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David, did you make the same comment in Mr. Wilsmores article? There are so many comments there, that I might have missed this one.
Sept. 22, 2018
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Sept. 22, 2018
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That could be a worthy closing word, but I‘m afraid it won‘t be.
Sept. 22, 2018
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I hope this will be a Trending Article too.
Sept. 22, 2018
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I missed Drury. Still no splinter with a stiff K. Where are all those ? Not even a double over the splinter.
Sept. 22, 2018
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The -fit is lost because of the ill adviced 3. First of all I would never splinter with a stiff K and second I would not splinter with only 3crd support. Some other riddles: 1) is N really worth a 2/1? 2) why did nobody bid ? EW have an 11crd fit.
Sept. 21, 2018
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There are more abstantions then actual votes. I‘ve never seen that before. That should start you thinking.
Sept. 21, 2018
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Don‘t waste my time. Changed to abstain.
Sept. 21, 2018
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Abstain, reason dimwitted poll
Sept. 21, 2018
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This will be my last comment on the two „Crusade against the Blue Team“ articles. I promise.
1) Am I biased? Yes I am, BT were the heroes of my early bridge life. At least I admit it.
2) Does Mr. Wilsmore present circumstantial evidence? Yes, but it’s not conclusive evidence.
3) Can the success of the BT be explained? Yes, they used a more complete bidding system.
4) Is there another explanation for the „evidence“ presented by Mr. Wilsmore?
Yes, if we accept that they were exceptional bridge players AND (probably) the first pros.

In the 70s I was a member of the youngest team to play in the second highest team competition in the Netherlands. Our succes was based mainly upon better bidding. Not only because of a better system, but also because of having a complete (well, not really complete) set of agreements. I played Roman Club for some time without illegal information exchange, it is insulting if someone suggest that RC can only be played successfully in combination with cheating. In Roman Club and other systems I played, we did not use any form of Blackwood after a cue-bid and that without cheating.

Nowadays bridge is dominated by pros. I’m not sure if I like it, but it was probably ineviable. Maybe it is inevitable too that any professional sport comes with cheating one way or the other. I hope not!

The Dallas Aces played a set of matches against Omar Sharif‘s Bridge Circus. A team with suspected cheaters? Just for the money involved? Trusting Omar Sharif?

But most of all, what is the use of this crusade after 30-40 years? Make America great again?

If someone wants to discuss this issue with me, please do so by private mail.
Sept. 21, 2018
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This will be my last comment on the two „Crusade against the Blue Team“ articles. I promise.
1) Am I biased? Yes I am, BT were the heroes of my early bridge life. At least I admit it.
2) Does Mr. Wilsmore present circumstantial evidence? Yes, but it’s not conclusive evidence.
3) Can the success of the BT be explained? Yes, they used a more complete bidding system.
4) Is there another explanation for the „evidence“ presented by Mr. Wilsmore?
Yes, if we accept that they were exceptional bridge players AND (probably) the first pros.

In the 70s I was a member of the youngest team to play in the second highest team competition in the Netherlands. Our succes was based mainly upon better bidding. Not only because of a better system, but also because of having a complete (well, not really complete) set of agreements. I played Roman Club for some time without illegal information exchange, it is insulting if someone suggest that RC can only be played successfully in combination with cheating. In Roman Club and other systems I played, we did not use any form of Blackwood after a cue-bid and that without cheating.

Nowadays bridge is dominated by pros. I’m not sure if I like it, but it was probably ineviable. Maybe it is inevitable too that any professional sport comes with cheating one way or the other. I hope not!

The Dallas Aces played a set of matches against Omar Sharif‘s Bridge Circus. A team with suspected cheaters? Just for the money involved? Trusting Omar Sharif?

But most of all, what is the use of this crusade after 30-40 years? Make America great again?

If someone wants to discuss this issue with me, please do so by private mail.
Sept. 21, 2018
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 21, 2018
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Absolutely, I guess Mr. Swanson is just trying to jump on the bandwagon that Mr. Wilsmore started rolling. Mr. Wilsmore is wiilling to use even far-fetched arguments to „prove“ his theories without realizing that he is dicrediting his own work by supporting this humbug.
Sept. 20, 2018
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…I cannot imagine more then the 3 options given. Given that the hand generator does not do what I expected it to do a bidding poll would have saved you and me a lot of trouble.
Sept. 19, 2018
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Sorry I thought the hand generator shows all that, but unfortunately didn‘t check. Edited to 2nd seat Nobody Vul.
Sept. 19, 2018
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 19, 2018
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Dominic, I agree, but I don‘t know how to phrase it better. I hope my meaning is clear: not a bidding or lead problem, not an article or poll on bidding, lead or signalling agreements etc.
Sept. 19, 2018
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Felix, I‘m sorry. I thought that Mr. Wilsmore mentioned D.I. Explicitly in his promotion article. There is only an indirect reverence „Old-time Blue Club players who could never understand how to reconcile cueing first-and-second-round controls equally, with no Blackwood past the second round of bidding (unless a jump), can now see how it was done.“ The Italians either played 4N as D.I. or as Tutbo. D.I. Declares that the partnership controls all suits and Interrogates about extras. Bidding 4N as well as when to make a positive response to 4N also depends upon the number of key cards that can be expected from the bidding sofar. I have played D.I. Without cheating from 2013-2017 and have never been in a slam of 2 key cards. I‘ve also played D.I. In the 70s and can‘t remember exactly, but I am sure that the method was succesfull. Turbo is another substitute for RKCB where 4N shows an even number of key cards and a bid above 4N an odd number.
D.I. and Italian cue bids were/are also part of Kaplan Scheinwold Updated (KSU).
Sept. 19, 2018
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Edgar Kaplan, edited, sorry.
Sept. 19, 2018
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The example makes a case for NFB.
Sept. 19, 2018
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„most of the top US players go above and beyond in their ethical efforts.“ And others do not?
Sept. 19, 2018
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The promotion of Mr. Wilsmores book generates more comments then any bridge related article. It seems there is still a lot of frustration about the Italian dominance of 30-40 years ago. We know from recent cases how hard it is to prove cheating. Trying to make a case from matches that long ago is impossible. Some of the examples given may look strange, but then they were extraordinary players. Other examples are nonsense. Mr. Wilsmore probably hasn‘t used D.I., I have … without cheating as I have played Roman Club without cheating. BTW D.I. Was part of KSU. Is Mr. Wilsmore suggesting that the great (no sarcasm, I really think he‘s the greatest bridge theoretican of all times) Edgar Kaplan cheated?
Sept. 19, 2018
Ronald Kalf edited this comment Sept. 19, 2018
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