evidence of that.

Then the anger at the legal “ battles “ , the CAS, Germany reinstating etc, and the bewilderment I felt at how this could be actually happening and now to the absurdity of Monaco winning the 2014 . I truly don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

The one thing that struck me is that even with all is , Israel managed to do “ The Right thing :) , FS and their records were gone without any Cas or other BS . How is it that they managed this while the Monaco outcome was the exact opposite ?. Just so ridiculous

So today , even with this noble effort by Brad and Steve, and the #saynotocheats, and the words of support by all the big names , you would think I would feel some hope?

Sadly no, that flame has been extinguished, all I feel is sad and cynical.

And even with that said, a little voice inside me says “ Please somebody prove me wrong!!”

This really makes we want to stop playing , and I almost wish I could do that . But I love playing too much

( and please trolls, this is just my emotional rant , and I’m sure I have Made some spelling , grammatical and factual errors - please forgive me for that . LOL)
Oct. 13, 2018
Leslie Amoils edited this comment Oct. 13, 2018
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As Marion said. “ this is Madness “.

I really hope that all the players support what Marion says and will refuse to play against them when it comes to “ crunch time “

I know I will
Sept. 21, 2018
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Jlo my brother !

Can’t love you enough for this post

Bridge needs more of people like you and Boye who are not afraid to speak their minds and tell the truth no matter the consequences and SO much less of the current authorities and the players who won’t speak out for fear of recrimination and protecting theit professional situations
Sept. 16, 2018
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LOL,,

Brilliant ,
Aug. 24, 2018
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Is that like a corollary to Hanlon’s Razor ?
Aug. 23, 2018
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