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@NH Just think one-man show
March 19
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Gary, could it have been the Round of 8 of the Vanderbilt in Reno Mar 20th 2010 and then the Round of 16 of the Vanderbilt in Louisville Mar 17th 2011? Most of the sets are on BBO, if that helps.
March 14
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Boye: “Unfortunately there's a huge discrepancy between how bridge players feel about such incidents/issues and how the tournament directors and organizations handle them.”

This was really the saddest and most upsetting part about this incident. There was obvious unwillingness by the Chief TD to treat it as the serious infraction that we felt it was. It was a very long and hard fight to ensure it would get put on record. It took a lot out of us and in the end totally destroyed, what otherwise would have been a truly enjoyable tournament with outstanding competition. Really a shame.
March 14
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Michael: I agree with you that it somehow feels different. Yet, using your fingers is a signal that you hope your opponents don't understand. Speaking in a language that you don't expect your opponents to understand, really is not that much different. True, there is no need to plan a code beforehand and also the risk is higher, that you may be understood by others than your partner. But if one has done the same thing several times in the past and never suffered any bad consequences, that risk may become negligible in the perpetrator's mind.
March 14
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Patrick Laborde “What's the issue?”

Is this a serious question? Are we to infer that it is normal in your circles, that dummy instructs declarer how to play the hand?
March 13
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Thank you, Bud, always good to have an interpreter. ;)
March 13
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Ohio's top health official estimates that more than 100.000 people in Ohio already are infected with the coronavirus. Try and stay safe everyone! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiUyGfDJ76g&feature=emb_title
March 13
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Oh my god Kevin. The Winter Games this year were no laughing matter for us, far too dramatic. But you just made tears rolling down my cheeks again, the tears of laughter. Thank you!
March 11
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Is there a universally accepted definition for when an action is deemed “demonstrably suggested” or is the assessment up to each tournament director's discretion? If the former, does anyone know what exactly that definition is? If the latter, it seems to me to open up for arbitrary rulings, which can't possibly be in the best interest of the game.
March 11
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Thank you, Tom. You found the crux of the issue.
March 10
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Kevin, can you PLEASE write a bit more on Bridgewinners or anywhere else for that matter. This is just so refreshing! Really looking forward to your book. ;)
Dec. 14, 2019
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Thank you sincerely, Adam. May the force be with you!
May 8, 2019
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Felix, I have invited you to prove your allegations. You have been unable to do so. I find your last remarks objectionable. For me the discussion with you is closed.
May 3, 2019
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@Felix you seemed to insinuate in various posts that I had pledged to not play in tournaments that let convicted cheaters play and that I was violating that pledge now. I asked you to provide quotes to substantiate that allegation. In my view you have failed to do so. Let me please clarify my position, so there is no misunderstanding.

1. I will not play against cheaters that were convicted by the bridge authorities and have sued their way back into the game in bridge incompetent courts. I will play against cheaters that are returning to the game after having served their sentence.

2. I will not play in tournaments where the organizer can exclude cheaters as described above, but fails to do so.

3. I will not refuse to play in tournaments where the organizer is legally forced to let cheaters as described above play, but I will refuse to play against them at the table. Since I have seen such a scenario unfold in Germany, I am worried the same may happen in EBL/WBF territory.

I do not think I have ever said anything different from what I just described.
May 3, 2019
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Samantha: Can't the EBL be lobbied now to not let them play? Surely they don't have to accept their application to enter?

We have always taken for granted that EBL/WBF can reject invitations, because it says so in their respective Conditions of Contest. But are we lawyers enough to know whether it can be sustained, if challenged in court? What would stop a pair that obviously lacks any shame and had the money and wherewithal for a law suit against the bridge authorities from trying to also challenge that last stumble block preventing them from returning to international bridge?
May 3, 2019
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@Felix what is your perception of what I promised to do under #saynotocheats that I am not living up to with my statement here? May I please ask you to quote the relevant part(s) of my post(s).
May 3, 2019
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I was hoping David Burn would comment on that question. :)
May 2, 2019
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In my view it can make a difference. If many players refuse to participate, the event will still take place. It just will be a smaller event. If those players instead enter the event, but refuse to play against the convicted cheaters, the event will be disrupted and become a non-event.
May 2, 2019
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I would argue, if indeed everyone refused to play, yes, they would win the event. But it would be a meaningless win or let’s just call it a non-event.
May 2, 2019
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The news has reached the Yeh Bros Cup. Very proud of you team Harris!
April 12, 2019
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