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I refer you to a previous answer where I said that my wife was playing with my daughter and so did not want a fuss. I think that is entirely reasonable. Do YOU think that it is entirely reasonable to say, that with the right information, the contract will go down 100% of the time? I don't, and given that both sides had to be aware (I admit after the opening lead - but it was not too late)that declarer had the majors, I do not think that the director looked past the bidding. If he had polled players on the defence and shown dummy and the rest of the hand to like players, how many would have realised that declarer had the majors, and how many would have switched to a spade? I guess we will never know now, but with good diligence by the director would have found out.
Aug. 9, 2019
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Sure, I agree, but should u rule to down two when one look at the dummy gives both sides the info that declarer does not have clubs and so the defence is not affected? Or do you just apply the rule and walk away?
Aug. 8, 2019
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Recently (see Eastbourne Ruling thread), the director ruled that the defence would prevail 100% of the time after a non alert. Here, the director ruled that 100% of the time, the transgressors would not move to slam. Both are palpably wrong.
Aug. 8, 2019
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Is there a pamphlet of do's and dont's in alerting situations or does one have to read the rainbow books?
Aug. 8, 2019
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If she knew that she had to.
Aug. 8, 2019
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David, I really understand and I feel the same way as you do. I have been really annoyed by the flippant attitude of some directors in the past and railled against the iniquities of life that allow opponents to get away with mild infractions whilst I seem to always be punished to the full extent of the law. I have only to look at a director or an opponent the wrong way and my beloved wife has the oil drum out to pour on the troubled waters - but it still niggles. But really, apart from seethe, what can you do? I met you and your wife recently and I bet that she fulfils the same function in these situations as mine. As much as it irks, you have to move on. But grrrr!
Aug. 8, 2019
Norman Selway edited this comment Aug. 8, 2019
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I would like to point out that I do not fault Simon in this. Simon is the most ethical player that I know. Playing in Montecatini last year, I accidently exposed a card and Simon waved it away, typical of him to anyone who knows him. he is known for not enforcing trivial penalties and is loved for it.
Aug. 8, 2019
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Thanks Tony, that is rather how Kay felt about it but playing with Lou, did not want to make a fuss.
Aug. 8, 2019
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Thanks Mike, one down was ruled to two down (-200) and a decent board became a virtual zero). There was no 3VP penalty as such.
Aug. 8, 2019
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I think that you have it right David, but I also think that the 3VP (as it turned out) penalty, was a little harsh and perhaps a weighted score might have been more equitable. Unfortunately, from reading the answers from those who know the rules intimately, it seems to be an all or nothing at all situation.
Aug. 8, 2019
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Paul, as usual I think that you are measured and correct. However, and probably, irrelevently, to help my daughter and her beloved, we took them to Orlando and Turkey last year to play bridge and gain experience. It was expensive. We played with them in several EBU events and for Eastbourne switched uo with little system discussion. Twice, Kay was hit with the maximum penalty due under the law for doing something that 90% of players might have done. There was no recourse unless you wished to appeal in an apparently lost cause - I have just replied to Robin Barker - a good and efficient director - stating that his ruling was too restrictive - I will get nowhere. The upshot of this is that Kay and I will toil on in EBU events but playing with the kids will be restricted to county and foreign events. Our bad perhaps but I think that cause and effect applies.
Aug. 7, 2019
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A wonderful story, many thanks for relating it.
Aug. 7, 2019
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The problems appear to be 1) Keeping existing players, 2) Persuading even a small percentage of the membership that it would be in their interests (Green Points, friendly competition, learning/experience or just fun)to play or bringing new players into the game - juniors (grow your own). It is a difficult path to tread. Existing players will know and yearn for what the competition was - Brighton is a vibrant place and Eastbourne most assuredly is not - The Metroploe, for its faults was very much liked on the whole by the membership.I personally had many times where I sat in the bar and discussed the hands, and anything else into the wee hours and loved it and could not wait for the following years competition. The membership who do not attend Eastbourne would be put off by the cost, or the presence of the best players or the lack of anything to do outside the bridge (plenty to do at all times in Brighton). The juniors, who are our hope, cannot readily afford to play and this is ameliorated by the excellent EBU programme that gives juniors half price or free entry and arranges accommodation on a subsidised basis for them, but there is still food and entertainment to pay for.

So what to do? The timings have been critisised, the programme also, the venue, although cheaper has been critisised, the playing centre has been critisised, the EBU has been critisised. Are bridge players just impossible to please or can effective steps be taken? Whatever happens, it has to be soon for the event is certainly dying.
Aug. 7, 2019
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My intention was the one given by DB.
Aug. 7, 2019
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A little harsh but in many ways true. At my local bridge club they regularly get 25plus tables on what you mught call, “Amateur” afternoons and evenings and struggle to exceed 8 tables on the good player night. Bridge must be unique as a game that does not like it's experts and prefers to do without them but there we are and until the EBU finds a way to attract these players, and there are millions of them, the game, as we know it will die. (I thought the hoi polloi meant literally, (the, the masses)
Aug. 6, 2019
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Heh, heh, thanks David.
Aug. 6, 2019
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Actually it was the chalice from the palace that had the brew that is true, the poison pellet was in the trestle with the pestle errr… I think.
Aug. 6, 2019
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As the great Danny Kaye once said, “I would if I could but I can't”.
Or was it, “The trestle with the pestle holds the brew that is true”? No matter.
Aug. 6, 2019
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I had not thought of train times but the EBU surely should have. I would be interested in seeing what research they put into the switch to Eastbourne and the attendant problems.
Aug. 6, 2019
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Sad andtrue, but not always possible.
Aug. 6, 2019
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