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As Hank pointed out, if I were to come up with cheating schemes, the Bridge world would be a much better place. :-)
July 23
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I have no idea what Truscott card is, but to cheat this way it is so easy. Have a code to what the top card in the slot means When the teammate takes out the cards, don't scramble it, or scramble it in such a way to have the top card remains at the top.
July 23
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Is it more advantageous for the top 19 to play one on one with the bottom 19 or play in a 4 way to eliminate 1?
July 22
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Cricket does not need any help to make it a laughing stock. :-) Just joking. I haven't been banned for awhile.
July 22
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And if opener's hand is A, xxxx, AQxx, AKJx? How would the bidding go after 1 - 1NT?
July 22
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If anything, after 1 - 1 - 2, I would raise to 3, which would be less risky and more to the point than 2 passed out. And in your auction, if it went 2 - 3, wild horses would not stop me from bidding 4 instead of 3.

Anyway, as many comments have pointed out, getting to 4 is trivial after 1 - 2 as long as you don't play alpha/SAB. The problem is really how to stop in 4 with this hand and how to get to 6 (or 6) in a slightly different one.
July 22
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Actually, I think if you have the lowest seeding points you will be playing to get into the 64 bracket.
July 22
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I also play 1 denies 5 spades. But how absolute should that be? The other day I had 6 hearts and 5 spades, and it just did not seem right to bid 1. What if it was 7 hearts and 5 spades? Or 7 m and 5 spades?
July 22
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is 2 forcing after 1 response? While you would pass 2 with crap even with misfit, I would be really concerned about missing game bidding a NF 2.
July 22
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With this hand, any bidding system that does not use 3 alpha/SAB (get rid of alpha after 1 - 2m please!) will get you to 4. If W is the first one to bid spades with 3, then E is under some pressure for concern of missing slam if he just raises to 4. Give W KQxx and Q and nothing else, and 6 is a good contract unless they find their possible ruff.
July 22
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3 alpha/support asking, followed by 4 RKC is horror beyond words. Ditch alpha and ditch minorwood. :-)
July 22
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I don't think anyone other than the OP even suggests that “landlord” should be involved.
July 21
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Shawn, your first line is missing a “not”. Anyway, when you eat at a restaurant, there is an implicit contract. You are promising to pay and they are promising to give you something resembling what you order. Different people have different standard as to how bad the food has to be before they will refuse to pay, but I think almost everyone will have a limit. What if you order a steak medium, and they just dump a raw piece of meat on you? You ask them to remedy it, and they say “take it or leave it, but you must pay”.

The OP gave no circumstances of what really happened. If hypothetically, the pro was srunk during the game, should the client still pay? The pros don't want a regulatory professional body to represent them, so neither pros nor clients have protection.
July 21
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Shawn, if you walk out because you were dissatisfied, yes, the owner should work on improving the quality of the food and service. The question is do you regularly walk out without paying, or do you always pay excerpt this time. On the other side, does this restaurant usually get high customer satisfaction, or is it prone to complaints or even customers refusing to pay? When there is a payment dispute, you can assume one or the other side is in the wrong without knowing the facts.
July 21
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“I'm not so sure either that the pros aren't a benefit to the League more than the League is to them. ” Peg, the league is an abstract entity. You have to define who the league is. If you define it as the pros and their clients, and other top players, then what you say has a lot of truth to it. But if you consider who the vast majority of the members, there is no question that the pros are irrelevant to them as something beneficial, but their membership dues contribute to the system necessary for pros.

Take me as a concrete example. It makes no difference to me if there are no pros in terms of my real enjoyment in Bridge. And if I feel this way, I am pretty sure that most in my club care even less than I.
July 21
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Partly this depends on whether S could have made a mini weak 2 2 bid. If so, I can't see how S can bid 5 without having 4 spades.
July 21
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Suppose this player does not play any checkback after 1 - 1 - 1NT, then there is no way to invite with 5 spades after responding 1. So the way she did it, while weird, may be her way to solving this problem. It has more to do with what people in her club in general, and what the person who taught her in particular do than how worthless MP is. At some clubs, almost everyone plays the same way, and they assume that is how everybody in the universe plays. For example, at a nearby club, everyone plays stolen bids. So if they walk in for a game with you, they would assume you play stolen bids too.
July 21
Mike Ma edited this comment July 21
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So some cheaters convicted prior to 2015 got to keep their first or second places while those after 2015 will not. Who is that unfair to, the cheaters after 2015? There are logistic reasons for not retroactively taking away those cheating wins given they did not do so then, which is entirely different from whether they should have done it then.

So now the post 2015 convicted cheaters' wins will be vacated. Again, there are logistic reasons for not moving runner-up's to winners. Remember the bitching when Americans were given the win after the doctors were found guilty? But the main point is would you be happier these runner-ups get the wins now while you remain runner-up because Sion gets to retain his win? Given they are not taking away Sion's (and others') wins, isn't it fairer that there is no moving up even in the post 2015 cases?

You were screwed due to ACBL's negligence and incompetence (hopefully it was not more nefarious than that). But what is happening now does not screw you more.
July 21
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If you play McCabe (not transfer McCabe), you must have a way to run. XX relaying to next strain is a simple way to do that. Playing McCabe you have to give up the business XX or give up 2NT asking over the X.
July 20
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Nobody said you need both. The question is when is this tempo necessary instead of painting a road map for opponents as Steve pointed out. I actually gave an example for you. Of course, the flip side of that (you have AQx and partner with xx) is also true.
July 20
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