I know next to nothing about bridge, though as I recall the former world chess champion Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941, world champion from 1894-1921) was reputedly an excellent player. It seems that they have an even bigger problem with cheating than chess does, which probably isn't terribly surprising given the nature of the game. Still, it's a little surprising that it's such a big problem at the top - most elite chess players think that their colleagues at the top would not engage in such skullduggery, due at least in part to their love and respect for the game. The problems in bridge suggest that spending the time to become an elite performer in a game of mental skill is no guarantor of competitive integrity. So one sad moral, perhaps, is that we should be wary in our game as well. It may be inevitable that some member of the 2800 crowd, present or future, will do something to bring the game into disrepute.
HT: Gerald Grimsley