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Thanks to all of you who participated in this discussion. I have learned a few lessons as a result, the most important to me being that I called the director at an inappropriate time.

I was surprised that so many of you thought that for me to call the director in this situation was an intimidation tactic. I was surprised to learn that so many of you thought I was calling about a hesitation. And I was further surprised to learn that so many considered the E-W players as beginners. But since I run a 99er game with most players having under 15 master points, my definition of beginner starts at the lowest level and ends where the players have learned the most basic conventions, standard opening leads, a few defensive signals and have begun taking an interest in accumulating master points.

As I mentioned in the original post, I plan to share this discussion with the E-W players and with the director, none of whom belong to Bridge Winners, so I will print the entire discussion. I think they will also learn from your input and that they will feel better about the situation, given the sympathy and amount of support they received from this community. And for that I am grateful.

A few responders failed to honor my request to show respect to all involved for the parts we played in this drama. I am happy to share their opinions along with the others, but I am sad at the thought of sharing some of their comments.
Dec. 3, 2018
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Thanks, John, for your input.

I am editing to add this comment:
It just dawned on me, as I reread your post, that had I been playing against you or against any other experienced player, I would have had no need to call the director when I did. As an experienced player, familiar with the laws, you would have been aware of how to deal with UI and, I assume, would have given it your best shot, as would I.

If we could educate our up and coming players better about the rules of the game, they might also have a chance to deal with UI when it arose, which it is bound to do on occasion.
Dec. 3, 2018
Jane Eason edited this comment Dec. 4, 2018
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Ed, fortunately, such dramatic reactions at our club are rare.
Dec. 3, 2018
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Shirley, to ease your mind, East and I are friends. West and I are friends. And nobody is quitting bridge over this incident.
Dec. 3, 2018
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Thanks, Hamish, for your input. I do want it to be clear, though, that my intent was never to call on the hesitation. If rho has a problem, I want her to solve it the best way she can, and if it take a bit of time, that's okay.
Dec. 3, 2018
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Thanks, John. Right or wrong, this was my intent.
Dec. 3, 2018
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John, yes, by “announced” I meant that opener, unasked, said, “Splinter” when his partner bid 4D.
Dec. 3, 2018
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Alex, I will answer some of your questions.

1. “…why mention your masterpoint holding?”

I thought folks would better understand the situation if they knew the master point holdings and the partnership levels of all parties.

2. “Are you a club director?”
Yes. I am a certified director who runs two open ACBL games, a 0-99er game, and an ABA game each week.
Dec. 3, 2018
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Thanks, Peg.

I'm really glad that you understood my post as intended. I tried to give cut-and-dry facts without editorializing in the original post.

I'm not sure how so many thought I was calling on a hesitation, when I stated that I called because an alertable bid was announced and because it was possible that UI would occur.

You'll be glad to know there were no hard feelings among the four players, after the game.

The director and I discussed the situation today. We frequently disagree on how to run our games, but we do work together, help each other a lot, and try to understand each other's points of view.
Dec. 3, 2018
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Ed Reppert, isn't it an infraction to provide the UI by announcing, rather than alerting, a splinter?
Dec. 2, 2018
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Dominic, as far as the relevance of our master point holdings, I thought it was necessary to post all information that might affect folks' answers.
Dec. 2, 2018
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Paul, your suggestion that “You should have waited until East called and said, ”Do we agree there was a long pause?“.” is a good one for anyone calling on a hesitation.

But that was not the case here. At no time was the hesitation mentioned except to you guys as a pertinent fact that showed me that my rho was considering a call and I realized that UI might be involved.

In the original post, I stated,

“At this point, I called the director and told him the 4D bid had been announced as a splinter.

I expected the director to address the fact that there was an announcement and that there was now Unauthorized Information (UI) to be addressed.”
Dec. 2, 2018
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Thanks for your input, Bill Cubley. My mentee actually knows that it's okay to call the director and that the director is not being called on a person, but on an infraction. I think I caught her on a bad day, or she just reacted so strongly because it hurt her feelings that I was the one calling or that her partner, who thought she had every right to use the information that he had thought her bid was a splinter, suggested to her that she needed protection from a predator. I frankly thought it hurt the situation that the director failed to explain to her that she had UI that she was not allowed to use it.
Dec. 2, 2018
Jane Eason edited this comment Dec. 2, 2018
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Thanks for your input, John Larkin.
Dec. 2, 2018
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Thanks for your input. I am adding that at no time did I suggest that lho intentionally announced rather than alerted the splinter. I do not believe that he was telling his partner anything. I do believe he simply made a mistake, something we all do from time to time.
Dec. 2, 2018
Jane Eason edited this comment Dec. 3, 2018
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John, I also stated in my op that I had called on the announcement. I am not sure why so many of you assume that because rho was considering a call that I called about a hesitation. That hesitation was neither mentioned at the table, nor later.
Dec. 2, 2018
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Thanks for your input. I like your attitude. I have explained to her that we call directors on situations and for help. We do not call them on people. I was sorry and surprised that my call had upset her. I actually think a large part of her discomfort was that I was the one who called the director.
Dec. 2, 2018
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Jeff, I believe that providing UI is an infraction when an alertable bid is announced. Had the bid been alerted, I would not have asked its meaning and there would have been less chance for UI to occur. After an alert, rho may have thought her partner was alerting her strong jump shift.
Dec. 2, 2018
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Dominic, I was not annoyed at the situation or at either of my two opponents, and I was definitely not condescending. And I want to point out that I did not call about a hesitation. This is what I said in my original post: “At this point, I called the director and told him the 4D bid had been announced as a splinter.” There was never a mention to the director or to either opponent about a hesitation. I only mentioned it in the post to show that rho was considering another call at this point and if that call was to be based on what was possibly UI, I thought it was only fair for her to understand the situation and her obligations.
Dec. 2, 2018
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John, thanks for your input.

As I have said in previous responses, I was not calling because of a hesitation. In fact, in almost 60 years of playing, I have never once called on a hesitation in a club game. And I never will, even against strong opponents.

I called at this time because the announcement that 4D was a splinter gave rho UI. And seeing that rho was considering a call over 4H, I felt that UI should be explained to my rho.

The following statement by you is confusing because I think I did exactly what this statement says should be done.

“Note that the calling the TD is done BEFORE an opponent has (possibly) made use of the UI. It is designed to prevent such (ab)usage.”
Dec. 2, 2018
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