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@Kevin Cline - No this was in response to Mr. Edwards to show that we do still emphasize the concept of “Active Ethics”.
Sept. 20
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I do. Read my columns in the Bulletin. Look up “For the Record” in the March and April 2018 issues. Both articles are about active ethics. Check out https://www.acbl.org/conduct-and-ethics/active-ethics.
Sept. 19
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“Now that the recorder system is going away, what does one do with hands like this? ”

I am the ACBL National Recorder and this is news to me. So while I still have a job I suggest you go to https://www.acbl.org/conduct-and-ethics/player-memo/ and fill out a Player Memo.
Sept. 19
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Is it performed in Mandarin?
Sept. 19
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2 - assuming Michaels.
Logical alternatives are 1S and double. Pass is not a LA.
Double is the only LA that might have been suggested by the UA and I wouldn't double with this hand even without the UA.
Sept. 13
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Definitely a different tourney. This was ALWAYS Labor Day weekend.
Sept. 5
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It was in Springfield, at the Marriott, for many years. It doesn't seem to be there anymore and it may well travel now. I think it's been at least 20 years since I attended (I remember attending one year when Princess Di was in her fatal accident and my wife was up all night. We had a great game (not) the following day.
Sept. 5
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Rich, I don't think you've played modern Precision. Relative to prior bidding, South has a very good hand.
Sept. 4
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@Mark Raphaelson - your issue is very valid and one of the “knocks” on our Recorder system. Players have the OPTION of confidentiality (not anonymity - they have to tell ME who they are) and in that case we will respect it, or ask permission if we think it is important to breach that confidentiality. To the extent we can, we investigate, however when the complaint is table/hand specific we really can't do much.

But one of the things that has changed is accountability. Any time a Player Memo is investigated (and almost all of them are) both the subject and reporter hear from us, first to expand and clarify information, and to find out, if relevant, if there are any witnesses.

At some point, we record the matter or begin a disciplinary action with a Recorder Complaint. In either case, both subject and reporter are informed.

Yes, some of the goings on are confidential. Once a reporter has reported, the only information they can get is the outcome unless they are a witness in a disciplinary action.
Aug. 30
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Thanks Randy. Now excuse me while I go cut my wrists since what I do is worthless.
Aug. 30
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Ellis, this has been debated extensively. Larger Units and “busier” Units will be able to apply for and receive “Assistant District Recorder” status, which will effectively be the same thing. On the disciplinary side, the District Disciplinary Chair will have a wide variety of panelists and panel chairs to choose from. Sometimes local is good. Sometimes local is bad.

You belong to a large Unit and are surrounded by large Units. Do you realize how many units have <100 members? Do you realize how hard it is to get people willing to take these positions in small Units where "everybody knows everybody?

The ACBL is a diverse organization and this will give us the flexibility to utilize that diversity. It will also ensure that uniformity in operating under the Code of Disciplinary Regulations will be better since there are fewer people to train.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to explain.
Aug. 29
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A “thank you” will surely come, along with an admonition to not relax too quickly, as some will become “assistant District Recorders” and have essentially the same duties.
Aug. 29
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I think the couch should belong to the genius that decided 1C (1D) p (1N) x should be takeout of diamonds. Yes that's what it would be if THEY opened 1D. Here you have 2D available for takeout.
Aug. 28
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Yes. It was in Springfield MA and Maury Braunstein was DIC. Maury had the best collection of bow ties I’ve ever seen.
Aug. 27
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When I was 13, my mother took me to the Miami Beach Fall Nationals which were at the Americana in Bal Harbour. She played and I caddied. We stayed at the Singapore which was supposedly owned and occupied by Meyer Lansky (we never saw him). We had TERRIBLE housekeeping service and the same terrible housekeeper every day. She did a lousy job and had a miserable attitude. On the day we were leaving she was all smiles and in our faces. My mother (who always tipped) didn't tip because the service was so bad. Unbeknownst to her, her smart-ass son left a quarter on the dresser.

Imagine her surprise when while we sat in the lobby waiting for our ride, the housekeeper stormed up to my mother and threw the quarter at her saying “you need this more than I do”.

It took me a while to summon up the courage to tell her what I did.
Aug. 26
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San Francisco has excellent transportation options including BART, ferries from Sausalito, Larkspur, and Belvedere. Within the city much is walkable but there are many transit possibilities including the famous cable cars, one of which departs about a block from the hotel.
Aug. 24
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I think it's admirable that you want to be careful to do the ethical thing. Not a waste of time and kudos to you!
Aug. 24
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Seriously? Puerto Vallarta. 100 points. Everything else - 0. Nos vemos en el círculo de ganadores!
Aug. 23
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Playing 4SF (not to game) you don't have to bid game without game values. That is the first point. Second point - what is your agreement about the 2 Spade preference? Does opener ever raise immediately (1D - 1S - 2S) with three? It seems that if 2S shows 3 here partner has no intelligent action with Ax xx AKxxx Qxxx. I think you are supposed to bid 2NT. Since this is invitational and an immediate 2NT over 2C would be invitational, obviously you are showing 5 spades. Partner will know what to do. There is no ethics issue here.
Aug. 23
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Another consideration - if you remove the deceased from the system, are all their posts and comments deleted? I wouldn't want that. Somebody like Henry can write interesting and worthwhile stuff. Terence Reese is dead but I'm not throwing out my copy of Master Play.
Aug. 12
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