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I would imagine clashing the Cav with the Reykjavik Bridge Festival will also impact on numbers
Oct. 17
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Thanks, Nicolas. Really enjoyed these posts
Oct. 14
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Bernie Taupin & Elton John's lyrics sum up my feelings on Monaco being declared Euro Champs…

It's sad, so sad (so sad)
It's a sad, sad situation
And it's getting more and more absurd
Oct. 14
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His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco
Prince’s Palace of Monaco
B.P. 518
MC 98015 Monaco Cedex


Your Serene Highness,

The European Bridge League has just bestowed upon the Principality the title of European Bridge Champions 2014.

This was due to the event winners, Israel, being stripped of the title after one of their three pairs were convicted of cheating.

Monaco also had a pair on its team who was convicted of cheating and banned by the EBL and World Bridge Federation but they appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have their ban lifted and unfortunately for us bridge players they got off due to the apparent lack of understanding of Contract Bridge by the CAS. Their lawyers did them proud!

There seems little doubt in a great number of bridge players and officials minds that your pair were guilty but as we all know there are two places one should not go for justice – one is a bridge table and the other a court of law!

I appeal to your sense of decency and fair-mindedness to instruct the Monaco Bridge Federation to renounce the 2014 EBL title.

Yours faithfully,
Peter Hasenson
Oct. 12
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“Fortunately, there are some 20,000 WC players on BBO alone”

You've just got to love that statement!!
Oct. 11
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Sad but true
Sept. 27
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Women's still not working…
Sept. 25
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I am a little surprised we haven't heard from Saverio Margiotta. Remember his post from 2015?

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/it-is-time-to-stop-to-speak-improperly-about-italy-and-italians/?cj=240742#c240742

He wrote:

Maybe we are not as rich as other Countries (we anyway stay fairly well) or we dont have a lot of politic consideration, but when we come to speak about bridge we are the GREATEST COUNTRY in the world and noone is allowed to forget it even for just a second. YES, despite we are “small” in terms of players, we have the greatest achievements ever in bridge history, more than USA itself. Noway it is acceptable what Mr Hamman declared to Newsweek :

Hamman, who has won more major tournaments than any American and who has probably lost just as many to cheaters, is somehow able to remain sanguine. “It’s human nature, it’s the way we’re engineered,” he says. “I played against the famed Italian Blue team. They won 17 of 19 world championships at one point, and the fact is, they cheated. Everyone knows that. There’s problems in everything you do, and it’s called life.”

Where are the evidences for that?

In the same time it is NOT acceptable that a journalist can speak about Italy and not Monaco when he is posing a question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlEhgX3WmQ8

It is NOT acceptable that every now and then something bad happens in the bridge world all of you speaks about Blue Team or you name “the Italians” when you speak about Fantoni and Nunes. I wish to remember all of you that IF they will be convicted for cheating (I have little doubt they will not, but at the moment they are not guilty) they should be considered Monegasque rather than Italians (the evidences we all looked at were about play in European Bridge Championships where they were playing under Monaco's flag).

I really wish all of you will REFRAIN from similar behaviour and that FIGB (Italian Bridge Federation) will act in order to protect his and all Italians players reputation.
Sept. 24
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As of 24 Sept:

166 Votes for Yes = 36.8%
16 Votes for No = 3.5%
49 Votes for Some = 10.9%
220 Votes for Abstain = 48.8%

I wonder if a poll was held asking if leading bridge players from various other NBOs cheated in the 1950s and 1960s, would the result be any different?
Sept. 24
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Cheaters are going to cheat.

Because once a cheater, always a cheater.

Prestige, power and money are what people are after when they do wrong.

The perception that it is OK to cheat has disastrous consequences for the morale and morality of bridge as a whole.

The public loses faith in the honesty and integrity of those decent people who play bridge without recourse to cheating.

And in a world where cheaters prosper, insisting on honesty and integrity makes us nothing more than chumps.

This means anti-corruption measures must be baked into the system. We must not allow the courts to dictate to us under the duress of overpaid ‘clever’ lawyers.

In conclusion: Cheaters must never be allowed to prosper in the world of bridge.

#SayNoToCheats

#WearTheBadgeWithPride
Sept. 22
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In bridge, there are multiple instances of simultaneous creation, including:

Takeout Double
It is generally accepted that the takeout double was devised in c. 1912-1913 by both Bryant McCampbell of St Louis and Major Chris Patton of New York, USA.

Stayman
In 1939, Jack Marx thought of the idea of using a two club response to a one no-trump opening to enquire about length in the majors. He wrote about his ideas and gave copies of these notes to friends but the outbreak of World War II prevented publication. When the first English post war bridge magazine, Contract Bridge Journal, was launched in 1946, his ideas finally appeared in print.

Almost certainly unaware of this, legendary American expert George Rapee devised the same concept and after explaining his ideas to his partner, Sam Stayman, put them into practice. Stayman wrote an article in The Bridge World (USA) April 1945 espousing these theories and clearly crediting his partner. This was the first published work on the convention. But the name Stayman stuck and Sam will forever be immortalised by bridge players worldwide.

Transfer Bids
Writing in a Swedish periodical in 1954, Olle Willner, a renowned bridge theorist, introduced the concept of transfer bids. Two years later, Oswald Jacoby wrote in a similar vein in The Bridge World and named the convention ‘Jacoby Transfer Bids’. It is highly improbable that he was aware of the earlier article.
Sept. 20
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@Gene: I don't know why you think it embarrassing that the WBF are proactively dealing with the issue of smaller entries that anticipated. In this instance, I applaud them.
Sept. 7
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Ian: Tournament numbers in England have dropped massively - Senior events have reduced the overall loss but not by much. Which geographical market were you referring to?
Sept. 7
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One of the great advantages of playing Multi 2D incorporating weak twos of any type is that they allow the stronger player to always declare game! Standard responses are 4C = transfer to your major, and 4D = bid your major. Wonderful for pro-am partnerships!!!
Sept. 6
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Alain: You grasped the purpose of my post! I was wishing to highlight the two major changes the past 20 years have brought - massively reduced competitor numbers and the almost total erosion of corporate sponsorship, this despite the WBF having a PR and Sponsorship committee comprising Marc DE PAUW, Chairman – Sevinç ATAY – Giuliano BIANUCCI – Enri LEUFKENS – Gianni MEDUGNO – Gianarrigo RONA – Lindsey WEINGER– Chen ZELAN and Simon FELLUS, Secretary.
Sept. 6
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Legends of LA by Mike Marcucci gives a nice write up on the late Cecil Cook. I did not know him but he seems to have been a good man. I wonder if he is any relation to the Cecil Cook who served on WBF Exco from 1997-2000?
Sept. 6
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@DG: He is indeed - I believe he was awarded it for winning the National Swiss Teams :)

In the real world, Jonathan has done much good for society. In the bridge world, he contributes plenty. IMO the EBU hierarchy doesn't really appreciate just how lucky they are to have such an active member.
Sept. 5
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Tom: Is he any relation to Iain Macleod, who died aged 56? :)
Sept. 5
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Perhaps the best bridge player to have been knighted (for maths, not bridge!) is Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, although I believe he hasn't played bridge for a long time.
Sept. 5
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Dr Matheson is, of course, characteristically underplaying his fine run in the Open Pairs. After the first final session, he and Malcolm were lying 3rd. Then 1st, 10th and 6th before finishing in a highly credible but no doubt disappointing 13th place. Well played!
Sept. 5
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