I have blogged a few times about the allegations of cheating by Israeli bridge players (for example, here) but it’s now no longer just Israelis in the frame. Although slightly late with this, it is worth noting that the excellent Bridge Winners site now hosts a damning (and extensively researched and detailed) post:
“…alleging improper communication between the world’s #1 and #2 ranked bridge players, Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, during the 2014 European Championships. The pair was on the Monaco team that placed second in this event, earning Monaco a spot in the upcoming Bermuda Bowl.”
See the post, here.
Thank goodness it’s not only Israelis that are involved.
Judging by some of the comments around the site, bridge has a problem with cheating. To me, the solution – certainly at the top levels of competition – has to be in better use of technology. For example, taking away the cards, and having all communications done electronically through specially designed consoles, instead of face to face (including card play). The players would need to be chaperoned to avoid email, text, and the like circumventing the arrangement. And that human element remains the weak link. Is there no perfect solution?