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Please quote any WBF laws that made the Polish win “illegal” or “ethical”. WBF said that Poland could take part in the championship despite the ongoing investigation. Those two issues are not connected.
Nov. 2, 2015
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“The last BB was the cleanest in decades” - you have absolutely no data to prove that hypothesis.
Nov. 1, 2015
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Stop it Ron. It did not involve Boye or England directly so it is NOT cheating. Also, it involved Poland so it's simply justice. The Bridge Interpol does not get involved with cases like that. It also ignores those cases when only a single IMP is at stake (like the Swedish one). So please Ron. No need for this kind of language.
Nov. 1, 2015
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Another pointless post, trying to stir up some kind of non discussion about a non issue. It's not even about ethics. Ethics in football, “fair play”, is not diving after a non foul. The situation as described it covered by the rules and such are them brakes in life.
Oct. 30, 2015
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“Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself” - blah, blah, blah. The concept of “spirit of the law” is by definition vague and can mean anything to any number of people - that's why we had to waddle thru grandiloquent threads about “the right thing”. There's only the letter of the law. Anything else, like any other belief or religion, is purely imaginary and open to abuse.
Oct. 28, 2015
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You obviously never played with a five year old.
Oct. 28, 2015
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Feel free to pay for the real translation or learn Polish. Nobody has any responsibility to provide it for free to you. The letter was published in Polish and I have no doubt it was meant for the Polish players. No doubt PBU will at some stage publish an official communique and your questions will be answered.

As far as I know PBU has not addressed your question directly, perhaps because it was not asked by any official bridge organisation. Why don't you actually ask this question directly?

Your “points” have nothing to do with this letter. They are simply your prejudices which you seem to enjoy talking about at every opportunity.
Oct. 27, 2015
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No Arno, they are not. You are not commenting Mr. Kielbasinski's letter, you are commenting poorly worded summary of things he didn't say. I see no reason to translate the entire letter as there is basically nothing new there and some minor points (Mr Gawryś didn't actually give birth himself, Mr Kokish admitted that he might need new glasses) have been already cleared up.
Oct. 26, 2015
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“Specjalne podziękowanie składam parze Piotr Gawryś – Michał Klukowski. Zwłaszcza Piotrowi, któremu dwa tygodnie wcześniej urodziła się córeczka (gratulacje!)”

“I would especially like to thank Piotr Gawryś and Michał Klukowski. Above all to Piotr who became a father to a baby girl two weeks before (congratulations).”
Oct. 26, 2015
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“Oszukiwanie w brydżu to nie jest nowy temat. Najbardziej znana historia to oszukiwanie przez brytyjską parę Reese – Schapiro. Zostali oni skazani przez brytyjską federację, ale uniewinnieni w sądzie cywilnym. W przeszłości sprawy załatwiano delikatnie. Odpowiednia osoba zapraszała podejrzewaną parę na rozmowę i proponowała, aby zawodnicy przestali grać ze sobą. Najczęściej skutkowało.”

“Cheating in bridge is not a new phenomenon. The best known case is the Reese-Shapiro affair. They were found guilty by the British federation but later found innocent in a civil law case. In the past such matters were handled more discretely. Usually a suspected pair was quietly approached and spoken to, it was suggested that the pair would not play together. And it usually worked.”

This letter is very rambling and as can be seen from the above paragraph even contains a number of false statements and very personal views. I certainly don't agree with a few of the views voiced in the letter nor with its format. It's more like a private letter than an official communique and it's certainly aimed at the Polish audience only. I hope that any official statement published in future will simply state the facts, without any personal attacks and going off on a tangent as this one does in a few places. Sadly the problem is not just the letter itself but also the above summary, posted in good faith I'm sure, but certainly very misleading as to the actual content of the letter.

I simply don't feel like translating the entire letter (I'm lazy, could not be bother and also think that it's basically immaterial - it brings no new facts to the case). I'm sure than a future, official PBF communication will make more sense.
Oct. 26, 2015
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This is a horrible summary that is grossly misleading and does huge disservice to the whole affair.
1. Kielbasinski recaps the history of the cheating accusations.
2. He explains when he received the email with the accusations against B/Z and what happened next.
3. He says that WBF and EBU have the right to invite or disivnite any pair to an event hosted by those organisations - there are no words to the effect that “WBF can invite any team and any player to play in BB. Regional eliminations are not needed.”
4. He points out that the EBL has created an executive committee to investigate the issues and players involved. The Polish federation will act after their findings are published.
5. This last point is actually exactly the opposite of what Kielbasinki says - according to him B/Z have a lot of enemies of Poland and it would be impossible to find impartial Polish experts because of their bias AGAIST B/Z and for because of any bias pro-B/Z.

Basically I would suggest that the entire thread is deleted before it misleads more people.
Oct. 26, 2015
Michal Rosa edited this comment Oct. 26, 2015
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Say lead the second highest from an interior when the suit is three, five or seven cards long (odd) and the top of an interior sequence when it's four or six card long (even).
Oct. 24, 2015
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“From a 3, 4, or 6-card suit you lead the second highest from an interior sequence. Note that this corresponds to your normal third-best spot-card leads from these lengths.

From a 5-card suit, you lead top of an interior sequence.”

Interesting, why not vary the leads by the parity of the suit instead?
Oct. 24, 2015
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“They (we) were expressing opinions” - and they/you are fully entitled to your opinions. As long as you remember that they are just that - opinions and that any moral stance such as “do the right thing” is just an opinion too. “The right thing” might mean a lot of different things to many different people.
Oct. 20, 2015
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Don't forget about the family pets - especially white, long-haired cats.
Oct. 18, 2015
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In the meantime other friends joined them - like Glurge and Interfile Writing.
Oct. 18, 2015
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“Poland has been allowed to ‘win’ the Bermuda Bowl, even though Boye and ‘posse’ had/have evidence of BZ cheating” - that is simply offensive. Poland did win, without any inverted commas around this word. WBF did not ban them from playing so whatever has happened in the event itself was done according to the existing laws. Such hateful comments really show the mob mentality so prevailing on this site.
Oct. 18, 2015
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“Do the right thing” - it continually amazes me how some people think they have the right to assume what “the right thing” is. They simply assume that it's the who have THE one and only moral right to call what is RIGHT what what is not. It's not about laws, not about regulations but about they gut feeling - I am right and you are not. It's basically religious - reason has no place in such argument.
Oct. 18, 2015
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“Why is it that some players from foreign countries that have been playing in these events for a very long time have not bothered to learn English? I consider that to be disrespectful” - said an American. It's one of the most American things I have ever seen. And not it a good way either. Congratulations.
Oct. 18, 2015
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It's not about “throwing dirt around”. It's about a real problem which had a major impact. It's also about how this real problem is being ignored.

Your suggestion is fine but it doesn't address the real issues which have been raised above - mainly by Cathy.
Oct. 15, 2015
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