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yes… I misspoke… I should have said available to men in the open game. in any case i am simply relaying the impression that these experts had that there was more money available to expert male pairs.
Sept. 22, 2015
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I thought about this and asked2 world class NY expert women players. Both were too polite to suggest women were more honest than men. The much greater monies available in the men's game did come up.
Sept. 21, 2015
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Bravo Roy and Sabine. Very stand-up.
Sept. 19, 2015
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Hi Gary. Why would info from 36 years ago still be secret and who makes that determination?
Sept. 18, 2015
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Some cheating methods- Reese-Shapiro comes to mind- allow a pair to make better sacrifices in the bidding because they know partner has value or length in a specific suit. The sabermetric issue here might be net imps per sacrifice and frequency of sacrificing, or it might instead be net imps per 5-level contract. In any case not an easy thing to parse as an Offensive Statistic.
Sept. 17, 2015
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In my post “personal wbf reply” i suggest a permanent investigating committee not beholding to the WBF executive be formed…similar to the bridge police others have suggested.
Sept. 17, 2015
Mike Lipkin edited this comment Sept. 17, 2015
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I am not critical per se of his fairly prompt reply. I did think the BW audience would like to see a response to the natural concern of no official statement.
Sept. 16, 2015
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One might care to compare and contrast the relationship of the WBF to world bridge with the structure of the IOC, FIFA and a host of international sports federations to their sports. All have been or continue to be rife with corruption as they are a focal point for money and few power-wielding individuals. It seems that the only hope is a radical reformatting of such institutions. My suggestion is that a completely independent ethics and financial oversight committee be permanently established within the WBF with a fixed budget (to prevent politically motivated defunding) and a mandate to confidentially accept any evidence of malfeasance from any source and pursue and ultimately (if true) publicly announce the results of its inquiries.
Sept. 16, 2015
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unfortunately as you have elsewhere noted, there is no way to delete the zillions of “alerts”.
Sept. 14, 2015
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When will we hear from Zimmermann?
Sept. 14, 2015
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Alan…there are Long Islanders (NY) who also get the joke.
Sept. 14, 2015
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thank you for your effort
Sept. 7, 2015
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I was going to wait until Saturday Night to thank you Bill for your kind words, but what the hey… Thanks. Sorry I missed you in Chicago!
Sept. 2, 2015
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Not commenting on the specifics of tournament play which you go into later, indeed the notion that top players would monitor each other is in accord with the Major League Baseball Players Association agreeing to random drug testing AND also agreeing to mandatory penalties for 1st, 2nd and 3d infractions. That last one results in a lifetime ban.
Sept. 2, 2015
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The story has been extensively written about by Reese (on his behalf) and Truscott (who may have been biased as his future wife decoded the transmitted signals). Photographic evidence supports the notion that Reese and Shapiro were transmitting length by the number of fingers they exposed in holding their hands (no screens at the time). The English captain, M. Swimer, was sufficiently convinced having watched the play in possession of the code, that he forfeited two matches.
Those of us who believe RS were cheating feel that the only victim was the honorable Swimer, who was blackballed by the EBU afterwards.
Sept. 1, 2015
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I have read the books and noted that some of their conclusions seem borne by practice…. I have greatly cut down leading from broken 6-card suits, when I have limited strength, and this seems to work very well. With two 4-card suits I have begun leading more often from the weaker of the two.

It would greatly surprise me if there were not a fair amount of sturdy material that survives the transition to real single-dummy play.
Aug. 31, 2015
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3 in the auction showed 5-4-2-2, I believe; 3 would have shown some singleton and 4 would have shown 5-5.
Aug. 27, 2015
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I agree that this is mainly to bring ethical responsibility forward to the sponsor as well as the players. And I don't wish to compel anyone to sign this. But I do believe that incentive bonuses are corrosive and have unintended consequences.
Aug. 26, 2015
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My comment is directed to both the BB allegations and the MP case. An issue not directly discussed was that sponsor fees and bonuses may provide corrosive incentives. Would it be somewhat of a deterrent to cheating to have sponsors sign on to an ethical practices statement that they agree to pay flat fees (no bonuses) and actively agree to hire only those pairs that “reflect the most ethical of behavior at and away from the table”?
Aug. 26, 2015
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