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I was on that team.
May 7
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Oh no- that is very sad. Warren was a gentleman and a pleasure to play with and against.
May 7
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Let me quote from the Active Ethics statement at ACBL.org (http://www.acbl.org/tournaments_page/ethics-and-discipline/active-ethics/)

In addition, the actively ethical player contributes to the enjoyment of all players by continuously striving to maintain a courteous attitude toward both his opponents and his partner and by avoiding any behavior that would make anyone uncomfortable.

I find it disturbing that the OP (if I understand him) is making the statement that this was caused by e-w failing to be “actively ethical” and n-s calling them out on it.

The only violation of Active Ethics here was the behavior of N-S.
May 7
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I hate forcing passes. Nevertheless, in these auctions I play pass is forcing through the contract that we were forced to on our own. In this case that contract is 3H. Therefore pass of any bid by opps from 3S to 7NT isn't forcing.
April 22
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“Forcing pass” is a partnership agreement, and I play very few of them. One can make a case either way here, but I would assume not if not explicitly agreed. Suppose the 3 Heart bidder has Kx x AKQJxxx Axx. 3 Hearts is slightly speculative but I am sure many (including me) would choose that call. Why should he have to fall on his sword at unfavorable vulnerability? Give him Ax instead of Kx and everybody would bid 3H, yet you might not beat 4H and 5D might go for too many even if you knew 4H was making!
April 16
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I hate my 5C bid. Lame.
April 14
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4nt. Partner asked for a stopper. I have a stopper and an extra value. WTP?
April 14
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5C - didn't consider pass but actually toyed with the 6C card.
April 10
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You are quite correct David. My senior memory hardly shocks me anymore.
April 8
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As a former New Yorker, I can recommend the Eastern States. The Goldman Pairs is the oldest continuous 4+ session championship going back to about 1927. The winners (other than me) are like a Who's Who of bridge history.
April 7
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I have enjoyed serving on the Laws Commission with you since 2006, and to my recollection since I began you have always chaired. I want to publicly express my admiration for the work you do there. We encounter some complex situations and usually about half the LC members are lawyers, and the rest of us usually think we should be lawyers so discussions can get arcane and long-winded. You have a skill of bringing things under control and into focus despite (because?) of your quiet voice and gentle nature. Thanks for taking the time for this important role.
April 5
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I have asked the TD's (through their field supervisors) to forward Zero Tolerance penalties (Behavior Violations) to my office. It is easy to do - just snap a picture of the form with a smartphone. How well they comply is beyond my control, but the short answer is yes, we ARE tracking ZTs.

Thanks for helping me clarify this Don.
April 4
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This is why it is our responsibility to reach out to the accused party to counsel and/or investigate. If the reporter demands confidentiality and investigation would destroy that confidentiality we have to honor it, but we can also take no action on the Player Memo other than to record it in case there is a pattern of conduct.
April 3
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Absolutely. In fact that is exactly what we do. We receive the Player Memo and determine jurisdiction and forward to the appropriate recorder. However we are trying to get more accountability so we want ALL Player Memos in our database at Horn Lake, as well as any record of disciplinary action or investigation. The reason is obvious - how else can we detect if a misstep at a tournament is one-off or whether there is a pattern of behavior?
April 3
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Ed - thanks for posting this. You should NOT have to inquire to get a canned response. In fact if you file the PM electronically (we encourage this) at http://www.acbl.org/conduct-and-ethics/player-memo/ the response will come automatically. If you don't get a response like this or your paper memo isn't acknowledged for a week chances are we never got it.
April 2
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True - as long as the incidents aren't recorded. We are trying to change the culture in the ACBL.
March 28
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Ed if the issue is with the Tournament Director acting as such the best place to report is to his/her Director-in-Charge (each tournament has a D-I-C). If that fails you can send email to recorder@acbl.org and we will see that it gets to the field manager.

If the director is playing in the tournament, he is just another player and is treated the same as any other player. Therefore - write a Player Memo.
March 28
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Other responders were correct that you should call the director whenever something untoward happens at the table.

You might also consider filing a Player Memo (http://www.acbl.org/conduct-and-ethics/player-memo/) and allow the Recorder to investigate.
March 28
Robb Gordon edited this comment March 29
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I simply wanted to get it right. I wasn't expecting passers to come out and bid now.
March 25
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5 - the value bid. I am not convinced new suits are necessarily cuebids here.
March 25
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