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All comments by Cornelia Yoder
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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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I want to vote NO for the “suggested defense”. Not only does the ACBL defense suck, it's high time that Americans learned multi and how to bid against it.
Nov. 16, 2018
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Playing UDCA, the 10 would be discouraging attitude, so must be asking for a heart shift. Leading a seems less than useless with the dummy holding.
Nov. 11, 2018
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So when are we simply going to do away with the sexist division of bridge tournaments and let everyone compete equally as a Person.
Nov. 8, 2018
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What did your partner say when the director asked him/her? Did your pard agree with you or with the opponents?

As director, I believe the complaining party when both agree what happened. The defendants have reason to mislead, the complainers wouldn't have called unless there were some actual problem.
Nov. 4, 2018
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I can't imagine bidding a second time unless forced by my partner. Spades is more important and more likely to be held by my partner, so 2 and pass ever after.
Nov. 4, 2018
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I just say, “It means my partner believes that we can take 5 tricks before you can take 9”.
Nov. 4, 2018
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DONT over strong NT in direct seat, Capp over weak NT in direct seat, Natural in balance seat always.
Nov. 3, 2018
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What problem would you be posting if the defense had gone to the A, to KA, to Q, A, to the QK, J, ?
Oct. 27, 2018
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Bid optimistically, play pessimistically.
Oct. 22, 2018
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Legally, the auction is over. If they are new or inexperienced players, I would carefully and apologetically explain this to the people at the table, and why the rule exists.

If you make it a teaching moment with friendly courtesy, following the rules goes down much easier with everyone.

If you ignore the rules for one case, what are you going to do when the exact same thing happens with a highly experienced partnership the same night at a different table?
Oct. 21, 2018
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I want partner to give me the signal we have agreed is given on our opening leads. For me that would be attitude unless attitude is obvious (in which case count is the second choice).

I do not want partner trying to guess what I will think he is signaling. If you have no agreements about special cases, then stick to the basic agreement you have.
Oct. 21, 2018
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Joe, several years ago, I tried a bridge game at Origins (much better than Gencon), and it drew 8 people, all but one were already duplicate bridge players.

The problem is that places like Gencon and Origins are loaded with more attractive events than an old grandmother deck of cards game can ever be.

After my try, the ACBL also did bridge events for a couple of years at Origins, including some teaching, but it drew so few people they gave it up.
Oct. 18, 2018
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