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All comments by Cornelia Yoder
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I seriously doubt that the sorter realized what he was doing. Whether or not his partner noticed is another question, but what you did was right – mention it quietly to the TD and let him/her deal with it.

I made the same mistake several years ago. Playing in a regional against a well-known pair (one of whom later won the BB), I noticed that my LHO was picking up his played cards, and tapping them on edge with the faces toward his partner. He would then shuffle through them shifting each one from bottom to top, revealing each card in the played card stack to his partner.

It appeared to me to be a constant nervous habit, and I watched his partner over the next hand and s/he never once looked at them.

So rather than get upset, I decided to just point it out to him (assuming he didn't realize he was doing it), rather than get the TD involved.

After the round was over, I quietly asked him if he was aware he was doing it. He went ballistic, accusing me of accusing him of cheating, so I just left with his “how dare you…” echoing behind me.

It was egregious and obvious, but to this day, I believe it was unconscious. I only hope my calling attention to it made him aware and that he was able to stop doing it.

His reaction, however, made it clear that talking to the TD would have been a better choice. The TD could have watched a hand and then discussed it privately with him, and avoided the bad feelings.
Feb. 24
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I point out that your 66% is 66% of the people who subscribe to this forum and care enough to answer a poll. That does not include a very huge number of people who play 2/1 but don't come here, most of them well below National Class.
Feb. 22
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“A king better than minimum” works quite well as a guideline for 3 level bids (exception=raising pard's hearts). I just teach “about 15+ pts” which is a bit easier for learners. It works just fine and keeps the bidding low with weakish or poor distribution hands (5332 comes to mind). When you get to National Class, feel free to invent whatever you want, but for those starting 2/1, this guideline makes a lot of sense.
Feb. 21
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It's a bit insane to bypass a 4 card spade suit to bid a 3 card minor or even a 4 or bad 5 card minor just for the purpose of GF. If the minor is good and the spades are poor, fine, but there is absolutely no reason not to bid 1S with GF values. There is always 4th Suit Forcing if you need to GF later.
Feb. 21
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It seems wrong to equate explicit rules (“… Do not pass GO, do not collect $200”) with unwritten, barely known, unobvious “rules” that apply only in unusual situations that most players don't even realize exist.

If it is a rule that when you think, then you must play lowest of touching, it must be written down and made clear to the playing public.
Feb. 20
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There are a few conventions I avoid because I miss them too often, so it wouldn't surprise me if this is the real reason your partner doesn't want to play them.

Support Doubles are easy to miss and easy to forget to use because there is nothing that jumps out at you. The only way to remember them is to recognize the situation where they are used.

I suggest that you and your partner sit down at a bidding table on BBO and generate a lot of hands that would use Support X and XX, and just bid them – over and over until the situation becomes the trigger to remember.
Feb. 14
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NATURAL

There are two ways to show the other two suits …. Unusual NT with a weaker distributional hand, and Double with a stronger hand not necessarily long suits. No need for the cue bids to be anything except natural.
Jan. 24
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What kind of chaperonage, are parents welcome, security, safety provisions?
Jan. 23
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Sorry if I wasn't clear … I can't just blast, the “try” is to find out which suit. But I'm bidding at least 6 no matter what partner says.
Jan. 12
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Given that the spades are most all with the opponents, this is a 30 HCP deck for NS. South has 21 of those. Nothing would keep me from making a slam try with this hand. As South, I just keep making forcing bids until partner tells me which of my suits he prefers. Partner's bids or lack thereof, or hesitations, or scratching his nose, or daydreaming about where his car is, are all totally irrelevant.
Jan. 11
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I did in fact Double, but was criticized for it, so I just wanted to see more opinions. Thanks to everyone who voted and commented.
Jan. 10
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I wonder how the other players in Gold Rush who are just trying very hard to earn some gold would feel about having to play against stronger players who already have a lot more points than they need. Your personal desire has to be balanced against the desires of all the others.
Jan. 5
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Like the screens, electronic play solves this problem. The alerts are hidden from partner, hence no possible UI.
Dec. 30, 2018
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So, Ed, if there is a ZT card in my bidding box, when and how is it used?

As a warning to an opponent that I am annoyed?
As a warning to an opponent that I am about to call the director?
As a warning that I am about to say something rude?

I simply cannot think of a useful way to use the card. Can you please elaborate?
Dec. 24, 2018
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Most of this thread is about how to punish cheaters, and whether they can be rehabilitated.

I don't plan to weigh in on how much punishment someone should get, but I do believe quite strongly that someone who cheats will cheat again, and continue to cheat.

Stopping cheating is like the bank robber who doesn't rob the bank while the police are watching him. Once free of scrutiny, he'll rob again.

Cheaters do not reform. They may play it straight for a little while if they are under scrutiny, but when the chance comes, they'll be right back at it.
Dec. 13, 2018
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@Marty … you said, “Second, the poker players among us who have good table feel are unwilling to give up that edge.”

1. Bridge is NOT poker, it's a game of thinking, not gambling, and I for one do NOT want the poker aspects to ruin the real game.

2. If you feel you need a poker edge, then try learning bridge a bit better, so you won't feel you need that external help to do well.
Dec. 13, 2018
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I have a much better suggestion – switch to electronic play. Then most all the problems you are trying to deal with will be gone.
Dec. 11, 2018
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There are only two choices, might as well just ask for a vote on who plays Gambling 3N.
Dec. 5, 2018
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Cash prizes are the one way to guarantee someone will try to cheat.
Nov. 29, 2018
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Another great argument for moving to play on computers. Kibitzers can watch from another room.
Nov. 19, 2018
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