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One of the main problems with this type of claim is that competent directors are likely to rule differently in the same situation. (This is also reflected in the comments on this thread).
Law 70E dealing with unstated line of play includes the following:
“2. The Regulating Authority may specify an order (e.g. “from the top down”) in which the Director shall deem a suit played if this was not clarified in the statement of claim (but always subject to any other requirement of this Law).”
In accordance with this and with the aim of establishing consistency the Israel BF adopted the regulation (freely translated): When playing a suit (including trumps) after such a claim, the order is “top down”. When trumping an opponent’s led suit, the order is “bottom up”. (However, if by following this regulation claimer benefits, then the opposite is applied.)
There has been some criticism of this regulation outside Israel, but it is in accordance with the laws and the consistency and clear-cut decisions have prevented much argument and bad feeling.
Having said all that, if the claimer makes a clear statement there is no problem at all, but unfortunately it seems that educating claimers to do this is a mission impossible.
April 6, 2016
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Buddy Hanby is correct. The regulation of the EBU is defined in the White Book, and in the edition of the White Book valid in 2012 it is 100% clear (#16.8):
“When there is a Stop bid, the mandated ten seconds pause by left hand opponent is free thinking time. Any alleged pause is above and beyond that time.”
Jan. 29, 2016
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As far as I understand qualification for ECC is through the same tournament as for BB, so this qualification was also with BZ on board.
:)Yu

Paul, Yu's understanding is 100% correct. The results of the European Championships in Opatija in 2014 determined which NBOs would be entitled to enter a (national)team in the 2015 BB and also which NBOs would be entitled to enter a (club) team in the 2014 and 2015 CCs.
Nov. 5, 2015
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The top 10 teams from the last European Teams Champs.(in Opatija) qualify + last year's winners + hosts. Israel, Monaco, Germany withdrew, so teams ranked 11,12,13 qualified for the CC. Now Poland withdrew, so the team ranked 14, which is Italy, qualifies. Italy are also the holders, so there will be two Italian teams. As England are the hosts there are also two England teams.
Nov. 4, 2015
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From the screen regulations of the EBL:

“With screens in use a call is considered ‘made’ when placed on the tray and released.”
and also
“Changes to Bids Made:
A call placed and released may be changed under the Director's supervision:
a) If it is illegal or inadmissible (in which case the change is obligatory), as soon as either screenmate is aware of this; or
b) If it is determined by the Director to be a call inadvertently selected or
c) Under the provisions of Law 25. Under the provisions of Law 25A it should be noted that if a player's attention is diverted as he makes an
unintended call the ‘pause for thought’ should be assessed from the moment when he first recognizes his error.”

and from the WBF:
“A call is considered to have been made when
the bidding card(s) is removed from the bidding box with apparent intent (but Law 25 may apply and if a player's mind was elsewhere as he makes an unintended call the ‘pause for thought’ should be assessed from the moment
when he first recognizes his error).”
Oct. 31, 2015
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Correct, Peter. Israel, Germany and Monaco voluntarily withdrew from the Champions' Cup.
Oct. 28, 2015
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Inon Liran was in Israel Youth teams 4 times, and collected 1 silver and 2 bronze (and a 4th place) in EBL and WBF championships. Inon and Udi are fairly regular partners. Udi is recognized as one of the top match point players in Israel.
Oct. 27, 2014
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This is the text of the WBFLC opinion (from 2000 minutes) :
“Declarers sometimes give an instruction to Dummy to run a suit and then leave him to do this without giving, as is procedurally correct, a separate instruction for each card. A question can arise as to when the second, or a later, card is played from dummy, since the Declarer is not able to stop play of the card once it is played. The Committee ruled that the card is deemed to be played when Declarer’s RHO follows to the trick.
However, the committee deprecates instructions given to Dummy in this irregular manner.”
Sept. 16, 2013
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Let's get this straight. The Israelis did NOT demand armed security personnel. The Indonesians would or could not discuss security with Israel, despite repeated requests for discussion on Israel's part. Period.
Israel could not take the responsibilty of sending their Ladies Team to Indonesia without even discussing security. As the deadline for registration in the Venice cup had arrived, Israel in effect were forced to withdraw.
July 4, 2013
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About the two claims:
1 is correct.
2 is a faulty claim. Security was indeed a main issue. However,Israel did not insist on anything except to contact a security official to discuss security. The Indonesians did not supply any contact details despited repeated requests over a period of 4 months so security was never even discussed - not armed guards, not unarmed guards, not anything. The Israel Federation had budgetted for security personnel - Israeli or Indonesian or both - but the Indonesians were evidently not prepared to even discuss this.
July 3, 2013
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