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After all the opponents have already each had a chance to enter the auction, how much more do they need to be “protected”?
Oct. 20
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Explain it? I can't, it makes no sense whatsoever. Lucky that partner didn't have a better hand?

BTW, a quick look at the book didn't tell me what the “normal” bid would be in Roman , maybe 1 followed by an asking bid?
Oct. 20
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“I've forgiven many such errors ‘in the field of battle’, generally asking myself ‘would this opponent forgive -me-?’”

If someone wants to forgive such errors all the time*, that seems fine to me. Quid pro quo? Not fine at all…to me. YMMV

*at least not opponent-specific
Oct. 20
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IIRC, the (main) complaint about Lancaster was inaccessibility. Gatlinburg has managed to overcome that.
Oct. 20
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No idea why it would be unethical or misleading.
Oct. 20
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“If a player discovers that he has not made the call he intended to make…”

As I read it, South made the call he intended to make, it was just for a different auction.
Oct. 20
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“More specifically, why should what is or is not written in a book be more authoritative about the actual agreements played by world-class players than the system notes reported in the official handbooks of each specific tournament?”

Well, for one, the players are listed as the authors of the book…
Oct. 20
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Last I checked, The Bridge World also carried it.
Oct. 19
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“If the board meeting had been held in Memphis, the ACBL would have had to pay for the Memphis meeting PLUS about $50K.”

Please explain.
Oct. 18
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Well, if they are being comped, paying their own way?
Oct. 18
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When people say “free” they typically mean “paid for somewhere else”.
Oct. 18
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FWIW, I was easily able to play while a college student and for a while after that. Not now…
Oct. 18
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Apparently OP thinks whatever 4 was so standard as to not mention what it meant. OTOH, I've heard of 4 artificial meanings (in addition to natural).
Oct. 18
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Still, one has to wonder what the board(s) and ACBL officials are doing as their part of solving this particular problem.
Oct. 18
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“Michael: Perhaps you mean, 5♥, 4♣…”

2 meant that, 3 meant 6…no?
Oct. 17
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“The man passes once & bids 4♣ when he has an easy & fortunate 4♥.”

An “easy…4” knowing partner had 6, 4, and at most 16 HCP? Really?
Oct. 17
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“I see that the law contains the phrase ”so long as it remains on the table“ which clearly the card was returned to E's hand once ♣ lead was barred.”

I did a search (ctl-f) for that phrase, couldn't find it. Did find Law 50.E.2:
Information derived from a penalty card that has been returned to hand is unauthorized for the partner of the player who had the penalty card (see Law 16C), but authorized for declarer.
The more appropriate Law 24 quoted above comes to the same conclusion.
Oct. 17
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I can imagine at some point the ACBL willing to cut their losses by subsidizing new guests (by free entries?). But then what do they do about previously registered guests?
Oct. 17
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“a hotel room-night commitment was made that allowed free playing space.”

TANSTAAFL
Oct. 16
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I checked the calendar, it is not April 1.
Oct. 16
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