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All comments by Cornelia Yoder
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If your partner insists on this agreement but cannot remember it, I humbly suggest you have a talk with the director and ask him/her what you should do in situations such as

1. You know your partner might have forgotten but have no other info.
2. Your partner reacts after your alert in ways that suggest she had forgotten but now knows.
3. Opponents have somehow indicated or tipped your partner off to the fact that she had forgotten.

Let the director at your club give you the right thing(s) to do in his/her opinion, then do that.
June 25
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You were the cause of the entire problem. When you have no agreement about a bid, don't guess!!

Your correct explanation should have been, “We have no agreement about this bid by a passed hand.” Period.

If asked about what it would mean by an unpassed hand, explain your agreement. That's all you are required to do and all that you should do.
June 25
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I do this also by sets of combinations, although I don't separate it by suits. I just take the first few honors (regardless of suit) and add in pretty much the way Kit said, and then same for the next few, until I run out.

For example, AQxx Jxx KQxx Jxx is 7+6 (AQJ + KQJ).
June 23
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Without any agreements about this, I would suspect it meant 18-19 balanced and partner wasn't sure if I knew what 1N would mean.
June 21
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Of course the ACBL (and other related organizations) controls this. All they have to do is NOT buy red boards. The manufacturers will change.
June 17
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Even a doctor can't do much except CPR without an AED, and anyone trained in CPR can do the same.
June 17
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I am appalled at the people who are saying they would not try to save someone's life for fear of being sued.

I can understand not having $2000, but a CPR class is much cheaper and often free.

Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if no CPR and/or defibrillation occurs during that time.

If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim's chances of survival fall 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute of delay until defibrillation.

An ambulance crew commonly takes at least that long just to get into the vehicle, drive to the scene, pull out the equipment, and make it to the victim. Six minutes is extremely fast even in the best circumstances.

For this reason, bystander CPR or defibrillation is what saves lives, not the ambulance crew.

Not wanting to “be responsible” for saving someone's life will (and should) haunt you forever when a friend dies in front of you and you didn't know what to do.
June 17
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IMHO (after many years as EMT on a number of different ambulance squads) no one should graduate from high school without Advanced First Aid and CPR.
June 16
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@Marty… That unpunished unethical trickery by a very experienced player against weaker opponents is one of the reasons we're losing club players.
June 7
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If East was an experienced player, then he should get a strong penalty AND have the score for the board adjusted.

Having admitted to doing it deliberately, I would (at least threaten to) ban him from the club for (depending on his attendance frequency) a couple of games to make very clear that we do not tolerate deliberate unethical behavior.

Yes, this must seem harsh given the light tone of the situation as described, but it's like the camel's nose, you have to step on it hard.

Right now, you have a slippery slope for not only that player but also everyone else who witnessed it, believing that as long as you are not going to penalize it, they might as well try it, too.
June 7
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Why preempt your partner's nice spade hand? Pass.
June 5
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If 4 isn't natural, then what on Earth do you do with

AKQJ9876 xx xxxx
June 5
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Even if you knew you were 4-4 diamonds and 5-4 hearts with the AKQ of each, would you really decide to play in 6 instead of 6?
June 3
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This sounds like a measure of how many tournaments you attend, nothing about bridge skill.
June 2
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Double is penalty, otherwise opponents can preempt 4 with any junk and not risk much.

4N is easily used as a 2 or 3 suit takeout. Partner bids the cheapest suit s/he can play. If doubler has the other two suits, s/he corrects to the cheapest of those. Partner will always know what to do.
June 2
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I believe it means the Q plus cheapest K is above the trump suit.
May 31
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If the 1 bid was still on top of the pile, doesn't it seem likely the LHO had seen your partner accidently mess up his pile of bidding cards, and just bided his time until he could getcha?
May 27
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I count 4 clubs, 3 hearts and 1 spade. Assuming they aren't 5-0, I cash clubs ending in dummy, play a spade to the K. If A onside, I have 9 tricks. If not, play hearts for 3-3. They can get A and AKQ, and if they cash diamonds, I get my 9th trick there.
May 26
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If you are continuously getting your head handed to you, you really should have an idea about whether you are getting better, or not. And if you are frustrated by getting your head handed to you, then you are playing for the wins/points, and not to get better.
May 25
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There are two types of bridge players (on one scale anyway) … those who play to boost their egos by winning (masterpoints, fame, glory, etc), and those who play for the challenge and excitement of fewer wins but better bridge. There should be events that cater to both types.
May 25
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