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My bet is lawyers were involved on both sides.
Oct. 13
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There is a uk lawyer who specialises in getting celebs off usually motoring offences. I think he successfully defended David Beckham recently on a technicality. I would bet lawyers have played a major role in this case too. No idea what any organisation can do if legal action is threatened.
Oct. 13
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Using a convention without nailing down continuations is a bit like sending a child to play with a cut throat razor. I think 3 should show a non minimum but no shortage or good side suit. After which 3nt should show a flat raise. Then both players are on a sound footing.
Oct. 8
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Assuming 31h denies a shortage then and a cue bid by east is obligatory then East gets the blame. If 3nt by west shows a shows a flat hand it would help.
Oct. 8
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The best way to target 3nt is to bid 3.
Oct. 6
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Certainly not bidding 3nt–could be off with a slam making. I make the simple bid of 4.
Oct. 5
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The first sequence in my view leaves the pass out as reasonable because the double should show a strong three suiter most likely 4441 or maybe 5440. If doubler has both majors there are better options than double. The second is up for discussion but unless we agree something else is 100% penalty. Based on on the use of redouble. Traditionally redouble is forcing to suit agreement or doubling their run out. If responder has a void in partner's suit and a decent hand pass and double shows this. Personally I prefer redouble to show shortage in partner's suit and pass and double to show balanced values usually with twO of partner's suit if he bids a major.
Oct. 3
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Cornelia you are right if you have a Data like personality, if not you will be influenced by your run. Do not chase losses better quit and come back fresh.
Oct. 2
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Reminds me of the optional double which led to thongs like fishbein and lower minor. The late John Collins employed lmxtra –the extra being dbl with strong balanced because he so disliked having his chain jerked. My dislike of all optional bids can only be matched with such awful conventions like strong no trump after passing–aptly called snap.
Oct. 2
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I recall my late wife being called to a table to record a psych. On seeing the hand she sad that's not a psych just a terrible bid. Like bidding 1 here.
Oct. 2
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Mike if you agree its a penalty double you have say in the matter, except maybe after the hand.
Sept. 30
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Its either penalty or not–no in betweens.
Sept. 30
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Reminds me of an extraordinary rubber bridge hand from a money game. Our hero held KJ9 xxx 10xxx xxx and passed the 3 opening and passed partner's last hand double. Two of his more rational bids. He kicked off with j and dommy held Qxx and club ace no diamonds, Dec had 10xx in spades. A heart to the ace and the last spade collected 200 and yes dec had the remaining nine diamonds.
Sept. 29
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Public opinion is hardly reliable and has frequently been used by sociopathic dictators to justify their vilest acts.
Sept. 28
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Avon I agree that your work is meticulous and properly sourced and using an advocacy approach makes on the face of it a compelling case. But this approach is by nature one sided. It is designed to persuade a jury. If the tape is released in transcript form it is not enough it would require modern forensic verification. Is it archived r not?

The three surviving protagonists have zero to gain by making any comment. I admit I may be biased because I regard Garozzo as a phenomenal player and theorist. I would say the same of Reese but the case against him was much more compelling. It is a cheap shot to argue that is simply about book sales, and I respect your integrity too much to use that. I think you did this to put right what you see as an injustice.

Today any evidence is hearsay and cannot be proved to be true. Most of the protagonists have passed away and therefore are not able to defend themselves, Truly great players have a knack of making the right move at the right time and there are many examples of this.

No good can come of this and in my view we need to concentrate our efforts on rooting and dealing with cheats today.
Sept. 28
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Historical abuse is notoriously difficult to deal with–terrible ordeal for the victims but can be cathartic. When the abuser is dead no trial can happen. Hopefully mistakes of the past can help us prevent bad things from happening again. These crimes are so serious that no statute of limitation should apply.

Additionally examination of historical events often lead to conclusions which are misleading because they fail to account for norms and values in play when they occured.

Here we have accusations which seem to me to be unprovable, and are trivial in comparison with clerical abuse.

i ask again why now? Why not at the time?
Sept. 27
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Cannot see any relationship they are entirely different. Here most of the protagonists are dead. The events happened decades ago. The accusations cannot be defended due to the passage of time. The standout question remains why were these matters not investigated at the time? I find it impossible to believe that all players in the Blue team colluded to cheat at the behest of their captain. Without a formal charge and verdict guilt cannot be assumed and can this be made possible?
Sept. 27
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Exactly the subtle art of bidding three baggers.
Sept. 26
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Firstly if I was going to open the East hand it would be a state of play opening–that is we need points. Secondly i much prefer 1. I have no huge objection to 1 but would double 3.
Sept. 26
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Hard to avoid 2nt if partner bids a minor but it affords a potential game or minor partscore.
Sept. 21
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