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From the bulletin report of the appeal:

The Decision:
The Appeals Committee (AC)
determined that the pass of 5♥ was forcing and was
Alerted as such.

How did the committee determine this?
Does anyone with insight know?
Aug. 26, 2015
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I found this CC from 2012 in Dublin.

http://info.ecatsbridge.com/Systems/2012EuropeanTeams-Dublin/OpenTeams/Israel/Fisher_Schwartz.pdf

It says FP is on after a vulnerable bid game.
Nothing about ‘if they are in a force or not’.
Maybe there are later versions of the CC.
Aug. 26, 2015
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“We quickly checked their system card online (WBF convention card fisher schwartz) and we saw he “forgot ” his own system.”
Was this never checked by those who changed the score?
Aug. 26, 2015
ATB
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In my world you almost never respond 3H here. If you wish to, then you should have doubled 1Sp. But if North really get 3H, then that suit is fine as trumps, as South must have a lot of them.
Aug. 23, 2015
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This question is why I abstained. It is hard to answer the question if one doesnt know if 2H was GF or not.
Aug. 21, 2015
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Frances: Ofc there are hands they might have that make 7 of a suit after we splintered, but I assume they are rare.

JTxx AKxxxx xxx -

Yes, after 1Sp (pass) ? I would bid 4C myself but if they bid now over the splinter we are in a force even they might have the majority of hcp's. And the splinter is a slamtry despite only 8 hcp in my system. Normally I will have more.
Aug. 19, 2015
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Uncontested splinters ARE slamtries in all systems I ever heard of. I can understand Michael Shusters view, that in competition they might just be a competetive tool, rather than a slamtry. But why shouldn't a uncontested splinter set up a force?
Aug. 18, 2015
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Maybe he can double 4sp to raise doubts about 5h? I dont understand how you can sell out to 4Sp after you started a slam investigation. I do not play many forcing passes but if we have forced to game I do play them and splinterbids are GF and inviting slam in my book.
Aug. 18, 2015
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Why? Because one player opened the bidding and the other made a slamtry. Is that not good enough?
Aug. 18, 2015
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Are you comparing this with the doctors?
Aug. 18, 2015
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“My comment to the World class player who called was “ I don't believe it”

That was my wordings too when I talked to a (some would say the) swedish international about it yesterday.
Someone else told me -:”Why, you do not know Mike“
To which my reply was something like -: ”True, but sometimes you know anyway…"

All of what you write mirrors my own feelings.
Aug. 18, 2015
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“In fairness” Is there anything resembled to ‘fairness’ to want anyone banned for life, slander and disgrace him, without knowing all the facts?


Aug. 18, 2015
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It is a good western. It is about three innocent men beeing hanged by a posse that did not have all the facts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lljIrAfBzYs

Aug. 17, 2015
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Until I hear more about the details Im going to watch a superb movie with Henry Fonda. ‘The Ox-bow incident’. Now that's a good film.
Aug. 17, 2015
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Yes, once they did that, they have an agreement.
But the first time?
Is it ‘tough luck’ opps, but we had a system hole we did not know about and you pay for our failure to see it.
July 17, 2015
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“Partnership Defence” is and was my favourite and a new edition of that one would be great. (Especially if it used UCA in the examples. :) )
July 2, 2015
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If 4H (after the double) is lead directing and indicates club support it might solve this hand. South will clearly bid 5C voluntarely after 4S and north might see the double fit (even if he can not see that slams are making). Maybe south even has a 4NT call (instead of 5C) indicating a very spectacular hand (not RKCB ofc) in wiev of heart support? All easy in the postmortem.
June 17, 2015
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For us that still open 4cM, use strong jumpshifts and where 3M is INV, this jump is a controlbid with openers major set. Guess not many play this way today. :/
May 1, 2015
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In a bridge class a teacher looks out over the room and see a student waving a card in the air like he was calling for attention from the her. She arrived at the table and asked
-: “What's up?”
The student said -:“Nothing. All is fine.”
-:“But why are you waving your card like that?”
The student replied with a stone face
-:“ It says in the instructions (supposed to be read after playing out the deal) ”East holds up the ace of spades two rounds.", so I did…
April 24, 2015
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“I think it is clear to return the three of clubs (attitude). If you return the four, partner will
think that you started with K43 and switch.”

This very advice is the same as Jan Wohlin wrote in his book “Försvarsspelet i sang” (Defence vs NT-contracts) I think the book is from 1960-something and obviously, as both Jan and Steve suggests it, it is good advice.
April 19, 2015
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