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I think South gets some blame for not rising A when he had the chance.
16 hours ago
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Michael K: By an “average sloppy club player?”
Oct. 11
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I think it is okay to say that “many declarers went off in an easy 6NT” if (a) you are right and (b) you don't identify them.
Oct. 10
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What about the chance of having both in one hand? Of course you can't have two suits of the same length and you must have a doubleton, so possible distributions are 6421, 7321, and 7420. I believe that there are only 31 possible ways to achieve this (plus rearrangement of suits), so about one in 854 million.
Oct. 8
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How about 3 if you are forced, indicating a lack of interest in doubling but being unsure of where to go and holding a stopper.
Oct. 3
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I put South as 100% because this should be a FP situation (two passed opponents bid to the five level) and South's pass of 5 suggests a singleton and asks North to make the final decision. With a big fit and no heart wastage, 5 is reasonable in that context.
Oct. 3
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Or at least have answers like
South because he is not strong enough for a forcing pass
South for some other reason
North because he botched the play
North because XYZ
North for some other reason
Equal blame for reasons noted above
Equal blame for other reasons
Just unlucky (always gotta put that in an AtB poll)
Oct. 3
Alan Frank edited this comment Oct. 3
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Last night I was sleepy. I led the Q from Q9xx toward my AJTx and ran it successfully. Then I continued the suit and played the jack when RHO played the king. That is an extremely serious error. If RHO had opened 1NT and LHO had given the wrong point range, I would not be entitled to protection. My ESE is unrelated to the MI.
In the case at hand, South has indeed made an ESE, but it is related to the infraction. He should never have been in that position but for the MI. Thank you, Michael Rosenberg, for teaching me this.
Oct. 2
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I discount anything about West maybe overhearing something, as he did not call the director at the proper time and South claims not to have heard. This does not mean that overhearing is irrelevant–if there were evidence that South had heard something, I would assign A+ to both sides, as noted. (BTW, if a board is rendered unplayable for a reason like this, but it is completely flat over the universe, do we still assign A+?)

The hesitation is material. I would take a poll on South's last call; if someone passes, I would provide South's rationale and ask what they thought.
Sept. 23
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I went with the first option, though there are certainly more important things to worry about, even if Eugene won't let me identify them.
Sept. 23
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Have to wait for tomorrow to lose IMPs. Today is MP, per OP.
Sept. 22
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My suggestion: if you have participated in the world championships in five separate years, you are not eligible.
Sept. 21
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It is not a sanctioned game.
Sept. 20
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“I upgraded due to the good spot cards,” Tom said tensely.

“I have a trump,” Tom said presidentially.

“I was squeezed and had to unguard my king,” Tom said blankly.

“You needed to lead from dummy,” Tom said crossly.

“I finessed the opening bidder for the queen,” Tom said markedly.

“We made two,” Tom said oddly.
Sept. 20
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If Declarer is playing slowly to elicit a tell (and I recognize that this may be difficult to ascertain), I would consider it a breach of Law 74c7, which states that it is a violation of procedure to “vary the normal tempo of bidding or play
for the purpose of disconcerting an opponent.”
Sept. 17
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Easy enough that I was able to solve it *when presented as a problem.* I am skeptical I would have done right at the table. Probably cash the three diamonds and then think about what to do next :-( .
Sept. 16
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It depends on the degree of harm caused by the law as well as the harm caused by the violation. For example, ACBL says we can't play multi in pair games. I think we should comply, even if there is a very friendly (or ignorant) director who would likely let us get away with it.
On the other hand, a great deal of political progress (pace Eugene, I will not give examples) has been made by people intentionally violating laws where the laws were designed to oppress.
Sept. 14
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I fail to see a similarity between the situation with Cornelia's granddaughter, where there was no UI, and the one in the OP where not only was there UI, but South appears to have taken advantage of it.
Sept. 13
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North could have J9xxxx xxx x Axx, which is not a weak two opener for most people, but makes sense on the auction.
Sept. 13
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@John: The Laws do not require a poll. They are a common procedure when the ruling is not clear.
@Michael: North has no UI, so can do whatever he wants.
Sept. 13
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