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Active Un-ethics ??

The ACBL has eliminated the stop card and skip bid warnings, both of which seemed to function reasonably well when everyone was ethical, and failed miserably when they weren’t. Instead they now insist that everyone be unethical. I quote the December Ruling the Game column: “Following the skip bid, left hand opponent is obligated to wait approximately 10 seconds (while giving the appearance of studying his hand…)”

Let’s say I have nothing, but by use of great method acting skills, convince everyone that I am studying my hand while determining if I should make a call other than pass. Now the opponents will play me for values, and my partner, who might have been about to get us in trouble, will feel ethically barred from taking action, which might be based on my hesitation and study. Nice going ACBL Board.

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