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I am abstaining from all future lead problems until I can learn how to click properly.
April 18, 2014
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And what is the average age of the bridge population? And that means …. Oh well, I forgot what I was going to say anyway.
April 17, 2014
Zia
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I think that perhaps we have lost the mastery of sarcasm and its key to humor. Or all sorts of humor which can be mistaken as sarcasm.
April 16, 2014
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On the actual hand, what would a responsive dbl followed by a spade bid have meant? Is there a standard agreement out there for that kind of auction?
April 16, 2014
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Without knowledge of the how something is done, mere observation does not make that knowledge correct info. Remember that the sun revolved around the earth or was drawn by a chariot. The fact that it could be seen every day did not make that information correct.
Without knowing how the cheating is done, you can make instinctive assumptions, but cannot corroborate the information.
April 16, 2014
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Did they at one time seed teams who were eliminated from major competition into what I remember as a multi-day regional swiss teams at the end of tourney? I think that keeping it 3 days, but seeding into it, would make the final Swiss into a more “National” event. Enjoyed the World Championship women's pairs experience partly because pairs from the women's KO's were seeded into the event.
April 15, 2014
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This discussion does not consider that the silver medal team are the ones who discovered the cheating and did not counter during the last 32 boards because the WBF requested them not to do so.

Had they been able to counter that 11 imp difference might not have occurred.

Not only that but the silver medalists did the work to define the method of cheating rather than asking the authorities to follow up on suspicious but not yet proved behavior.
April 14, 2014
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Ruflus
April 13, 2014
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It will always be difficult to stop compulsive cheaters. But in order to stop or slow them down, the word Panopticon comes to mind. If you tape all players in the finals of major events then have someone randomly looking at some the videos, the assumption is that the mere concern about being potentially observed and caught slows or stops the behavior.

I have heard a lot of rumors of cheating for pairs whose honesty most of us in this column would not for a second doubt. There is a danger in saying over and over a single pair is cheating just because of suspicion. Although folks in bridge seem to be uniquely bright, I would caution against falling into a mob mentality.

The powers that be are the ones who should find ways to actually take info they gain and use it to stop individuals at the high level of the game. As the security forces in most countries know (e.g. the NSA) know, even bad folks have regular patterns of behavior.
April 13, 2014
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Reason I bid 3S is because can withstand the diamond taps in the long hand better while maintaining some semblance of trump control.
Kitty - would you continue to double the second time without the ten in your J10xxx suit? If you pards actual major holdings were reversed - without the 10 of hts the 4D pick a game bidders choice would not be as clear cut.
April 7, 2014
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IMO the final judgement about how the WBF handled this will be after then end of the appeals period. At which point the gold should be awarded to the Lynch team. That will tell us that the case was properly handled.
April 7, 2014
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Benoit,

I would take the high ground here … but can afford to do so. As a former auditor and mid-level manager in the business world, have come to value scruples but understand that when it comes to income and feeding your face, turning a blind eye to small shady behaviors is the norm in the world in general.
April 5, 2014
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Not really a fan of the concept of isolation. What you would end up with would be more like a game of chess where you study the moves and behaviors of your opponent well in advance. I would presume that everyone would have the electronic info available to them beforehand.

What comes to mind is the difference between live action and on-line poker.
April 5, 2014
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I have often wondered at cheaters being so consistent in their cheating. It seems to be a true compulsion.

Imagine if a world class pair were to cheat only in some agreed upon situation or perhaps on every 4th hand say, skipping hand number 12 but doing it on hand 13, 17, etc. The results might not be constant or immediate but over the long term reasonably productive.
April 5, 2014
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Partner doubled with cards … It would figure that they have at least one Ace - Would declarer bid 3nt and then sit for 4nt without a quick winner in one of the rounded suits when he has only one stopper in spades? If pard has AQ clubs and the Q of hts for his dbl a heart lead cannot cost but a club lead could mean the contract … with the AKQ of clubs pard might try 5 spades.
Aug. 20, 2012
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Think I would have bid 2c anyway if natural … reason is that the 5 card club suit could exist on any 1 club opening anyway and the odds of it being any of the other hands seems much more likely …
Aug. 20, 2012
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One of the things that we should consider is that the defense on this hand was spot on - many would have cashed for setting the contract. The clue was the double and then the pass. Declarer was ready for the spade lead and pard had cards … The 4s bidder took the chance that it was the q hts instead of the K of clubs as RHO more likely to have a quick club winner to have chanced 3NT.
Aug. 20, 2012
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I am afraid they may have 4-5 cashers off the top. My RHO has dbl'd so they likely have an A. If it is the A clubs … may be home free but if not - I am going down at least 2. I believe pard has a good 3D opener but how good can it be for you to make 4NT? Only If I am absolutely sure 4nt is down one less than 5D would I sit.
Aug. 19, 2012
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