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Hmm, I really do not like the poster's implications here. He assumes that the pause, in a very important situation was entirely to mislead the opposition. Is that what he would do himself in this situation or is he just impugning the player at the table? Is it totally sure that the player was not just double checking before making a decision? Did the player concerned file a suit for defamation of character? A distasteful post IMO and as a director particularly surprising.

Having got that off my chest, there was a celebrated incident in an important match in England, where playing in a slam and having lost one trick, declarer, playing against top class opponents, reached a similar position except that it was, AJ10 opposite KXX. The declarer played a lightning fast Jack and LHO played low after a perceptable pause. Declarer ran this and lost to the Queen. There followed, of course, a great argument in which declarer felt cheated against. The defender in question merely stated that if declarer was looking for a reaction, it was not his duty to give him the correct one. Those who live by the sword etc.
Sept. 17, 2019
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Well, arn't you just the nicest person!
Aug. 26, 2019
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It's OK for you mathmeticians, in my day you would lead up to the KQ10X and LHO would pause and play low, right hand oppo would play low quickly. Come to hand and do it all again and try to guess now! This is also a position that, “Experienced”, players would try in reverse LHO plays low quickly and RHO thinks. In the late 60's onwards, at rubber bridge this type of situation was normal - hey!, anyone remember my article in English Bridge - . “The Hesitation Game”? You certainly had to be more on your toes in those days! By the way, in the first example the A is with RHO and in the second LHO.
Aug. 26, 2019
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I understand what you are saying, but, coming from the land that invented tips, I respectfullly cannot agree with you. Why should it fall on the customer? Put the prices up, pay a living wage and do not beg off hte customers - for that, in your discourse, is what is happening.
Aug. 26, 2019
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If a tip is a tax, then state it on the menu at the start of the meal. If it is a reward for adequate service then it is up to the customer. If you receive poor service, then do not leave a tip - simples! If the poor, underpaid waif of a server wants to ensure a good tip, then get they should get their ass into gear and give good service - and never, never, leave a tip if a service charge is already taken. Over here it is the fashion to put a suggested 12and a half % service on the menu and then leave a box open for a gratuity. If my service has been good, I draw a line through the service charge and give the server 20%, although this has led to harsh words with the owner on more than one occasion
Aug. 26, 2019
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I learnt, albeit playing Acol and 4 card majors in the late 60's that with a good hand we opened 1C so we had time and space to develop it, and with a poorer hand we would open 1S as an obstructive measure, and if partner had a good hand we could catch up later. I now play 5 card majors so I am constrained - unless I wish to show 6-5 by opening 1C and bidding Spades twice.
Aug. 26, 2019
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Goulash and matchpoints! Whatever will they think of next? I used to play Goulash for stakes at the Friedland Club in Paris, so many years ago…. There was a prescribed system of opening bids - 1NT denied a six card suit, opening twos were virtually slams in your own hand. We were expected to replace our hands in the middle (if passed out or a non game - doubled contracts were always played-)in sets of 3-3-3-4 or 4- 4- 3 - 2 or suchlike. The experienced players in the game could then locate a card (s) and follow the distribution. (Ie) if you held the KH on the previous hand and you get it again, you can then follow the cards to its right around the table - a good advantage. We combatted this by putting the cards back in random sets called, “Petite Paquets” - forgive my French - which made it much more difficult but not impossible to follow the cards. In this game the pros had a big advantage not only because of the above, but also human nature, a less experienced player picks up KQ10Xxxxx, AQ10X, X, -, they never stop bidding and there are often the remaining 5 trumps behind them. This may not be the best example but you get the idea.
Aug. 26, 2019
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I believe that in ancient Roman times, if a corps or a leigon had done something very wrong, then one in exery ten was executed, hence, decimated.
Aug. 25, 2019
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What nonsense! It takes more character not to tip for bad service than to be cowed into doing it per se!
Aug. 25, 2019
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And if you have diamonds and Spades and don't like Hearts you pass with a good hand then?
Aug. 19, 2019
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Hmm! Without methods, what is partner to do with a 5 - 2 - 2 - 4 18-19count with poor clubs and concentrated values? 4C perhaps(over 3C)? Does not work for me, 3NT every time.
Aug. 19, 2019
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We were friendly without being friends. I knew him at YC when it was at the Mansions in Earls Court - 50 years ago??? - and frequently played against him and Francis at Tunbridge Wells Bridge Club for the last years of his life. We never had a cross word and he was nice with everyone, however irritating they might have been. A real gentleman who contributed greatly to the game and will be sorely missed as a really nice guy, a very good director and a more than competent player. Condolences to Francis and the kids.
Aug. 19, 2019
Norman Selway edited this comment Aug. 19, 2019
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Good post Frances, Kay and I would probably look to play, but, like so many others, she has boards and steering committees to answer to. It normally works out, but the ability to plan ahead would be very much appreciated.
Aug. 19, 2019
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Well I am butting out of this thread now and going on holiday. Many thanks for the discussion, I now know that Kay should have said something before the opening lead. She will next time. I do not know if Simon agrees that he might not have called the director or not, or if on seeing the dummy, that the position was clear and the director should have realised this when making his ruling. I had drinks with Simon this weekend in Eastbourne and we are fine and friendly. I learned, although I already knew that David Gold was a man of passion who supports his friends to the nth degree. We are not enemies. Oh and I learned that Eugine likes to but in without understanding, but it is his website after all! thanks everybody, Corsica awaits and then the Mutton tour!
Aug. 11, 2019
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“!Nothwithstanding the dictionary definition of the word. ” You appear to know best.
Aug. 11, 2019
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Aug. 11, 2019
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Good to know David, and many thanks for telling methat his gesture was not a sincere gesture of apology or regret. T the offer thererfore will probably be declined, but that is not my decision to make. I am sure that Fleet enjoyed being told that it was best if he continued not playing the game, but then you are never rude or disagreeable to anybody, are you?
Aug. 9, 2019
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Aug. 9, 2019
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I am sorry David, I thought that you understood English , and I confirmed my meaning in an earlier post. if you think that I would intentionally, “Attack”, a friend you don't know me so keep your silly comments to yourself please.
Aug. 9, 2019
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I have just thought (it does not happen very often), competition entries are going down across the board. There will be a discussion at Eastbourne to ask the membership what they think the problems are (I hope that they are actually asking those who are, no longer, playing as well). Kay and I are pretty experienced players and find these rulings and the nuances really difficult. There are a plethora of rulebooks of many colours and advice on what to do with this alert and that hesitation. Is it any wonder that your normal, keen, enthusiastic embryonic bridge player takes one look and doesn't bother? The clubs that I go to are having a bumper time, we enjoy ourselves, try to win and give sensible rulings with simple explainations. This is probably not possible in the arena of National competition, but it had better become so fast, whilst there ate still players left.
Aug. 9, 2019
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