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Something like that, yes, but I would try to veer away from using bridge legalese as much as possible.

Spot on about “accusing a player (especially a new one with thin skin) of sharp practice”.
11 hours ago
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Man, I hate the saying, "call me back if you feel you have been damaged“. I know it's SOP for a director, but isn't there a better term for it without calling it ”damage“?

How about, ”call me back after the hand if you think you might have done something different (if it weren't for the MI)“. Or, call me back if you think someone might have taken a different call without the slow double”.
12 hours ago
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Peg in the interest of decorum, I am IMing you details.
Dec. 8
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I was really sick in Kansas City from the first Friday to Monday. I cannot tell to this day if it was due to Jack's Stack or a random virus or something else.
Dec. 8
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If implemented accurately, there could be a self-rating function. For events that really matter, the directors will know who the peers really are.
Dec. 8
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Shocked that a director is playing in a unit game.

Once you get knowledge of a board, it's impossible to separate the “what you know” versus “what you would actually do”.

Agree that 3N is a no-brainer and isn't a great example to prove my point.
Dec. 8
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Or you can just ignore many difficult situations altogether.

Agree things like IBs should be dealt with by the Director in the kindest manner possible.
Dec. 8
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Mike, Im done with this conversation too.
Dec. 6
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Peg, the reason why I don't think a PM is OK is because;

1. I doubt there is malicious intent with the explanation of “Flannery”. At worst it's a coaching moment from a director.

2. If everyone filed PM's for these activities, the recorder system would be glutted with such memos and more important matters would not get priority.
Dec. 6
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Mike, I don't know why you are giving Bobby so much credit for a subtle inference for bidding RKC instead redoubling with a balanced 18 when it's the 7N call that was off the rails.

I think Kit has done a very commendable job patiently explaining why he thinks the diamond should be barred. Maybe Glubok would have figured out the diamond, but several pollees did not.

Here's a cruder example, and this has happened against me. As a matter of fact, it was the subject of a player memo about five years ago.

I was playing against a weak client (WC) and a sleazy pro (SP) in a regional. We got to a bad 3N with our club stopper consisting of 97 (dummy) opposite J6, although the auction did not suggest this weakness.

WC led the K from KQT85. SP had A432. On the lead of the King, he puts his 4 on the table, starts to quit it, and then turns it back face up and literally waved it at WC. There was no doubt this little act was to say, "I know the 4 looks small but this is encouraging“.

Perhaps she would have worked out from the 4 that it really was a come-on. Or, she might have come up with constructions that eliminated other cards in her hand from being logical alternatives. But providing UI here made the continuation clear.

That's what the slow pass of 7N accomplishes. It makes partner go into the library and actually think about the auction and shouts through a virtual megaphone, ”the opponents screwed up, and I want you to figure out why". It takes opening leader out of a sonambulistic state and forces him to think, which (arguably) many of the pollees were not doing.

And that is why the diamond lead should be forbidden.
Dec. 6
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Sounds a lot more like Bailey two bids. Is that what you meant Mark?

To review:

8-11 HCP:

- 5-6 in the major
- 2-3 in the other major
- Not more than 9 cards in two suits
- No voids
- If 5332, the hand has to be 10-11
Dec. 5
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Exactly. First world problems.
Dec. 5
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Except in most cases of high level competition there isn't a dispute about facts. In my experience, most players are pretty honest and forthcoming about the length of hesitations, agreements, etc.. None of these really require a replay.

In the cases where there is a dispute to what happened at the table, video is becoming more and more available.
Dec. 5
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Hendrik is this really a great reason to file a PM?

The player should be more forthcoming, but having a permanent record seems like overkill to me.

Maybe a nice word from the director is more appropriate.
Dec. 5
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Yep, same here. I cannot say that I am fan of the 2M and balanced idea. On those hands we want to stay low.
Dec. 5
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Curiously, Football, Baseball and Tennis have been moving the other way and allowing appeals in more and more instance.

Better officiating makes the game better, not worse.
Dec. 5
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It is refreshing to see a board member providing details about an attempt to bring transparency where this is none.

I am hoping Russ Jones reverses this trend.
Dec. 4
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Mike:

It's not about extracting a better top, it's about demonstrating you found the lead based on logic.

But we all know declarer can't have stiff A opp Qxx, because partner would never tank there right?

Or maybe this covers the 2 times in 10,000 you cite in your 99.98%?
Dec. 3
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Rohit I am going to pretend for a moment you are kidding.
Dec. 3
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Mahalo means thanks and it means exactly as I think Gloria intended.

Mike, just because Gloria is a haole doesn't bar her from using the language.

Sure the letter smacks of cynicism, but so what? A lie was told and was revealed. Who wouldn't be bitter?

Any yet, we have a dedicated bridge player who spent quality time with their daughter enjoying the beautiful island. That shows me someone that can lead a balanced life and still love bridge - which is a goal everyone should strive for.
Dec. 3
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