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I have made this suggestion elsewhere but I believe it bears repeating: The only way to guarantee a vigorous purging of cheaters and no political interference is to have a permanent, independent, self-financed ethics commission within the WBF with a mandate to remove demonstrable cheaters and not beholden to the other board members. Removing someone from this committee should be difficult, like impeachment, perhaps requiring a 2/3 public vote.
Oct. 2, 2015
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Fabulous Avon. Did I mention that Sepp Blatter will join the WBF board when his current job ends?
Sept. 29, 2015
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excellent summary for the lay public- except FN cheated on defense.
Sept. 28, 2015
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VA… You are making an equity argument-which may be compelling. Yet, it is another matter to simply say: if you are caught cheating now, you lose all prior titles. That is simply a penalty assessment. BTW, the NBOs could choose to strip titles from cheating pairs without penalizing teammates whose ethics are not questioned. It would be funny but not impossible to say Sontag-Weichsel won the Teams (with no awarded teammates).
Sept. 28, 2015
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Perhaps Martin Winterkorn will take up bridge in his retirement. (satire warning…please don't take seriously)
Sept. 23, 2015
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For this to be true, a fourth “retiring” squad must be one of the three other originals to qualify. (obviously)
Sept. 22, 2015
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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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