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I interviewed Omar in 1999. It was for a short article in Bridge Plus. Here it is (scroll down). I only played against him twice, and he was extremely polite and friendly.
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I managed to catch the ever-hunky Omar Sharif and ask him a few questions.

Which are your favourite tournaments?
I like to play tournaments in enjoyable places really, its not the bridge that matters to me, it’s the place where I am in. So when I play in Cairo, I am happy because I am at home.

I know that you have inspired a lot of people in Egypt to play, do you think that your federation is able to encourage some young people to play, or to get some new people into the game?
Yes, we have a good program, I think we have some very fine young players. Better the young ones than the older ones. And I think we are going to have a good future in bridge. There are a lot of bright young people from universities that have taken up bridge, which is a good thing.

Who is your favourite partner these days?
I play in France mainly, and so my partners are usually French. I play either with Paul Chemla and Christian Marie.

From the past, who is your favourite partner?
I played a lot with Benito Garozzo, and he was my favourite partner.

Do you intend on playing in any North Amercian events in the near future?
Not much, I am not active very much in bridge any more.

Has the modern game lost anything?
No no, its improving, but you have to be young and you have to do it full time to be at the top level.

Do you have any bridge regrets?
No, it’s a hobby and is fun.

Do you have a nightmare hand you can tell me about?
Well I suppose we all do have nightmare hands but mainly this is when we do something stupid.


July 10, 2015
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Some replies: (thank you to all who have replied so far)
Garry Hann: yes, of course. I will do so in future.
Paul Wrigley: yes, that's correct 4=4 and 4=5 are possible
Aaron Jones: thank you for the IMP comment. I'd be interested to have your 4 answers for match pointed pairs.
Corey Cole: thanks for your thoughts. The manual said (in summary) that the bridge playing population could be be grouped in just two groups. Each of those groups would behave differently. And but it was clear that group “good” would all lead one thing, and group “bad” would all do something else. But I don't want to reveal much more at this stage ~ will explain more later.
David Yates: I intentionally did not use masterpoints as an indicator/classification system. I don't understand all your points so I am going to make myself a double coffee in the morning and read it again.

I'd like to add that my friend who attended the course did her homework and polled 20+ people. But she asked them to just choose what they'd do, and why. I'd like to share that with you once I've had some more comments. I think you may be a little surprised.

Just to reiterate: her poll was to an individual asking them what they would do. My post here is to ask you what you think players of different abilities would do … so it is a different poll, quite intentionally. ie I am asking you to reflect on your experience of years of playing against other people.
March 25, 2015
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Jan. 4, 2015
Shireen Mohandes edited this comment Jan. 4, 2015
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Refer to this link for more about the appeal:

http://newinbridge.com/news/2014/apr/germans-appeal

An email from Gianarrigo Rona (President of the WBF)circulated recently (22nd April)says:

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Elinescu-Wladow and the the German Federation appealed the Dallas Ruling. According to the Disciplinary Code, the Appeal will be examined in the following 90 days.
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April 23, 2014
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The rules for Eligibility are here:
http://www.eurobridge.org/eligibility-code.aspx

I think it means:
If you are a national of European cuntry A, and you play for country A, and then you want to play for cuntry B, there has to be a 2 year gap.

If after playing for country B you then want to play for Country A, there has to be a 2 year gap.

BUT if after playing for country B you then want to play for country C, there has to be a 10 year gap.

A -(2yrs)-> B -(2yrs)-> A

A -(2yrs)-> B —————–(10yrs)—————>C

April 9, 2014
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Yves Aubry, EBL President has published his response to Nedju Buchlev explaining why Roy Welland is allowed to play for the German open team.
http://newinbridge.com/news/2014/apr/reaction-ebl-president

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“…Following the Eligibility code Mr Welland cannot represent another country during a period of 10 years….”
April 9, 2014
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I have been reading a number of thread, newspaper articles and online debates. Something has confused me and I wonder if anyone can help.

This question is just about the topic of “possible bias of the WBF prosecutor”.

eg: in the UK, in The Sunday Telegraph it is reported that:
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The German doctors refused to attend the inquiry held in the US, insisting they would not get a fair hearing because both the chairman of the disciplinary commission and the WBF’s prosecutor in the case were American. The WBF dismissed their claims of bias.
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The WBF document says (para 15) that the General Counsel is to prosecute matters on behalf of the WBF. He is not involved in determining the matters that are alleged. His role is to investigate matters, raise charges if appropriate and then prosecute matters based upon the evidence that is available.

Do you think there is a language problem here? In the UK and USA the prosecutor’s role is quite different to that of say, France and Germany.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosecutor

Look up adversarial vs inquisitorial.

Is it possible that some members of the bridge community which are more familiar with adversarial are interpreting the bias topic in one way, and the other people (perhaps in Germany) in another way?

Please note: I am not suggesting that the prosecutor was biased in any way - absolutely not. I was just wanting to work out:
1. was the prosecutor's role the Adversarial (in which case any objection of bias in favour of USA is meaningless) … or was the role Inquisitorial (in which case alleging potential bias is not meaningless) … or something else?

2. Is it possible that this is misunderstood by people?
April 9, 2014
Shireen Mohandes edited this comment April 9, 2014
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Some more information has been published - refer to
http://newinbridge.com/news/2014/apr/reaction-sabine-auken

This is a written response from Auken.
April 9, 2014
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