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If declarer does not give everyone several seconds to think about the hand, then 3rd seat is supposed to. Period.

If you don't want to say anything, that's up to you, although I had a director called on me when it happened that I had a singleton to play and the declarer took inference from my pause and went wrong. The director simply told me to announce “thinking about the hand” so there couldn't be any issue with it.
Sept. 15, 2018
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Daniel, both of those things are required.

North is required to assure that the correct opponents and the correct boards are at the table at the beginning of the round.

Protocol requires the declarer to wait approximately 10 seconds before playing the first card from the dummy to give everyone a chance to think about the hand. If declarer fails to do this, 3rd seat is not only entitled to, but is expected to do the wait (and the announcement). That is precisely so that 3rd seat's need or right to think about the hand does not cause UI when s/he does so.
Sept. 14, 2018
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 14, 2018
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I have long noticed that when I am playing with a man, the score is almost always passed to him, regardless of seat. It's an unconscious bias but very real.
Sept. 14, 2018
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People who simply don't bother to alert and then think “sorry” makes up for it.
Sept. 13, 2018
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Give the signal that your partner is expecting.
Sept. 13, 2018
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I've always described this kind of bid as desperately begging partner not to pass.
Sept. 11, 2018
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Ten card suits are far more common in online games because of truly random deals.

In live games where cards are manually dealt, they are rarer because of shuffling inadequately to randomly mix the deck.
Sept. 11, 2018
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I've said for a long time that we need a Recorder system for reporting poor directors.
Sept. 9, 2018
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You can put anything on your system card by a simple “please ask about preempts” or the like.

I had a partner who never declined a vulnerable invitation, so whenever I invited and he bid game, I always announced (with a smile), “We play all vulnerable invitations forcing”. It usually got a chuckle and no one ever complained about our bidding it.
Sept. 9, 2018
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Where's my choice of 5-5 or better?
Sept. 7, 2018
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P 1
2 4(splinter)
4N 6(3 keys + void in )
6

As responder, I have a max, 4 trumps, no wasted values in clubs, and a partner promising roughly 20 pts. With clubs out of the picture, this is a 30 HCP deck and we have around 28 of those points. How can I not make a slam check?
Sept. 5, 2018
Cornelia Yoder edited this comment Sept. 5, 2018
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Double should be penalty and including a heart stopper.

Responder bid 2N for some reason – planning to bid 3N, Stayman, invite in spades, drop in a minor – opener has no idea.

If you can't double for penalty, just pass and trust partner to go where he was planning to go after your 3 relay bid. If this is too high, partner will know to pass.

If you've doubled, partner can expect a heart stopper. If not, then then partner can expect you to be weakish or not have a heart stopper.

So responder knows all that he needs to know to get us to a good spot.
Sept. 5, 2018
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Although I know you mean it sarcastically, that's a surprisingly good idea.
Sept. 2, 2018
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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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