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Dear Christian!

But when you have been playing a hard tournament the last 5-10 days - then mistakes come just like in other sports! Because you are more or less exhausted.

And you are allowed as opponent to question declarers claim - maybe he was tired and made a mistake because of this!? Just like in any other sports tiredness is no excuse for making mistakes!

And you are allowed as opponent to take advantage of this - just like in any other sport!

Would you like to lose because of wrong claim from opponents?

So forget all the beautifull words about fair play! You can still give fair play without being naive!
Oct. 26, 2015
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Hi David!

How do I/we know what is going on in the head of declarer? ;)
Oct. 26, 2015
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IMHO you can never blaim any sportsman for following the rules!

But of course a sportsman is allowed NOT to follow the rules (and pardon the opponent) WITHOUT being blamed for that. This is what we most of the times call “fair play”.

The coin has two sides! ;);)

Oct. 26, 2015
Thomas Berg edited this comment Oct. 26, 2015
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Hi BB!

In your example (soccer) the teams have made a mutual and well accepted agreement to wait until both teams are ready to go on. This we have seen during the last 20 years.

But in the 7NT there was no agreement to accept a wrong claim - probably because declarer did not see the blockade.

So there is a big difference.
Oct. 26, 2015
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Reading the dispute about the wrong claim in 7NT I realise, that bridge seems to be the only sport where some of the players want to allow their opponent to make another try/attempt when he has made a mistake.

Imagine in football when a forward misses a 100% chance - does he get one more try because “we do not want to win this way”?

Or in tennis when player misses a 100% smash? One more smash chance?

Come on - we want our game to be regarded as a sport. Then we must play according to normal sportsrules.

When declarer did not make a claim mentioning the club blockade it shows that he has not seen/observed the blockade. One more chance? IMHO no!
Oct. 26, 2015
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I play with my partners during the last 30 years - only count showing against all contracts higher than the 4-level!

Believe me - it works fine!!
Oct. 20, 2015
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Sorry - but still Klukowski? :) :)
Oct. 19, 2015
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Dear Jessica!

And the second question - did mr. Gawry in your opinion cheat by using UI from mr. Klukowski?
Oct. 19, 2015
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Dear Jessica!

You still owe me 2 answers ( and you always keep your word you write):

1. Did mr.Gawry (in your opinion) after partners 6min.26sec. hesitation cheat.? Did Mr. Gawry use UI?

2. How can I find you on FB.? There is no Jessica Piafsky on BBO.

If you do not want to answer my questions then just tell me - and I will not ask anymore!:):)
Oct. 19, 2015
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Dear Jessica!

I can not find any Jessica Piafsky on FB!

And you still have not answered my question about mr.Gawry.

And to be honest - I prefer to communicate with you in this forum Bridge Winners. Then we all know what is going on! For the benefit of bridge!:)

I do not like “Hush hush - strictly confidential”.

Still waiting for your answers! And believe me - nothing can shock me! :)
Oct. 18, 2015
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So still “Hush hush - strictly confidential”. :)

And you still owe me an answer:
Did Gawry cheat after Klukowskis hesitation 6min26sec?

You have stated that any use of UI is cheating in your opinion!

Looking forward to hear from you!
Oct. 18, 2015
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Dear Jessica!

I do not know where to reach you - but for sure I would like to hear/know “the off the record stuff” you write about - like most people likes to hear and know.

Do not let us stumble around in the darknes - enligthen us!!

Don`t most of us love to hear rumours, gossip, lies etc.? It does not matter if it is true or not - just tell us a “good story” Jessica!

“Hush hush - strictly confidential” ;)


PS. Sarcasm is sometime misunderstood - so to be sure: I am very sarcastic!

PPS. Boye wants nothing of this “the off the record stuff”. Read his answer to mr. Bronstein. An example to follow IMHO! :)
Oct. 18, 2015
Thomas Berg edited this comment Oct. 18, 2015
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Well - I think it depends on WHAT you put in the pipe! ;);)
Oct. 17, 2015
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Dear Hanan!

Of course there are guilty persons who admit at once.

What I say is that WHEN they will NOT admit they start screaming and threaten the accuser. Your example with mr. Smirnov is not relevant for my experience as a defence lawyer in more than 300 cases. And my observation/experince is shared by collegaes, prosecutors and judges - at least here in Denmark.
Oct. 16, 2015
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Hanan! I have been a lawyer for 30 years ( now semi retired ) and have defended a lot of more or less guilty persons. I think I know something about this job.

When your client is guilty - and it is proved by the prosecutor and/or the facts - then you concentrate your defence about formalities and wrong doings by the prosecutor/police/the court.

If your client is not guilty then you concentrate the defence on the essense = the facts!!

It is actually not so complicated! :)

Oct. 15, 2015
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I can understand that F/S´lawyers and F/S do not declare they are innocent but try to make it a big school ride about law etc.

The essense they do not care about. That is way way to handle a case when your clients are 100% guilty!
Oct. 15, 2015
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Dear Jessica!

So according to your own definition of cheating Gawrys was cheating after Klukowskis 6m26sec hesititation.

IMO he was not cheating but used partners hesitation in an illegal way. But TD had another opinion and that`s the way it is.

And Klukowski did not need 6m26sec to make his bid!! Come on!
Oct. 15, 2015
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Dear Jessica!

Cheating is when you take an advantage/do something your opponents CAN NOT see/observe instantly.

Using UI your opponents can see/observe instantly and call for TD!

That is the difference!

This is not semantic or zebra/camel. Just simple logic. So take it easy and calm down Jessica!
Oct. 15, 2015
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Dear Jessica!

Maybe taking advantage of UI is cheating in your opinion. But it is not cheating according to the International Laws of Bridge.

And BTW - I think that WBF put the hot potatoe in the hands of the polish players and PBU. That was IMO very unfair. It is the job of WBF to decide which teams can play or not!! Now they made a non solution with the tail between their legs. The way WBF has been acting the last 3 months is very strange ( I try to be diplomatic. ).
Oct. 15, 2015
Thomas Berg edited this comment Oct. 15, 2015
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From my experience in life as a lawyer and businessman for 35 years I have noticed that the more the accused one screams and threatens the higher is the probability that he/she is guilty! Normal human behaviour!


Oct. 13, 2015
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