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Ethical, questionable or cheating?

I'll put my cards on the table, metaphorically.

I used to try to ignore my instincts at the table but now I try to draw inferences from my opponents' behavior and exploit them to the full.

An instance at the club; when as not infrequently happens my opponents bid 1-1-2(tank)-4 and the auction is over I may ask declarer 'Does your partner raise frequently with three?' before the three-card support goes down on the table to try to subtly (well I think it is subtly) let dummy know she tipped off her three-card raise by her tempo.

Moreover with my clients I will encourage them after the session (or between breaks) to think back to what happened at the table and to ask them if they noticed anything untoward with their opponents' tempo so that they too can pick up on what is really happening at the table.

So you will be able to guess what my answer will be to the poll I have put up here. But that doesn’t matter. It is your opinion that matters. How do you feel about the following statement?

"While we all agree that we should strive to ignore or take no advantage from our partner’s tempo, Bridge is a game where we should** draw any legal inference we can from our opponents’ mannerisms."

On a scale of 5 where 5 is vehemently agree, 4 is agree in principle, 3 is neutral, 2 is disagree, 1 is vehemently disagree and 0 is misread the question or refuse to answer or abstain or some other variation thereof…..

**(EDIT: 'MAY' RATHER THAN "SHOULD" WOULD HAVE BEEN A MORE APPOSITE CHOICE OF WORDS)

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