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Am rooting for the 14th place pair (disclosure: I delight in the fact that my 16 year-old son shares many of my interests)
23 hours ago
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Ed - I agree that the League does not *require* that players act in this manner - it is what players are asked to do as recommended practice (see e.g. the Albany and Etobicoke blurb cited in one of my previous comments- I have seen a League blurb to that effect but will leave it to others to track down).
July 20
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“If the ditherers and chronic timewasters are causing such a problem, there are far better ways of tackling the issue than this.”

I look forward to reading your suggestions.
July 20
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Graham- the League also asks that the other 3 players write down the contract while the opening leader is thinking about what to lead.

DB's suggestion that someone (opening leader's partner?) announce the contract would seem to
address GR's concern.

And while you're right that it's clear from this thread that there is not overwhelming support for this regulation, I very much doubt that the BWers who oppose it are the chronic time wasters and ditherers that the League is targeting.
July 20
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Michael - seems that all this time you have simply been arrogantly championing the cause of the apparently arrogant League, the arrogant Districts, the arrogant Units and the innumerable arrogant clubs who have repeatedly, and apparently arrogantly, sought to address these issues.

Good thing there are non-arrogant members on this site who are able to call you on this stuff.
July 19
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Andy - I think we can reasonably conclude that neither the League nor any of its Districts, Units or clubs would have had to repeatedly address this issue were it not for the fact that a substantial number of players are oblivious to the time they waste going through the routine that Alan and Ian have described.
July 19
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John - I assume some of your octogenarians also read the ACBL Bulletin. It recently featured an article on bridge etiquette that encouraged leading before writing down the score.

And you seem to have a different clientele. The people who get upset in this neck of the woods are mainly the “don't tell me what to do” crowd, who often place very little value on extending courtesy to others. I am sure you are familiar with this personality type.

By contrast, those who see value in promoting the Unit/District/Club/League's efforts to foster consideration for others generally do so in courteous manner.
July 17
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The “Etiquette” section of the websites of countless ACBL clubs, units, districts and the League remind players to lead before scoring. Consideration for others and efficient use of time are the goals underlying this policy.

Here are a few examples:

ACBL The World of Duplicate Bridge (2014)

As a courtesy, wait to write down the contract in your private score until after you have made your opening lead or put down your dummy.

Omaha Bridge:

It is important to remember that duplicate bridge is a timed event. Playing deliberately is not the same thing as “slow play”. The latter comes about mostly because of bad habits such as (…)© wasting the other players' time by such things as writing down the contract before putting your hand down as dummy, (…)

Unit 141:

If you are on lead, make selecting a card the top priority. Delay writing down the contract, inputting scores in a bridgemate, or taking care of any other tasks until after you lead. You are entitled to thinking time, but the other chores can wait. The players at the table, including your partner, are waiting for you; lead so they can begin studying it and the dummy.

Monterey Bridge Web:

When you are the opening leader, make your lead first, THEN record the contract while everyone else is planning their play. This way the other players will not have to wait while you record the contract.

Albany Bridge Club:

3. If you are on lead: DON'T write down the contract in your scorecard until AFTER you have led. While the opening leader is trying to find the best lead (a 1 in 13 chance), the other players should now use this time to write down the contract, or in North's case, enter the contract into the BridgeMate. It absolutely IS an obligation of the players to write down the contract and result but don't do it if you are on lead, or it is your turn to play a card.Inland Valley Bridge Unit 534:

Do, when you are on opening lead, lead first and then write the contract on your score sheet.

Bridge Victoria:

Writing when you should be playing bridge When you are the opening leader, make your lead first, and then record the contract while everyone else is planning their play. This way the other players will not have to wait while you record the contract.

District 17:

OPENING LEAD: You should make the opening lead (BEFORE recording the contract on your score card)

Etobicoke Bridge Center:

As soon as the auction ends, everyone but the leader can fill out the contract on their score sheet. The leader must lead first, then write this.

Unit 550:

Also, if you are on lead, please lead before writing down the contact or entering it into the Bridgemate.

etc.

I suspect Hermann Rorschach would have been interested in this thread.
July 16
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OK - I'll bite. Stevens retired 9 years ago, so his demise doesn't create a vacancy. And if it had my guess is that Eugene would have already removed this post.

Was the Judge a bridge player?
July 16
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Steve-while I may have misunderstood your comment, you seem to be suggesting that if the BoD or Management report their decisions to the Board of Governors, that body now becomes the sole organ that has the duty to convey such decisions to the membership.

You also seem to be suggesting that once the BoD and/or Management have reported to the Board of Governors, they can then wash their hands of the matter, and owe no further duty to communicate their decisions to the membership.

With respect, I don't see any language in either of the sub-sections you have cited which provides any support for either of your contentions.

In particular, it seems to me that your particularly broad reading of the “purposes” of the Board of Governors (9.1) cannot easily be reconciled with the far narrower “duties” that the Board has to perform in furtherance of these “purposes” (s.9.2).

Can you please clarify which “duty” requires the Board of Governors to advise the membership that the Bod and/or Management has decided to reverse its previous position and not offer child care services at the NABC?

You also emphatically conclude that the problem is that “No One in the Board of Governors believes it is their responsibility to report back to the membership in their district”.

Unless I have misunderstood your point, you appear to be suggesting that even though the BoD and Management are well aware that the Board of Governors does not believe it has the aforementioned reporting responsibilities, BoD and Management nonetheless believe that they can fulfill their own obligations by simply continuing to report to a body they know will not report to membership.

Really?

I hope I have misunderstood your comment.
July 10
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Amen Ron - both the number of comments, and nature of the vast majority of same, reflect an appreciation of substance over form.
July 5
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Karen - in 1972 Fischer, who had been playing at the very top of his game, promptly blundered in Game 1 of the World Championship match against Spassky.
July 2
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Fortunately, Suttles doesn’t read BW, and Miles can’t.
July 1
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Agree with first two points but would add nuance to 5. Denying a major when 4333 has been a winner for me in botworld.
June 28
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George- I'd be surprised if PZ withdrew because he wants to compete for Switzerland.

PZ plays, and pays, to win.

Winning requires team-mates who are crushers.

Monaco - which Somerset Maugham famously described as a sunny place for shady people- has very lax rules re acquiring residency/citizenship.

So, as long as you're price insensitive, building a team of “Monegasque ” crushers can be easily achieved in a relatively short period of time.

The Swiss have a much different perspective: acquiring Swiss residency/citizenship is a far longer and more complicated process.

Since PZ has no realistic chance of creating a “Swiss” team comprised of imported crushers, my guess is that he is moving on to other things, and is releasing his pros so they can begin making alternative residency arrangements .
June 21
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Cornelia -you hit the nail on the head.
Whatever happened to “Do unto others….. ”
June 18
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Bernard Levin's memorable line about Lord Longford's campaign for prison reform seems apt:

Everybody asks the wrong question about Avon, viz., is he a zealot?
The question is not worth asking: of course he is a zealot.
What we should be discussing is something quite different: is he right?
June 15
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Cameron- I cheerfully agree with all that you wrote ….except the third sentence.

Avon will *not* stop writing if people stop reading and caring.

Much to his credit, Avon will write *more*.
June 15
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Mike -sounds like Stayman was a disciple of Leona Helmsley: only the “little people” have to follow the rules…..
June 12
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If E had 10x, QT or Qx of clubs would he not have upper cut the 3rd round of hearts,catering to West's QJ or Jx?

So E either has xx of clubs or a 3 card holding.

Finesse loses to W's stiff Q or QT but wins against 3 of the 4 singletons.
June 9
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