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i liked Kerry's comment fast! (before the long arm of Eugene descends)
June 19
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Yes, although grandfathered in: P-P-1-P-2-p-2, same thing.
June 14
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To add my personal synopsis to this thread: Avon has a straightforward very consistent theme. The WBF has diligently acted to avoid controversy, not just 55 years ago, and not just 41 years ago, but even as recently as the past 5 years. As such it seems very contemporary. Also the WBF appears to have kindred souls running world football, gymnastics and the Olympics.
Now I digress a bit. When international umbrella organizations are constituted: WBF, FIFA, IOC, etc. they seem to settle very naturally into a state of personal aggrandizement, corruption, and lethargy. (Sepp Blatter: Have you been able to retrieve those Rolexes you forgot in the Zurich office?) The WBF seems well-established in this mode. It takes Donna Comptons and Boye Brogelands beating their heads into a wall to get the WBF to act. But first they are threatened or harassed.

Summarizing, this article is exemplary of a continuing failure of governance.
June 13
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Well, the hypothesis is really one positing amazing psychosis. Swimer would have to accept the captaincy to try to win for SIX players; take time out to travel to Argentina, then find a suspicious event and use it to wreak personal vengeance at the expense of the other four or five players, while exposing himself to subsequent personal attacks.
June 12
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Here is a natural question for all who doubt Reese and Schapiro were cheating. To this outsider, it seems that the apparently straightforward action of Ralph Swimer: to wit, observe the play, note the fingers, compare the hand records, forfeit the matches and send RS packing is damning. Ignoring any smoke and mirrors and motivations of American opponents, or Reese's rebuttals, what motivation other than honest horror at what he had seen would cause him to take these drastic and personally unpleasant steps?
June 12
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Since we are rehashing the sharp practice of the past, I will add my favorite, personal, Sam Stayman story. I was playing against Sam and his wife Tubby in a 7-board Swiss match many years ago (sorry for a not great memory for dates, but probably mid-1980's). Sam uneventfully psyched 3 times in the first 6 boards. On the final board of the match, I opened 1NT with a singleton (not legally sanctioned in those days, except as a psyche). The opponents misdefended and Sam– called for the director!
June 12
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I do not have a specific agreement but obviously 5 is a grand slam try. Therefore I would bid 7 because whatever partner needs this “unexpected” source of tricks should be enough and allow him to pick the optimal grand.– Edited to add that I presume 5 must guarantee all the KCs.
May 30
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Only a slight excursion, since you mention drury. After kibbitzing two pro friends in February, I saw Drury messed-up at each table. Remarking on this, one of them replied: “I've declared 2 five times this year!”
May 13
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Yu. I would even go so far as to say there have been exactly two attempts at transparency by the wbf: Adam's outreach here and the few times Al Levy has posted here.
May 6
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I truly hope this will be fruitful, if only because if a SECOND demonstrable method of cheating is uncovered the EBL can reinstate its ban and force the miscreants to head back to the CAS. This will also force the WBF to put up or shut up.
May 3
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In several posts over the last few years, and recently in response to a request by Adam Wildavsky, I have reiterated the suggestion that Giannarigo Rona be dismissed from the WBF. I believe that his presence has been an impediment to the purging of cheaters both worldwide and in Italy. He has both attempted to muzzle Zia and others' trying to speak out, while comforting those unworthy of an official embrace.

Meanwhile the WBF has paralleled the rapacious and ugly behavior of FIFA and the IOC, making it hard to know if administrators are working for the game or themselves.
May 3
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On the too big to chew off front, perhaps, still I'd like to see Rona removed.
May 1
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2 points. <<The trivial one: in the Avarelli auction 1972 Olympiad Final, board 67, above, there is a typo. He could not be the 4 bidder. (I suspect he was in 1st seat)>>NOW CORRECTED BY AUTHOR

The more important point, which perhaps Nic Hammond has addressed as I have not seen his list: It will be necessary to include a measure of variance as well. For instance, perhaps partnership A finds a killing lead 25% of the time, but the ACBL average is only 20%. However, A may be paying for this by making hugely bad leads 30% of the time- for instance letting bad contracts make at a far higher rate than the average- where everyone else makes fewer “bad” leads.

To flag a partnership as suspicious, they must be both much better, and with lower variance, than expected.
April 24
Mike Lipkin edited this comment April 24
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So you really finished one place higher.
April 23
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The tag @RonaRESIGN should accompany my Zonal reps to the next WBF meeting.
April 14
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BTW: As Avon, quoting Bobby Wolff, has pointed out, the Italians facing each other were 20-1 favorites! Perhaps less so out of direct view. (and I don't mean playing each other- just facing each other)
April 9
Mike Lipkin edited this comment April 9
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Indeed- isn't it sad that something so reasonable and well thought out is clearly farce?
April 1
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congrats!
March 27
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well done Alex!
March 19
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