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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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tooting my own horn just a bit… in 1990 in Invitation to Annihilation I wrote (in chapter: Tempo Tells) “If they hitch, they ha'ent”.
and I am sure someone must have said the same thing back in Hoyle's day, too.
March 18
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A second-order comment: Joel Wooldridge is a “close” relative of Capablanca- great-nephew or something similar.
March 14
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Thanks for posting.
Feb. 24
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Hand entitled “Teamwork”, p 326 Feb 1997 ed. Exact hands NESW: qj2akjjt92aq2 kt943q76A43j9 a76t94k875k54 858532q6t8763. The author claims that the hand was played in Rome 1977.
Feb. 21
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Yes. I reread this exact theme in BwtBT a few weeks ago. If you want I can look up the exact hand Michael.
Feb. 21
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Thank you for the formal reply Dr. Jones. I am glad that you are willing to engage. Are you also willing to acknowledge that virtually all expert players are horrified at the decision in the Lanzarotti case and amazed at the “apparent” whitewash and backroom deal?
Feb. 19
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May I also laugh out loud at this BS ruling?
Feb. 19
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