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If you play that a jump to 3 of a red suit over 2 is a splinter bid, and you don't use it on this hand, then you might as well not play it, because you can't find a hand better suited for it than this.
May 31, 2016
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I cannot believe that the contestants in a national event finals that ends in a 1 IMP margin of victory did not go over the scores for the entire event with a fine tooth comb to determine that every board was scored correctly. Failing to determine that any score was in doubt prior to leaving the tournament site should end the matter.
May 30, 2016
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“You are supposed to put out stop, make bid, count ~10 sec and remove stop.”

Technically, you are supposed to wait about 10 seconds without indicating that you are counting. If you make it known that you are counting, you are conveying UI that the only reason that you are waiting is that you are required to wait 10 seconds.

“One time, following a discussion—no, an argument—about the proper procedure, I called the director. The (club) director said that mine was not proper procedure, and that I had no duty nor authority to impose my view of the proper waiting period on my opponents.”

Well, I don't know what you said the proper procedure was, but that is not the issue. The TD is supposed to know what the proper procedure is, and it is the TD's job to enforce it.

By the way, I believe that the proper procedure is on the back of the STOP card. If there is any doubt as to the proper procedure, here it is, from ACBL Regulations, Chapter 12, Section 3.6:

3.6 When RHO has announced a skip bid, the player following the skip bidder must wait for a suitable interval (about 10 seconds). While waiting the player's manner must be one that suggests he is an active participant in the auction (the hand should be studied during pause). Any obvious display of disinterest is most improper.
May 30, 2016
Art Korth edited this comment May 30, 2016
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IAGS - International Association of Genocide Scholars? Institute for the Analysis of Global Security? Independent Annual Growth Survey? Inquiring minds want to know.
May 30, 2016
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Pardon me for asking, as I am a lawyer. What in the world is criminal libel?
May 29, 2016
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Wow. Just saw this thread. And I thought that I was anal retentive in that I use the STOP card all the time and get annoyed when my LHO ignores my STOP card.

Still, this thread is MUCH too long. But I think that the point has been made (and made and made and …..).
May 29, 2016
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The fact that someone came up with an absurdly easy way to cheat using a Bridgemate makes it a concern.
May 27, 2016
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How can “natural” in this context not include a stopper in the opponent's suit?
May 26, 2016
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The United STATES of America. It is right in the name of the country.

Mexico is similar, by the way. The United Mexican States.

Whatever advantages might arise from eliminating the states as political entities, it is not even an issue that is being seriously considered by any group or official body that I am aware of. Quite frankly, the first time I “heard” of the possibility of eliminating the states was when Max mentioned it five posts up from this one.
May 25, 2016
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And, once found to have used performance enhancing drugs, the offender is subject to random and continuous testing, so that, if found to be using a second time, the offender will be suspended a second time, this time for 100 games. A third offense is a lifetime ban.

So how is this an ineffective punishment?
May 25, 2016
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The time limit for this thread has expired! Put down your number 2 pencils and hand in your examination booklets!
May 25, 2016
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I should have said that you bid and made 7 and 7NT would make on 13 top tricks. Of course you could very well get an average score if there were 13 easy tricks in a major (A 13 card suit? Or close to it?) whether 7NT made or not.

I had a hand some time ago where my partner opened the bidding and I could see 13 running tricks if he had 2 aces (not key cards). We play that a 4NT response to a one bid is ace asking, so I did that, found out that he did, in fact, have the 2 missing aces, and I bid 7NT claiming after the opening lead. I did not think too much about it until the comparison when my GLM opponent holding my cards at the other table did not get to the grand (let alone 7NT).

Sometimes what is easy for one player is not so easy for another player.
May 25, 2016
Art Korth edited this comment May 25, 2016
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I have a question for everyone here.

When is the last time you bid and made a grand slam in a major suit at matchpoints and got an average score or worse?

If 7NT makes on this hand, I would like to bid it. However, I would be surprised to lose too many matchpoints by bidding and making 7H even if 7NT makes on top tricks.
May 25, 2016
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That is for pard to know. Your only obligation is to answer his question.
May 25, 2016
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Rolf: With all due respect, you must be kidding to state that a 50 game suspension - almost 1/3 of a full season - is a slap on the wrist.

Furthermore, subsequent violations become subject to increased sanctions - 100 games and then lifetime ban.

As for your comment about baseball being a sport, that comment is consistent with your comment about a 50 game suspension not being a serious punishment.
May 25, 2016
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Many years ago, Alfred Sheinwold authored a book on matchpoint tactics. I don't remember the title. But I do remember one chapter in that book was titled “Playing for Average.” Mr. Sheinwold stated that it is a good idea to play for average when you don't have enough information to play for better than average. There will be plenty of opportunities that arise to get better results. But, if you don't have any good reason to take a position that will get you a better than average score, take the average and move on.

Here, any action other than answering the only question that your partner asked you is begging for a bad result. So, yes - play (not “pray”) for average.
May 25, 2016
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What Dave said. You make the bid that shows 2 of the top 3 honors per your partnership agreement.
May 25, 2016
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I apologize. I wrote my prior post about attorney discipline without confirming the actual levels of discipline available to the State Bar.

In New Jersey (and, presumably, in other states as well), there are 5 levels of attorney discipline: Admonition, reprimand, censure, suspension from practice, and disbarment. I will not go into detail about the consequences of the various levels of discipline - for the most part, they are self-explanatory. Attorney discipline is a public matter, and lists of attorneys in New Jersey who are subject to discipline are published both on the website of the New Jersey Courts and in the New Jersey Law Journal (a weekly newspaper).
May 25, 2016
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If you double 3 for the lead, you should have a reasonable expectation of defeating 3, just in case the opps choose to play it there. This principal was missed by an opponent who played against me recently in one of the online ACBL games on BBO. I made an artificial 4 call in a slam-going auction (I held Kxx). My LHO decided to get a lead director in on her Ax. My partner, with QJTxxx of diamonds, decided, quite reasonably, that his RHO had made an error and sent it back. This made with only 2 overtricks.
May 24, 2016
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Ellis:

A sanction by the Disciplinary Committee of the State Bar (not the Bar Association) that you are referring to would be a reprimand. It is a sanction, and its purpose is just as you say - to notify the Bar and the public at large that a lawyer has done something inappropriate but not so inappropriate as to warrant a suspension (let alone a disbarment).

That is one level of discipline available to the Disciplinary Committee of the Bar.

That is NOT what happened here. There was a real sanction. If the EOC or the A & C wanted to reprimand MP, either of them could have done so explicitly without leveling any actual suspension or probation. But that is not what happened. Instead, a suspension was put in place - just one that was not meaningful. I take that to mean that there may be no provision in the CDR for a reprimand, so the A & C instituted a penalty that was equivalent to a reprimand - a suspension that had no real effect on MP. This is essentially making up the rules on the fly. In my opinion, it is not the way the A & C committee is supposed to conduct business.
May 24, 2016
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