2005-07-06 21:23:46 UTC
This was posted on our bridge club's web forum.
Kind regards, Micha
From: Migry Zur Campanile
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 8:26 AM
Subject: facts and nothing but
This was the 3rd board of the match, the 1st 2 were quite flat.
In the 6D contract, lanzarotti leaned to look into Bareket's cards and
put 3 fingers on his left arm, tapping them.
After the lead of the A of H, Roll asked 1 question only, and this
certainly doesn't mean he doesn't have the QD singleton or doubleton as
in that case he would be looking for a 2nd trick somewhere anyway, and
played a club.
Lanzarotti repeated for the 2nd time the 3 fingers tapping. At this
point Buratti put HIS head on the table as he had to think about the
very difficult percentage play in diamonds (or maybe he was
recalculating the diamonds splits in tenerife) and dummy made the 3
fingers sign AGAIN. Now the JD was played, Bareket played low smoothly
and declarer ran the J.
At this point Bareket told the TD what happened.
We didn't ask for an appeal or for the result to be changed. That was
what the TD did when he reported the case to his superiors.
At the end of the match me and Michael Barel went to Bocchi and told him
the story, he laughed and said that probably Buratti saw Roll's cards.
At this point the AC was convened and Bareket, Roll and the captain went
in. Buratti Lanzarotti and Mr Ortensi were there and Antonio Riccardi
the chief TD who was translating the Italian.
Except from reporting what he saw and saying that he was in complete
shock after this hand, the only thing that bareket said was that he
travelled a long way from Israel, left home a wife and 2 small kids in
orer to be able to play against some of the great players. But if this
is what he sees he will think better before coming next time.
The things that BL said were stupid, the way they behaved in there
smelled guilty, to come up in your defense with "diamonds do not split,
my pd did look but he doesn't see red honors with his left eye and our
captain asked for swings, the great Lavazza team playing against "the
giants" from Tel Aviv - Migry, Jacco, Bareket and Roll who never won a
single national event in Israel is like asking the LA Lakers to play
swingy against Matthew's team.
Mr Ortensi, who for the record came to us and APOLOGIZED afterwards said
in their defense that there was not a single Italian pair cheating in
the last 30 years, at which Bill Pencharz replied by asking how come BL
ended up playing for Spain :)
Another member of the Lavazza team, Ferraro, came to us and said that
they commited suicide and they didn't cheat up to that point in this
specific event but because they were having a bad tournament, they
probably decided to put the "overdrive" on, whatever that means.
As for us gaining out of it, we hardly thought that this will be the
outcome.Bareket only wanted not to feel as humiliated as he felt at the
table, and by the way he had no idea who he was playing against as we
barely had time to find our places before starting to play. Even if he
knew it was the Lavazza team he had no idea about the history of BL.
And i am quite positive that if this wd have been an isolate incident or
if BL could come up with a better explanation, like the one they managed
to find now, nothing would have come out of it. The fact that when we
came back from dinner, we didn't even wait for the results of the
appeal, everybody in the lobby started to cheer and suddenly Bareket was
the hero of the day, being congratulated by EVERYBODY (including Dano De
Falco, Fantoni and Versace) should mean that from some unknown reasons,
verybody seemed to be ecstatic with the decision. people were going to
the members of the AC, shaking their hands for what they felt was a
brave and right decision (albeit a bit too late in many people's opinion).
And this completes a very accurate description of everything that happened.
Please forward it to whoever you think may be interested