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I do remember that very well, Mary. It was indeed a great event, very well organized and beautifully run. Actually I wrote an article about it, too. Maybe I should post it here some time. :)
Oct. 5, 2016
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Joe, how about you tell the Headbanger story. Surely that is a classic.
Oct. 4, 2016
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Thank you, Michael, that was a very nice compliment. I'll pass it on to Roy, he is a great teacher. Generally I really just love other languages. Currently I have become intrigued with another (for me) new one. I'll give you a little hint.:) مع السلامة
Oct. 4, 2016
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Jim, you maybe don't know that Eddie Kantar was stationed in my hometown in Germany. But we didn't meet there. :) Thank you for your good wishes!
Oct. 4, 2016
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Gonzalo, it seems I managed to not include anything controversial in this article, so there isn't that much to discuss. :) I would like to thank everyone that did comment for all your encouraging words.
Oct. 4, 2016
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Thank you for writing this, Frances. You have nothing but my respect and admiration.
Sept. 26, 2016
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Andrzej, you sound sincere, I believe you. I had no intentions of stepping on your toes or the ones of others like you for that matter. Please accept that in the article I didn't make statements. I attempted to describe my perceptions and personal feelings leaving it up to the reader to decide what could have been the cause of them. If it matters at all to you I totally loved Wroclaw and even told my sons to go visit there soon. Your country has so much to be proud of, I didn't mean to take away from that.
Sept. 26, 2016
Sabine Auken edited this comment Sept. 26, 2016
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Ai-Tai, I appreciate your concern. I know there are differing opinions about political correctness. Personally I prefer to call a spade a spade and not just a card symbol.

Your quote was pretty different from what I wrote, but if I understand you correctly you take exception to my writing “Then on day two of the final the Polish avalanche arrived. Not surprisingly nearly half the field in the final was Polish.” and then following it up with a negative experience I had.

Do you also object to my writing “We also made some good decisions in the bidding and the play and finished the day in second place breathing down the neck of one of the two Chinese pairs in the final.”? If you don’t, why not? Are we only allowed to name nationalities in the context of good experiences?
Sept. 25, 2016
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John, I fully understand that you did not like that part of my narrative. I didn’t like it either. My intention was to describe how I perceived the general atmosphere on the last day of the final and what was going through my head. Basically I was dumbfounded, because I had never experienced anything similar before. I am sorry for my generalization. I should have made it clear that not every single pair contributed to the change in atmosphere, just the majority.

I believe that the aftermath of the championships and especially certain comments in the thread “To Sabine and Roy” revealed that we were under special scrutiny. The reason appears to be Roy’s public criticism of the Polish Bridge Federation’s decision not to withdraw from the Bermuda Bowl last year, when there were cheating allegations against one of their pairs that had qualified Poland to the Bermuda Bowl. So I don’t feel my perception of a strained atmosphere was totally unfounded.
Sept. 25, 2016
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@Tansu it sounds like you have just read this thread. If you also read “To Sabine and Roy” and “The Last 5 Days” you will gain a better understanding of what happened. But you will need a lot of time to read it all……
Sept. 25, 2016
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Thank you, Hanoi, I actually didn't know that. It sounds sad and I can't help thinking: As a bridge community can't we strive to do better than that?
Sept. 24, 2016
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First day of play today. I was surprised to see there were no cameras installed at any tables except the BBO-tables.
Sept. 4, 2016
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Oren, housekeeping will deliver an iron and ironing board to your room upon request. Love your diary idea! Good luck! I hope our teams meet at the table.
Sept. 4, 2016
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Al, first of all let me thank you for all your time, effort and openness. It is especially openness and transparency the bridge player community is longing for. So, please be sure we are many who appreciate your efforts. If you perceive rudeness from some posters, maybe you can take consolation in that you are not the only one they are rude to.

Paragraph 4 on page 2 of the OP states:

“Correspondence with Al Levy, a WBF representative from Zone 2 and a member of both the Management and Championship Committees, has shed some light on the issue. He writes:
”Gianarrigo Rona and Maurizio Di Sacco have responded to my inquiry ."

I understood that to mean that BW was corresponding with you. I am sorry about the misunderstanding.
Aug. 25, 2016
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Love it! Can you please hurry and finish that book!
Aug. 24, 2016
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Of course they are allowed. But it requires a willingness to do so.
Aug. 24, 2016
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“As far as I can tell there are currently no women in the top 100 open rankings, (though I expect this to change). This is partly because many top women choose to play in women's events, but it is also because, as Sabine notes, ”… it can hardly be denied that at the very top of bridge men hugely outnumber women.“”

And it's also because women didn't receive open master points for their mixed achievements. Adam, I disagree with your line of reasoning, mainly because as Frances noted “Bridge is a partnership game. MPs are for a partnership’s results and much of the skill in bridge is about maximising your partnership’s joint ability. Rewarding a partnership as two different individuals is theoretically wrong.”

In any event I agree with you that achievements in mixed events should not be eligible for open master points, neither for men nor for women. I do not understand the WBF's reluctance to put a separate mixed ranking in place, but I am wondering whether it may be a concession to the IOC. Al, it would be wonderful if you could shed some light on that.
Aug. 24, 2016
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Mike, did you write this letter as a player or as an official representative of your NBO? If the former was the case, the WBF didn't have any obligations to deal with it at all, because only NBOs are members of the WBF, players are not. I sadly learnt this from experience.
Aug. 23, 2016
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Frances, if I ever need to defend myself in a court of law, will you be my lawyer, please!
Aug. 23, 2016
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To me “to fight against doping in sport and to take measures, the goal of which is to prevent endangering the health of bridge players.” expresses a commitment to fight against doping. “to support and encourage the promotion of sports ethics; to dedicate its efforts to ensuring that in bridge contests the spirit of fair play prevails.” on the other hand does not express a commitment to fight against cheating.

Actually I don't believe the word cheating is used in any WBF documents. It is difficult to be committed to fight against something one is reluctant to admit exists.
Aug. 23, 2016
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