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If it asks partner to bid something, it's not a relay. It's either a transfer (if it shows a suit) or a puppet (if it does not). So in this case it's a puppet.
Jan. 14, 2016
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It's interesting how quickly people find excuses to put money before the principles.
Dec. 1, 2015
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“They are legally stuck for the duration of the advertising contract” - yes, it would actually show guts to stand up for one's beliefs. You know, cleaning up bridge and all. Talk is so cheap after all.
Dec. 1, 2015
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Of course they can. They just chose not to do it. Pecunia non olet.
Dec. 1, 2015
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It also requires the ability to read with understanding. An oddly rare ability among people who consider themselves literate.
Nov. 17, 2015
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Nov. 14, 2015
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Sathya Bettadapura - not, it's not a “variant”. Polish alphabet is Latin, so all Polish letters (apart from the diacritic ones) are exactly the same as the ones appearing in the English alphabet. But who cares about all them Russians, right? It's all the same to them, who cares.
Nov. 14, 2015
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Kean Kocheam - obviously not. On the other hand, I care about things like that. In your American arrogance, you just don't.
Nov. 14, 2015
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“Slavinsky” - Sławiński. Forget the diacritics if you must and make it just Slawinski. Have basic decency and respect to spell someone's surname correctly.
Nov. 13, 2015
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This is just insulting Arno. Not for the first time either. If you don't like it, please feel free to improve it but do not insult people who work in good faith.
Nov. 6, 2015
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Google Translate, as useful as it can be, is still a little more than a toy. I was actually puzzled for a moment with its “short distance from the runway” until I realized that Polish “pas” (pass) can also mean “pas startowy” (runway).

He is not arguing that 3 was close to the preceding pass, he is saying that 3 was a weak bid by bridge logic (with stronger clubs he would have bid 2 on the previous round and with a stronger hand he would have bid 2 instead of 3).
Nov. 6, 2015
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Well, it's got nothing to do with this case but there was also a problem with the way he was arrested and a number of other issues connected to his detention.
Nov. 5, 2015
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If you are referring to the Poland-France board 27 (http://www.eurobridge.org/repository/competitions/14Opatija/microsite/Asp/BoardDetails.asp?qmatchid=14497) he didn't pass - he bid 3NT, opposite a “known” weak hand. and went three down.
Nov. 5, 2015
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No. He only speaks of “accusations”, he doesn't admit to any wrong doing, he does not directly say that they didn't cheat.
Nov. 5, 2015
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“YOLA, I played against BZ once and I was positive they were cheating” - if you were “positive” that they were cheating why didn't you inform anyone about it and why didn't you start the investigation at the time?
Nov. 5, 2015
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The Bridge of Spies. It's much more interesting then the movie - as it usually is with books.
Nov. 5, 2015
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“If you prove that Rudolf Abel transmitted American information illegally to the KGB, it is not necessary that you also prove that Russia gained by the information.” - if you read the book you would know that the American agencies responsible for his capture bent and broke the law on the number of occasions. His trial was also quite a farce as was his appeal. So it's a really, really bad example to use.
Nov. 5, 2015
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Basically he says that there is no indications that in 366 hands played by them in Opatija (defending about half of them) there were any suspect or “lucky” leads. As an example he uses a deal played against Brogeland when they have managed to misdefend 3NT.

He also disputes the findings correlating the spread of bids to hand strength. According to his analysis (deal 27, Poland-France) - 3C is weak as defined by their system agreements. He had choice of bidding 2S to show an invitational hand and cannot have good clubs as he didn't bid 2C directly. He asks that if Adam knew that he had a minimum for his bid, why did he bid 3NT? He points out that Adam's bids were close to each other and yet he had a strong hand.

Poland-Denmark, deal 26. He disputes Woolsey's analysis. According to him Kit doesn't know their system agreements and didn't take them into account when looking at the hands. According to him 1S response meant “bid your longest suit” and double showed 5+ 5+ in spades and diamonds and maximum (15-17), with 6-4 the overcaller would have bid his longest suit. Pass would show no extras.

He concludes by saying

Kit Woolsey has been analyzing our case for over a month but he did not bother to learn our system agreements. He made his conclusions based on a priori assumptions. He did not present full auctions and their actual outcomes in the analysed deals.
Nov. 5, 2015
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No Arno. Poland didn't cheat. It seems like one pair did and it doesn't mean that Poland won BB by cheating either.
Nov. 2, 2015
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