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If instead of masterpoints, we awarded director points, how many TDs would be bereft?

This should be a gimme. E-W have MI. By law(*) and by common sense - if there is any left in the world. (* this is really simple, if you do not have system notes to the contrary, then it is MI. Can we make this ANY easier?)

CLEARLY the MI damaged E-W. If W knew the double was just diamonds, he would have rebid 1NT (duh!) East is continuing with 2H and now W raises to game.

Somehow, the TD fails to understand that even if East MIGHT have saved the day with a 2H call, HE IS NOT LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO DO SO!!!! The non-offenders are not expected to guess right in a situation that arose only do the MI.

Just enforce the laws. And this TD should stop telling people how to play bridge when he obviously has yet not mastered reading comprehension.

This is a completely incompetent decision.
5 hours ago
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Remember when we were 16 and had fake IDs saying we were older?
May 21
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Yes, good stuff. And it seems like they turbo-charged it since.
May 21
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Robots are better. They listen to criticism at least as well as humans. And robots never hand out any of their own.
May 20
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Improving justice with secret courts. . .

In keeping with ACBL policies, we could charge the AC members a “screen fee” to hide them from the players involved. Maybe that will help with our deficit. I suppose it is possible to completely sequester the AC and have all contact with the players involved in a relay form to prevent anyone from knowing who was actually hearing the appeal. Why anyone would want to do this is beyond me. It seems like yet another knee jerk reaction with a “solution” far worse than the imagined “problem”.

Once at an NABC, I asked Boye's opinion on an appeals case in the Daily B. He read it, made a face and shook his head. My sentiments exactly. I later approached the chair of that A.C. to ask him about the ruling. He gave me some info that was not in the write-up and mentioned that he probably should have addressed that issue but had left it out writing it up at 3 AM.

So this restored my faith in his judgment and the decision.

But if you think less transparency is good for our game, how can I argue with ALL the benefits we have received as ACBL members from our opaque systems?
May 20
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To have his bid. Although sometimes that might be expecting too much, it is probably not too much to expect here. BTW, no suggestions of 1345 in today's off-shape 1NT openings.
May 19
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You can also decide the difference between …2C-2D; 2/3 invites by responder. One option is 2S is either a bad 4-card or a 3-card raise. If responder is KJx / Q9xxx / Axxx / J do you really want to invite with 2H or 2NT?
May 17
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Now the followup:

Same situation, but rather than making a comment, the North player now leads a card before declarer calls for one. This will become a major penalty card.

Per L50E1:

E. Information from a Penalty Card
1. Information derived from a penalty card and the requirements for playing that penalty card are authorized for all players for as long as the penalty card remains on the table.

The information I drive from that penalty card is partner thought she trumped the previous trick or she would not have led a card.

I can understand that I am entitled to know the penalty card exists and there are requirements for playing that card. Why is other information now authorized?
May 16
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Without discussion, I would assume penalty. TO is playable as well.
May 15
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8 HCP per hand? Pretty much a standard session for me.
May 11
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I'm confused. I thought the answer was 42.
May 10
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One would think that between Mannix, Wonder Woman, CHiPs and the whole IMF they could have nailed the guy before now.

Hope that “no recollection” story is a lie. It would be better to think this creep spent every last day of the last 34 years looking over his shoulder. In any event, it is great that they finally cleared this case.
May 9
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I agree with Richard about disagreeing with the basic premise.
Even with top tier pairs, some pairs simply do better or worse against others. Sometimes you have a player's number and sometimes they have yours.

I knew of one pair that would eagerly sit against Jeff & Eric, but Kit & Fred were like their personal Princes of Darkness. Simply having performed well in previous matches can be enough of a psychological boost in the current one.
May 9
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Goren's adjustment for 4-3-3-3 was for dummy, not an opening hand.

The +1/-1 for 4/0 aces refers to considerations for opening in one of a suit. The NT openings are straight HCP totals. Goren does advise that “…you will regard it as your servant, not your master”.

I would want better intermediates before opening 2NT. Aces are more useful that way. The most compelling reason to open 2NT might be that you are 3-4 in majors. If responder is 0-4 HCP with a 5CM you would rather play 3M than a 1D in a 4-2 fit with such a bad suit For ex: Qxxxx / xx / xx /xxxx.
May 9
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Says the guy who obviously never played at (or had forgotten) the regional at the old Concord Resort Hotel.

I found this old photo. It is not clear to me whether this was taken years after abandonment or minutes after the bridge players heard “free hot dog” and stampeded.

https://img.thedailybeast.com/image/upload/c_crop,d_placeholder_euli9k,h_1439,w_2560,x_0,y_0/dpr_1.5/c_limit,w_1044/fl_lossy,q_auto/v1492196785/articles/2014/08/25/the-ghost-hotels-of-the-catskills/140823-Presser-catskills-tease_louldb
May 5
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Hmmm… I seem to recall an NABC appeal when the Italian player said “five” and the answer was technically “five or more”. Seems not everyone was not so forgiving about English being a second language on that case.

“North concludes that ♦A, and a ♦ ruff is not enough to kill the contract.” And then shifts to a heart hoping his partner has ace.

Seems to me that after the diamond ruff partner would cash the heart ace for the setting trick if he had it.
May 2
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The term “control” by BWS implies either first or second round control.

The “aces first” methodology is antiquated. It was once done that way because cue bidding predated widespread acceptance of Blackwood. The modern version of cue bidding is to get an idea of general values, insure the ops cannot cash two tricks in a suit, and then validate keycards via either Blackwood or Turbo.
May 2
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There is usually more than one force in operation.

The Pam Tillis hypothesis - Maybe it was Memphis - might be a primary contributing factor. But I doubt that explains why table counts in New York are down.

Our Unit just canceled our annual LM/NLM game. We may be somewhat maintaining ACBL membership levels, but recruiting older people who look as this as a pastime and not a pursuit is not going to help tournament participation levels. Especially as the long-timers age out.
April 30
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Bridge players are so goofy. Name me a world champion in other sports who was NOT sponsored.

Robert Kraft pays every last player on the NE Pats. Also everyone else associated with the team.

G.S. Jr. pays everyone on the Yankees.

Everyone in the Premier League is getting paid. I doubt any of the owners could run up and down the field a few times. The difference is that in our sport many (not all) sponsors can perform at world class levels on the field. This fact is supposed to be celebrated.

Money was always a factor in bridge. Just that 60 years ago many of the big name players had independent means and were able to dedicate time to bridge. Exactly how was that world better?
April 29
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Also international show jumping.

As for yachting, Ted Turner won America's Cup in 1977.
April 29
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