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Danny himself spells his surname “Kleinman”. But of course he can be wrong too!:):)
Sept. 18
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And so what?

They did not cheat?
Sept. 17
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But no other famous international pair/pairs did win so many championships as the blue team members. But there were probably other cheaters - and there are still IMHO.
Sept. 17
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And to show this they had their pen for signalling according to Keld Pedersen.
Sept. 17
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Or Forquet. He is still around - and now and then watching BBO “pietraccio”.
Sept. 16
Thomas Berg edited this comment Sept. 16
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When odd/strange bidding not according to system/ agreements shows out to be the winning bid and it happens again and again - THEN this is in IMO proof enough even if I can not tell how they are cheating.
Sept. 16
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To Richard Willey!

If you have one video clip showing a person is a shoplifter but 99 other clips showing no shoplifting - is this person a shoplifter or not?
Sept. 16
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I started playing bridge in 1969. In the start of the seventies I played now and then with a nice and trust worthy expert player Keld Pedersen. He was around 60-65 years old. His sister Helga Pedersen was former minister of justice, supreme court judge and ended as first female judge at The court of human rights in Strasbourg.

Keld Pedersen was well of and played a lot of bridge in Italy, Spain and France in the fifties and sixties. There he got to know the Blue Team players very well. He played with them privately and socialised with them too. All this he told me and it was confirmed to me by two other danish players.

And Keld Pedersen also told me that at least some of the Blue Team members made different kind of signals to partner during bidding. He told me that the pen was used for signalling. And he knew this for sure by watching them play - and having a drink or two late in the evening with some of the players.

So I am not surprised when I read Avons article. Thank you for your fantastic research. I am looking forward to read your book. I have started to print out this article - cause you never can know! ;) ;)
Sept. 16
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With all my partners I play “Pass is always the weakest bid”.

An effective agreement in all situations not discussed. The same here. Pass shows nothing to show!
Sept. 15
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Now I see the D is for penalty. :)

Then I pass.
Sept. 15
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Maybe not - but for sure the readers will and very fast! :)
Sept. 15
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I bid 5D.

Partner with minimum balanced hand IMO will pass - so his D must show a strong balanced hand 24-26hp.
Sept. 15
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As long the facts are factuel correct the article - and all other articles - should be published here on BW.

IMO almost all the readers here on BW are educated and intelligent people with lot of life experience - so they can think for themselves and make their own conclusions.

Unfortunately there is a tendency in the world today not to let people think for themselves but instead “help” the “poor” crowd by not letting them know the facts. ;)

But of course the writings has to be written in a sober tone and language.
Sept. 15
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It is always good to know what kind af scoring - teams, pairs or rubber bridge?:)
Sept. 15
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Maybe I am a little naive - but why is Diego Brenner suspended?
Sept. 14
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I and 3 other players from danish strongest league bid 5C.

The winning bid was actually D - but then partner has to pass with Q73 - QJ632 - J62 - Q6.

4S is 4 down and to win 5C or 5H you have to guess correct.

Thanks for your answers.
Sept. 10
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@ Kit

I wrote my comment to your generel statement that “a signal is an expression what you want partner to do”. In this I disagree and still do and I wrote why.

I believe that best defence is telling partner where you have honor cards. This is not a command but an information to partner so we hopefully will play the best defence.

I guees the room temperature is Fahrenheit and not Celcius?!
Aug. 31
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@Kit

IMO a positive/encouraging signal shows something in the suit here the Q.
A negative/discouraging signal shows nothing in the suit here no Q.
Then it is up to partner to find out what to do. Playing your way is masterminding partner. Tell him what you have. You do not know what partner has so I think he can better find the best defence if you tell him what you have.

But there are of course exceptions/situations where you “lie” to partner to help him make the correct continuation.
But this hand is not one of these exceptions. Just play the D3 and tell partner you do not have DQ.
Aug. 30
Thomas Berg edited this comment Aug. 30
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3D.

Only bid to show my diamonds. I can always later support hearts if I want to.
Aug. 25
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PENALTY!

With own suit partner bids his suit.

With balanced hand partner pass.

Bridge is some times very easy!:):)
Aug. 25
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