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Keep in mind that psychologists agree that 6 of the 7 dwarfs were not Happy.
April 20, 2016
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A double of 3 would be a penalty double.
April 19, 2016
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That is not the definition of psychic control. Now, if the 1NT bid could show a 20 count and is absolutely forcing, even on a psych, then it is a psychic control.
April 18, 2016
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You need to phrase this right, David. Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still tenaciously clinging to death.
April 18, 2016
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Yu, I am not talking about technical infractions, such as using an “illegal” convention or taking advantage of UI. I am talking about serious infractions, such as all forms of cheating or behavioral matters - infractions which reflect upon the integrity of the player beyond the technical aspects of the game.

It may just be a matter of degree.

If an ACBL member commits some sort of serious infraction at a tournament outside of the US I am sure the ACBL would want to know about it.
April 18, 2016
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And if you don't psych, should the opponents feel insulted?
April 17, 2016
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Did anyone say anything about a US citizen facing charges in a US court for an offense committed elsewhere? I was referring to ACBL members committing a bridge offense. If the ACBL does not have jurisdiction, fine. But it should.
April 17, 2016
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If you are an ACBL member and you are playing in a tournament in Europe which allows different conventions than are allowed in an ACBL tournament, the use of those conventions is not an infraction.

On the other hand, if you strike a tournament director at a European tournament, the ACBL should have the right to apply discipline.
April 15, 2016
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I am bidding whatever my system demands that I bid. Many play that a strong jump shift followed by a rebid of the suit shows a solid suit. The OP thought that a rebid of 4 would show this hand, but then admitted that there are no system notes to back this up.

Surely, the 3 rebid and the 4 rebid cannot show the same hand type. So, I will rebid 3 relying on basic principals (rebid of strong jump shift suit shows solid suit) unless I know for a fact that our agreement is that 4 shows this hand.
April 15, 2016
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Any NBO should have jurisdiction over infractions committed by one of its own members regardless where the infractions take place.

Also, any NBO should have jurisdiction over infractions committed by any participant in one of its events regardless whether the participant is one of its members.

The foregoing represents my personal opinion, but I would be surprised to find out that either one of these is not correct.
April 15, 2016
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What does standard carding or upside-down carding have to do with third-hand play? It is normal to play the lowest of touching cards in a sequence in third-hand play. The only time I would play the higher one would be if I did not want the suit continued.
April 14, 2016
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“I guess it is because you do not know some discrimination is perfectly legal and people are simply having different views about what is legal and what is not. When people have different views and try to find a solution, it is political by definition.”

First of all, I do know that some discrimination is legal.

Second, it is still not a political issue. It is a moral and ethical issue. The solution to the problem (or, in this instance, an exasperation of the problem) is often arrived at through political means.
April 13, 2016
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I don't see any reason whatsoever for running a heart quack on the second board.

Both contracts look pretty reasonable to me without resorting to any deep analysis.
April 13, 2016
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If “I could care less” is intended to mean the same as “I couldn't care less” then it is just plain wrong.
April 13, 2016
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It still doesn't make it a political issue. It is just a matter of opinion about the merits of a law.
April 13, 2016
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I find it hard to understand why people consider this to be a political issue. It is a discrimination issue, just as the ACBL stated in its letter. It is not the ACBL that is turning this into a political issue, but the people who line up on one side or the other side of this issue who turn it into a political issue.
April 13, 2016
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We play the same boards at Unit 141 (Philadelphia) Sectional Swiss Teams. It works well, and there are hand records. We have tried a few methods. The best seems to be to have the boards arranged so that a complete set of boards is divided into 3 segments over three consecutive tables. The boards are passed to the next lower table after one or two have been played. This is done in a continuous loop around the event. Other than the security issues with playing identical boards at the same time, this works very well and minimizes the number of sets of boards required.
April 12, 2016
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“Not really, as Gary implies once you have taken the ace you have burned that particular boat.”

Interesting phrase, Ian. I had a paralegal who would mangle phrases like this one. One of my favorites was “We will burn that bridge when we come to it!”
April 12, 2016
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“The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right.” Henrik Ibsen.

I applaud the letter written by the ACBL in opposition to the pro-discrimination law in Mississippi.

The idea that a majority of the residents of a state or a city or a locality support discrimination makes it acceptable is abhorrent.
April 12, 2016
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I remember that section of the convention card. It was on the second side (the reverse if the card was folded) on the right side about half way down the card.

I started playing in 1972, and that section was on all of the ACBL convention cards at that time.
April 12, 2016
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