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FAIR PLAY OR FOUL? CHEATING SCANDALS IN BRIDGE Paperback – 1 Jan 1998
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10 August 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Very well-reasoned defence of those accused of cheating. Well-constructed arguments are presented in a cogent manner. Was impressed by the author's logical analysis and fair-mindedness.
A neglected topic
10 July 2009 - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for juicy details of scandals past and present, this isn't the book you want. But it is a set of thoughtful essays about the impact of an accusation, and the reasons why an accusation may be misguided - or malicious. It isn't unknown for there to be cheating in tournament bridge, even at the highest levels. But there have also been accusations made, and still repeated and believed by some, where much of the bridge world believes the accused to be innocent. In particular, some of the top US players of the 60s and 70s seemed to be ready to accuse almost anyone who beat them. What is it that led to this situation? Cathy Chua argues that differences in world-view and style meant that often, the US players simply couldn't understand how European teams (especially the Italians) were winning, and the US so often finished second. It sounds, at first blush, ridiculous - except that it is a hypothesis supported by evidence. A thought-provoking read.