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> Bernard, is not the watch in your scenario an
> illegal aid to calculation?

Feel free to substitute some key based on card holdings in your hand
May 20
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FWIW, my own theory is that there is conservation of complaints…

The number of complaints about any given Nationals is pretty constant. The precise thing that people will chose to complain about changes.
May 20
Richard Willey edited this comment May 20
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I think that the 2 response as described is badly overloaded. Your resolution for your two suited is at +3 compared to normal and the single suiters are at +1.

Consider an auction like the following

1 - 2
2 - 2 (both minors)
2N - 3 (4 Diamonds, 5+ Clubs)
3 - 3 (High shortage)
3 - 3N (3=1=4=5)

5-4-3-1 shapes are incredibly common. I don't think that it's playable to resolve these at three NT and be left on a guess wrt slam points
May 19
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It would actually be a really good idea…

In fact, I believe that there are any number of existing web sites that do just that.

For example,

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g50226-Columbus_Ohio.html
May 18
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Rather than using Powerpoint, you might consider using a program like

http://www.bridgebase.com/tools/hvdoc.html

this will take care of the screen layout for you as well as providing options for interactive display
May 17
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> In my experience, there are pairs that have a private
> understanding about a 2♣ response to 1M. This
> hand demonstrates such a private understanding.
> Even if it does not rise to the level of a private
> understanding, I would bet that NS had a much
> better idea of the types of hands that 2♣ could
> represent than they disclosed.

Does the fact that N/S is a pickup partnership change your rationalization?

> If I were muttering about how strange the 2♣ bid was, it
> would be because I was not stating directly how unethical
> I thought the bid was.

And this is why South is right to complain and why the Director is right to nail you with a ZT penalty… Because passive aggressive little games don't allow you to skirt the regulations.
May 17
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> My point, maybe wrong, is, if a relative calm comment
> like “this is indeed a strange bid” will get a ZT penalty,
> then ZT policy is not helping but destroying the game.

Snide little passive aggressive comments still merit zero tolerance penalties.
May 17
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The average age of ACBL members is well over 70 and continues to climb every year.
May 17
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I prefer to use the actual definition that the ACBL provides for the word convention which is:

“Convention: A bid or call which, by partnership agreement, conveys a meaning not necessarily related to the denomination named or, in the case of Pass, Double and Redouble, the last denomination named. In addition a Pass which promises more than a specified strength, or artificially promises or denies values other than the last suit named.”
May 16
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> But it is also conventional - in the same way that any
> canape treatment is conventional

A traditional Blue Club 1 opening is canape, but hardly conventional
May 16
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> The director should give a warning only to E unless
> this is part of a pattern of behavior, IMO.

Zero tolerance doesn't give this type of discretion
May 16
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What is the actual partnership agreement and how is this documented?
May 16
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I am not a fan of the ZT regulations, however rules are rules

The ACBL's zero tolerance policy is available at https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn.acbl.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/ZT-Handout-for-Clubs.pdf

Here are a couple of directs quote from said policy

“The following are examples of behavior that will not be tolerated:

• Badgering, rudeness, INSINUATIONS, intimidation, profanity, threats or violence.
• NEGATIVE COMMENTS concerning opponents’ or partner’s play or BIDDING.”

and

“ALL offenses are punishable”
May 16
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Stop making shit up Ed.

You never prefaced your original question with “How would you describe this at the bridge table”. I assumed that you were actually interested in the topic rather than looking for an excuse to complain.
May 16
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Suppose that you and I are going to play a game called matching quarters.

We both place a quarter flat on a table and place a cup over it so neither of us knows whether the other person has chosen to to place the quarter showing a head or a tail.

We will simultaneously remove our cups and reveal our choice.

If the two quarters match (both show heads or both show tails), I get to keep both quarters. If the two quarters don't match, you get to keep both quarters.

If I decide to always display a head or always display a tail, this is an example of a “pure” strategy. If I decide to show a head with probability P and a tail with probability (1-P) this is an example of a mixed strategy.
May 16
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> All I'm saying is that if professional A (or client of A) need
> not alert or pre-alert this overcall, I think we can expect
> expert players to anticipate that a 1NT rebid can
> contain a balanced 15.

What makes you believe that the decision to overcall 2 on this hand is a pure strategy rather than a mixed strategy?
May 16
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There are plenty of non quantum hardware based RNGs…

I was not aware that this was ever in dispute
May 16
Richard Willey edited this comment May 16
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I suspect that the author is consciously or subconciously ignoring hardware based RNGs.

FWIW, after sleeping on things, it occured to me that you could modify the audit protocol that Hans suggested to work with a hardware based RNG as well.
May 16
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> Judging from the response to this poll (and elsewhere),
> expert players do not favor a recorder system.

I don't think that you have established this at all

> There is a strong preference for telling players
> that don't understand or expect expert treatments
> to just endure their confusion as part of the learning
> process.

I'm not a fan of the recorder system (at least not in its current form), however, I think that you do it a grave dis-service when you frame it as a tool to protect novice players from expert treatments.
May 16
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The entire notion of a “recorder” system has a fundamental flaw.

The ACBL does not track when bridge players play a hand of bridge.

1. They track matchpoints (when people win)
2. They claim that they have a recorder system

However, a system that only tracks when “something weird” happens and does not have any systemic method to track what is normal seems to be of limited utility…

If people actually care about these issues then spend the time and effort to actually build something that can be used to address the problem.

What we have now seems to be a mixture of security theater and a star chamber.
May 16
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