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I gave up and cheated, so my only comment is I would have been late for dinner, too.
Feb. 17
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“It is not up to the ACBL to tell people what to play.” When players haven't filled out a CC, they are restricted to SAYC.
Feb. 17
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Last year Larry Cohen did a series of polls in hopes of coming up with something he could call a standardized version of 2/1. There were very few things Bridge Winners could agree on. Like languages, it evolves. Unlike some languages, there is no authority defining what is proper. He ended up splitting 2/1 into two schools of thought, while recommending a long series of questions you should ask if playing it with a new partner.

Even with SAYC, I doubt I know more than a half dozen players who know what conventions are actually in SAYC, and even the book Standard Bidding with SAYC offers options such as inverted minors.

I didn't vote to guess how likely it was that acbl would change, but I think it would be a fool's errand to try.
Feb. 16
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If an Ave lowers your percentage, I call it a punishment. And adjusting a score to Ave does lower someone's percentage while raising someone else's, based solely on what they did at other tables. A NP is not a punishment, though.

And why shouldn't the room wait? Because slow play shouldn't be accommodated. Give a PP to the “unduly slow” pair per Law 90B2 when the board was taken away. And score the board as a NP.
Feb. 15
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Ed, if the late board takes 9 minutes, and you can't decide which pair is more at fault, do you give A/A, which is a punishment to the pair that is having a 51+ game and a reward for the pair that has a 49- game?

In my area, we don't let anyone play late boards. Why should the room have to wait to get results?
Feb. 15
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Precisely!
Feb. 12
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Even if you don't play snapdragon doubles, the double should show some tolerance for partner's suit and at least 5 of the only remaining suit. It should also deny values to bid 2 unless you consider that bid non-forcing.
Feb. 11
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Congratulations on yesterday's competition. I enjoyed watching it on BBO.
Feb. 10
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How do you know which decks are marked? Do you recognize them before play? Are the authorities telling you they won't replace them? How do they get into the tournaments>
Feb. 9
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“recognizing that it was possible that Annie might view things differently” is not what I would call an agreement.
Feb. 6
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Ray, the quotes you cite both assume an agreement. The problem here is that we don't know whether the meaning of 3NT is defined by agreement. I would consider it more egregious to alert and speculate than to not alert. I would call the director and hope he will remove partner so I can explain the agreements we do have.
Feb. 6
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Harald, I don't strongly disagree except that the OP states that NS made the ruling, suggesting that EW don't know the rules, including perhaps the requirement to call the director. I am somewhat sympathetic to players who are unaware or simply accept the fate in order to get along. But if you think EW knew better or should have, then I'm with you.
Feb. 5
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There is no debate about the number of tricks taken (9). The only debate is about the rectification of the revoke.
Feb. 5
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It sounds to me like you bid in violation of your agreements, having judged this hand to be worth opening. It may well get you in trouble when partner doesn't support either suit, but you don't need to prealert something you didn't forsee. It is a legal bid in acbl, even by agreement, as it meets the rule of 17.
Feb. 5
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12A3 - The Director may award an adjusted score if
there has been an incorrect rectification of
an irregularity.

12Cb = The Director in awarding an assigned
adjusted score should seek to recover as
nearly as possible the probable outcome of
the board had the infraction not occurred.

90A - The Director, in addition to implementing the
rectifications in these Laws, may also assess
procedural penalties for any offense that unduly
delays or obstructs the game, inconveniences
other contestants, violates correct procedure, or
requires the award of an adjusted score.

Therefore, down 1, but a procedural penalty to N/S.
Feb. 5
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As should it be when a player asks, “How do you take that bid?”
Feb. 2
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I'll be the bad guy and take boards away. I don't want players annoying their opponents.
Feb. 2
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I'm not proud of it, but I got a top board a couple days ago against a very good pair by bidding Moronwood. I had both the void and the weak doubleton. We were missing one keycard but I bid 6 anyway. LHO had the AK to my doubleton and led one. Dummy had the Q. After RHO tried to show a doubleton, I played the J from hand, and LHO switched to my void, trusting that I wouldn't have used blackwood with a weak doubleton. I guess the moral is “Trust your partner, not the moron.”
Feb. 2
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I don't think I would let you play North.
Feb. 2
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I switched from DONT to Meckwell because I found that when one partner overcalls 2, the other too often passes because he has a doubleton in any one of the other suits. That leads to a lot of 3-4 club fits when you might have a 5-4 major. It can happen with both conventions, but more often with DONT. Now I only use Meckwell or occasionally DONT with partners who insist on simplicity.

I prefer Woolsey or Multi-Landy depending on the need for a penalty double. Some partners like them; others don't. We don't have many weak NT bidders in my area.
Feb. 1
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