DISGUSTING ‘OLD HAT’
The following blog (from Bridgevaria by Ed Hoogenkamp) appeared on our bridge blogging site
Forcing pass? ***
Sunday, 20 September 2009 07:00
The 1957 World Championship for teams in New York, USA vs. Italy. No one knew this was to be the beginning of an era, the era of the Italian Blue Team. It won its first world title that year and was virtually unbeatable until the early 1970’s. ……………………….
… and it follows with a hand deifying what I vehemently and sarcastically call “The Exalted Blue Team.” True, they featured three of the very best players in the world (Garozzo, Belladonna and Forquet) but I am getting sick and tired of the lionizing of a team that the world of bridge knows cheated for well over a decade, resulting in their fourteen consecutive dirty world championships. THERE IS NOT A TOP PLAYER (who has not self-deluded himself) IN THE WORLD ALIVE THEN OR NOW WHO WOULD NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THAT FACT. Blame it on their culture, their ego or the fact that their captain Albert Perroux told them in no uncertain terms that if they did not ‘help’ their partner, there were others waiting in the wings to replace them.
I speak from personal experience as my late husband, Norman Kay and many dear friends and partners who have since passed on always fought a losing uphill battle at their mercy — but there was not an iota of doubt the game the Italians were playing was hardly cricket. True, they were never charged, tried or convicted because the Powers-That-Be feared a scandal that would rock the world and knock bridge off the map and so nothing was ever done. If in doubt, get the gory details of the Burgay Tapes from the Father of Bridge, Jamie-Ortiz Patino who was the President of the WBF at the time. (Jimmy verified the famous Burgay Tapes by using his influence at the CIA which officially confirmed their authenticity!)
At one period in the seventies, Patino told them not to appear the following or any other year as their credentials would not be accepted. (P. S. they did not show up although he relented twice a few years apart and allowed Garozzo and Belladonna to participate in 1979 and 1983). It is time the truth was accepted and if you have any doubts, read The Lone Wolff or write to my husband Bobby Wolff who was in the thick of things and has many more details than I care to reveal now. It is time the Blue Team’s camp followers woke up and accepted what really happened starting half a century ago. It is a disgrace the bridge world will apparently never live down, continually exacerbated by bridge writers who shamefully deny the truth.