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What was the ruling from the TD ?
March 9
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Brad

Thanks for sharing this.

For a different reason - the unexpected death of a son I had not played for three months ( my previous game I had won a major national competition ). I was surprised how little I missed playing as this was my longest break for over 50 years.

I played last Wednesday as it was a national knockout competition and I believe in honouring commitments ( Bill March had kindly substituted for me in the previous round ).


It might be of interest to note I had already decide Not to play in certain local and regional competitions because of behavioural issues of some players which I felt had not been given serious enough sanctions and indeed were instrumental in me changing my county of allegiance ( an EBU procedure requirement for certain competitions).


If more people were brave enough to follow your example Brad I believe there would be a long term benefit even if there are short term difficulties.
Jan. 19
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Robb did you contact Hilton Corporate or did this happen for some other reason?
Dec. 10, 2018
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Robb - Peg is correct as I wrote higher up I had a problem at a hotel which was dealt with unsatisfactorily.

I emailed brief details to Hilton Corporate and within 24 hours they had sorted the problem out.
Dec. 2, 2018
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Jim if multiple directors are watching and take no action I agree there is no hope.
Dec. 1, 2018
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If a director stands by the table of the slow players this always causes them to quicken up. In EBU land Gordon Rainsford before his elevation was very good at this.
Nov. 30, 2018
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John - Read Steve Moese above. In the USA the behaviour you outline above would from a player to a TD almost certainly result in a ban and rightly so. The same applies in EBU land.


I also agree with him that we should expect a higher standard of behaviour from a TD.
Nov. 24, 2018
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Frances - Maybe I have misunderstood the point you are making and I apologise in advance if I have.

Like many people who contribute to this forum I have sat on many appeals committees both bridge and non-bridge related. It is not uncommon for two people to give an account of the same event which totally contradicts each other and yet both passionately believed their account of the ‘facts’ were correct.


Perhaps naively I have often believed both thought they were telling the truth. I do not think to rule in favour of one side is to in ‘effect ’ suggest the losing side has lied.


To call someone a liar is in my view a very serious matter - see Mike Nelsons comments above.
Nov. 23, 2018
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One of the players who had appealed the TD's ruling.
Nov. 23, 2018
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No. If anyone did not tell the truth it was the TD.
Nov. 23, 2018
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The reason for the original post was to ascertain whether people thought a player and a TD should be treated the same for a similar offence.

Perhaps that was too simplistic.

I did have two particular instances in mind.

In the second one the TD was an employed TD. The comment ‘you are a liar ’ was made at an appeals committee and followed by him walking out of the meeting after the chairman told him his behaviour was out of order. The committee ruled the director had given an incorrect ruling.
Nov. 23, 2018
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Why a possible suspension in 1 but not 2?
Nov. 23, 2018
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What a wonderful story. So pleasing that her students appreciated her efforts.
Nov. 20, 2018
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Funeral Thursday 8th November 12.30

All Saints Church
Ravensdale Road
Darlington
DL3 8DT
Nov. 4, 2018
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I am possibly not in the right frame of mind to comment but I will.

Some people will do anything to gain an advantage and sadly this happens at all levels of bridge.

It reminds me of the second time I played with my son who was 15. I had told him he must hold his hand up because some people look if you don't.

Towards the end of the session one of the better players in the club lets call him Ted got a top score in 3NT by dropping a singleton king offside missing 5 cards in the suit.
I said to my son Chris ‘What a great play Ted made to get a top. Ted will you tell Chris how you did it. Total silence.

Then Chris said ’OK dad I understand what happened'. Chris was one of the most ethical players you could have met. Ted still drops singleton kings. The real life story ends there.
Nov. 4, 2018
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Thanks Ola. Over the past few years I have been very fortunate to play with some top class English Juniors.


Sometimes though I am pleased to say rarely I have found some people have tried to intimidate younger players. Has that ever happened to you?

If yes how did you handle it?
Nov. 2, 2018
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Obviously you are both very talented technically. How important is temperament?

If you have a really bad board does this have an adverse effect on you over say the next few boards?
Nov. 2, 2018
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My wife Margaret and I are overwhelmed by the three comments above. It demonstrates how many top quality people play our wonderful game. It is a very difficult time for the family but these sincere messages from people we have never met is most comforting.
Nov. 1, 2018
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It saddens me this is even a question. Any self respecting organisation would already have stripped the gold medal from Monaco. For goodness sake don't give them any encouragement that there is any doubt what should happen.
Nov. 1, 2018
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I had a problem with Hilton Leeds who tried to charge me more than the price quoted to my wife. I could not persuade them to change their position.

However I sent an email to the CEO in the US and from then on the response was nothing short of fantastic. Dealt with in under 24 hours.

So fantastic service by Hilton US.
Oct. 27, 2018
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