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a long time ago in a universe far away when we still dealt boards at the table an opponent dealt and dropped a card face up on the table .I n those days he simply picked it up and dealt the card to himself. a little later my partner was in 6 he needed to guess a Queen so he did all the right things drew trumps tested the side suits and then had to take the guess. he thought and thought and finally got it wrong by taking the correct percentage chance on the information he held .3 people at the table said ‘well done that was very ethical ’ He looked puzzled . It then dawned on us he had forgotten all about the up turned card in the auction .
Nov. 28, 2017
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How can anyone want to play bridge like this ? if I was west I would say sorry my inadvertent revoke caused the problem score it as 7 made ,if I were east I would say my partners revoke caused the problem score it as 7 made and if I were the captain of the offending team I would say my pairs error caused the problem therefore score it as 7 made .
Laws Equity and Natural Justice should achieve the ‘right’ outcome .

After all its only a game of cards nothing more serious….
Nov. 27, 2017
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As i have recently reached Senior ranking and therefore at risk of not remembering things here are a few random comments about slow play and screens .

In my 1st trial for the Scottish open team I played against the notoriously slow famous Scottish player in the very 1st match of the trial . It was short matches about 10 boards or so and no screens . The format was cross imp pairs. The 1st board was a bog standard 3nt with 10 tricks no chance of 9 or 11, 10 tricks on the lead . It took 15 mins to play as the slow player was declarer . At the time I uncharitably thought that it was his way of getting under the skin of a very inexperienced trialist . Over the years i realised that I was wrong . I no longer think that was case i know it to be the case .

To demonstrate the benefit of screens I played an entire set of 16 boards thinking that my opponent on the other side was player A when in fact it was player B .I only discovered this at the end when we stood up and saw player A at another table and thought that's strange . I know now that i am getting too old to play
Oct. 9, 2017
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just as well we have brilliant lawyers who play bridge . I am sure that for the appropriate fee they will argue either side's case .
Oct. 8, 2017
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I recall Liz Mcgowan and Heather Dondy teamed up with 4 Icelanders (sorry I forget their names) to win a WBL mixed teams of 4 . Nobody seemed to call foul over that performance .
Oct. 4, 2017
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Excellent stuff As a schoolboy I moved to Aberdeenshire in 1972 and have lived there or in Aberdeen ever since . The Press and Journal is still thriving and in 1972 there was still a corps of Kempson followers in Aberdeenshire who played the Kempson system .
He was well thought of and I recall hearing that he brought a team of English players to Aberdeen to play a match at the Bridge club in Aberdeen in Rubislaw terrace .The club has a photograph of the Aberdeen players and I think they still have a copy of the book Kempson wrote about the match . In the early 1990s a Jubilee celebration match was played in the Bridge club Aberdeen using hands from the book . It was a very successful evening .

I also recall being told that Kempson had suffered a serious head injury during the WW1 and he had a metal plate inserted but was afflicted by severe headaches for the rest of his life . Sadly all of the players in our area who personally knew him are no longer with us .
Sept. 18, 2017
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Difficult to find praise that has not already been stated but well deserved recognition for the best Bridge site around .
Aug. 22, 2017
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plus ca change etc
Aug. 17, 2017
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if you wear the phone around your neck is the ring tone ‘ bling bling’ ?
Aug. 10, 2017
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Remember it not all a bed of roses. the Norwegian tax authorities have taken an interest in the ex Norwegians
June 27, 2017
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For what it is worth I strongly feel that the ‘right Director call’ is ‘Director please’ however I accept this is 1) off topic and 2) I am in the minority at every tournament I play Should I give up my crusade ?
June 22, 2017
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Dutch 7's and Scottish 9's on defense carding in always win last trick with 7 to get a beer and always play the curse at 1st chance
June 11, 2017
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I recall it was also played by the British ladies in the 1980's but I would not like to defame anybody .
June 11, 2017
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I think it is a sad day when amateur games players require to engage a lawyer to explain in simple terms what they are signing up for.One may think that the pro players have had this coming for some time but I couldn't possibly comment
May 21, 2017
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If it is who I think it is, this player had a system named him that was still in widespread use in the rural North east of Aberdeenshire. He wrote a column in the local paper the Press and Journal which is infamous for its reporting on the sinking of the Titanic with the headline' North East man lost at sea ' although it may well be an urban myth it is retold with great relish in Aberdeen .
April 27, 2017
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my favourite episode will feature a vampire killer and will be called ‘rectifying the count ’
April 20, 2017
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how about changing 3NT opener to show good 4 major opener ? partner can bid 4C to get you to bid suit below your major ( he plays the hand )or 4D to get you to bid your major (opener gets to play it ) Having your cake and eating it ? 3NT as solid minor is a poor method these days as if 3NT is correct spot you have wrong sided it . No doubt there are negatives to this but it is a better method than traditional 3NT opener ,
March 14, 2017
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Smile guys you won ! well done
March 14, 2017
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A very brave decision by the Israeli federation possibly the heaviest penalty ever issued . Lets hope that this is sufficient deterrent to any potential wrongdoers .
Feb. 14, 2017
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To draw on 1 example.In Scotland amateur footballers suffer far harsher penalties when they transgress than professional players . I have represented amateurs who have been banned for life for an offence which if committed by a professional player would have resulted in a large fine and a lengthy but determinate ban . The rationale being , I suppose , that a livelihood is involved in the case of the professional player . In the case of the amateur the life ban is used as a deterrent to weed out unacceptable behaviour usually directed at amateur referees
Jan. 21, 2017
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