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Is there any reason why you can't ask each of them – separately in writing?
May 28, 2018
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I would call the director, take him/her away from the table and reserve the right to redress should I assume and bid as though they have used their official agreement, and then it turns out to be wrong. I would explain both options and let the director guide me.
May 28, 2018
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I know it's crazy, Ed, that's why I posted it. They have so many MPs and still don't really know much bridge – all from low level novice games at big tourneys.
May 28, 2018
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Masterpoints are so meaningless now that I can't imagine anyone caring about them. I know someone with over 1500 MPs who still doesn't know what a ruffing finesse is.
May 27, 2018
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And how do you distinguish between “partner forgot our agreement and didn't alert” and “partner knows our agreement but forgot to alert”?
May 24, 2018
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Define “a very good hand”. How good?
May 22, 2018
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Sorry, but bridge is a game in which you are SUPPOSED to think. Play fast is about the worst advice I've ever heard from a so-called bridge teacher.
May 21, 2018
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I think Ercan and the rest of you collectively have valid points. Maybe it's time to stop printing paper Bulletins and put the info on the internet.

I doubt there are three people at a tournament these days who do not have direct access to the internet, and even they can ask a friend.

Press and players who want a printout can easily get one at any hotel computer.

Why not save the cost entirely, as well as the time it takes someone to do it?

Heck, well done, it could even have a way to electronically enter ideas, questions or hands to be included.
May 17, 2018
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Shireen, I guess this shows that even with the best setup, there could always be some oddball situation that would require a director. I don't think we need to criticize electronic play because you can invent some vanishingly rare scenario that would still be UI.
May 13, 2018
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Once we finally move to electronic play, all this will go away. Alertable bids will be alerted by the maker, both opponents will get correct information, and the partner will see and hear nothing. I can't wait …!
May 13, 2018
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After 40 years of standard signals, I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to UDCA. It took me a month of botched signals before I got comfortable with it.

Having been through that transition, I can see absolutely no reason to keep std count, and most times I am giving count, I'm happier to toss low from 4.

There are too many times holding things like K962 where playing std count, I would have to decide whether to throw the 9 or the 6 to show even. Middle cards are so useless for partner.
May 12, 2018
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While I agree the comparable call rule is a mess, before you advocate dumping it, you might want to consider how to replace it with something better or at least equivalent and easier to apply.
May 8, 2018
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Ed, that depends on whether you consider bad sportsmanship as a ZT infraction. However, once warned, you can certainly treat it so.
May 7, 2018
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There's no active ethics problem here, just bitter unhappy opponents. The truth is that their attitude must poison their entire life, not just their bridge club.

Just tell them both to grow up and learn some sportsmanship. And if it happens again, give them a zero tolerance penalty.
May 7, 2018
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If you honestly think something was ethically amiss in either of these situations, but the director says there is no history of such, then you should simply fill out a recorder form to start the history.
May 7, 2018
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2 is 100% forcing. Treat it just like 4th Suit Forcing (except it is not artificial, it does show diamonds).

It is the same situation except that your rebid of your suit doesn't give you a third suit to thus make s the fourth. It's actually called “3rd Suit Forcing” to make clear the analogy.

Next bid should be (1) belated spade raise with 3 spades, or (2) NT with stopper in the actual 4th suit hearts, or (3) diamond raise with 4 diamonds, or (4) rebid clubs with no other possible bid.
May 7, 2018
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Regarding complexity, I've told many people who asked about that, “Bridge is much like chess … you can learn how to play in an hour, and then spend the rest of your life getting good at it.”

Even people who don't play chess often know how the pieces move, and so this is something they can relate to. Like, it's not really that hard to learn, but the game is as deep and complex as you want to make it.
May 6, 2018
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The wonderful thing about research like this is that it often reveals unexpected results, ideas, or completely new approaches that have never been thought of.

Go Samantha!
May 4, 2018
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Low to the 8, then cash the A.
May 3, 2018
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Just don't call it Bridge and you can do what you want :)
May 1, 2018
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