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Thanks Ray, I wanted a general poll as I am interested in the discussion about the UI issues as well as the question as to what you might bid.
Oct. 28
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Matchpoints, partner does not have enough HCP to make a penalty double. We have played about once every two months for the last year and normally finish in the top few places - prize money - in tournaments.
Oct. 28
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I wanted to add a second page but could not see how to do so. Hence, my follow up regarding the UI comes as a comment.
A few minutes earlier, I had been unable to not hear a key comment from the upstream table as they post-mortemed the hand.
“Whoever bids, loses.”
Clearly that suggests a pass on my part.
I did what I considered to be the right thing. I called the TD and explained the situation. (In such a way that the rest of the table was aware that I had heard something but knew not what it was.)
I did this before the auction had started.
The TD directed that we should bid and play the hand and said that he would review matters after.
I passed and 2C making was big but the TD decided that since my pass was directed by the UI, this result should not stand and the table was awarded 60% all round and the player at the other table was admonished.
I am not seeking to argue with that result. 2 making would have seen us finishing 2nd while a 60% award had us 3rd but I am more interested in doing the right thing.
I feel that I would have passed the 2 without the UI but I heard the comment so I know that I cannot claim to be the person who did not hear it. I also feel that I did the most important right thing by calling the TD and explaining the situation. Should I have bid 2 as a logical alternative even though that would have amounted to shooting myself in the foot and dropping to 4th overall?
I do not know. Hence the request for advice.
Oct. 28
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How many press releases did the EBU send out about that?
Aug. 29
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Another item in the bbc about bridge at the asian games:

https://www.bbc.com/sport/45328519
Aug. 29
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Yes, but none of that is relevant to bridge. The issue is that a court process in France is likely to overturn the decision of a French sport promoter to bar a competitor and that would overturn the current practice whereby national, regional and global bridge authorities have barred bridge competitors by disinviting them from competition.
July 2
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The appeal is to the court of arbitration of the French Olympic Committee. The bbc could have been clearer in their report.
July 1
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Go Akarana go!!!!
July 1
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>>I take it the hands are suited by machine-dealing

No. I play at the same club as Alan and the hands do not come out of the dealing machine suited.
June 30
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Surely one of the advantages of electronic play is that is eliminates many possible ways of cheating.

I would be very dismayed by an electronic system that allowed players to revoke.

The reason is simple. Under the current laws, in certain very particular circumstances, an intentional revoke can be a risk free way for a player to attempt to gain advantage.

For example, you are defending a suit contract, sitting over dummy and declarer is trying to establish dummy's long suit. This might be the trump suit after a transfer auction or it might be a side suit. You have one card left in this suit when declarer calls for a card from dummy, you believe that partner also has at least one more card in the suit and you revoke.

Declarer cannot know about the revoke at this stage but will be forced to draw another round of trumps or to ruff an additional trick in the side suit using up his own trumps and dummy's entries as well as getting one fewer discard on the side suit.

You play out the hand, concealing the revoke and at the end of play, you quickly fold and shuffle your hand without revealing your last card.

So what is the outcome? Perhaps your ruse had no effect and you won no further tricks. Or perhaps your side won an extra trick because declarer drew an unnecessary extra round of trumps that he could not afford, Or perhaps declarer could not take all of the discards that he needed on dummy's side suit.

What if the revoke is noticed by a declarer who actually takes care to count to 13? The director is called and equity is restored - at no additional penalty to the revoker.

So there you have it. An intentional revoke that can never lose and may from time to time win a trick if you get away with it.

Of course, you cannot prove that the revoke was intentional but when one person does it to you twice in exactly these circumstances then what do you suspect?

That is why an electronic play system must not allow revokes.
April 29
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Announce a short delay and take the boards back. The TD and his helpers then scan the boards looking for half a dozen deals on which knowledge of the position of just one important card makes a big difference. For example, if it matters that West has the King of Spades then swap West's King for a small spade from he East hand.
The event can then be played as normal and woe betide any players who relied on that King still being in the West hand. You still have hand records available with the addition of a note of the changes.
Feb. 25
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You are quite correct except for this:
It was a 2 day event. I do not know if the boards were re-dealt for the second day. I did not see a dark green board numbered 13 on the second day so I cannot comment but somebody may have.
I do not know if these were boards used by the club hosting the event or the national authority that was promoting it. If the former, some local players may have had knowledge.
Feb. 13
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The TD hinted at the likely cause of the problem. One card in Board 13 Dark green was damaged and could not be used. A fresh pack was then used to replace the whole deck and the 51 good cards from the old pack were then put in a drawer.
Later, when the King of Hearts in the new deck is damaged, it is replaced with the card from the old deck which, at a casual glance, looks to be the same.
Feb. 13
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New Zealand has a big culture of personal plates and there are several on display in the Auckland club car park. I'll not post them as they are not mine but they include ones that start AKQ and 7NT.
Jan. 23
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Almost correct Mike. The device was not a radio and it did not need a false tooth. You would need a natural tooth with a cavity of the correct size that had a conductive surface covering. It would look like a filling that needed a repair. No electronic circuits needed and pretty much impossible to detect. Place your tongue over the surface of the cavity and you would be able to feel small voltages induced by a microwave signal that could have been sent from a few tens of metres away.

This was all described by James Randi in New Scientist magazine when Geller was becoming famous in the West.
Dec. 20, 2017
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We may or may not agree with East's 2 overcall but I think that we will all agree that it is entirely plausible that a player might look at their cards, consider the auction and make that bid with the East hand.

Can we say that West's subsequent pass satisfies the same plausibility? Unless West is a complete beginner, I would wonder if perhaps they had overheard a conversation at another table or if they had taken a sly peek at an earlier opponent's personal score slip.

Perhaps West's pass should go in a player memo.
Dec. 17, 2017
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It has snowed exactly twice in Auckland since records were first kept by European settlers. Once in 1937 (I think it was on a Thursday) and once in 2011 - I have a photo of that somewhere.
Dec. 16, 2017
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When I moved to Munich, I learned a lot of German bridge terms, My favourites were Marriage and Kleine Marriage used to describe holdings of KQ or QJ in a suit.

You can see these and more on this page:

https://www.bridge-kurs-online.com/verschiedenes/deutsch-engl-w%C3%B6rterbuch/
Dec. 14, 2017
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I never really understood why they did not put the online version onto the Kindle platform.
Dec. 13, 2017
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For me no. A cane is great for people who have trouble walking steadily. As I said, my problem is that the strain of getting up out of a bridge chair is too much for my knees to take. I'd need a hoist.
Dec. 5, 2017
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