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I lead my spade, but somehow I misclick ed and it shows the king of hearts!
21 minutes ago
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I am not a director.

1. I would have called the director when you did.
2. I would d have explained to your opponents that West's gratuitous announcement (likely made intentionally to wake up her inexperienced partner) was UI and I would have monitored the auction.
3. If 6D had made I would let the result stand, since it was not reasonable for East to pass 4H with her strong hand, and West had no UI, so she is allowed to field her partner's error.

I know I'm in a minority here, but I feel that babying new players is not productive. They need to learn that calling the director is not an accusation. It is the right thing to do whenever an irregularity occurs, even at a club game.
And the right time to call is the moment the irregularity happens. North-South don't need to know the law, as to when to call. Something happened, and in a friendly, non-accusatory way, you called the director and asked for guidance. This is also part of the learning process.
Dec. 2
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I think it is also good grammar to pluralize abbreviations with an apostrophe, as in I have many CD's.
Dec. 2
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My partnership plays Pass as penalty, to expose a psyche by one of the opponents. So I need 1NT to start a scramble. But I admit that xx QJ10xx xxx xxx probably wants to bid a natural 1NT, and pray.
Nov. 20
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I think our defense is called Donaldson but I may be mistaken:

X = penalty
2C = one or both majors. Partner bids 2D to say he prefers hearts, 2H if he préfers spades.
2D = any three suiter, must include diamonds , 10+ HCP,
2H and 2S = named major and a minor
2NT = minors

Against all ranges. Same system in passout position.
Nov. 4
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1S natural, less than invitational, 5 or 6 diamonds.
2S splinter in support of hearts
2C forces to 2D, then 2S is natural and invutational
2D any GF, possibly with spades
Oct. 28
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There used to be a special dispensation for the Woodson Two-way Notrump. I wonder if it is still on the books.
Oct. 28
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One of many bridge players whose athletic accomplishments have been exaggerated. I have read several times that Robin MacNab, a former ACBL president, was an Olympic pole vaulter. In fact his best performance was a seven-way tie for third in an Ivy League meet. There is also a current well known player whose biography falsely states that he played professional minor league baseball.
Oct. 27
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There was no bridge player named Sam Frey. There was a Richard Frey, who was the ACBL Bulletin editor. There was a Sam Fry Jr.
Oct. 26
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What's wrong with 3NT?
Oct. 22
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Barry you wouldn't be a Patriots fan by any chance? You don't come across as objective
Oct. 12
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And what about the other hands I posted, especially hands 2 and 4? Did EC misplay those too?
Oct. 10
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Probably not the Jack
Oct. 3
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Even if you didn't pay attention to the vulnerability while playing/defending the previous board, you can ascertain this by either looking at the info on the inside of the convention card or by remembering ONEB-NEBO-EBON-BONE. As I said in my preamble, it's nothing serious, just a quirky pet peeve.
Sept. 14
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How strong is the national team of the Färöer? I seem to remember many years ago there were 2 brothers who did well in the European Pairs event. When I visited a few tears ago, there was no club in Torshavn.
Sept. 2
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Hi Dave, I asked you a question, about 30 posts higher. Please answer or say why you can't.
Aug. 28
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Which is the right spot card to lead from J986 vs notrump? Please reply both for 4th best and für attitude leads.
Aug. 27
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Not so sure that 7 is double dummy. I don't see any other distribution of the opponents cards that would allow it to make.
Aug. 16
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Well it's a fact
Aug. 6
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I keep flipping through this now very tedious thread, just to see if perhaps Horton has decided to make an appearance here. I would ask the BW editors to start a new thread if and when this happens. Would save me some time.
July 31
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