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Maybe this…
https://sites.google.com/site/psmartinsite/Home/bridge-articles/the-monty-hall-trap

In any event, the topic of defenders' suit lengths and changing odds is discussed at length in “Bridge Odds for Practical Plauyers” and “Expert Bridge Simplified”
Dec. 11
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Sorry, my books are in Thailand while I'm in AU.
I can give the full deal in 5 1/2 weeks…
Dec. 11
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1958 Bowl, Italy v Argentina.

A heart lead gets a ruff for down one, partner having AQx.

And that's what Siniscalco led….
Dec. 10
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Was 3, by arrangement, a slam try?
Dec. 6
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Good question.

Maybe a week ago I ordered a “first edition” of Mollo's book so I could see for myself… if there's any variation I will let you know.
Dec. 4
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“Expert Bridge Simplified” (Jeff Rubens) may be a match, but I'm going off memory of 10 years ago, so no guarantees.

https://www.bridgeworld.com/indexphp.php?page=/pages/bookstore/itemdetailpages/itemdetailpage_1646.html
Dec. 3
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As well, if East has three diamonds, some of the time, West will raise.
Dec. 2
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I, too, play:
After penalty double, all subsequent doubles are penalties.

When talking to Australian players, I hear that this marks me as some sort of low-life pervert.
Dec. 1
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Correct.

Having bid 1, 3 is wrong; partner will look at, say, Qx favourably, and x as a bad holding.
Nov. 30
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So, to return to the first deal Mr Yates discusses…

1963 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 124. They are vul
Belladonna
A5 9 K10976 K10732

P 1 P 1NT
?

Belldonna tried a most successful 2, Avarelli having a good 5-3-1-4.


That deal is an interesting match for:
1957 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 101. They are vul
Avarelli
K82 KJ1095 A8543

1 P 2 ?

Avarelli's 3 choice was even more suitable, for GB had a 4-5-0-4. (At the other table, Leventritt didn't have to guess anything; he bid 2NT)


So, are we seeing a principle at work here? Bid the lower suit, in order to be able to run if needed?

Maybe… after all consider this:

1963 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 45. Both vul.
D'Alelio
5 QJ3 K9843 AQ75

1H ?

D'Alelio chose 2. Partner was 1-3 in the minors. How wise!


But… what was going on here?

1957 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 86. You are vul.
D'Alelio
AJ7 7 K9643 K987

1 ?

This time, D'Alelio chose 2.
Partner's minors: AQx C! 10xx.

Puzzling!


But, I think we become less puzzled when we see:

1968 Olympiad Final, board 59. Neither vul
Pabis-Ticci
K J8743 J KQJ1082

P P P 1S
P 1NT ?

1969 Bermuda Bowl Final, board 72. Neither vul.
Forquet
Q J7654 AJ10532 A

2* ?
* Precision

In each case, the overcaller chose 2. In each case, partner had a singleton in the long minor and four hearts to two top honors.


Can we see a pattern here?

Yes. Bid what matches partner's hand.


Indeed, that was the theme of my article:
https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/the-talk-that-never-was-the-blue-team-rule/

The Blue Team Rule:
When selecting a bid or lead, the choice is made by direct reference to partner's holding, in terms of lengths, shortages, range and ace-count.

I am unable to understand how anyone can read that article and not have the gravest of reservations.


Mr Yates:
…comments such as “The Italians had a habit of making lucky guesses” would not be accepted as evidence in a court of law - except to establish bias on the part of the speaker.

Ron Klinger:
Even without necessarily knowing the method of cheating, it can be detected by inconsistent actions on equivalent holdings and constant success with offbeat and dubious actions. Leading an unsupported ace and regularly hitting partner’s singleton tests the bounds of credulity. Similarly, leading from a king-high holding and constantly finding partner with the ace or queen is success well beyond expectation.
Nov. 30
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For fifty years at the Double Bay Bridge Centre, one could play Blackwood and Stayman and get to watch Tim Seres remarkable cardplay skills…
Nov. 29
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We agree. I am aware that, as regards W-E, the poor DBV was put through the wringer. Most regrettable.

I wish DBV all the best in the future.
Nov. 29
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Très chic!
Nov. 29
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Well, I guess I could use either my profile on file with the CIA or ASIO… and no, I'm not joking.
Nov. 29
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We see: Fantoni, Lanzarotti, Buratti, Nunes and Vivaldi.

Amusingly, in a perverted sort of way, Sr Lo Presti was playing. He was declarer in the infamous 2015 “Blackout” (Nunes' DA and ruff) deal.
Nov. 29
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I agree that W-E's “progress” is sickening. The law is an ass's ass.

I considered including them in my article, but chose to focus on those pairs uncovered by Brogeland and others.
Nov. 29
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1 - 2 is the most damaging simple overcall; when the next player has values and 4-2 in the majors, he is stuck.

So do it.
Nov. 29
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Don't forget that Goren's market was the novice/improver class. When he says “… no matter what…”, I'm sure that was not meant to be a definitive statement of the Reese/Ottlik type.
Nov. 29
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I believe the “first class team” was Jordan-Robinson and Truscott-Truscott.

I referred to them in an article:
http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/on-the-actions-of-administrators/

In the early 70s, an American team, Jordan - Robinson, Truscott - Truscott, came to Australia to play some exhibition matches. The captain was Alfred Sheinwold.

It came to pass that there was an appeal, and Sheinwold was asked his opinion as to the merit of this appeal.

AS: Yes, yes, I see. Very interesting. Well, in America we have a word, a technical term, to describe this sort of thing. I don't know, perhaps you don't have this technical term in Australia. Perhaps it's only used in America.

Sheinwold was asked what this word was.

AS: The word is, BULLSHIT!
Nov. 28
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I don't doubt that it may be wiser to settle than stay the distance… may the Lord grant me such wisdom.

However, there is more to it than a cover-up of cheating, and that is, if the truth were to have come out, it would show that a high-level bridge appeals committee knowingly made false findings. A very serious matter in the bridge world, of little/no interest to outsiders.

It is my opinion that we see this happening twice:

- Schneider-Reithoffer and Facchini-Zucchelli were observed cheating by external parties (unless one believes that what Truscott wrote about being co-opted by O-P is a fabrication)

- Committees were convened and found S-R and F-Z not guilty of cheating

- S-R and F-Z ended their representative careers at that point as a part of a covert deal

- If the facts came out, the false findings of the committees (EBL and WBF) would become apparent

- If Truscott spoke, or the WBF didn't suppress the specifics of the six F-Z deals that Keidan observed, the cat would be out of the bag and the fur would fly


So, there is, in my view, quite possibly more to the matter than saving costs; namely, covering-up bridge corruption that was used to “minimize the scandal”.

Don't forget, the (bridge) stakes were high:

Truscott, above:
Reithoffer was the president of the Austrian Federation, and in overall charge of the tournament organization and hospitality. An open accusation and condemnation might have resulted in the hosts closing down everything, leaving the European Championships unfinished.

Logan Daily News, 27 January 1975:
The World Bridge Federation called a meeting to consider the accusation and temporarily rescheduled the match for this afternoon. However, the Italian team said it would quit the tournament if the two players were suspended.
Nov. 28
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