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As a matter of fact has any other player returned a medal?
May 22
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You want to lead the (plain) suit declarer is most likely to have cards in. That suit is spades.
May 19
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Could well be either. Seen both mistakes a lot.
May 17
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Not a hand on which to be accelerating the bidding.
May 17
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“Trials and Tribulations” is another mere capital offence. The ultimate crime is reference to “smorgasbords” in a bridge column. You wouldn't just execute someone who wrote that. To be fair to the “Play's the Thing” merchants you'd have to torture them first.
May 14
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It demeans the game.
May 12
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I just checked the vugraph archive. South led a club to the KING at trick two. West ducked which was harmless.
May 11
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The ACBL biography quoted the British bridge writer S.J. Simon as describing Crane as “a natural.”

“We shall not see his like again,” it quoted Simon as saying.

That's distinctly odd, considering Simon died in 1948.
May 10
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Who decides who wins? I'm an IBPA member - do I get a vote?
May 9
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Well that's like getting half a life. And choice of opponents is often worth a lot. One year a team went home rather than face us.
May 8
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I would go further and do away with the eight extra boards altogether. An issue I raised with the EBU was who gets the green points when a 32-board leader is overhauled in extra boards. As it stands the winners after 40 get them. I think that's unfair, but the authorities seem to disagree.
May 8
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I had this hand. Are you sure E/W were vulnerable? I bid 4NT over 4 on the same sequence. It went 6 on my left, double from partner denying an ace. I passed and it went two off.
May 7
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Disqualify one, all withdraw. Notwithstanding my comments above, I can see that being an effective protest.
May 7
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If you wish to mount a more conspicuous protest may I propose #open5NTtosaynocheats.
May 7
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The WBF won't be trotting out anything. It's an EBL production.
May 6
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Roy: your proposed protest may be “peaceful” according to the laws of Turkey, but withdrawing from a tournament mid-session, as you are proposing to do when cheats visit your table, is substantially disruptive to that tournament, and a disciplinary offence by most codes.

If the tournament organisers feel they're doing the right thing by admitting cheaters, why would they tolerate even the threat?

Of course disqualifying you in advance would be embarrassing for these organisers, but not to do so would be an admission of their error.

Re your final para, one could logically focus on tournaments that declare in advance that cheats are barred.
May 6
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No score adjustment, just instant disqualification in my opinion. Should the EBL even accept entries from players who have announced their intentions in public? I don't think so.

If you say A (allow cheats to play) you must say B (disqualify those who won't play them).

Of course don't say A is the way to go.
May 6
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You don't think you'd be disqualified for that?
May 3
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I dimly recall a card game I played as a child. The titled footwear was the joker in the pack.
May 2
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Great, but what difference does it make who happens to be at your table? If you start playing an event in which cheats are playing, you play with cheats as far as I'm concerned.
May 2
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