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They used to allow to opt to electronic delivery only. I don't see that option in the MyAcbl portal anymore, and I have noticed that I have started receiving Bulletins in the mail again.
April 5
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I don't think pass is forcing. I think that partner can decide among bidding, passing, and doubling. The problems with bidding 5 is that my suits are poor, half of my hand is an ace in my short suit, and partner could just have 5 nailed since his hand is so ill-defined. This can easily be 1100 away since partner just took a preference, over a potentially non-making 5.

If I was in the pass-out seat, I think 5 would appeal to me. In the direct seat, I don't think its worth bidding again having already shown 5-6+ in the majors.
April 4
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we've described 11 of our 13 cards, nothing in this hand should be a surprise. I think it best to let partner decide.
April 4
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I'm pitching a spade on the 4th round, and my 5th round pitch depends on what they have pitched to that point.
April 3
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100% to run diamonds before making a decision. Maybe the pitches will tell you what to do, and it doesn't commit to any one line of play. FWIW, my table read at this point is that he has both AK of clubs, since he's taken the first club and kept playing low hearts.
April 2
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Eric - he didn't do the right thing. If he thinks there is a strong enough possibility that Meckwell is not your agreement to call the director at the end of the hand, then that is also sufficient to call the director and inform opponents prior to the opening lead.

That being said, I agree with Peg that nothing nefarious was going on, his intentions were to behave as ethically as possible, and that any procedural thing was out of ignorance. Will is clearly a conscientious player, so I'm sure he'd want to be aware of the possibility that he could have handled the situation slightly better, even though his actual solution still reflected well on him.
April 2
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while it may be non-forcing, I like the positional values of my spades, my fast tricks, and the J of hearts is also a nice card. 4 seems worth a shot.
April 1
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That's true. But I don't think the imp odds favor either of those hands.
April 1
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They are going to figure this out if they follow the “always lead an ace if you have one against gambling 3N” rule.
April 1
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They've put me to a guess. I guess to bid one more. If I'm wrong, it won't be the first time.
March 29
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Who is the dealer? What are my HCP/Shape? The rest I go on the fly depending on the first items.
March 29
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What a load of crap. You are complaining that the Terms of Service that we all agreed to when we signed up for Bridge Winners, and which have by and large kept this forum as usable and friendly as any I've seen on the internet don't work for you in this situation, where you want to call out someone by name for what you think is improper behavior because you are some special snowflake that gets privileges denied to the rest of us somehow? If you want to complain about people by name, there are other places to do so. One of the reasons Bridge Winners is such a popular forum for bridge players, though, is the standards they keep and which I 100% support.

I have no skin in the game with regard to the outcome of your match, but this post is ill advised - you are posting about things that apparently you weren't there to see, and you couldn't even be bothered to actually determine the facts of the case before posting. If that isn't proof enough that you don't deserve special dispensation to name and blame, I don't know what more can be said.
March 29
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One that I just added recently - overheard at the next table where a bridge player was loudly discussing a ruling with a director:

BP: I don't think the players you polled were peers of mine

D: I think they are. (walks away)

D: (turns around and walks back unprompted) You might have an argument that they aren't your peers if you go by masterpoints, but I've played against you, and I know how you really play.
March 29
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who are the opponents? More specifically, do we have any inference whether they are likely to lead passive/aggressive in this event in general? Is the 8 potentially a count lead from 2/4th, do they play top of nothing, straight attitude leads, or what? What are their signals, and what does RHO play to trick one?

Its not a straight-forward hand, and any of those might give a clue as to the best line. I'm inclined to win in hand, unblock the K of spades, cross in clubs, and cash two more spades. At that point, depending on the spade split, I might also cash my other club and exit a spade looking for endplay possibilities, or I might lead a heart down. I think attacking diamonds is not really a live possibility because we need the ace of diamonds as a sure entry once I win the initial club lead in hand and unblock the spade.
March 29
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What was the auction?
March 29
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Peg - you are supposed to turn to the partner of the bidder, and ask that they agree there was a break in tempo. If they don't agree, call the director. This accomplishes education and potential rectification if there is a UI problem.
March 28
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What are your agreements as to follow-ups for reverses? If 2N is forcing, even if ostensibly weak, I bid that (giving room for partner to bid 3 or 3 with extra shape). If not, I'm stuck making up a forcing bid or taking a stab at game, which, with the information I have now, would be 3N.
March 28
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In my partnerships, X would be negative, implying 4+ spades, or at least a bidding plan if I bid spades. Its really a meaningless problem without being given the partnership agreement for X.
March 28
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This is what we play.
March 28
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Chris - that was indeed the case the last time our team had a bye in the Spingold. We were amused that when we handed in our entry voucher the TD asked how many masterpoints we had, and we had to admit we were flight B.
March 27
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