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Maybe in Italy we know better ;-)
Look at this kind of tray
https://ibm.box.com/s/aumxrwe22fny1de30lcjoe4tqhr1ywnf

Unfortunately, we still have plenty of the old model.
Should we plan for a change?
Oct. 3, 2015
Rodolfo Cerreto edited this comment Oct. 3, 2015
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I guess the problem was not with their outfit. The reasons which lead to this decision shouldn't be kept confidential.
Bridge credibility is going down the sink.
Sept. 26, 2015
Rodolfo Cerreto edited this comment Sept. 26, 2015
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From “citizen Kane”, my very favorite film!

Hats off to mr Welland, by the way
Sept. 19, 2015
Rodolfo Cerreto edited this comment Sept. 19, 2015
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That's class, indeed!
Hats off.
Sept. 19, 2015
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Yes, the evidence is clear. I don't think Mr Zimmermann is wishing to squander his own good reputation by attempting to deny it. I guess he will join Mr Cayne.
Sept. 14, 2015
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Cornelia, thanks.
Quite clear and useful.
Sept. 10, 2015
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That's a point I spoke about with Maurizio Di Sacco which you might know. We agreed that declarer, by playing quickly from dummy, is actually denying RHO his/her right to make a plan. Let's ignore the ones who play that way purposely. I asked him in order to validate my current behavior: as a defender, I *always* wait for a given time before playing at the first trick. Yes, even with a singleton. He agreed that, provided a constant behavior, it's acceptable. Needless to say, if declarer takes due time before playing, my card always follows at once.
Makes sense to you?
Sept. 8, 2015
Rodolfo Cerreto edited this comment Sept. 8, 2015
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I do think this forum has been key gathering together good people making their best efforts to work out the issue. Thanks a lot to all of them.
Boye made the ball rolling but, without help, I don't think he could have achieved much.
Sept. 3, 2015
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Think how long it took to admit, evidence notwithstanding, that Earth is turning around the Sun and not vice versa.
Sept. 3, 2015
Rodolfo Cerreto edited this comment Sept. 3, 2015
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Wow! Kit and Ish made a great job here.
Sept. 2, 2015
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Mario, I see your point. A nice person is more easily deemed innocent that a bad one. I agree with you.
I meant to raise a different argument. You can prove a pair cheat by breaking their code and verifying its use.
OTOH you can't prove innocence. How could you?
A logical consequence is that anyone accused to cheat will carry a spot on his reputation lifetime.
This speaks loudly in favor of prevention.
Might electronic play be a future? I think so. Even if, admittedly, some very lovable game aspects will be lost.
Sept. 1, 2015
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This leads to an interesting question: is it possible to *prove* someone innocent? Sadly, it's not IMO.
Sept. 1, 2015
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As much as I hate censorship, I support administrators' decision to ban him. You have to put a limit somewhere. Wherever it is, Mr Lupan went way further.
Aug. 29, 2015
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Let me share my thoughts with everyone trying to mathematically asses how likely is that F/S are cheating.
First of all: I went to college. I studied math. I studied statistics. I love both. Still, there's way more in bridge than math and statistics. It's a game of logic.
Think about this. In whatever contract you're playing, your opponent leads the spade 7. Which are the odds he holds AKQ of hearts? A mathematician will come out with a figure somewhere close to 10%. A bridge player will give a different answer: zero. Why? Because he/she didn't lead one of them. It's a matter of logic.
Back now to the deals posted by Boye and Thomas. Being a bridge player, I'm sorry to say that, from my standpoint, the chance they're not cheating is exactly zero.
But, of course, anyone is completely free to disagree.
Aug. 29, 2015
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A very welcome ban. Thanks a lot to admins.
Aug. 29, 2015
Rodolfo Cerreto edited this comment Aug. 29, 2015
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How boring.
Aug. 29, 2015
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Joshua, you went over the point perfectly!
Aug. 29, 2015
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Interesting, very interesting. Boye, thanks for your efforts. At a club level these plays are possible. At top level they are not, IMHO.
Aug. 29, 2015
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Odds make sense to evaluate random events. A player's bid or play is NOT a random event. It comes from an odds driven logical process. When a top class player plays against logic and gains, that's suspect. You don't need a huge amount of data to sensibly state someone's cheating.
Aug. 29, 2015
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Wrong place, cancelled. Sorry about it.
Aug. 27, 2015
Rodolfo Cerreto edited this comment Aug. 27, 2015
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