The Commercial Appeal - - Business - FRANK STE­WART


In Septem­ber, the World Bridge Fed­er­a­tion con­ducted its qua­dren­nial “World Bridge Se­ries” in Or­lando, com­pris­ing ma­jor teams and pairs events. The event was well run, but at­ten­dance was off.

Some play­ers failed to show be­cause of silly drug-test­ing re­quire­ments, brought about by the WBF’S ill-con­sid­ered ef­forts to get bridge into the Olympics. Oth­ers stayed home due to the WBF’S ques­tion­able han­dling of re­cent cheat­ing.

At a press con­fer­ence, the WBF pres­i­dent con­ceded that two con­firmed cheats — Ful­vio Fan­toni and Clau­dio Nunes of Italy — had ap­pealed to the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport. The court in­val­i­dated the sanc­tions against Fan­toni and Nunes on pro­ce­dural grounds.

That news dis­mayed many play­ers and out­raged still more, lead­ing to calls for a boy­cott of events in which con­firmed cheats are en­tered.

Amid the tur­moil, some bridge was played in Or­lando. Richard Osh­lag­paul Mu­nafo de­fended well in today’s deal from the Se­nior Teams. Against South’s four hearts, Mu­nafo found a good trump lead, and de­clarer took dummy’s ace and led a spade. Osh­lag put up his king (!), took his high trumps and led a di­a­mond for down two. If East fails to play second hand high, South es­capes for down one.

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