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With a skilled observer at the table, one might be able to fairly allocate responsibility for time taken. Otherwise, which is going to be 99%+ of the time, I think you need to go for a no-fault approach. Aside from simplicity, this removes any incentive to play out claimers (or similar gamesmanship) and avoids the question of responsibility for time related to complex or unfamiliar systems.
This would also put both pairs (in a pair movement) on an equal footing to catch up when behind.
Aug. 13
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Scott: bridge copy is all he ever wrote. I trust you mean that bridge copy is all he is now submitting under his byline.
Aug. 13
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David Burn noted above the review of The Last Board in the current issue of The Bridge World. Does anyone know if Jeff Rubens was aware of Horton's plagiarism when the issue went to press? Is anyone planning to buy the book? Would it be fair to post a digital scan of the book online? (I know it's illegal and I don't plan to do it. Just wondering if it's fair.)
Aug. 13
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With regard to East's play at trick one, if West has led from only Kxx, he has six diamonds (giving South 5=4=x-x) and would have been expected to led one.
Aug. 12
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Me neither. I see plenty of ways to take only one, the easiest being a heart to the ace, then the heart queen to the king and N-S throw all their other honors away on the run of the suit.
You could do it if the 8 and 2 were interchanged.
Aug. 12
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Yes, your job is harder on the last hand if west pitches the J, but the 10 tells his partner that he is guarding hearts, which on some layouts might be useful. West also knows that the diamond hook is on, so you are probably making even without a squeeze, but I'm not sure how that affects the defense.
Aug. 11
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I don't see that it is our hand, other than having the boss suit. Partner has made a weak bid and RHO claims to have values. I'd rather bid now and keep them from exchanging information.
Aug. 11
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What can be done to get the WBF to use a respectful name for the participants in the Rona Cup? Either “Young Women” or “Junior Women” would seem appropriate.
Aug. 10
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And perhaps a double of a strong NT opener is not played as penalty.
Aug. 10
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If an event is using electronic scoring, the information is available to determine who is habitually finishing rounds late. It still needs commitment on the part of the organizers and directors to use this information to apply penalties.
Aug. 9
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For those of you in the US Eastern time zone, matches are on BBO at 22:00-00:00, 01:30-03:30, 03:50-05:50, and 06:10-08:10.
Aug. 9
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Also, if the best young women played on the open U26 team, we might not be competitive for the Rona Cup.
Aug. 9
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I don't think Mike was saying she deserved an award because of her gender, but because of how well she played bridge, period. He also noted the true and related fact that few women (details noted below) have won the Spingold. But as I've learned on this thread, even when you try to say something nice, people will misinterpret it and flame you. And then he noted that she was pleasant. Not that she deserved the MVP because she was pleasant, but I think it's great that someone can play well *and* be pleasant (unlike, for example, some folks I saw at the club yesterday).
Aug. 8
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Steve Chen: Shouldn't you pass 4 regardless of the hesitation? Let's say partner bids in tempo, would you even consider bidding 4♠ with that moth-eaten suit then?

Eric Kehr: Am I completely out of line in thinking 4♠ is obvious here no matter how long partner hesitated?

We seem to have a much more interesting ordinary bidding problem than we do a UI problem–although a minority of poll respondents feel constrained by the UI, none of the commenters do.
Aug. 8
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As I understand it, the ACBL rule can't stop the hotel book from carrying the Spingold. It can only be a limitation on the actions of ACBL players (though there could be trademark issues).
Aug. 7
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What should East's signals mean here? How can he get partner to switch to a diamond?
Aug. 7
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I agree that Richard's option should be on the list (though I would not have chosen it).
Aug. 7
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At MP, I would make a penalty double. At IMP, I would either pass or bid 3 depending on my mood.
Aug. 7
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And the wording confirms my intent. If I were trying to be mean-spirited, I would have left it at the Spingold results. But no, I took the time to look up everyone's accomplishments in all NABC+ events and, with a minor exception due to fatigue, listed all of what seemed to be the most notable successes.
Aug. 6
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In a Swiss, yes, you must turn in a specific score; it matters there. In a KO, it does not, particularly after the last segment if both teams agree who won. I can also imagine a situation where the teams disagree on the score (either due to a recordkeeping discrepancy or because one team does not want to accept a ruling but is not going to waste everyone's time either when it doesn't matter) but agree on the winning team.
Aug. 6
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