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Amir, “I do not, and will not back off. EVER.” is an approach that will poison your entire life.

What would be the problem with keeping quiet, letting the director handle any problem, and try to let others have their way occasionally?

Do you somehow think that if you back off respectfully that you would be diminished? On the contrary, I think more people would respect you for that than for fighting back.
Sept. 2, 2018
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Of course, you could have very nicely and graciously offered to pay her entry fee. That would have diffused the situation instantly at a very small cost.
Sept. 2, 2018
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Christopher, while I agree with you that meeting it with humor would have been far better, I still think it is the OP who is exhibiting the less than acceptable behavior. People simply don't explode like that without a long term reason.

I also suspect we don't have the full story of the incident. No one walks up to a table and “starts screaming” without some kind of trigger, probably something that was said at the time and not reported as part of the description.

I don't know that, of course, and I might be way off base, but long-term friendly behavior with gentle explanations would almost certainly have prevented this.
Sept. 2, 2018
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 2, 2018
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Natural and game forcing, but no implication of slam interest yet.
Sept. 2, 2018
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You know, you've written this in a humorous manner, but underneath that I see some possibility that you are the problem.

If you really did mention the toilets to her, then I suspect you've said similar rude things in the past and her outburst is merely the result of a long-term irritation with you that finally came to the surface.

Actually filing a ZT violation for this would only make the matter hugely worse, may drive her from the club, and may even drive others away as well.

If you are that much better player and insist on playing a system that the rest of the club doesn't even understand, then you are way out of line in your rude manner and your vindictive actions. A better solution would be to go way overboard with friendly explanations of your bids.

I may be way off base, but I suggest you at least consider the possibility that you are being arrogant and unpleasant, and start behaving in a friendly and helpful way.
Sept. 2, 2018
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If the problem persists, I suggest you email support@bridgebase.com and ask them for help :)
Sept. 2, 2018
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Case 1: One very good reason for not leading hearts is a very poor suit and knowledge that declarer isn't afraid of them.

Partner could easily have something like

QJxx Jxxxx xx Ax

and figure spades has more future.

Case 2: On the other hand, partner could hold something like

QJxx KJ10xx xx xx

be looking for a heart lead through declarer's presumed stopper.

My Answer: I'd look at the spade card. If it is low (4th best), partner wants a spade back. If it is her highest spot, partner wants a heart through. I'd also expect if partner was in Case 2, she'd lead a , the suit I opened.

So I'm returning a spade.
Sept. 1, 2018
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 1, 2018
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Take the finesse. Does it win or lose? If lose, ruff and finesse . If win, play to A and finesse . Does the diamond finesse win or lose?
Aug. 30, 2018
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This hand is too strong for a preempt. Partner might have the same kind of suit in spades. Partner might have the right cards for slam. Pard won't pass 1 and I can outcompete the opponents, so why be unilateral about it by preempting?
Aug. 28, 2018
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You guys are all trying to justify artificial 1 bids, full of “probably”, “most of the time”, “usually”, “fit might not be lost”, “occasionally”, etc.

If 1 shows a 4 card suit, nothing is lost and all of these difficult situations are avoided.

So carry on with all your reasons why it's ok even though sometimes ..(things go wrong, yada yada).., and feel free to play against me any time you like.
Aug. 27, 2018
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Bill, bidding 2 naturally gets you too high if you have a partscore level of hand and pard doesn't actually have spades.

Richard, if opener does not have 4 spades, what does he do? If opener does have spades but responder doesn't have spades for his bid, there might not BE anything to do next.
Aug. 27, 2018
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It makes absolutely no sense to have 1 be anything other than a spade suit, forcing 1 round. If 1 is artificial, you constantly miss spade partscores.
Aug. 26, 2018
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Let's consider what options East has after the 3 bid.

To show a heart suit, what would East bid?
To compete in spades but not invite, what would East bid?
To invite game in spades, what would East bid?
To penalize, what would East bid?
To ask partner to decide whether to penalize or bid on, what would East bid?

If you can answer all those questions with some different bid for each, then you have your answer.
Aug. 25, 2018
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Making a quick screenshot of something like that can really help.

I use Greenshot (www.getgreenshot.org) and can make and save a screenshot with one keystrike.
Aug. 24, 2018
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Well, Barry, where you lost me was, “…Are we really supposed to explain everything as if the opponents are beginners who don't know any bridge terms?…”

I really don't see why saying “singleton or void” is any harder than saying, “shortness” to everyone of every level.
Aug. 24, 2018
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I can't wait until we have electronic play, with automatic alerts and explanations, with no UI! ALL these problems just evaporate into thin air.
Aug. 24, 2018
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Sorry, Ed, I thought you were accusing ME of saying you should not ensure your opponents know the information they are entitled to. I didn't realize you were speaking for yourself.

And of course, my “question” was rhetorical, designed to make the point of how unfair that would be. Sorry if I wasn't clear about that.
Aug. 24, 2018
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Aug. 24, 2018
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@Barry … Yes, if you have reason to suspect an opponent doesn't understand a particular term or word or phrase you are using, you SHOULD ensure they get the info they need.
Aug. 24, 2018
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Of course we do, Ed, that's exactly what I said. It wasn't me that said “..not our job..”, so please read more carefully and stop putting words in the wrong mouths.

Richard, that's a good approach, both for an opponent who asks the wrong question, and also for opponents who explain with a convention name.
Aug. 24, 2018
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In spite of David's deposition experience, I think in bridge you should educate your opponents.

If the auction goes 2N P 3C and my opponent asks me “puppet?”, can I say No, or do I have to tell him that I'm not playing Stayman at all and that it's a natural club suit?
Aug. 23, 2018
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