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I've done it more than once - still waiting for it to lead to something…
Oct. 13
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Huh? I can't figure out the necessity for that…
Oct. 13
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Maybe they should have ‘blamed’ some of their own bids and plays - rather than a non-evil thing that happened at another table.
Oct. 13
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1 and 2: Walsh - I don't alert - perhaps I should

3 and 4: WNT rebid - I don't alert in the USA (except against European opponents) but do (indeed must) alert outside the USA

5: Unbalanced 1M rebid - I alert

6: SNT rebid - No alert - once you say 15-17, the 4-card M thing becomes obvious

7. Flannery inference after 1-1N - This I do alert when I play Flannery (also the 1 response). I think it's clearly wrong that this is not a required alert.
Oct. 13
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Andy: “…that wouldn't ”stop partner bidding (say) 4N with 19 HCP“. It would force him to do so.”

I think what you mean is that, after the Director is called, opener would be forced to take back his 3N bid. Of course, with certain opponents, the Director might never get called.
Oct. 13
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I have no doubt that it's correct to play low from dummy at trick one. And the distribution of the minors, plus the position of the middle spades, makes ‘guessing’ the endgame reasonably obvious. You can only go wrong if they led from 10x - not likely. And if it's the more likely 109 doubleton, you can't go wrong.
Of course, had the lead been from J10x, the ‘assumption’ made in the OP would lead to defeat. Having not ‘seen’ SJ, you'd play Q.
But, on the actual layout, South is compelled to discard the J. So maybe, under the OP ‘assumption’, 9 would succeed?
Oct. 13
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Cool - thx
Oct. 13
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“I think the game would be better served if the rule was that trivial revokes like this were not penalised. But where do you draw the line?”

Simple. You remove dozens of pages from the laws and instead say ‘illegal bids and plays are canceled. Bidding/play reverts and continues legally. Redress is applied to any advantage gained by the offending side.’

I agree with Andy - except for his last paragraph. Because then the ‘bad guy’ who calls the Director in an ‘irrelevant’ situation, gets more.
Oct. 13
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I got thrown out of medical school for poor penmanship.
Oct. 13
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Are tablets an improvement in terms of costs? If not immediately, do they rate to be so eventually?
Oct. 13
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I think REALLY farsighted is the ‘classic’ case of this theme. LHO opens 2, leads the K and this is the layout:

62
KQ10975 8
AJ43

Declarer ducks at trick one, and later endplays LHO in the 3-card ending - but it only ‘works’ if dummy's 6 is played at trick one.

Maybe somebody can go one better and find an unblock of the 5 with this theme?
Oct. 12
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Matthew: “…it would be a nice idea if the USBF made insignificant allowances for some of the supernaturalists to participate.”

To paraphrase you, “the key word here is ”insignificant".
Oct. 12
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Matthew: “”The way things ought to be“ is subjective”

Absolutely correct. I should have said ‘but I think that is the way things ought to be.’

As for what you say about presentation, if I thought there was any chance to really make bridge ‘watchable’ to the general public, I would not mind moving in the direction you suggest.

But, at least for the time being, I don't. So I think, for now, we should move in the direction of eliminating UI and MI - and separate ourselves from those ‘that old black magic’ days of yesteryear.
Oct. 12
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Matthew: “I'm not sure about that. If I commit to being orthodox in my religion, I have no choice but to follow G-d's commandments.”

That is playing a word game. You chose to commit. And, at least theoretically, you can, in each moment of now, choose to ‘uncommit’.

“if your wife asks you to hold her purse for a minute while she gets her coffee, do you have a choice?”

Yes. Even if she puts a gun to your head, it's STILL a choice. Only if she ties you up and sticks the purse on you in a way that you can't let it go, is it not a choice.

“If partner doubles one heart and it goes pass, and you hold 4333 with zero HCPs, do you have a choice to bid anything but 1S?”

Yes. as said elsethread, you CAN choose to take the clearly percentage action, or you can choose not to.
Oct. 12
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Matthew: “I have yet to see from my opponents a scribbled explanation that details a complicated system bid.”

Obviously, that is subjective. But what you CAN get from written explanations are many details and nuances about an auction. Not to mention the likelihood that the partnership is ‘on the same page’.
You can't get that kind of information from pre-printed cards. It can come only from back-and-forh question and answer.

Those who have played against me behind screens have quite likely seen some of those.

Btw, when I'm declarer, I often forgo writing (mostly because, as I said elsethread, my handwriting is bad if I don't work hard) and just speak. Probably, that's not appropriate.
Oct. 12
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Matthew: “Suggest that the Trials begin on Sunday or Monday”

I, for one, like this suggestion. It's the type of accommodation I see as appropriate.

Even beginning the RR on Saturday under the ‘usual’ current structure would work for you. You could play all day Sunday (maybe even some of late Saturday).

“if the goal of trials is to simulate the WBF event, we should consider an off-day in the middle, just like the WBF provides.”

It's not true that there is always an “off-day”. Certainly, it's happened sometimes in some events.

“We all know the bridge is never the best in the final, partly because players are tired.”

Personally, I've always thought that reason to be BS.
Oct. 12
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Matthew: “you have six spades to the queen and out, and partner opens one notrump. Do you have a choice?

Yes. You can choose to take the obvious percentage action or you can choose not to. Basically, bridge (and/or life) is a long series of choices. Some of these choices are ‘easy’. Some, not so much.

”…sometimes there is no choice of bids."

This is only the case when (say) partner has bid out of turn and you are barred from bidding. Just as in life, when the laws of physics sometimes have given you no choice as to your reaction.
Oct. 12
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Matthew: In the event there IS a dispute of the sort you suggest, it seems like a no-brainer to me that the side not complying with the requirement to write should have to take the worst of it.
Oct. 12
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Matthew: “a type-written prepared explanation is clear.”

True. But the problem is that, in order to present to the opponents, you need to look and make sure it's the correct one. It shouldn't be that somebody, when giving explanations, effectively gets to refer to their System Notes (or CC).

Danny: “my handwriting is poor”. I'm betting mine is worse - sometimes much worse. Come on, tablets!
Oct. 12
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Whether one likes it or not, I think the game has been and is still headed toward us playing with the minimum of UI and MI. Tablets (if done right) basically eliminate all MI. I don't know about a “generation thing”, but I think that's a ‘good thing’.
Oct. 12
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